Tag: Samut Sakhon

Trip to Samut Sakhon for the Seafood Festival

TRAVEL DATE: 5 March 2016
DESTINATION: Samut Sakhon Province

Samut Sakhon is well-known as a fishing port and is the center of fresh seafood. Every year during March, the local government organize a Seafood Festival. The city is only an hour’s drive from Bangkok and is an easy day trip. I drove down there to explore some of its main attractions before visiting the seafood festival at the end of the day. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.

The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:

LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Mahachai Railway Station สถานีรถไฟมหาชัย 13.54597 100.27578
Mahachai Market ตลาดมหาชัย 13.54544 100.27602
Mahachai Pier ท่าเรือมหาชัย 13.544449 100.275012
City Pillar Shrine ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองสมุทรสาคร 13.54503 100.27426
Wichian Chodok Fortress ป้อมวิเชียรโชฎก 13.54458 100.27369
Wat Krok Krak วัดโกรกกราก 13.53111 100.27507
Old abandoned carriages 13.54908 100.28295
Phra Pothisat Kuan Im Park อุทยานพระโพธิสัตว์กวนอิม 13.53136 100.26291
Wat Suttiwat Wararam วัดสุทธิวาตวราราม 13.53047 100.26341
Wat Bangyapraek วัดบางหญ้าแพรก 13.51791 100.26508
Salt Fields นาเกลือ 13.50799 100.25479
Seafood Festival เทศกาลอาหารทะเล 13.55703 100.27556

PHOTO ALBUM: You can reach Samut Sakhon by train from Bangkok, but I drove there along Rama II Road. It made it easier for me to visit some of the places away from the main roads.

Cycle Trip to Mahachai with Grasshopper Adventures

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TRAVEL DATE: 30 May 2015
DESTINATION: Samut Sakhon Province

Grasshopper Adventures offers bicycle tours all over Thailand and the region. I have done a bicycle and boat tour with them before in Bangkok (see tweets).  This time it was a one day tour by train and bicycle to the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Sakhon province. This area is known locally as Mahachai. We first cycled to Wong Wian Yai railway station in Bangkok, and then caught the train to Mahachai. We then cycled down to the coast. We visited a mangrove conservation centre, salt pans and fishing villages.  During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here for the embedded tweets.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

Samut Sakhon is only a short distance from Bangkok and you can get there easily by train or bus. If you have your own car, the journey takes less than an hour from Bangkok. Samut Sakhon was formerly called Tha Chin probably because, in the old days, it had been a trading port dealing with a vast number of Chinese junks. The name of the town was changed to “Mahachai” when Mahachai Canal was dug in 1704 to join the Tha Chin River to the town. Later, the town was renamed Samut Sakhon by King Rama IV but it is still popularly called “Mahachai” by the villagers.

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LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Grasshopper Adventures 13.757264 100.499981
Bang Luang Mosque มัสยิดบางหลวง 13.738019 100.489401
Wat Bang Sai Kai วัดบางไส้ไก่ 13.732458 100.489301
Wong Wian Yai Station สถานีรถไฟวงเวียนใหญ่ 13.724583 100.491921
Mahachai Station สถานีรถไฟมหาชัย 13.546299 100.276877
Wat Bang Ya Praek วัดบางหญ้าแพรก 13.51796 100.265382
Bird Houses 13.511832 100.270557
Mangrove Forest Study Centre อนุรักษ์ป่าชายเลนเพื่อการท่องเที่ยว 13.502904 100.270772
Salt Fields 13.508714 100.255623
Krua Wasana Restaurant 13.469334 100.217624
Memorial Bridge สะพานพุทธ 13.739008 100.497514
Flower Market 13.742095 100.497373

PHOTO ALBUM – All photos were shot on an iPhone