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Khlong Tour > Samut Sakhon

Khlong tour in Samut Sakhon

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1. Cruising the Tha Chin River
and Viewing Rare Plants

The cruise brings visitors into close touch with the riverine communities, Thai, Chinese and Mon, amidst lush plantations and orchards. Stops can be made to allow visits to tropical ornamental and flowering plants, orchid farms, hydroponic vegetable plots, and mushroom culture at Samut Sakhon Horticultural Centre, and travelling further to Phuthong Rare Plant Orchard, to get a taste of the “Miracle Fruit” called Thep Sakhon fruit. A further cruise can be made to observe the angular chimney over a century old, or to feed the fish in the confines in front of Wat Nang Sao, pay respect to the figure of Venerable Dam, and view the fine structure of Maha Ut Hall, with no windows, accessed through a single door.
  tha chin river
tha chin river
  tha chin river

Phuthong Rare Plant Orchard

The orchard belongs to the Village Chief. Mr. Thepmongkhon Phuthong. Visitors can observe the traditional lifestyle of the plant-growers in the area, sampling fresh fruits from the trees, grown profusely in the 60-acre plantation in an integrated fruit tree plantation style, with peculiar fruits such as seedless guava, red-core guava, jumbo jujube from thorn less trees, santol, dragon fruit, Jackfruit, sapodilla, mango, star-fruit, olive, rose apple, and Averrhoaceae, for instance. But the most renowned is known under the name of Thep Sakhon fruit or the "Miracle Fruit," with a special quality that makes all acid fruits sweet to the palene after tasting it. The fruits are available for tasting and on sale. Saplings are also offered for enthusiasts.
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tha chin river

Samut Sakhon Horticultural Centre

It is the centre for agricultural technology transfer, with the collection of various horticultural plants, such as orchids, tropical flowering plants, vegetables, mushroom, and herbs, which are put on display. The plant breeds are also produced and offered here.

Wat Nang Sao

Remarkable is the Maha Ut Hall, with no windows, accessed only through a single door. Buddha images in both Thai and Burmese styles are enshrined inside. The exterior walls feature fine decors of bus-relief sculptures. To the front there are Mon-style twin Hamsa poles. The twin temple halls are decorated with coloured glass, housing the figure of the Venerable Dam, and the revered image of Wat Pa Lelai. In front of the temple, at the pier, a peculiar habitat of fish has been created, where tourists and local residents enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and feed the fish with food crumbs.

Angular Chimney

The structure was built in the First Reign of Bangkok, around 1824, by Captain Hit, a Portuguese, for a sugar mill. It is a polygonal chimney, 30 meters high, on the bank of the Tha Chin River, about 40 meters from the river.

2. Cruising through
the Fishing Town of Maha Chai

The entrance to the Gulf of Thailand is where fresh and sea water meet, as the Tha Chin River runs into the sea. From Maha Chai Port, which is the juncture of water transport and communication, the cruise takes visitors through a colourful fishing town, featuring coastal fishing with traditional tools, as well as a large fishing industry, and a big seafood market on the waterfront.
maha chai
maha chai
maha chai

Wat Yai Chom Prasat

An old temple from the Ayutthaya Period, dating back to the reign of King Maha Chakkaphat in the 16th century, it was named Wat Yai Sakhon Buri by King Chulalongkorn and was upgraded to a royal temple. The king also granted a holy scripture contained in a glass cabinet to the temple. Notable is an old temple hall with an elaborately carved wooden door panel in the Ayutthaya style, registered as an archaeological object by the Fine Arts Department in 1936.

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maha chai


Tha Chalom

Situated opposite Maha Chai Market, Tha Chalom is an ancient fishing community, which was proclaimed the first sanitary area of the country, an administrative unit lesser than a municipality. Lining the riverbank are a market and dockyards. During the annual vegetarian festival, the place comes alive with numerous vegetarians observing the period.

Maha Chai A Town on the Gulf of Thailand

The town is famous for fresh seafood, available at Maha Chai Market on the bank of the Tha Chin River. The market serves as the wholesale and retail trading centre for seafood products. There are renowned seafood restaurants and food-shops in the area. Also of interest are the Shrine of the City Pillar and the Wichian Chodok Fort.

Wat Chong Lom

A royal temple at the head of the bay, it offers a wonderful view of the open sea. A statue of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, is at the front. Inside the Luang Pu Kaeo Hall, thousands of seagulls come to roost. They can be observed flying back en masse at sunset each day.

Wat Krok Kraka

The Buddha statues and the figure of the Venerable Krap enshrined in the temple all wear dark glasses, given by devotees when their wishes were granted. The fine teakwood temple hall reflects the construction trend in coastal towns such as Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, and Phetchaburi, where the swampy land in the mangrove forests is not suitable for heavy structures.

Wat Kamphra

A shrine to His Royal Highness Prince Abhakorn of Chumphon, the Father of the Royal Thai Navy, has been put up, and is highly revered by the people of Samut Sakhon, especially fisherman, who always pay tribute to the shrine before going out fishing.

3. Cruising the Khlong Khok Kham, Retracing
the Historic Trip of Phanthai Norasing

The winding Khok Kham Canal takes visitors back in time, with the tale of the legendary helmsman, Phanthai Norasing of the Late Ayutthaya period, who put his own life on the line to protect his master, King Suea. The cruise starts from the shrine on Khlong Khok Kham, and turns into Khlong Phitthayalongkorn and Khlong Pramong, before heading for the sea. Along the route, a genuine atmosphere of a folk fishing village and a rich mangrove area close to Bangkok can be appreciated. Facing the sea, mussel poles are scattered, with marine birds settling down among them. In proper conditions, dolphins can be spotted near the boats. Visitors can try their hands at scraping oysters from mangrove roots, searching for cockle shells and green mussels, and taking a rest before heading for the open sea, with fresh seafood provided on shore. A sea cruise is then taken, with a stop to observe shrimp paste making, and to buy souvenirs before heading back to the shrine of Phanthai Norasing.
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Wat Khok Kham

The riverside temple is situated at Phanthai Norasing Sub-district, in Amphoe Mueang Samut Sakhon, Samut Sakhon Province. Parts of a royal barge and other artifacts are kept here. The temple also features fine Chinese artwork, particularly in the patterns on the gables, carved in the form of auspicious flowers and animals in accordance with the Chinese belief, such as bats, swans, dragons, and herons. The temple is believed to have been built in the Third Reign of Bangkok.
cruising the khlong khok kham
cruising the khlong khok kham

The Shrine of Phanthai Norasing (original shrine)

The shrine is located at Phanthai Norasing Village, in Amphoe Mueang Samut Sakhon, Samut Sakhon Province. It was built at the site of the historic event on Khlong Khok Kham, where the royal barge of King Suea was rammed onto the bank, its top broken off, taking the life of Phanthai Norasing, the helmsman. Both banks of the canal are covered with mangrove forests, with nature trails put up for enthusiasts. Seafood restaurants and shops are also found in this pleasant neighbourhood.

Khok Kham Marine Bird-watching

On the way to the shrine of Phanthai Norasing, there exist natural shrimp farms tended by local people. At low ebb, several marine birds forage for food in the swampy area, making it a well-known bird-watching site. In the cool season, no less than 40 kinds of birds can be found, especially rare species such as the Parrotbill. There are several other species of small bird. The bird-watching area spreads all over, such as at the shrine of Phanthai Norasing, Ban San Dap, and Ban Sahakon (Cooperatives Estate). For more information, contact the Conservation Club of Khok Kham, Tel. 0-3485-7232.

Old Fishing Village

On both banks of Khlong Pramong-(Fishery) leading out to the sea, one finds an old fishing village, in existence for more than a century. Residents are engaged mostly in folk fishing, using simple implements and traps for crabs, fish, and shrimps. They also raise mussels on poles along the coast and make shrimp paste. They join forces to conserve the mangrove forest as their source of livelihood. Visitors can buy fresh seafood and genuine shrimp paste at reasonable prices.



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