"We are going to attack Chantaburi tonight. Destroy all the food and utensils we have, for we will have our food in Chantaburi tomorrow morning."
This seems to be one of the most famous quotes of the Thai history made by King Taksin the Great on the night of June 15, 1967 before he and his soldiers made an attack. After they successfully took control of Chanthaburi, it was here at the present day King Taksin Camp where he raised his army to later fight and win back the country from the Burmese invaders.
In 1893, after years of abandonment, this camp was used again by the French Army that was trying to invade Laos and Cambodia at the time. They captured Chanthaburi while forcing Thailand to give up the land next to the two countries. The reason was Chanthaburi was an ideal strategic spot. it was the main access to Britain's Malay Peninsula as well as to the 3 most abundant provinces of Thailand.
Although the Taksin camp is now used as a base for the Royal Thai Marine Corps, the evidence and remnants of the past still remain - from the old city wall to the area where Prince Tak's troop destroyed all their pots and pans, to the French-styled buildings constructed during the 10 years that they were here. Brace yourself and we hope you enjoy the ride in a time machine here.
Follow Highway No. 3 from Chanthaburi. When arrive at the Rai Ya intersection, turn right onto Highway No. 316 and continue for 6 kilometers. Finally, turn left onto Tha Luang Road at the Phraya Trang and you will find the camp on the left hand side.