Mae Klong the charm of the heart forever

Mae Klong or Samut Songkram even it’s the smallest area in Thailand but there are many cool places to check in. Amphawa district is very famous both Thai and foriengner. You can do the say trip or stay overnight and enjoy a canal view with green garden for 2 nights. There are resorts and homestays that are waiting to welcome you there. Let’s go to Samut Songkhram.

Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram Temple 

WatAmphawanChetiyaram is located near King Rama II Memorial Park and belongs to the Bang Chang family. It was commissioned by the mother of Queen Amarintharamat, who married King Rama I, and she once lived behind this beautiful temple. It is believed that the area where the Prang (or spire) is standing is the birthplace of King Rama II.

WatAmphawanChetiyaram was renovated several times by Kings Rama III, IV, and V. At present, it is a royal temple of the second class. The Ubosot (ordination hall) and permanent structures within the temple were mostly created in the early Rattanakosin style of art and architecture. In addition, King Rama II is also memorialized here.

To get there, take a bus at the Municipal Market of Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram, travelling from Mae Klong to Bang NokKhwaek and Ratchaburi, and get off in front of WatAmphawanChetiyaram. Alternatively, start driving on Highway 35 (Thon Buri–Pak Tho). At Km 63, drive through the town of SamutSongkhram and go on for another 6 kilometers to turn right to Highway 325 (SamutSongkhram – Bang Phae). Take a left turn between Km 36-37 for around 1 kilometer.

Address Amphawa District, Samut Songkram

King rama ii memorial park

This park was built to honor King Rama II and is run by a royally-supported foundation. King Rama II was awarded the status of Person of the World by UNESCO for his contributions to the arts and culture of Thailand, and his achievements are celebrated in this compound. In addition, the King Rama II Museum, composed of four buildings, houses artifacts from the early Rattanakosin era, King Rama II’s household furniture, and showcases the lives of Thais during the king’s reign.

Nearby, there is an open theater and a botanical garden where plants cited in Thai literature are cultivated. A shop offers local products and young saplings for those wishing to grow the plants at home.

To get there by public transport, take a bus at the Municipal Market of AmphoeMueangSamutSongkhram, travelling from Mae Klong to Bang NokKhwaek and Ratchaburi, and get off in front of the park. By car, take Highway 35 (Thon Buri–Pak Tho) to Km 63 and drive through the town of SamutSongkhram. Switch to Highway 325 (SamutSongkhram–Bang Phae) and take a left turn between Km 36-37 for around approximately 1 kilometer.

 The park is open during weekdays from 8.30 am–5.00 and on weekends from 8.30 am-5.30 pm. Admission is 20 baht for adults and 5 baht for children. For more information, call 0 3475 1666 and 0 3475 1376, or fax 0 3475 1376.

Address Amphawa District, Samut Songkram

Bang Kung Camp

Following the second defeat of the Ayutthaya kingdom in 1767, the king relocated his navy to this campsite. A wall was built, making a temple, Wat Bang Kung, not only the spiritual center of the camp but also the physical center. As King Taksin the Great later ordered Chinese soldiers from various provicnces to guard the camp, the camp came to be known as Bang Kung Chinese Camp. A year later, Ayutthaya was successfully reclaimed, and the campsite was left deserted for almost 200 years before the Ministry of Education built a shrine to memorialize King Taksin the Great’s achievements.

Within the camp compound, there is an ordination hall built in the Ayutthaya period and now covered with lush ficus. Upon arriving at the compound, visitors will also see a replica wall built to celebrate King Taksin the Great’s battle with invading forces.

Address:  Bang Kung, Bang Khonthi District, Samut Songkhram 

Amphawa Chaipattana Nurak

Amphawa Chaipattana Nurak is located in Amphawa District, near Amphawa Floating Market. It is the royal project under the initiative of H.R.H Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn. She assigned Chaipattana Foundation to make use of the land donated by Mr.PrayongNakhawarang, an Amphawa villager in order to benefit Amphawa Community. The land utilization is aimed to carry on Thai folk wisdom, and preserve ways of life of Amphawa people. In addition, Amphawa has its long history reflecting Thai heritage, late generations can therefore trace back its glorious past and realize Amphawa as a splendid Thai cultural and traditional community through the exhibition, and conservation of Amphawa cultural items. Amphawa residents have been proud of their background themselves.

“Amphawa Chaipattana Nurak Conservation Project” has divided its area into many sections; the history of Amphawa Society and the King’s Sufficiency Economy, Agricultural Demonstration Farm (e.g. Coconut orchard and other plants), Nakhawarang Cultural Playground (which is named after its donator), space for organizing activities, and Amphawa souvenir shops. Inside the building is a local Amphawa museum, which displays those discovered household items in Amphawa district. Moreover, Amphawa also has villager’s shops, Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House (where visitors can drop by to get some drinks and snacks), a 200-year-old coffee shop with its vintage interior atmosphere. Travellers can visit Ban Khru Eua (or Khru Eua’s House) located near the Project area. Inside the house exhibits the biography, works, and personal belongings of Khru Eua Sunthornsanan or Soontharaporn, a famous singer teacher of Thailand in the old days.

Address : Amphawa, Samut Songkhram

Bang Noi floating market

Bangnoi Floating Market is located at the Bangnoi canal (Wat Koh Kaew), Kradangnga sub-district, Bang Khonthi district. It is 5 kilometers away from the King Rama II Memorial Park in Amphawa district and Amphawa Floating Market. Bangnoi community or Bangnoi Nok used to be a very important trading water area along the Mae Klong River. 40 years ago, wooden houses were built along the two riversides. 

Bangnoi Floating Market is open during the waning moon period and the waxing moon period on 4th, 8th and 3rd. it is open every Saturday and Sunday from 07.00 on. Agricultural products sold here include lychees, mangoes, pomelo, star apples, rose apples and Samut Songkhram’s well-known foods and desserts like Klong shrimp paste, lemon pickles bought from the farms, preserved and sold on the boat. Also, on the ground inside the wooden house shops, various interesting goods are available. 

If you visit Bangnoi Floating Market, you should not miss Taejiu Roti of Renu which is the only roti store in Bangnoi Floating Market. Visitors can wander around the market to viewing the ancient atmosphere, enjoying various shops along the riverside and talking with the local people. For those who like the antiques, there is a free museum called the Tang Siam Ha Museum. Boat trip to the museum at Wat Sai, an over 400-year-old temple, is available where you can learn the establishment of the place and the daily life of people along the way. Homestays are available for tourists who love to experience the peaceful environment. 

Address: Kradangnga sub-district, Bang Khonthi district, Samut Songkram

Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic Amphawa is old and very popular among tourists.  This floating market is also one of the top Samut Songkhram’s tourist attractions.  Because it is not far from Bangkok, every Friday – Sunday the market will be packed by the tourists who come to enjoy canalside views or having delicious food.  All visitors can purchase seafood, local Thai dessert or souvenirs for friends and family.  Moreover, the visitors can have a boat tour to see views and lifestyles along Amphawa Canal.  At night, the visitors can arrange for a boat trip to watch fireflies in cork trees as a fascinating night scene of the day. 

Address: Amphawa District, Samut Songkram

Mae Klong Railway Market (Hoop Rom Market)

Mae Klong Railway Market (Hoop Rom Market) is a local market in Samut Songkhram Province, commonly called Siang Tai (life-risking) Market. It is considered one of amazing-Thailand attractions in the province. Spreading over a 100-metre length, the market is located by the railway near Mae Klong Railway Station, Mueng District, Samut Songkhram Province. It is a common fresh market selling seafood, vegetable, fruits, fresh and dried food, meats and other miscellaneous goods. Mae Klong Railway Market is open from 6.00 a.m. -6.00 p.m.       

The market is called ‘life-risking’ market because its stalls are attached to the Mae Klong-Ban Laem railway, which is a short railway line running from and to Mahachai and Mae Klong. Vendors at the market put out parasols or canvas to protect themselves against the sun. The shelters stick into the railway where visitors walk and do their shopping. When each signal of the arriving train rings, chaos happens: vendors will rush to close their parasols and canvas, along with clearing all goods that will obstruct the coming train at a great speed. Once the train passes, parasols and canvas will be reopened as goods are again put into their usual place next to the railroad. 
The market, accordingly, is so called ‘Hoop Rom (umbrella/parasol-closing) Market’. The practice is usual for vendors and local people, but not for tourists who will definitely find the scene exciting and enjoyable at each visit. The parasol-closing event happens eight times per day according to the time that trains leave Mahachai for Mae Klong and depart Mae Klong for Mahachai. Trains will arrive at Mae Klong Station at 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m., and depart the station at 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

Address: Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram

Don Hoi Lot

A favourite stop for tourists to SamutSongkhram is the pristine sandbar at the mouth of the Mae Klong River: Don Hoi Lot, named for the abundant indigenous “Hoi Lot” or razor clams. The 3-kilometer-by-5-kilometer stretch spans two zones: Don Nok lies at the mouth of Ao Mae Klong, accessible by boat, and Don Nai is located on the beach of the Chuchi village in Tambon Bang Chakreng and on the beach of the Bang Bo village in Tambon Bang Kaeo, accessible by car.

A nearby shrine offers live music in the late afternoons on the first and third weeks of the month, and neighboring restaurants offer a delicious range of fresh and dried seafood for souvenirs. Be sure to take advantage of the lingering low tides between March and May and hire a boat from the nearby Aphon Pavilion for a scenic tour.

Address: Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram

Thai Dressert Musium

Thai desserts are famous as same as Thai food. It also has a very interesting history. If you want  know about the origin of Thai desserts, an what is counted as Thai dessert ?You have to visit the Thai dessert museum  where you can learn all about Thai dessert. The museum was set up to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 9th Birthday on the occasion of HM the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary.

Show the story of Thai dessert from the Sukhothai period with White boiled candy, red boiled candy, the dessert was born in this era. Ayutthaya period, where Thai desserts are influenced by foreign desserts of Thao Thong Kep Mar the leader of the sous chef in those days. The desserts developed in Ayutthaya period are  Foy Tong, Ting Yib, Thai steamed custard, Kanom Ping. Until the Rattanakosin period, which has a variety of beautiful Thai desserts, such as Muskod, Rung Rai, Lam Jeak, Mongkol Kao Yang, etc. The cause of the Thai dessert museum here because the city has a variety of raw materials because of the fertile soil. Come visit and learn the story of Thai desserts that are still present. And see some Thai desserts that now are difficult to find and learn how to make Thai dessert and conveyors in the past. You can visit here with no charge. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays only from 10am to 7pm.

Address: AMphawa district, Samut Songkram

The Church of the Virgin Mary or Asanawihan Maephrabangkerd

This church is located at Mu 7, Tambon Bang Nok Khwaek. The church is a holy worshipping place for Christian families living around the area. It was constructed in 1890 A.D. by Father Paolo Salmone, a French Missionary. The construction of the church took 6 years. Built in French Gothic architectural style. The windows are decorated with stained glass. Within the church, there is a Statue, a pulpit, a holy water basin, various kinds of candelabra, and carvings depicting various historical points in the Bible. It is located about 100 metres further from Somdet Phra Ammarin Bridge. You can also get there by renting a long-tailed boat from the pier at Amphoe Sam Phran District Office.

Address:  Bang Nok Kwaek sub-district, Bang Khon Tee district, Samut Song Kram

What to eat in Samut Song Kram

Food is one of the things that make the tourists visit Samut Songkhram often and do not get tired to go there because there are a lot of good things,especially seafood. Seafood here is really fresh as just lifted from the sea. Dessert and a snack attracted many people. The popular restaurants are; Kieng Talay, Reuan Waree, Nok Eaing 2, Lung Khan Food park,Ban Chom View, Ngor Phochana, Ban Tong Boran, Dang Seafood, Kru Hom Kitchen, Namthip Kitchen etc; For dessert places; Chan Chala, Café Na Bangnoi, Sainam Ru Ja Kun ect. And there are many restaurants that you can check in.

For more information please contact, The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samut Songkram office Tel: 034 752-847-8