Despite being so close to Bangkok, Phra Samut Chedi district of Samut Prakan is still relatively unknown to both Thai and foreign tourists. It’s easy to spot this area on the satellite image below as there are hardly any buildings. Just fish and shrimp farms as far as you can see. There are very few roads here. Highlights of this trip included a temple surrounded by the sea, a reclining pagoda, a 120 year old fortress, a mangrove forest walk with monkeys, a royal navy ship, and an island in the Chao Phraya River populated with hundreds of fruit bats. The following photos were posted live during the day trip.
Date of trip: Sunday 3rd June 2018
Today, I’m taking three of our foreign teachers to explore Phra Samut Chedi district in Samut Prakan. It’s a very isolated area with few roads.
✅ Itinerary of trip with photos: http://www.bangkok-daytrips.com/trips/the-temple-surrounded-by-the-sea
Setting off on a Bangkok day trip to the Temple Surrounded by the Sea and other destinations in Phra Samut Chedi district of Samut Prakan. I’m taking some of the teachers from our school. You can join us virtually as I will be posting live on social media.
After driving for 40 minutes, our first stop is Pali Pier where we rented a boat for the rest of the journey to the Ban Khun Samut Chin community. There are no roads here and boats & walking are the only way to reach the temple surrounded by the sea.
The boat ride to Ban Khun Samut Chin lasted about 15 minutes. Now there’s a 20 minute walk to the temple. If we’re lucky, we might be able to catch a ride on a golf cart. But it’s good to explore on foot and take our time.
It’s a hot walk from the pier to Wat Khun Samut Chin. There are not many trees here. Just fish farms. But it’s a good walk and dead silent for much of the way. Just the chirping of birds and a boat engine in the distance.
Some cyclists past us on the way to Wat Khun Samut Chin. They said they came by boat. However, you can actually come all the way here by bicycle but it’s not easy. I did it a few years ago with a couple of friends. Here’s the photos & map: http://paknam.com/cycle-trips/ban-khun-samut-chin-loop
This is Wat Khun Samut Chin. Due to lane erosion, the temple is now surrounded by the sea at high tide. They’ve now built a wall around the temple grounds which helps keep it dry. In the past, it used to be flooded during storms. Now they’ve started to re lain the Landry by burying wave breakers and mangrove saplings. However, you still have to go to the temple along a raised concrete platform.
Every time I come to Wat Khun Samut Chin they seem to be building something new. Looks like they are building a new Ordination Hall. But this time much higher off the ground.
This is the original Ordination Hall at Wat Khun Samut Chin. They had to raise the floor due to flooding at high tide.
We managed to get a golf cart ride back from Wat Khun Samut Chin to the pier which cost 20B/person. There was a boat waiting there which then took us back to the main road. This cost 100B for the first person and then 10B/person for everyone else.
Drone photos of Wat Khun Samut Chin, the temple surrounded by the sea in Samut Prakan http://paknam.com/drone-photos/aerial-photos-of-wat-khun-samut-chin
Back in the car, our next stop is Ban Sakhla, is an isolated community in Samut Prakan surrounded by shrimp and crab farms. There’s a paved road to the town now, but most people still get around by boat.
Our lunch today at a food shop in Ban Sakhla in Samut Prakan.
Exploring Ban Sakhla in Samut Prakan. The houses in the town are built on stilts. There are no roads. Just raised concrete paths. This is the kind of place that doesn’t get to see many Westerners.
Drone photos of Ban Sakhla, an isolated community in Samut Prakan http://paknam.com/drone-photos/aerial-photos-of-ban-sakhla
Our next major stop is at Phra Chulachomklao Fortress at the estuary of the Chao Phraya River. The large Armstrong guns here were only fired once in anger against French ships in 1893. The guns and fort are still in good condition.
This is the mangrove forest walk in Phra Chulachomklao Fortress in Samut Prakan. They’ve done a good job keeping it in good condition, but be careful of the monkeys.
This is HTMS Maeklong which was a Royal Thai Navy escort vessel and training ship. Today it is permanently moored at Phra Chulachomklao Fortress in Samut Prakan. It is free to climb aboard the ship and explore inside.
These are the Armstrong guns at Phra Chulachomklao Fortress in Samut Prakan. There are seven of them and date back to the 1890’s. They are still in good condition.
Back in the car again, our next stop is Phra Samut Chedi which is the symbol of Samut Prakan. It used to be on an island in the Chao Phraya River, but the river changed direction when they dredged it in the 1950’s to allow the big cargo ships to reach Bangkok.
The last stop on our day trip in Samut Prakan is at Phi Sua Samut Island. You can cross over on a pedestrian bridge. Not many people know about this island in the Chao Phraya River.
Phi Sua Samut island is also a fortress with three large Armstrong guns that date back to the 1890’s.
There’s also a mangrove forest walk on Phi Samut Island. But the boardwalk is in really bad condition. However we got to see the hundreds of giant fruit bats in the trees.
Drone photos of Phi Sua Samut Island in Samut Prakan http://paknam.com/drone-photos/aerial-photos-of-pom-phi-sua-samut-island
That’s a wrap on my Bangkok day trip to Phra Samut Chedi district in Samut Prakan. I hope you enjoyed the photos and I’ve inspired you to visit. Click here for the full itinerary and map links of today’s trip: http://www.bangkok-daytrips.com/trips/the-temple-surrounded-by-the-sea