Home to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Samut Prakarn is more than Thailand’s gateway. Only 40 minutes from Bangkok, visitors enjoy a slower slice of Thai life and fascinating attractions.
The temple of Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai, off the Bangna-Trat Highway is a good place to start your visit and the waterside environs are a reminder of how life in this region of Thailand used to centre around canals rather than roads. Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai is home to a famous Buddha image known as Luang Pho To, which is cast in the Sukhothai style and highly revered by the locals.
Samut Prakan is also home to one of Thailand’s more delightful tourist attractions – Ancient Siam. If you like the idea of seeing the nation’s greatest cultural sites but simply don’t have the time to travel, this is the place to come. The 800-rai park is laid out in the shape of Thailand, and structures and buildings corresponding to different parts of the nation can be found there. You can take in the best of Thailand in a day. More >>
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