As mentioned in this blog entry of the most recent trip to
From Samut Songkhram, some 30 kilometers of relaxing, smooth curving country highway ultimately brought the Wanderer to Ban Paew district of Samut Sakorn province, where he continued east for 12 kilometers on a straight 2 lane modern rural road before reaching Gra-toom-Ben district just after crossing the Tah Jeen river, just on the outskirts of Krungthep Maha Nakorn (
Following are some pictures:
A modern canal-side community in Samut Sakorn, with the ruling icon, Bangkok Bank sign towering over. If this picture were taken 100 years ago, the main differences would be the lack of power lines, and Bangkok bank, as well as the canal likely would have been full of boats.
A rural canal-based community in Ban Praew district of Samut Sakorn province
Wat Luck-si-rat, a temple and community along side a rural canal in Samut Sakorn province
Most of the canals have become stagnant in recent years, unmaintained with lesser boats depending on them as the masses rely on roads and cars.
The Tah Jeen river, at first glance from this bridge near Gra Toom Ben district, seemed so pristine and untouched that the Wanderer briefly forgot he was looking at one of Thailand’s most industrial used rivers. The smoke stack to the South near Mahachai, quickly reminded which river it was.