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Samut Prakan Travel Information

Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, is situated at the end or mouth of the Chao Phraya River at the head of the Gulf of Thailand; it is popularly called by the people " Muang Pak Nam". It occupies an area of 1,004 square kilometers, located only 25 kilometers from Bangkok. Samut Prakan was established in the Ayutthaya period having the original site at Amphoe Phra Pradaeng and called Muang Phra Pradaeng. During the reign of King Rama II, he commanded to have Muang Samut Prakan be re-established at Tambon Pak Nam in the year 1819 and it took three years to complete. Currently, Samut Prakan Province is administratively divided into five Amphoes: Muang, Phra Pradaeng, Bang Phli, Bang Bo, and Phra Samut Chedi.


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Phra Samut Chedi This pagoda is popularly called by the people "Phra Chedi Kiang Nam" due to its original site on an island amidst the river. It is currently located close to the bank of the Chao Phraya River opposite the Provincial Hall. It was constructed during the reign of King Rama II in the year 1826 and completed in the reign of King Rama III. There is an annual fair celebrating the Pagoda for nine days and nine nights, commencing the fifth waning moon day of the 11th lunar month.

Phra Chulachomklao Fortress This fortress, popularly called by the people "Pom Phra Chun", was constructed during the reign of King Rama V in the year 1893, and is located seven kilometers from Phra Samut Chedi on Suksawat Road. The Royal Thai Navy sank a French warship, invading Thai waters, by firing from this fortress. The binoculars and the ancient cannons are still kept in this fortress and a visit can be made with a permit issued by the Public Relations Section, The Royal Thai Navy.

The Ancient City This park, located in the vicinity of Tambon Bang Pu Mai, Amphoe Muang at Km. 33.5 of Sukhumvit Road, house replicas of important places of worship of various provinces. Some of those are miniaturized and some are actual sizes. It is also the center of interesting folk arts and culture. Further details can be obtained at the Ancient City Company Limited Tel :226-1936, 224-1057.

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