Attractions Along The Route
To travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin and Cha-am, there are two routes to choose from.The first one is to go past Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram by Highway 35 and Highway 4 to reach Petchuhuri (Cha-am) and Prachaup Khiri Khan (Hua Hin). The second route is by going through Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi by Highway 4 and driving straight on to Cha-am and Hua Hin. On your way to your destinations or on your return trip, you can enjoy yourself at several attractions as follows.
(50 km from Bangkok) From Bang Pakaeo Junction,go along Highway 35 you will pass Bang Khunthien District Office. When you are at Mahachai Intersection (Km 28). turn left to Samut Sakhon’s Muang County. Samut Sakhon is situated on the estuary of the Tha Chin River and is also known as Muang Mahachai which is the name of the canal serving as a short cut to the Tha Chin estuary. People’s main occupations are fishery and producing solar salt. Interesting places to pay a visit.-Prawn farms and salt farms in Muang County provide impressive views of snow-white salt pans with windmills for passers-by. Mahachai Market. the centre of trading and communications. Several piers are located here. You can hire a long-tail boat to cruise along the Canal and be fascinated by the lifestyles of the local people.
(72 kms from Bangkok) is the birthplace of King Rama 11(1809-1824), who was posthumously honoured by UNESCO in 1968 as one of the great personalities of the world who had brilliant attainments in the fields of education. science or culture. From Bangkok, go along Highway 35, passing Mahachai-Naklua intersection. At Km 64, turn right into Samut Songkhram's Muang County. The province’s recommended attractions: King Ram-a II Memorial Park in Ansphawa County is where a group of five Thai-style wooden houses is located, which serves as a museum and library. Don Hoi Lot at the Mae Klang estuary is where hoi lot shells are collected at low tide. You should not miss having a meal of fresh seafood at any of the restaurants mushrooming here. Besides, the province is also renowned for its home stay programmes, from which you will have a great opportunity to understand the local people’s everyday life.
Nakhon Pathom (56 km from Bangkok) is a very old city with a history dating hack to the Daravati period (11th-13th century). From Bangkok. use Highway 4 to reach Nakhon Pathom.
Interesting attractions : Phra Pathom Chedi. the world’s tallest pagoda (height: 120.45 m / circumstance: 234.75 m around the base). enshrines a standing Buddha image named Phra Ruang Rochanarit. Sanamehan Palace and Monument (2km southwards from Phra Pathom Chedi) was built in 1907 by command of Rama VI when he was the Crown Prince. Thai Human Imagery Museum is the first museum of its kind of Thailand. Interesting themes include the lifestyles of revered Buddhist monks and kings of the Chakri Dynasty.
Ratchaburi (100 km from Bangkok) use Highway 4 passing Bangkhae, Omnoi, Omyai and Nakhon Pathom. The province is well known for its glazed jars and other ceramic ware.
Recommended attractions : Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Every morning from before 7 to nearly noon. The canal here is filled with boats vending vegetables, fruits, snacks and daily necessities.