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Samut Sakhon community offers rare eco-tourist attraction

Dec 28. 2019
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By THE NATION

At merely an hour’s journey from Bangkok lies the Bang Ya Phrak community, an eco-tourist attraction in Samut Sakhon province.

This community is located near Tha Chin River, which flows through the province. Most people in this community are fishermen, earning revenue from catching aquatic animals in the river. It is a common sight to see people gathering to repair their fishing nets on holidays.

The starting point of travel to this community is Suttiwat Wararam temple. Travellers can take a boat here to travel along Ao (bay) Maha Chai, taking in the sights of a mangrove forest where white mangroves grow abundantly.

Presently, this mangrove forest is preserved and cared for by Charoen Pokphand Foods, the local people, and civil society.

If travellers visit the mangrove forest during October and November, migratory birds will be visible. Those birds, namely, are the great sandpiper, the common red-necked seabird, the small-headed sandpiper, and the black-backed bird.

In addition, those who visit this community can learn to make Thai traditional desserts at Ban Na Chaba, as well as have memorable meals from the local menu, such as fried mangrove leaves.

There are outstanding handicraft items made in the Bang Ya Phrak community such as models of fishing boats, by a former fisherman named Chatchawal Chowsamut. Meanwhile, Prannee Homthong’s salt field allows tourists to visit and see the processing procedure in making

salt.

Lastly, to end this trip memorably, travellers can participate in mangrove forest planting and garbage collection activities at Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Natural Education Centre. These activities allow participants to see the beautiful landscape of the forest.

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