If you travel to Bangkok for business and have only one time left after a long session of meetings and seminars, but the traveller’s spirit in you is calling for some adventure beyond shopping centres and urban attractions, Samut Songkhram is an interesting destination that matches your condition. Only an hour away from Bangkok, many popular landmarks awaits. From a bustling floating market to a mangrove forest study centre. From a salt farm to a memorial park. This birthplace of the most famous twins of the world will impress you in all facets!
AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET
Located near Amphawan Chetiyaram Temple, about one hours’ drive from Bangkok, this floating market is open from Fridays to Sundays. The Amphawa canal community has retained its cultural heritage successfully, and was granted an Honorable Mention Award in 2008 by the UNESCO Asia–Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Visitors can explore the canal banks for local delicacies and products during the day, and then check into a homestay and hire a boat for a night excursion to watch fireflies dance around the evening air.
DON HOI LOT
Enjoy fresh seafood from the fisherman’s boats (this area is especially known for razor clams) while lazily observing the daily lives of the local fishermen. Located along a sandbar off the coast of Samut Songkhram, the best period to visit Don Hoi Lot is during March-May when its mudflats will appear much longer than usual.
AO MAHACHAI MANGROVE FOREST STUDY CENTRE
Explore the mangrove eco-system, including different species of birds and fish, on the Tha Chin Estuary near Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Study Centre by following the nature trail in the mangrove forest. Entrance is free, and parking is available nearby.
This is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and visitors can purchase cheap seafood, as well as fruits and vegetables, alongside locals. If you are looking for dried and pickled seafoods, just cross the river at Mahachai to the west bank and you’ll find a good choice at Tha Chalom fishing village.
This is a conveniently located mall in Samut Songkhram where all travellers heading to destinations further south will stop for a break and to grab some food and drinks (the McDonald drive-through and Starbucks are popular).
If you are a fan of salt, or a photographer who’s bored with the usual travel scenery, just stop by the roadside and take a closer look at the activities on a salt farm.
KING RAMA II MEMORIAL PARK
Every February, Amphawa District will hold their district fair at King Rama II Memorial Park. Visitors will be entertained by folk shows, outdoor Khon performances, demonstrations of traditional Thai cooking, and be able to shop for a wide variety of the best local products.
CHANG-ENG SIAMESE TWINS MEMORIAL
The Chang-Eng Siamese twins were born on 11 May 1811 in Samut Songkhram, and made their country well-known overseas after they travelled to America and the United Kingdom as part of a public show. Today, a memorial space with statues of these Siamese twins can be found in Lat Yai Sub-district, around four kilometres from City Hall.