Chao Phraya River, Page 9 Bang Pu Seaside Resort, Samut Prakan
Bang Pu Recreational Spot Several decades ago, it was a popular destination for Bangkok
people. Nowadays, it remains a much loved place particularly between November and
May when thousands of migratory seagulls flee from winter to take refuge here. Also,
it is a famous site where people flock to taste fresh and palatable seafood.
Located at Tambon Bang Pu Mai, about Kilometres 37 from Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road,
opposite the Bang Pu Industrial Estate. It has long been famous for its seaside resort
and also the recuperation centre, and generally associated with relaxation. It is
operated by the Quartermaster Generals Department. Inside the compound, there are
many gardens and a lot of trees and plants. Restaurants and bungalows are also available
Location Bang Pu Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan 10270,10280
The pier is also a historical landmark. On December 8th at 2:00 a.m., less than two
hours after the attack on Pearl Harbour, Japanese forces began landing in Thailand.
The 5th Division, 25th Army, landed at the cities of Pattani and Songkhla and on
the island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand. The Guards Division, 25th Army, landed
small elements at Samut Prakan at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River south of Bangkok.
The bulk of the Guards Division entered the country overland from Cambodia at the
town of Aranyaprathet.
A small group of brave local forces rushed to form a defensive position just two
kilometres north-west of this landmark. This group consisted of police, the army
youth corps and civilian volunteers all from Samut Prakan. Just before the two sides
clashed, a last minute accord was reached between the Thai government and Japanese
which permitted Japanese military forces to pass through Thai territory unmolested.