Ban Sakhla Fishing Community

Ban Sakhla in Samut Prakan

Sakhla community is situated along the banks of Sapphasamit Canal which was the old highway between Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. The village dates back to the early Ayutthaya Period. Most villagers are fishermen and the town is surrounded by shrimp and crab ponds. In the past these were salt farms. Until recently, there was only one road to this community, but there is now a new road and bridge over Sapphasamit Canal.

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Leaning Pagoda of Wat Sakhla

Leaning Pagoda of Wat Sakhla

Wat Sakhla in Ban Sakhla dates back to the reign of King Taksin in the 1780’s. The landmark of this temple is the 26 meter high Leaning Stupa which was built in 1884. It is in the same style as the stupa in Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya. These drone photos were taken during the annual worship fair during Visakha Bucha in May every year. Ban Sakhla is surrounded by fish and crab ponds and there are very few roads.

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Prasae Mangrove Forest Walk

Prasae Mangrove Forest Walk

One of the highights of visiting Prasae in Rayong is the 2,400 acre mangrove forest along the coastline. This project is not only important to prevent land erosion but is also the source of income for local people who fish here for crab, shrimp and other marine animals. The mangrove also plays an important part in local ecotourism due to the 2.6km long boardwalk. The walk starts at HTMS Prasae and takes you through the forest and along the coastline. The highlights of the walk is Tung Prong Thong which means golden field in Thai.

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HTMS Prasae Memorial

HTMS Prasae Memorial

One of the tourist attractions in Klaeng district of Rayong is HTMS Prasae Memorial. This US frigate was built in 1943 and was originally named “USS Gallup″. After the second world war, the ship was sold to the Royal Thai Navy under the condition that it would be used to help in the Korean War. It was finally decommisioned in 2000 and docked permently in Paknam Prasae. It is free to explore the boat and climb onto the deck and up to the wheelhouse. Though you are not allowed inside. Many of the guns are still in place. Nearby, there is a mangrove walk along the coastline.

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Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa

Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa

The Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa is an upscale hotel about 205 kms from Bangkok. It is on the Eastern seaboard in Rayong province, at Laem Mae Phim Beach. The room where I stayed has some exceptional views of the Gulf of Thailand from the upper floors. The reverse side has the hills as the view. These drone photos were taken at around 5 p.m. with a maximum height of 275 meters.

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Saengchan Beach

Saengchan Beach in Rayong

Saengchan Beach in Rayong is one of those places that you never know what to expect when you fly the drone. Saengchan, and neighbouring Laem Charoen and Suchada beaches, are not your normal beaches. They are a series of man-made  horse-shoe shaped lagoons. This cuts down on any beach erosion and also makes for safer swimming. There are so many that it is easy to choose your own private lagoon.

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Samut Sakhon City

Samut Sakhon

Samut Sakhon was formerly called “Tha Chin” probably because, in the old days, it had been a trading port dealing with a vast number of Chinese junks. ln 1548, a town named “Sakhon Buri” was established at the mouth of the Tha Chin River. It was a centre for recruiting troops from various seaside towns. The name of the town was changed to “Mahachai” when Mahachai Canal was dug in 1704 to join the Tha Chin River at the town. Later, the town was renamed “Samut Sakhon” by King Rama IV but it is still popularly called “Mahachai” by the local people.

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Bhumibol Bridge 1 and 2

Bhumibol Bridge

Bhumibol Bridge 1 & 2 (สะพานภูมิพล) is part of the 13 km long Industrial Ring Road connecting southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan Province. The bridge crosses the Chao Phraya River twice, with two cable-stayed spans of lengths of 702 m and 582 m supported by two diamond-shaped pylons 173 m and 164 m high. Where the two spans meet, another road rises to join them at a free-flowing interchange suspended 50 metres above the ground. The bridge first opened for traffic on 20 September 2006.

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ)

The most famous and important temple in Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ). The temple was built in 1383 to enshrine Buddha’s relics. You can take a cable car to the higher platform but a lot of  devout Buddhists choose to climb the 290 steps up to the hilltop. After praying the Phra That for good luck, do not forget to go to the terrace to soak up panoramic views of Chiang Mai town and surrounding countryside.

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