Samut Sakhon Attractions, Attractions in Samut Sakhon, what to do in Samut Sakhon

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Historical Sites
Phanthai Norasing Shrine
Location : Mueang District
Phanthai Norasing Shrine
Phanthai Norasing Shrine
Phan Thai Norasing Shrine is a symbol of honesty, who lived during the Ayutthaya period about two hundred years ago. The historic event occurred in 1704 when Phra Chao Sua, a king of Ayutthaya, made a royal visit by the Ekkachai royal barge via the curved Khok Kham Canal. Phanthai Norasing, who was the coxswain, could not operate the steering, thus causing the prow to be broken by hitting the limb of a tree. To foster the palace law, the coxswain then begged the king to slaughter him although he was forgiven. After his death, the king built a shrine in Khlong Khok Kham and commanded to have a new canal, later named Khlong Mahachai, dug to eliminate the sharp curves of Khok Kham Canal. Moreover, there are an ancient boat, the temple which was built later together with the shrine, and the shrine reconstructed by Fine Art Department.

How to get there : By car, come via Rama II Road and turn into Soi Khang Wat Phanthai at Kilometer stone No. 16-17. The direction signs are easily seen along the way from then. Within the vicinity, there is also ‘Ho Phra’ or the House of Holy and Mae Si Nuan Shrine, which is a memorial for Phanthai Norasing’s wife awaiting to be visited.
Wichian Chodok Fortress
Location : Mueang District
Wichian Chodok Fortress was built in 1828 during the reign of King Rama III for prevent sea invasion from an enemy. During that era, tensions flared and conflicts with the Vietnamese on Chao Anuwong of Vientiane arose. King Rama III became concerned that the Vietnamese would invade Thailand. With this in mind, he commanded royally-appointed Phraya ChoduekRatchasetthi to lead the construction of a fortress protecting the mouth of the Tha Chin River.

The ancient fortress was made of bricks and cement with no stations dedicated to guarding - only to fighting. Openings in the wall allowed cannons to be fired against enemies coming up through the mouth of the river.

How to get there : Wichian Chodok Fortress is located in Maha Chai Sub-District, 200 meters from City Hall. By the car, drive along Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho Road) until to junction of Mueang Samut Sakhon turn to left and go straight about 2 kilometers. Fortress is located on the left of Mahachai pier.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Square Chimney or Plong Liam
Location : Krathum Baen District
Plong Liam is a chimney of a Portuguese sugar factory, called Captain Hit. It was constructed in 1824 during the reign of King Rama III. The structure is made of bricks and cement, standing 4 meters tall on a 4 meter-square base. An octagonal chimney rises 30 meters from the furnace. It is located at Tha Mai Sub-District near the basketball court in Ban Plong Liam School, on the bank of the Tha Chin River.

It is believed that the Portuguese who resided in Thailand during that period might support the villagers to plant sugar cane to supply sugar factories because in the past, this area was a good location for planting cane as evident from many sugarcane press factories, which are called by the locals as “Rong Hip”. Later, due to the geographical change, some of the canals linked to one another. The tide could run through 3 areas of Lat Tha Pla, Lat Hang Pla and Lat Ko, making sea water flood the sugarcane field. When there was no sugarcane to supply the factories, the Portuguese sugarcane press factories and sugar factories had to stop their businesses and have been left deserted until the present.

How to get there : Take Phetchakasem Road, passing PhutthamonthonSai 4 Intersection to the Flora Inn Intersection (1 kilometer before the elephant show space) and turn left for approximately 4 kilometers, passing Wat Tha Kham. Cross the ChaloemPhrakiat Bridge to WatThianDat–SuanPhak Intersection. Then, go straight on for approximately 3 kilometers to WatTha Mai and go further for 500 meters and turn right for 500 meters to reach this fascinating site.
Religious Site
Kuan U Shrine
Location : Mueang District
Kuan U Shrine
Kuan U Shrine
Kuan U Shrine located in Tha Chalom Sub-District which local people always pray for luck in working and subordinates because Kuan U is the god of honesty. For visitors, special occasions are the suitable time such as in April which the birthday ceremony is held, in July which has Kuan U birthday ceremony, in August which will be the birthday ceremony of 5 gods, and in December which has Peng Ang Yee ceremony. For anyone who does not want to come at the crowded time, other months are also available.

How to get there: By the car, use Rama II Road. After passing Tha Chin Bridge, turn left next to the patrol station. After passing Wat Chong Lom, there will be a little road at the right hand side to the road which is parallel to Tha Chin River. Go straight to Guan U Alley, the shrine is at the corner.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
San Chao Pun Tao Gong
Location : Mueang District
In the shrine, there are Chao Po Pun Tao Gong, elaborated statues, and wall paintings in Chinese style. The front door was delicately carved. The exit door was made in Chinese style. This is the place for Chinese-style lovers to worship and appreciate. Moreover, there are historical photos, especially the photos when King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) came to open the road on 18 March 1905. There is also a signboard telling about the history of this shrine. There are many statues, especially tiger statues and tiger paintings. It is assumed that they are the lackeys of Chao Po Pun Tao Gong or what people called “Chao Por Sua”, meaning the God of Tiger.

For visitors, there is a vegetarian food ceremony held in September (the 9th month). People observe the precepts, stop killing animals, and not eat meat. It is found that this shrine is one of nine places that Thai people visit to worship in the ceremony “Wai Chao 9 San Tesakan Gin Jay Samut Sakorn”, meaning “worship 9 shrine in vegetarian food ceremony of Samut Sakorn”, held by Samut Sakorn Municipality
The City Pillar Shrine or Sanlugmuang Samut Sakorn
Location : Mueang District
The City Pillar Shrine
The City Pillar Shrine
Sanlugmuang Samut Sakorn or Chao Po Vichian Chot was built completed in 1987 and inside the shrine, there is Chao Po Vichian Chot statue. It was carved and made from pipal. It looks like Siam Deva standing on the elaborated carved coronet with pure gold cover. It is over 1cubic high. This shrine is the sacred place that people worship and it is also the center of fishermen in the province. Before sailing, fishermen will go to pray and squib at the shrine for their luck.

The front and the side of the shrine are the large parking lots next to the river and the pier to Tha Chalong. There is also a tall restaurant to dine and see the scenery of Samut Sakorn. There is a large park near the shrine for relax and recreation. Behind the shrine, there are many interesting places such as Saolugmuang Samut Sakorn, Thailand’s biggest city pillar. It is located in a building with four gable ends, a pagoda top, and 3 stairs. There is also the shrine of Phra Sanggatjai behind Sanlugmuang Shrine.

For visitors, on the 11th day of the waning moon in the 5th month of Chinese calendar every year, there Is the ceremony of Chao Po Lukmuang parade. It is the parade in water which is the only parade in Thailand held in water. Visitors can also visit the shrine in other time.

How to get there : Use the Highway No. 35. Then use the frontage road near Samut Sakorn City and turn left to the Setthakit 1 (3091) Road. Go straight to the pier and turn right to the road next to the river and then the shrine. The landmark of the shrine is the large roof in front of the shrine and a little house with Chinese style roof behind.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Wat Bang Pla
Location : Mueang District
Wat Bang Pla is an ancient temple built during the Early Rattanakosin period. Temple is situated at Ban Bang Pla village, Ban Koh Sub-District, Mueang District. Wat Bang Pla is an important temple of the Mon community in the province because all their festivals and religious ceremonies, such as Visakha Bucha Day and the last day of Buddhist Lent, are held there. The old ordination hall has arches of Sema stone to mark the monasterial boundary. The pediment is decorated with molded porcelains with the design of dragon grabbing a glass marble.

How to get there : From Mahachai, drive along Setthakit Road (Mahachai – Krathum Baen) for approximately 5 kilometers. Then turn left and continue for another 4 kilometers. This temple shares the entrance with Wat Pa Chai Rangsi. Wat Krok Krak
Wat Krok Krak
Wat Krok Krak
Location : Mueang District
Wat Krok Krak was built in 1810 in the period of King Rama 2and the temple located near Tha Chin River. Wat Krok Krak has a holy Buddha image who wears glasses with dark lenses, made from the laterite in Sukhothai Period. People call him “Luang Por Pu”

The reason why Luang Por Pu wears glasses with dark lenses because during his time, conjunctivitis spread to Krok Krak Village. Medication wasn’t then advanced and people had to cure themselves with home remedies, and conjunctivitis wasn’t getting better. Everyone believed in and prayed Luang Por Pu: “If conjunctivitis is cured, we will cover Laterite Buddha Images’ eyes with golden sheets. After that conjunctivitis disappeared from the village. After that there were many people in the village covered Laterite Buddha Images’ eyes with golden sheets.
Wat Pa Chai Rangsi
Location : Mueang District
Wat Pa Chai Rangsi
Wat Pa Chai Rangsi
Wat Pa Chai Rangsi is located on the bank of Tha Chin River. It was constructed in 1982, by Phra Thepsitthi Yanna Rangsi or Chan Gavesago is the architect, who combined a variety of architectural styles to create a unique construction such as some parts of the temple resembles stone sanctuaries in the Northeast of the country, while others are decorated in Lanna style.

One of the major structures within the temple ground is the ordination hall called Phra Buddhaphum Rangsi, which enshrines Phra Buddha Tosapol Yana Maha Karuna Sakhon. It is circled by a massive fence of Naga. The entrance is also exquisitely embellished with images of 6-headed Naga. It is a 2-storey ordination hall with 3 layers of overlapping roof. Unlike most ordination halls whose pediments are decorated with gables and ridges, the pediment here is decorated with Lanna-style wooden Kalae. The rear wall behind the main Buddha image is installed with an enormous wooden craftwork of the Bodhi tree spreading its branches to symbolize the Enlightenment. The wooden craftwork on the left side presents the birth of Lord Buddha, while the one on the right side is about the Nirvana. The vast area of this temple is filled with trees to provide shady and pleasant atmospheres that suit the name “Wat Pa”. There is also a pond which really enhances the calmness. Moreover, the temple provides a manor house and traditional Thai quarters for dharma and meditation practices.

How to get there:
By Car
From Mahachai use the Highway 3091 (Setthakit Road) or Mahachai-Krathum Baen. After driving for about 5 kilometers, turn left at the intersection near KM 16 just opposite the Samut Sakhon power plant. Keep going for 1.5 kilometers, then make a right turn and continue for 200 meters. Alternatively, you can use Petchkasem Road and make a left turn to enter Phuttha Monthon 4. Next, go straight on Buddha Sakhon Road for 8 kilometers and cross the Setthakit flyover. Then turn right at KM 16 (power plant).

By Bus
There are also bus services that pass the temple, namely the blue lines (Mahachai - Wat Bang Pla) and the Bus Terminal - Bang Pla - Patthana T-junction line.
Contact : Tel. 0 3441 2992, 0 3481 0123
Wat Sutthi Wata Wararam or Wat Chong Lom
Location : Mueang District
Wat Sutthiwat Wararam is an old temple constructed during the Ayutthaya period and is a gorgeous royal temple and serves as a model for the development of other temples in Thailand.

The front of temple is the beautiful river mouth of Tha Chin River and also there is a statue of King Rama V is enshrined, celebrating his royal journey to Tha Chalom. Within the temple grounds, there is also a statue of KuanIm or Bodhisattra Kwan Yin, crafted by the locals to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne.

How to get there : Wat Sutthiwat Wararam is located on the mouth of Ao Samut Sakhon, Tha Chalom Sub-District. By taking Highway No. 35 and turning left at Km. 35 into Sutthiwatwithi for 3 kilometers to temple.
Wat Yai Chom Prasat
Location : Mueang District
Wat Yai Chom Prasat
Wat Yai Chom Prasat
Wat Yai Chom Prasat is ancient temple and presumed to have been built during the Ayutthaya era. And then, during the reign of King Rama V, the king changed the name to “Wat Yai Sakhonburi” and established its status as a royal temple. The arches of the doors and windows are elaborately decorated with stucco reliefs. There are also wood-carved panels on the doors and windows of the prayer hall in the pattern of flowers, trees, mountains, animals and people. The designs are in the Chinese style of art, beautifully engraved in sharp relief in wood. The Fine Arts Department registered the temple as a national ancient monument in 1936.

How to get there : Wat Yai Chom Prasat is situated in Tha Chin Sub-District, 4 kilometers from the center of the province. Take Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho Road) with a left turn after crossing the Tha Chin River.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Wat Nang Sao
Location : Krathum Baen District
Wat Nang Sao
Wat Nang Sao
Wat Nang Sao is located on the bank of Tha Chin River. It is an old temple constructed during the Ayutthaya period. When then-Ayutthaya fought against Burma, many refugees fled their homes and many of the elderly and women hid in the most sacred prayer room of this temple. Two sisters promised to renovate and rebuild the temple if they survived - and indeed, Ayutthaya’s enemies were later vanquished, and the temple rebuilt.

The interesting in the temple is a brick ordination hall with a curved base. It has a single entrance, and is named Bot Maha Ut. The ancient style terracotta tiled roof, whose beams were made of logs and twin sandstone boundary markers, add to the authentic feel of the site. In front of the temple next to the Tha Chin River is also a fish sanctuary, full of striped catfish. It is well known among visitors who usually come to visit and feed the fish.

How to get there: Wat Nang Sao is located in Tha Mai Sub-District. Take Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) to Highway No. 3091 for approximately 5 kilometers and turn left into SoiWat Nang Sao 2 for 1 kilometer.
Wat Tha Mai
Location : Krathum Baen District
Wat Tha Mai
Wat Tha Mai
Wat Tha Mai, formerly, it was an abbey known as “Po Thamma Rangsi” which was built in 1977. The temple was appointed as a monastery on 28 February 1989. The temples have an area about 6 Rai to built the temple hall, the abbot’s residence and a waterfront pavilion.

Wat Tha Mai, verdant is filled with trees and within the premises, there is a riverfront garden displaying images of Lord Buddha fighting Mara, Mother Earth, Sahambodi Brahma and the Buddha’s first sermon etched on a granite slate. touNear the waterfront central hall stands the statue of Phra Sangkadjai, one of the highly venerable items in the temple. Other highlights include the assembly hall whose Sema stones in the front are decorated with 7-headed Mujalin Naga. The primary Buddha image inside the assembly hall is the reduplication of Phra Buddha Chinnarat measuring 69 inches across the lap. The temple also contains several pavilions. For example, the Sermon Hall where Phra Buddha Hiranyarat serves as the main Buddha image; Burapachan Pavilion that enshrines 4 statues of Buddhist masters, namely Luang Pho Tuad, Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Phrom-rangsri, Phra Pairote Vutthachan, and Luang Pho Yee; Chinna-banchon Pavilion for dharma and mediation practices; Theva Pitak Pavilion that enshrines Rahu (the solar eclipse demon); Dharmacakra Kaew pavilion; Quan Yin pavilion; Queen Siri Mahamaya pavilion. In addition to these, there are a number of halls, such as the priests' eating hall, drum tower, belfry, amulets and souvenirs shop.

Many tourists come here to pay homage to Indra, Brahma, Ganesha, Rahu, and Iron Wood goddess. The world’s biggest Lent candle measuring 44 inches wide by 4 meters and 9 inches high is also kept in the temple. Fortune-telling services are so popular that you are required to make a prior reservation. Moreover, the temple provides other services, such as merit extension, luck improvement, karma alleviation, unlucky year prevention, etc.

How to get there: Wat Tha Mai located at the entrance of Hailam canal and adjacent to Tha Chin River, Tha Mai Sub-District, Krathum Baen District, Samut Sakhon Province. From Mahachai, drive along Setthakit 1 Road until you reach Soi 8 (Wirunrad) and keep going for about 6.5 kilometers.
Contact : Tel. 08 7513 8899, 08 9992 2318
Wat Lak See
Location : Baan Phaeo District
Wat Lak See is a very busy temple on the weekends because an U-thong-style Buddha image of Luang Phor To is an enshrined at this temple and Thai people worship Luang Phor To so much. It is completely covered with gold leaves and located in an open pavilion. The huge and crowed temple is located right along the Damnoen Saduak canal. The temple is also known for it's Buddha amulets and there is a large selection to chose from.
Exhibition Centre
Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education
Location : Mueang District
Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education
Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education
Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education was established in 1997 which it is a hub for scientific learning. Inside the building lies an exhibition on astrology and space under the titles “The Earth and Solar System”, “Exploration to the Moon”, and “Life of Fixed Stars”, which utilizes a projector inside a dome theater.

Also inside, an exhibition entitled “Human Beings and Measurement and Calculation”, tells the history of measurement and calculation. Outside the building, there are science-themed gardens such as a geological garden, a health garden, physics amusement park, organic agricultural garden and herb garden.

How to get there : SamutSakhon Science Center for Education is situated in Khok Kham Sub-District, 1 kilometer from Wat Khok Kham.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Admission : 20 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 3445 2122
Markets
Mahachai Market
Location : Mueang District
Mahachai Market
Mahachai Market
Mahachai Market is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand. Visitors can also find handicrafts such as wicker furniture, pottery, and colorful sarongs made locally. Crossing the river from Mahachai to the west bank, visitors will arrive at Tha Chalom, a large fishing village and industrial land for marine products.

How to get there : Mahachai Market is located in Mahachai Sub-District, Mueang District, Samut Sakhon, near Thetsabal Pier and the City Pillar Shrine.
Opening Hours : Daily from 05.00 am. - 07.00 pm.
Nongpaong Floating Market
Location : Krathum Baen District
Nongpaong is the new floating market near Bangkok, located along Phasi Charoen canal. The floating market offers quality agricultural products, local foods, and OTOP handicrafts. Moreover, there is a boat trip, which is travel between Nongpaong Floating Market to Nong Khaem Temple. The tourist can also see the lives of people living in their riverbank homes along Phasi Charoen canal.

Opening Hours : Sat - Sun from 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 09 4965 1262
Baan Paew Market
Location : Ban Phaeo District
Baan Paew Market is antique yet still alive because it doesn’t only aim for tourist but also serve local people. It is a part of authentic Baan Paew residents’ lives. The Market is near the beginning of klong Damneon Saduak that links from Tha Chin River to Ratchaburi. The bridge point made the market prosperous as the starting point of trade way. On both sides stand old row wooden houses with waterfront platform. Normally, people sell useful utensils for daily life. Most of the shops are still new and nicely cleaned, their wooden floor shine reminding visitors of the old days. Every weekend around 2 p.m. floating market is held for merchants to sell traditional products. Baan Paew is famous for its coconut so coconut ice cream is the best seller menu. In addition, there’s also Kratumban’s signature item like crispy fried noodle by Chang Rangwat.

How to get there : The market is near Baan Paew hospital. Driving on Rama 2 road and take a turn to Baan Paew. Drive for 20 kilometers and then turn left into soi Baan Paew hospital. It takes around 7 kilometers to the market. However, there are signs along the way.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Samut Sakhon Marine Aquarium
Location : Mueang District
Samut Sakhon Marine Aquarium
Samut Sakhon Marine Aquarium
Samut Sakhon Marine Aquarium is a new small aquarium, which is located in the same of Samut Sakhon Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center. The purpose of aquarium is a marine learning center for local people and tourists. The front of aquarium there is a seventeen-metre Bryde’s Whale’s statue which is the landmark of this aquarium. Highlights include a aquarium tank, with an transparent tunnel, where scuba divers feed the fish every weekend at 13.00 hrs.

How to get there: Samut Sakhon Marine Aquarium is a new aquarium situated at Khok Kham Sub-District, Mueang District, Samut Sakhon. The aquarium is accessible by car using the parallel road along the beach from Bang Khun Thian. Turn left upon seeing Khok Kham Sub-District Administration Organisation on the right. If coming from Samut Sakhon downtown, please use Samut Sakhon Hospital route, turn into Kit Manee Road and turn left again at the end of the road. Go forward for one kilometer passing Charle Place Village, and then turn right. The sign for Research and Development Center can be easily seen from that point.
Opening Hours : Weekend and Holiday from 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm. and Weekday from 10.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 3445 7004
Other Attractions
Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Study Centre
Location : Mueang District
Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Study Centre
Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Study Centre
The Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Study Centre offers a nature trail along a mangrove forest around the Tha Chin Estuary. The purpose of Ao Mahachai is an educational and research hub highlighting the delicate but essential mangrove eco-system.

How to get there : Ao Mahachai is located at the mouth of the Tha Chin River, on the right hand side. Take Sutthiwatwithi Road for 2.5 kilometers and turn right for 6 kilometers before arriving at the center. It is located in the area of the National Forest Reserve on the western side of AoMaha Chai.
Baan Sila Suwan
Location : Mueang District
Baan Sila Suwan was built in 1921 by Sila Suwan family. Baan Sila Suwan is a wooden house with European style gingerbread ornamentation and hip roof which reflects the traditional lifestyle of the Tha Chalom community. Baan Sila Suwan used to be a residential house with commercial function in front. The current owner has undertaken several restoration works, including raising the house by 1.8 meters after a heavy flood in 2002. The roof has also been repaired and the ground floor was modified. Currently, the upper floor has been adapted to be a museum and the ground floor is a display area of antique items.

How to get there : From Bangkok, take Phra Ram Song Road. Drive pass the junction to Samut Sakorn town for around 3 kilometers. Cross Ta Chin River, there will be a turn to Ta Chalom Sub-District. Continue driving, it takes around 5 kilometers before reaching the destination. Baan Sila Suwan stands beside Ta Chin river, a perfect location to pay a visit.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Ban Don Kai Dee (Benjarong Village)
Location : Mueang District
Ban Don Kai Dee
Ban Don Kai Dee
Ban Don Kai Dee is the premiere location where Thailand’s famed Benjarong porcelain is fired which located in Krathum Baen District of Samut Sakhon Province. The ceramics produced here are of the finest quality and are much sought after by collectors, universally admired for the beauty and grace of their unique form, design, and color. Ban Don Kai Dee in particular is known for its design, named Sakharabenjayamanee, or the Five-coloured Gemstones of Sakhon City, with its blue-green color representing the city’s coastal fishing history.

The locals of Ban Don Kai Dee have formed a thriving handicraft group. The hospitable villagers welcome visitors with not only beautiful wares on offer, but also interactive activities. The craft of Benjarong porcelain is demonstrated eagerly to tourists, and visitors may also enjoy tours of the village and visits to the nearby orchards and coast. Standard homestays at very reasonable prices, with food included, are offered by many local families.

How to get there : Take Highway 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) and turn left onto Highway 3091. Ban Don Kai Dee is 2.2 kilometers from the clock tower.
Salt Farms
Location : Mueang District
Salt Farms
Salt Farms
Salt farming has long been a traditional livelihood for the Thai people, which Samut Sakhon is the biggest producer of brine salt. Its picturesque salt farms, which sprawl across the border with Samut Songkhram, have provided a back drop for many holiday snapshots.
Saphan Pla
Location : Mueang District
SaphanPla, or “Fish Bridge”, is second only to Bangkok’s famed fish market in its size and modernity. Located in Samut Sakhon municipality, massive amounts of sea products are transported and exchanged here each day. The site is also a busy hub for seafood wholesalers. Saphan Pla is located on the bank of Tha Chin River.
Opening Hours : Sat - Sun from 05.00 am. - 05.00 pm.