Samut Prakan Travel Guide - Erawan Museum (Close Up)
A close up look of the massive three-headed elephant statue at Erawan Museum – Samut Prakan Travel Guide

Introduction to Samut Prakan Travel Guide

Samut Prakan is a province in Eastern Thailand, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Bangkok, to the north and west, and Chachoengsao, to the east, are neighboring provinces.

The province was established during the period of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, with Prapadaeng serving as its administrative headquarters. It was Siam’s harbor, and it was fortified with forts, town moats, and town walls. After King Taksin abandoned the town defenses, King Rama II began construction on the new center in Samut Prakan in 1819. Six forts were built on both banks of the Chao Phraya River, and a pagoda, Phra Samut Chedi, was built on an island in the river. Only two of the original six forts remain today: Phi Sua Samut and Phra Chulachomklao.

Because of its proximity to Bangkok, many travelers come for day excursions to explore the sights in Samut Prakan, such as the Ancient City (Muang Boran Museum) and the Erawan Museum.

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How to get to Samut Prakan

Map of Samut Prakan Province

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Top Attractions in Samut Prakan

Samut Prakan - Mueang Boran Museum

Mueang Boran Museum (Ancient City)

One of the world’s largest outdoor museums.

Erawan Museum

Erawan Museum

A cultural museum famous for its three-headed elephant statue.

Wat Prot Ket Chettharam Worawihan

Wat Prot Ket Chettharam Worawihan

An ancient temple from King Rama III’s reign.

Wat Asokaram

A Buddhist temple with a remarkable Phra Thutangkha Chedi.

Wat Paichayonponsep Ratchaworawihan

An ancient temple from King Rama II’s reign.

Wat Phra Samut Chedi

Wat Phra Samut Chedi

A riverside temple home to the province’s iconic stupa.

Bang Kachao (Bang Krachao Island)

A man-made island renowned as Bangkok’s green lung because of its vast green spaces.

Bang Pu Recreation Center

Bang Pu Recreation Center

A famous recreation center and a seaside resort for Bangkok residents.

Side Trips

External Resources

Samut Prakan Travel Guide - Ancient City
A beautiful photo of Ancient City (Muang Boran), a famous museum park – Samut Prakan Travel Guide

Summary of Samut Prakan Travel Guide

Although Samut Prakan receives little attention from foreign visitors, the province can be an excellent day excursion for anybody wishing to escape the crowded city of Bangkok, breathe in fresh ocean air, and enjoy fresh seafood. There are numerous cultural and natural attractions in the province. Still looking an ideal destination? Feel free to visit other provinces in Thailand:

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