Samut songkhram is a small province in central Thailand with the second smallest population. However, this province is important in many ways. It is the home province of King Rama II as well as the origin of the world-famous “Siamese Twins.”
For domestic tourists, the most renowned attraction in Samut Songkhram would probably be the Amphawa Floating market featuring traditional food vendors on the riverside and in the river, antique shops, small museums and exhibitions, as well as boat tours to nearby temples at low prices. A highlight of the boat trip is at Wat Bang Kung, one of the original Unseen Thailand destinations, with the main chapel all covered in the tangled roots of a Bhodi tree. At night, you can hire a boat to go along the dark canal for fireflies watching which is a popular activity here as well.
If you are a seafood fan, you are at the right place. Samut Songkhram’s large part of provincial income comes from seafood and salt businesses. At Don Hoi Lot Village on the mouth of Mae Klong River, you can use the wooden board to slide on the muddy sandbar to catch the famous Hoi Lot (Razor clams) for your own dinner. Otherwise, there are a number of restaurants that offer delicious fresh seafood with live music from local bands and the sunset in the background.
Samut Songkhram hosts interesting activities and festivals year-round. For example, the Lychee Fair in March, the Khao Yai Pomelo Fair in August, and the Mae Klong Famous Products Festival in December. Check the local event calendar to see what you can participate in. Maybe you will be the next winner of the Wooden Board Sliding Competition or the Mackerel Eating Contest. Who knows?