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Explore the Self-Sufficient Way of Life and Discover the Untold Stories of the River of History Route, Samut Songkhram Province – Kanchanaburi Province

Samut Songkhram Province – Kanchanaburi Province

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Samut Songkhram and Kanchanaburi provinces, both located in the Central Region of Thailand, are endowed with fertile natural resources as well as fascinating history and cultural legacy. The Explore the Self-Sufficient Way of Life and Discover the Untold Stories of the River of History Route will lead you to a classic journey to experience the cultural, historical, and natural wonders, by train and boat, just like the old days.

Day 1

Depart Bangkok by car and get on a train at the Ban Laem Station in Samut Sakhon to travel to the Mae Klong Station in Samut Songkhram. This route lets you enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the natural surroundings of the countryside and a traditional way of life along the trail. This 34-kilometre-long route from Ban Laem Station to Mae Klong Station is the shortest rail route with the narrowest railway track in Thailand because the Mae Klong Market is literally set on the track near the Mae Klong Station. The Mae Klong Market is also known as Rom Hup ( Folding Umbrella) Market, where vendors use umbrellas to protect food and vegetables they sell from the sun. While on the train, you will be amazed and excited to see those vendors quickly close up their canopies, fold down their umbrellas, move their goods away from the train line, wait until the train has passed, and then set up their stalls again.

Location of the Folding Umbrella Market
Within the Mae Klong Market, next to the Mae Klong Railway Station, Kasem Sukhum Road, Tambon Mae Klong, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Songkhram.

Operating hours: Everyday, from 5.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Travel season: All year round.

Getting to Talat Rom Hup (Folding Umbrella Market)
By train

Ban Laem Station – Mae Klong Station
To get to Ban Laem Station, you must start by boarding a shuttle boat across the Tha Chin River at “Maha Chai-Tha Chalom Pier” known to local people there as “Rap Lom” (Windy) Pier, which lies only 5 minutes on foot from the Maha Chai Station. The pier on the opposite side is “Tha Chalom”. Walking out of Tha Chalom, Ban Laem Station lies just five minutes away. A train journey from Ban Laem Station to the Mae Klong Station takes a little more than an hour, a distance of about 34 kilometres. Remark: Maha Chai-Tha Chalom Pier operates 24-hours/day, charging 3 Baht/trip.

Lat Yai Station – Mae Klong Station
Some with little time, but wish to experience the Folding Umbrella Market from on board a train, can wait to board the train at Lat Yai, the station prior to the destination at Mae Klong. To board the train here, you should wait on the platform 5-10 minutes before the train arrives, as only a brief stop is made here. It takes about 20 minutes from Lat Yai Station to the Mae Klong Station.
Train time-table

Departure from Ban Laem Departure from Lat Yai Arrival at the Mae Klong Terminal
8.05 a.m. 9.33 a.m. 9.50 a.m.
5 m. past noon 1.29 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
4.40 p.m. 6.07 p.m. 6.22 p.m.


Fares: Calculated by distance

Further enquiries
State Railway of Thailand (24-hours call centre) 1690
Ban Laem Station +66 (0) 3449 8055
Mae Klong Station +66 (0) 3471 1906
On-line ticketing and seat reservation can be made at www.railway.co.th or www.thairailticket.com.

By car
This is recommended for those who want to capture the scene of the train running through the folding umbrella market, as vendors frantically clear the route. You can park in the area next to Somdetphraphutthalertla Hospital, just 100 metres from the Mae Klong Station, or at Wat Phet Samut, only 200 metres from the Mae Klong Station.

After the unforgettable rail journey at the Mae Klong Station, get on a boat to discover the peaceful canal-based way of life under the self-sufficiency philosophy at the Ban Rim Khlong Homestay Community Enterprise Group. Visitors can learn about local culture and lifestyle using coconuts through many enjoyable activities; such as, making coconut palm sugar, weaving coconut fronds into various forms for household use, and making traditional Thai desserts from coconuts. The Ban Rim Khlong Homestay Community Enterprise Group is also an agro-tourism destination where you can learn about organic farming, organic fertiliser making, and natural conservation.

Enjoy a delicious lunch made from organic vegetables grown around the areas of the homestay.

Getting to the Baanrimklong Homestay Community Enterprise
Follow Highway No. 325, the same route to the Amphawa Floating Market. There is a sign at 4 kilometres before reaching Amphawa. Take the U-turn in front and go straight on, before turning left into Soi Chao Lae Eatery and Kanokrat Resort. Straight ahead is a big board with a map, pointing the direction past a Dhamma Practice Centre, Baanrimklong can be reached within no more than a one- kilometre distance.

Contact information:
Baanrimklong Homestay Community Enterprise
Khun Thirada Ekkaeonamchai (Khun Lek)
Tel. +66 (0) 3475 2775, +66 (8) 9170 2904
47/1 Mu 6, Tambon Ban Prok, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Songkhram 75000.
Website: www.baanrimklong.net
Facebook: Baanrimklong Homestay
Email: homestay_baanrimklong@hotmail.com
Operating hours: Everyday.
Travel season: All year round.

Facilities
Homestay , food, shop selling community items; such as, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and herbal products.

After lunch, continue on to the Khlong Khon Mangrove Forest Conservation Centre and and learn about the importance of mangrove forest. This centre was established when the community mangrove forest had been destroyed by the shrimp farming business. It has been encouraging local people to help plant the mangrove trees and raising awareness on the significance of mangrove forest restoration and conservation for over 20 years. Now we can see that the mud collected at the mangrove’s complex root systems have built up and extended the coastline further. Lend your helping hand with planting mangrove trees to protect the community mangrove forest.

Getting to the Klong Khone Mangrove Forest Conservation Centre
Keep on Rama II Road heading towards Samut Songkhram province, crossing the King Rama II Bridge (over the Mae Klong River). Continue straight ahead for 5 kilometres to find the PTT service station on the left. Use the bypass which runs past the service station. About 100 metres ahead, the crossroad to the left at Kilometre 72 has the direction sign as the shortcut to Cha-am. Turn left to find a T-junction at Wat Thammapradit. Turn left again into Tambon Khlong Khon. There are signs pointing to the Khlong Khon Mangrove Forest Conservation Centre at intervals all the way.

Contact information:
Klong Khone Mangrove Forest Conservation Centre
Khun Peenithi Rattanapongthara (Khun Chet) Tel. +66 (8) 6177 7942, +66 (8) 7155 5786
Khun Saranya Rattanapongthara (Khun Nui) Tel. +66 (8) 3155 4141, +66 (8) 7349 9456
1/3 Mu 3 Tambon Khlong Khon, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Songkhram 75000.
Website: www.phuyaichonghomestay.9nha.com
Email: Chet.2508@gmail.com
Line: Chet.kk
Operating hours: Everyday.
Travel season: All year round.

Facilities
Homestay, accommodation, food, cruising programme to observe nature, fishing community lifestyle, and mangrove forest replanting. Remarks:
1) Those wishing to be engaged in mudboarding, collecting cockles, and mud sliding boat, can only enjoy the activities during March – early September.
2) For the activities of mudboarding, skiing, or mangrove forest replanting, clothes should be prepared for changing.

Upon leaving Khlong Khon, go to the Asita Eco Resort, a charming resort set amidst tranquil natural surroundings and decorated with eco-friendly materials, which is regarded as one green accommodation. Besides, the Asita Eco Resort also preserves the local traditions and culture as the rooms are designed to face the canal, illustrating the close relationship between people and water in the past.

For dinner, enjoy mouthwatering menus that are creatively made from locally sourced ingredients and organic vegetables grown at the resort; such as, spicy pomelo salad.

Overnight at the Asita Eco Resort.

Getting to Asita Eco Resort
From Bangkok, follow Rama II Road straight to Samut Songkhram province. Keep straight for another one kilometre passing the left turn into the province and the Amphawa Floating Market, to find the bridge over the Mae Klong River. Keep left to turn at the bridge underpass into the Esso service station soi on the opposite side. The resort is one kilometre further down the soi with direction signs put up all the way.

Contact information
Asita Eco Resort
33/3 Tambon Thai Hat, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Songkhram 75000.
Tel. +66 (0) 3476 7333
Website: www.asitaresort.com
Facebook: Asita Eco Resort
Email: booking@asitaresort.com

Day 2

Begin the day like the locals by getting up early and offering alms to the monk. It seems that everyday life in Amphoe Amphawa starts with monks rowing the boat along the canal to receive the alms and food. Almsgiving is an activity that most Buddhists practice in the early morning to make merit

Now it is time to enjoy breakfast at the resort before leaving to visit the Bang Noi Floating Market, located by Khlong Bang Noi. The market features rows of wooden shop houses selling a variety of food and products in a classic ambiance. One of the highlight places is Tang Siam Ha Museum, which displays a remarkable collection of over 4,000 pieces of hundred-year-old artefacts.

Getting to the Tang Siam Ha Museum
The Tang Siam Ha Museum is located inside the Bang Noi Floating Market, on the side of the Wat Ko Kaeo Pier.
Contact Mr.Thawatchai Pisethsalasai
Tel. +66 (0) 3476 1098, +66 (8) 9666 1214
Open to visits: Saturday-Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Remark: For a visit on weekdays, please contact at least 2 days in advance.
No fee charged.

Location of the Bang Noi Floating Market
At the mouth of Khlong Bang Noi, in front of Wat Ko Kaeo, Tambon Kradang-nga, Amphoe Bang Khonthi, Samut Songkhram province.
Operating hours: Saturdays-Sundays 9.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.
Travel season: All year round.

Getting to the Bang Noi Floating Market
Use the same route as the Amphawa Floating Market, passing the King Rama II Memorial Park by only 4-5 kilometres to find the Wat Ko Kaeo Intersection. Turn left to park within the temple area. The entrance to the Bang Noi Floating Market is on the right of the temple landing.
Facilities
Homestay, accommodation, food, shops sellng souvenirs, postcard and community products.

From the Bang Noi Floating Market, head to the Ban Bang Phlap Community, which is a green community as well as a model community that is self-sufficient and harmoniously coexisting with nature. Here you can travel green and learn about sustainable and organic agricultural activities by riding a bike to explore the pomelo orchards and coconut plantations, and explore the local wisdom of preserving vegetables and fruits with bitter tastes into traditional Thai sweet delicacies or what the locals call “re-born fruits”.

Cycle your way to Khrua Kung Maenam Bang Phrom, a riverside restaurant that is situated within the area of Wat Bang Phrom. Cool off from the heat with various succulent river prawn menus for lunch; such as, Tom Yam Kung, Phat Thai, and grilled prawns.

Getting to the Ban Bang Phlap Community
Follow Rama II Road (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) and turn into Samut Songkhram city, heading towards the King Rama II Memorial Park. Ban Bang Phlap is about 3 kilometres from the Park. Coming to the intersection on the right, keep straight on for 300 metres to Ban Bang Phlap.

Contact information:
Ban Bang Phlap Community
Khun Somsong Saengtawan or Khun Songyot Saengtawan
Tel. +66 (0) 3476 1985, +66 (8) 9829 7100, +66 (8) 1274 4433
93 Mu 4, Tambon Bang Phrom, Amphoe Bang Khonthi, Samut Songkhram province 75120.
Operating hours: Everyday.
Travel season: All year round.
Facilities
Homestay, accommodation, food, shops selling pomelo of the Khao Yai variety (seasonal), coconut sugar and community products.

Location of the Bang Phrom River Prawn Kitchen (within Wat Bang Phrom)
Mu 5, Amphawa-Bang Nok Khwaek Road, Tambon Bang Chang, Amphoe Amphawa, Samut Songkhram province 75110.‎
Operating hours: Everyday except Tuesdays, 9.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Tel. +66 (8) 9410 2675, +66 (8) 6505 9934

Nearby resorts with an authentic Amphawa lifestyle
Baan Amphawa Resort & Spa
22 Bang Kaphom-Kaeo Fa Road, Tambon Amphawa, Amphoe Amphawa, Samut Songkhram province.
Tel. +66 (0) 3475 2222
Website: www.baanamphawa.com
Facebook: Baan Amphawa Resort & Spa
Email: reservations@baanamphawa.com

Amphawan Resort
37/4 Mu 5, Tambon Bang Khan Taek, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Songkhram province.
Tel. +66 (0) 3473 2186
Website: www.amphawanresort.com
Email: baansuanamphawan@hotmail.com

Na Plai Phongphang
20 Mu 6, Tambon Plai Phongphang, Amphoe Amphawa, Samut Songkhram province.
Tel. + 66 (8) 0426 2154
Website: www.naplaiphongphang.com
Facebook: Na Plai Phongphang
Email:naplaiphongphang@yahoo.com

Baan Kornnara Homestay
94 Mu 4, Tambon Plai Phongphang, Amphoe Amphawa, Samut Songkhram province.
Tel. +66 (8) 1513 1571
Website: www.baankornnarahomestay.com
Email: baankornnara@hotmail.com

After that, it is time to change your mood to experience a sense of adventure on a historical journey in Kanchanaburi province.

Check-in at the Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass, a boutique tented camp situated by the River Kwai that offers a variety of activities in natural surroundings. Spend the evening relaxing in the midst of nature on a raft that extends to the river.

Enjoy dinner around the campfire to reminisce the old days when this area used to be a camping ground during World War II.

Remark: The raft at the Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass is for you to sit on only. Visitors are advised not to jump into the river from the raft, as there is a very dangerous whirlpool in the river near the raft. Please also note that the Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass has a “Listen to the Nature. Noise Free after 10.00 p.m.” policy

Getting to the Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass Resort
From Kanchanaburi city turn left towards the path to Namtok Sai Yok Noi, and turn left at Kilometre 69 to head towards the Hintok River Camp. Or from the main road, turn into the Hellfire Pass Museum (same entrance as the military camp) and then follow the resort signs for about 9 kilometres to the resort entrance.

Contact information:
Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass Resort
109 Mu 9, Ban Wang Khamen, Tambon Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi province 71150.
Tel. +66 (8) 1754 3898
Website: www.hintokrivercamp.com
Facebook: Hintok River Camp @Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi Thailand
Email: info@hintokrivercamp.com

Day 3

Option 1 After breakfast, head to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, which is located in the Hellfire Pass area. Established to commemorate the loss of countless lives while constructing the Death Railway connecting Thailand and Myanmar through the mountains in World War II, the Museum showcases photographs and multimedia exhibitions, as well as basic equipment used by Allied prisoners of war to construct the Death Railway. The most difficult areas of construction were the steep sections of the mountains costing many deaths; hence, the origin of the name ‘Hellfire Pass”.

Option 2 After breakfast, get on a long-tail boat to the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort and explore the private museum that exhibits the story of the construction of the Death Railway through photographs, drawings and paintings. The highlights are the works from the famous English artist named Jack Chalker, who recorded the story of his time while working on the Death Railway.

Location of the Hellfire Pass Memorial Musem
Situated within the Division of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Office of Armed Forces Development, Armed Forces Development Command, at Kilometre 64-65, Amphoe Sai Yok, about 80 kilometres from the Kanchanaburi city area. Drive along Highway No. 353 towards Amphoe Thong Pha Phum. About 20 kilometres after passing Namtok Sai Yok Noi, the entrance to the Museum can be spotted on the left.

Tel. +66 (0) 3453 1347, +66 (8) 1754 2098, +66 (8) 1814 7564
Operating hours: Monday-Saturday (closed on Sunday) 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Travel season: All year round.
No entrance fee.

From the museum, head to the Tree Top Adventure Park, which is situated within the area of the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort. It is now time to quench your thirst for a thrill by riding a skybike over the canopy of the trees, swinging from tree to tree, and walking along the rope bridges. The best part of this exciting adventure is when you are gliding down the zip-line through the forest canopy and across the lake. You will be happy to know that the Tree Top Adventure Park is eco-friendly and all the stations and equipment are constructed with the highest safety standards and without cutting or drilling the trees or damaging the natural resources.

Location of the Treetop Adventure Park
Situated within the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort
118 Mu 8, Ban Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel.+66 (8) 1817 5182
Website: www.treetopadventurepark.com
Facebook: Tree Top Adventure Park Thailand
Email: info@treetopadventurepark.com
Operating hours: Everyday, 8.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.
Travel season: All year round.
A fee is charged.

Getting to the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort
6 kilometres from Kanchanaburi city, take the left turn towards Namtok Sai Yok Noi. The resort is 13 kilometres further from the waterfall. Driving past Ban Phu Toei School, a vertical sign of Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort is on the left. Remark: The downhill road to the resort is steep, please drive with caution.

Contact information:
Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort
118 Mu 8, Ban Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel. +66 (8) 1817 5182
Website: www.homephutoeyriverkwai.com
Facebook: Home Phutoey Resort
Email: front@homephutoeyriverkwai.com

Once completely satisfied with the adventurous activities, get on a long-tail boat to fill your stomach at the River Kwai Jungle Rafts. This is the only big raft in Thailand that uses no electricity, so visitors can genuinely be lost in the natural paradise. Spend an exotic time enjoying a tasty lunch on the raft that floats by the Khwae Noi River.

Getting to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort
From Kanchanaburi city, start at the Kaeng Sian Intersection, turn left towards Amphoe Sai Yok, and keep straight on for about 50 kilometres. At Kilometre 56, the sign of the “River Kwai Resotel Resort” can be found on the left. Drive on downhill to a river pier which belongs to the Resotel Resort, another setup in the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort group. Get on board a boat here to cruise down the Khwae Noi River for about 10 minutes and arrive at River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort.

Contact information
River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort
On the bank of the Khwae Noi River, Tambon Ban Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 70150.
Tel +66 (8) 1734 5232
Website: www.riverkwaijunglerafts.com
Facebook: River Kwai Jungle Rafts
Email: info@riverkwaijunglerafts.com, rsvn@riverkwaijunglerafts.com
Travel season: All year round, but at its best during December-January.

Refreshed and contented, take a walk around the Mon Village to explore the unique but simple way of life of the Mon people. Here you can learn more about the Mon people and their culture through the language they speak and the clothes they wear. There is also a Mon temple and a Mon school within the village, showing that this village is resided by purely the Mon ethnic group.

From the Mon Village, get on the long-tail boat to check-in and spend the rest of the afternoon at The Floathouse River Kwai Resort, which is the one and only luxury floating resort on the River Kwai. The best thing about this resort is that no matter how luxurious it is, the resort is still in perfect harmony with the nature. Relax your body and soul from a long day by wearing a life vest, and let yourself drift freely along the river.

Enjoy dinner at The Floathouse River Kwai Resort.

Before calling the night off, hop on a long-tail boat to the River Kwai Resortel to watch the Cultural Mon Dance Performance, to really complete your experience of the Mon culture. Head back and stay overnight at The Floathouse River Kwai Resort.

Getting to The Floathouse River Kwai
From Kanchanaburi city, start at the Kaeng Sian Intersection, turn left towards Amphoe Sai Yok, and keep straight on for about 50 kilometres. At Kilometre 56, the sign of the “River Kwai Resotel Resort” can be found on the left. Drive on downhill to a river pier which belongs to the Resotel Resort, another setup in the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort group. Get on board a boat here to cruise down the Khwae Noi River for about 5 minutes to arrive at the Floathouse River Kwai.

Contact information: The Floathouse River Kwai
On the bank of the Khwae Noi River, 55 Mu 5, Tambon Wang Krachae, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel. +66 (8) 4725 8686
Website: www.thefloathouseriverkwai.com
Facebook: The FloatHouse River Kwai
Email: info@thefloathouseriverkwai.com
Travel season: All year round, but at its best during December-January.

Day 4

Start out your day with breakfast at the resort and get ready to be a volunteer for a day. After breakfast, check-out from The Floathouse River Kwai Resort and continue the journey to the Elephants World. Elephant lovers would have a blast coming to the Elephants World, a sanctuary for sick and old elephants. There are volunteers from all over the world coming to take care of the elephants here, and today you will be one of them. There are several activities for the volunteers that will not only let you help take care of the elephants, but also enable you to learn more about these giants in a natural environment. You will get to plant the trees that will become the elephants’ food; such as, banana, pineapple, and pumpkin, and feed them by your own.

Enjoy lunch at the Elephants World, followed by geting up close and personal with the elephants by bathing and scrubbing them in the river before leaving.

Depart Kanchanaburi and return to Bangkok.

Getting to ElephantsWorld
Follow Saeng Xuto Road, Kanchanaburi-Namtok Erawan, 32 kilometres from the city.
Contact information:
ElephantsWorld
90/9 Mu 4, Ban Nong Hoi, Tambon Wang Dong, Amphoe Mueang, Kanchanaburi 71000.
Tel. +66 (8) 1285 6439
Website: www.elephantsworld.org
Facebook: ElephantsWorld บ้าน ช. ช้างชรา
Email : elephantsworld@hotmail.com

The journey along the Explore the Self-Sufficient Way of Life and Discover the Untold Stories of the River of History Route allows you to learn the simple way of life of the people that live a happy, healthy, and sustainable life in accordance with the gifts of nature. You will also experience the joy of an eco-friendly lifestyle, travel back in time to witness the extraordinary history, as well as do something for a good cause by being a volunteer for a day.

Nearby resorts in Amphoe Sai Yok

Boutique Raft Resort
413 Mu 3, Tambon Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel. +66 (0) 3463 4191
Website: www.boutiqueraft-riverkwai.com
River Kwai Village Hotel
74/12 Mu 4, Tambon Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel. +66 (8) 9918 4562-3
Website: www.riverkwaivillagehotel.com
Restaurants catering for foreigners in Amphoe Sai Yok Khrua Sommai
1093 within the Pak Saeng Pier area, Kanchanaburi-Sai Yok Road, Tambon Tha Sao, Amphoe Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150.
Tel.+66 (0) 3463 4158, +66 (0) 3463 4173
Operating hours: Everyday, 8.00 a.m.-8.00 p.m.