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Khlong Tour > Samut Songkhram

Khlong tour in Samut Songkhram

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4. Touring Tha Kha Floating Market,
Cruising the Canal through an Old Plantation

The route starts from Tha Kha Floating Market. Visitors are afforded opportunities to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables direct from planters, sample baat noodles, coffee and desserts, and to tour the canal on paddle boats provided by local authorities, through well-shaded orchards and plantations, for a close touch with gentle lifestyle on the waterfront. At the swcet aroma of palm syrup, a, stop can be made to observe palm sugar making, where visitors are welcome to try their hands in the process. Products can be bought as souvenirs as well.

      tha kha floating market
tha kha floating market    

Thai Houses on the Royal Boat Tour Route

The home of Muen Chan Chanprapha is where King Chulalongkorn made a stop and bad a meal on a private visit to the area. The home of Muen Chan is a Thai group-house of three units, a common feature in Samut Songkhram. It is presently under the supervision of Mr. Chamlong Kaeothongpraphai.

Tha Kha Floating Market

The Tha Kha Floating Market is where local people meet to exchange their goods in the traditional way, at the only remaining site on the Mae Klong River. They agree to meet six days a month, on the 2nd, 7th, and 12th day of the waning and the waxing moon. The market comes alive from about 7 am. to early afternoon. By late morning, the river is filled to the brim with boats of all sorts. Some travel from the neighbourhood in the Mae Klong Basin, Ratchaburi and Don Manora. The scene is hectic and fascinating when renowned fruits of Amphawa such as pomelo and lychee are in season.

5. Cruising the Mae Klong, Touring Khlong Amphawa, Visiting the Greenery of Bang Chang

The agricultural area of Amphawa and Bang Khonthi Districts in Samut Songkhram Province has long been recognized as the “green ring” around the capital, Under the name of “Suan Nok Bang Chang – Outer Plantations of Bang Chang”, as against “Suan Nai Bangkok – Inner Plantations of Bangkok”. Famous fruits such as pomelo and lychee are grown in the lush green area criss-crossed by water channels making their way to the Mae Klong River, the main waterway of the province. The cruising routes on the Mae Klong River and Khlang Amphawa put visitors in close touch with the peaceful and simple life of planters on the waterfront and the invaluable artworks and musical tradition in the area.
    mae klong
mae klong
  mae klong

Wat Bang Kung

This wat is situated in Bang Kung Military Camp, formerly the stronghold of King Taksin in his campaign against the Burmese forces after the establishment of Thon Buri as the new capital city. A structure of interest in the temple is an ancient temple building covered by trees such as pipal and banyan, whose roots keep the falling structure intact. At present, Buddhist rites and rituals, such as ordinations, still take place inside the building. A large Buddha image is enshrined in the hall, with traces of murals remaining.
mae klong
mae klong

Wat Bang Khae Yai

The main temple hall is more than 150 years old. It houses a Buddha image made of laterite, in the posture of Subduing Mara. A mural painting in tempera, executed in the Second Reign, features a rare scene of the Thai-Bunnese war. It was on a wall panel of a monk's residence and is now kept in the Lord Abbot's residence.

King Rama II Park

The park is lush and green with a great variety of plants. Saplings can be bought from shops lining the entrance to the park. Inside, an open-air theatre has been built, where the mask play of Ramakian, the Thai version of the Ramayana, is performed on 24th February, Thai Artists Day, each year. The King Rama II Museum inside the park is a five-unit Thai-style group-house, with a display of artifacts and personal objects of the artistic king. The Mae Klong River runs past the back of the park. A river barge used by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for touring the park can be seen docked at the pier. Visitors can relax in the pleasant atmosphere of the riverside park or enjoy the boat noodles available for sampling at very affordable prices.

Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong

This residence in golden teak, lacquered and gilded, is situated on the riverfront. It is the only surviving structure of the five-unit Thai group-house, built and dedicated to the temple by the parents of the Queen of the First Reign. Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong is currently the "House of Thai Music," offering courses in Thai music to children in the community.

Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram

The temple area was once the residence of Queen Amarindra of the First Reign, and the birthplace of King Rama II. A stupa was built by King Rama III to house the ashes of King Rama II. The murals inside the temple hall were done under the instructions of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, telling the life and work of King Rama II, featuring scenes from his famous literary works such as Sang Thong, Krai Thong, Khawi, and Inao. The water-based lifestyle of the people of the Mae Klong River basin is also portrayed in the murals.
mae klong
mae klong

Amphawa Market

This was formerly the most famous floating market in the Mae Klong River some 60 years ago. The simple charms of the area remain intact in the old shop houses on the waterfront, wooden structures with folding doors standing in a long row of almost 500 units, with walkways linking all of them, and bridges across the canal. One can observe the making of wooden umbrella, sample and buy Chinese sweets and tidbits, including Chinese cakes and buns, and the freshly roasted and ground coffee beans.

Wat Chulamani

This is an old temple dating back to the Ayutthaya Period, built towards the end of the reign of King Prasatthong, by Thao Kaeo Phaluek, or Noi, the daughter of Phlai, the proprietor of Bang Chang Market, the founder of the Queen's family name of Na Bang Chang. In the temple is a fine four-sided temple hall that took up to 31 years to complete. At the pier, a hall is located housing the figure of the Venerable Nueang, a revered Buddhist monk for the people of Samut Songkhram and the neighbouring areas.

Wat Bang Kaphom

This is an ancient temple of the Ayutthaya Period, with an unusual prayer hall, featuring round doors surrounded by porches, in the same manner as a Chinese pavilion, and with figures of Chinese and Western troops on guard. Within the hall, one finds four Buddha footprints, carved on wood, with exquisite mother-of-pearl inlaid patterns, presumably executed by court artists. The upper wall is decorated with stucco carvings in the Thai-Chinese style. To the front, one finds a hall housing the figure of the Venerable Khong, highly respected in Samut Songkhram and beyond.



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