Samut Sakhon Travel Guide

Samut Sakhon is a little-known port town 100kms south of Bangkok. It was originally known as Tha Chin in the 16th century because it was a major port for Chinese trading. It grew considerably under King Rama IV and was once very prosperous.

There are many sights to enjoy and as Samut Sakhon is not on the main tourist trail, you will be able to enjoy many of these sights in relative peace and quiet. It is a good alternative to bustling Bangkok and despite not having any royal palaces or temples, the city has much to see and enjoy. It is not as humid as Bangkok and has a much more laid-back feel.

Mahachai Market is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and many of the capital’s most famous seafood restaurants get their produce here. It is located just outside Samut Sakhon and is a major drawcard for visitors. Other popular sights include ancient shrines, temples and fortresses as well as Khlong Khok Kham, a canal running through the town.

Getting There & Away

There are regular buses to and from Samut Sakhon, with journeys costing a range of prices. Air-conditioned buses are more expensive than the fan alternative but they are much more comfortable. The journey from central Bangkok takes approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Things to Do

Samut Sakhon Attractions

Mahachai Market

The largest fresh seafood market in the country and a fascinating sight for everyone. the market is unlike anything seen in the west and a visit here provides a unique experience.