Samut Songkhram Travel Guide :
| Samut Songkhram Province is an ancient historical province with interesting and appealing tourist destinations. This province is geographically located at the mouth of Mae Klong River at the Gulf of Thailand. More....
Don Hoi Lot :
Don Hoi Lot, in the province of Samut Songkhram, is a famous tourist attraction. Basically this place is nothing but a sandy embankment right at the mouth of Mae Klong River. The embankment is around 5 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide, spread over two areas, namely Don Nok at the mouth of Ao Mae Klong and Don Nai at the beach of Chuchi village and at the beach of Bang Bo village.
Don Hoi Lot is formed due to sedimentation of sandy soil. The villagers call it Sai Khi Pet. At Don Hoi Lot you can find many differed types of shellfish, namely razor clam, undulated surf clam, ridged Venus clam, tongue shell and cockles. Although there are so many varieties of shells found here, the most common are the razor clam shells, which are called Hoi Lot in Thai language. Thus, it is these shells that have lent their name to the embankment.
Hoi Lot are bivalve mollusks and easily distinguished from all the other shells and bivalves in the area with straw-shaped shells and brownish-white meat. The brownish color of the meat can be attributed to mud in which their live. You can see numerous Hoi Lot during low tide and this is the time when the villagers come to catch them too. More...
Bang Kung Camp :
Bang Kung Camp is a historic site, which is worth visiting when you go to Samut Songkhram. The camp was a Thai navy campsite and according to the royal chronicles, the camp has a lot of importance attached to it.
In 1767, the Ayutthaya kingdom suffered its second defeat against the Burmese army. This prompted King Taksin, the Great, from moving a naval force to the district of Bang Kung as the city of Mae Klong was in the way which was used by the Burmese army. Bang Kung was fortified with a wall. A guard unit for the camp was formed with the enrollment of Chinese from Rayong, Chon Buri, Ratchaburi and Kanchanaburi. This resulted in Bang Kung Camp being called Bang Kung Chinese Camp. King Taksin, the Great, named the guards Thahan Phakdi Asa, which translates to voluntary loyal soldiers.
In 1768, the King Angwa from Burma led his army through Kanchanburi to surround Bang Kung Camp. However, King Taksin, the Great, along with Phra Maha Montri fought together and defeated the Burmese army. This was the first victory against the Burmese after the establishment of Thon Buri Kingdom by King Taksin, the Great. The victory boosted the moral of the Thai people while sending fear through the invading Burmese. More...