Samut Prakarn Province
Samut Prakarn is a province in central Thailand located by the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is commonly known by locals by the name Muang Pak Nam which means “The mouth of a river”. The place is just 25 kilometers from Bangkok and can be reached easily by car or bus. There are natural and man-made attractions in Samut Prakarn in addition to uncommon activities which draws tourists.
Samut Prakarn province was established during the Ayutthaya period. It is a plain of 1,004 kilometers thriving with nipa and palm trees, mangroves, groves of Samae, orchards, prongs and nurtured patty fields. The muddy plains are intersected with canals to avoid flooding. Khanom Chak, a sweetened sticky rice delicacy, is known by locals which thrills the taste buds of the avid traveller.
Several man-made tourist spots are found in this province. One of the most visited is the “Dinosaur Museum”. The museum built exclusively for dinosaur replicas is situated in the compound of a crocodile farm and zoo.
The dinosaur models are fascinating and thought-provoking. The museum has an auditorium where over 300 people can sit and view historical films and slide shows about the dinosaur fossils and the Jurassic period.
The Great Monument of King Rama V is also found in Samut Prakarn as well as the Phra Suea Mueang Shrine. A theme park called “The Ancient City” is the world’s largest open-air museum. It displays the well-known tourist spots in Thailand.
This is a favorite picnic spot of Thai families. Naval Museum and Erawan Museum are also museums to visit if you are interested in further understanding of Thailand history.
Bang Pu Seaside invites many people for its scenic sunsets and delightful eateries. Boat racing is a sports activity that entices both local and foreign visitors in Phra Praedeng during the 11th lunar month.
Phra Samut Chedi Festival is more popular and celebrated with a candle light procession and boat races as a tribute to the Chedi. Yon Bua Festival and Luangpho Pan Fair are two other festivities that call for tourists in Samut Prakarn.