Travel along the coast from Samut Prakan to Samut Sakhon – Richard Barrow in Thailand


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This weekend I am exploring the coast from Samut Prakan to Samut Sahon with my friends @chilipastetour i @DavidLuekens. There is a new road along the Sapphasamit canal that now goes all the way. My notes from the map for this trip can be found here:…

If you switch to satellite imagery, you can see that the shores are mostly fish and shrimp farms. There are not many roads here. This section is actually located in Bangkok. Yes, Bangkok also has a coastline in Bang Khun Thian district.

[01] Our first stop on the coastal tour is Phra Samut Chedi. This is a symbol of the province of Samut. When it was first built, it used to be on an island on the Chao Phraya River, but is now on the west coast.


1862 Anna Leonowens about her first view of Thailand from her ship she wrote the following: On the island is perhaps the most unique and beautiful architectural object in Siam; glows like jewels on the wide wing of the river:…

Inside one of the buildings in Phra Samut Chedi is a building with interesting murals on the wall depicting modern life from 200 years ago.

[02] From Phra Samut Chedi you can cross the pedestrian bridge to the island of so-called Pom Phi Sua Samut. Here is a fortress on an islet in the Chao Phraya River opposite Samut Prakan City Hall.


In 1892, King Rama V ordered ten rear-loading cannons from WG Armstrong & Co. in England. They were called “disappearing” cannons because they just came out of the pit to fire, and then the backlash forced the gun back where it came from. Three of them were placed in this fortification.

[03] Ban Sakhla is an isolated community in Samut Prakan province surrounded by shrimp and crab farms. An asphalt road now leads to the city, but most people still travel by boat. Many houses are built on stilts.


A well-known food product for Ban Sakhlu are widespread shrimp. These are salty and sweet. You can eat from head to toe.

Our lunch today is at the food store in Ban Sakhli in Samut Prakan.

It would be really great to find accommodation in a house in Ban Sakhli and spend a weekend here. It’s a really nice place. Kind people and good food. But we have to move on. The next stop on our coastal journey is Bangkok! I hope to travel today at least by boat to the sea.

[04] Can you believe we are in Bangkok now? This is Bang Khun Thian District which goes all the way to the sea. Here is a new bike path that is a hundred times better than the one it was the last time I visited it.


Bicycles can be rented at Bang Khun Thian Local Museum. The price is only 30 baht per day. You don’t need a map because the trail to the coast is well marked. He recommends.


To protect the coast of Bangkok from erosion, they use these bamboo poles that have proven to be more effective than the concrete poles they have used in the past. They also planted mangrove shoots here to help.

The local museum in Bang Khun Thian is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is free. In this photo you can see how narrow Bangkok is (white on the map). On the left in orange is Samut Sakhon, and on the right in green is Samut Prakan.

[05] One of the newest tourist attractions along the coast in Samut Sakhon is Red Boardwalk Bridge. This overlooks the sea and then flows parallel to the coast for more than 700 meters. It is best to go late in the afternoon when it is cooler.


We head home after our coastal trip to the three provinces. But the return is blocked by this flood. We will have to make a wide diversion that will add 30 minutes of travel. I won’t take any chances. Several cars have already broken down.

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