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Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm & the Old Market

Samut Prakan page 2 Local Attractions

Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai and Old Market ( see Video on page 7  and feature on pages 30 / 31 / 32 in this section and  under F to K items, floating markets )

Located about 500 metres from Bueng Tako on the canal side of Khlong Samrong, Tambon Bang Phli Yai. The temple was formally known as Wat Phlapphla Chai Chana Songkhram built to commemorate King Naresuan the Great’s victory over the Burmese. Later, a large bronze Buddha image of the Sukhothai style in the gesture of subduing Mara, with open eyes, was taken to be enshrined as the principal image of Phra Ubosot. The image became much revered by the people who have called it Luangpho To. Hence, the temple is otherwise known as Wat Luangpho To. During the annual Yon Bua or Rap Bua Festival which takes place one day before the full moon of the 11th lunar month, Luangpho To will be taken in a boat procession along the canal. There is an old canal side market near the temple where visitors can walk around and buy some food and useful items. Open during 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo ( see larger  write up on this page 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 )

It was built in 1950 as Thailand's first crocodile farm. It is now the world's largest crocodile farm. It is situated at Tambon Tai Ban, 3 kilometres from Samut Prakan town. The farm has over 60,000 crocodiles of different kinds in various  surroundings. Daily shows feature catching crocodiles bare-handed. Shows take place every hour from 09.00-17.00., except at noon; additional shows at 12.00 and 17.00 on holidays. Feeding time is between 16.30 - 17.30. Another star attraction for visitors is the elephant show of which performances are held daily every hour from 09.30 -16.30. You can  also see tigers, chimpanzees, and other animals such as gibbons, turtles, boa constrictors, pythons, birds, camels, hippopotamuses, and of various species of fishes.

There is even a Dinosaur Museum which has on display life-size models and skeletons of more than 13 kinds of dinosaurs and also features a multi-vision slide presentation on man and prehistoric animals. The farm is open daily from 07.00 - 18.00. Admission is 300 baht. For group tours and academic institutions that require a tour guide, please contact Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo in advance at 555 Thai Ban Road, Amphoe Muang, Samut Prakan 10280 or Tel. 0 2703 4891-5, 0 2703 5144-8.

Getting there is also possible by  taking the air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 7, 8, and 11, to the end of the Line or by non air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 25 and 102, to Samut Prakan and taking another ride on a local truck (Song Thaeo) Line No. S. 1 and S. 80.

Open : Daily from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission : Adult 300 baht, Child 200 baht

In Thai the word Samut is from Sanskrit, Samudra means ocean or sea and Prakan means fortress.

Samut Prakan page 4 Video's of Bang Nam Phung Market

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