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Attractions in Samut Songkhram province in Thailand

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Some 40 km. west along the Gulf coast from Samut Sakhon and 72 km. from Bangkok, this is Thailand's smallest province at 416 square kilometres, and is famed for its fruit, vegetables and seafood. There are some old and interesting temples in town, and nearby is the well-kept Rama II Memorial Park.

 
 

Tha Kha Floating Market

 

Salt Farms

 

Wat Bang Khae Noi

 

King Rama II

 

Mural Painting at Wat Chulamani

 

Samut Songkhram

 

City attractions in Samut Songkhram

Wat Ban Laem

The original settlers of Samut Songkhram were fleeing an attack by the Burmese on nearby Phetchaburi, and finding themselves safe here, they set about renovating a ruined temple called Wat Si Champa, and gave it a new name -Wat Ban Laem. The locals mostly live from fishing and a standing Buddha image in the temple, called Luang Pho Ban Laem, was the result of a miraculous catch in a fisherman's net. When brought to the surface, the alms bowl had become detached, but now a new one has been put in its place. The Buddha is thought to bring good luck, and this temple is now the most important in the province. There is a small museum in the compound displaying amulets, Buddha images, antiques and a pulpit from the Ayutthaya period.

Wat Sattha Tham

Built in 1982, the ordination hall of this temple was made of golden teak, and the inside walls are thick with mother-of-pearl inlay, creating scenes from the life of the Load Buddha and the Ramakian epic.

Don Hoi Lot

The region's biggest attraction for visitors are these banks of fossilized shell, which make fascinating patterns at the water's edge, and are best seen in April/May when water levels are at their lowest. A string of seafood restaurants has sprung up to cater for curious sightseers.

Salt Farms

Along the roadside throughout the province, visitors will see the pyramids of salt creating by local villagers.

 

 

Out of city attraction in
Samut Songkhram

King Rama II Memorial Park

King Rama II Memorial Park

King Rama II was born in Amphoe Amphawa, just north of Samut Songkhram, and this museum and memorial park are dedicated to his memory as his birth-place. A local abbot donated over four acres of ground which now has several traditional Thai houses that display items from the early 19th century, including some dolls that depict King Rama II's theatrical works. Behind the house is a botanic garden and a dramatic arts training hall. The park is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. while the museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

King Rama II Memorial Park

 

Special event in Samut Songkhram

King Rama II Memorial Festival

Early February
The memorial park springs to life for this annual fair. Masked dancers, handicraft stalls and demonstrations of Thai-dessert making attract crowds of onlookers.

 
 

 

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