Samut Songkhram Travel Information
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Introduction

Samut Songkram
Samut Songkhram is a city in Western Thailand, located on the sea shore of the Mae Klong Bay, 74 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. It occupies an area of 416 square kilometers and is administratively divided into three Amphoes: Muang, Amphawa, and Bang Khonthi. Samut Songkhram area is a low basin having a river and canals passing all over; this with frequent rains make the majority area suitable for cultivation of fruits, the people cultivate various kinds of fruits such as grapes, lychee, pomelo, guava and coconuts. In addition, along both sides of Thon Buri-Pak Tho Highway, there are several salt production fields, and lobster farms as well.


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Attractions


Church of the Virgin MaryChurch of the Virgin Mary
This is some 4 kms. north of Bang Khonthi district along the route to Bang Nok Khwaek. The catholic church was constructed in 1890 with French Gothic architecture and decorated with stained glass. It is now a place of worship for over 400 Christian families living in this area.

Khai Bang Kung
This was once an old navy camp constructed during the late Ayutthaya period. Inside its area, there is an old chapel housing a large stucco Buddha image and mural paintings. Visitors can cross the Mae Klong River by the bridge near the Church of Virgin Mary, then turn left and continue for another 10 kms.

Don Hoi Lot
This famous attraction can be reached along Highway No. 35 and a 5 kms. access road on the left. It is a bar
of worm shells at the mouth of the Mae Klong River. The shell is plentiful during the dry season (around April to May).
There are many restaurants and stallsselling a vast variety of seafood products.

In-Chan Siamese Twin statue
This is located in Tambon Lad Yai, far from Samut Songkhram Provincial Hall 4 kms. along Ekachai Road. It is built to Commemorate Siamese Twin named "In-Chan" who were born in this province 180 years ago. In-Chan Siamese Twin statue is not only a place to study its history but also a new tourist attraction.

King Buddhalertla Naphalai Memorial Park

This garden, occupying an area of 11 rai, is the royal place of birth of King Phra Phuttha Lertla. There is a group of typical Thai houses used as a museum with some shops selling foods, local food stuffs, and handicraft items within the compound. Trees and plants of all species ever found in Thai literature are grown throughout the landscape. To access the garden, one can travel by Highway No.4 to Km.63 where one turns to enter Highway No. 325 leading to Changwat Samut Songkhram. It is six kilometers further on (guide signs are displayed all the way). Alternatively, one can make a bus trip via the Bang Mun Nag route from the bus terminal located at the Municipality Market.

Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram
This temple is devoted to the Na Bang Chang family. Originally, this was the house of King Rama II's mother. The chapel as well as the antiques inside the temple include beautiful art work and architecture from the early Rattanakosin period.

Floating Market
There are several floating markets in the vicinity of Chagwat Samut Songkhram. A visitor can hire a boat from Mae Klong Market Landing to visit them.

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Transportation


By car

Take Highway 35 (Thon Buri – Pak Tho or Rama II Road), past the Na Kluea – Maha Chai Intersection. At around Km 63, take the elevated way into the town of Samut Songkhram.

By bus
The Transport Company Limited offers a daily bus service between Bangkok and Samut Songkhram, leaving the Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratchachonnani Road from 5.40 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

By train
From the Wongwian Yai Railway Station, there is a daily train from Wongwian Yai to Maha Chai. Take a boat from the Maha Chai Pier to the Tha Chalom Pier and get on a train from the Ban Laem Railway Station to the town of Samut Songkhram. Or take a bus from the Maha Chai Railway Station straight to the town.

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