Category: Samut Prakan

Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park

Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park

Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden is located in Bang Kachao sub-district of Samut Prakan Province. The park was established as a place for people to relax and exercise. It also acts as a way to educate people on plant species and wildlife. It is an excellent oasis for people to escape the concrete jungle of nearby Bangkok. The park is only a short hop by boat over the Chao Phraya River.

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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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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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Mass Alms Round in Samut Prakan

Mass Alms Round in Samut Prakan

Early on Sunday morning, thousands of lay people from Samut Prakan and the surrounding provinces, came together to give alms to an estimated 11,111 monks. The event took place in Paknam between the Samut Prakan Provincial Hall and the market. After chanting and a sermon, the monks then started to file down the red carpet. The lay people then started offering food to the monks at the same time. The majority of alms offered were dried food as well as personal necessities. All of the donated food will be sent to 286 temples in the deep south of Thailand.

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Paknam Observation Tower

Paknam Observation Tower

This is the Paknam Observation Tower (หอชมเมืองสมุทรปราการ) in Samut Prakan. They say that the 179.55 meter high observation tower will be completed within two years. The tower will contain educational facilities for children and local people that will include a library and museum. There will also be a viewing platform at the top.

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Phra Samut Chedi

Phra Samut Chedi

One of the first sights that greeted foreigners arriving in Thailand 150 years ago was Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์), a brilliant white pagoda on an island in the middle of the river. The locals called it ‘Phra Chedi Klang Nam’, or Pagoda in the river. Over the years the river has silted up even more causing the island to become part of the west bank.

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Samut Prakan Provincial Hall

Samut Prakan City Hall

Samut Prakan was established in March 1946. It is part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Neighbouring provinces are Bangkok to the north and west, and Chachoengsao to the east. This is the provincial hall which is located alongside the Chao Phraya River. In the parade ground you can see local scouts who are taking part in a ceremony marking King Rama VI’s death.

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