Recommended Itinerary: Teaming up for a Two-Day Trip in Samut Songkram


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Samut Songkram is a small province near Bangkok, filled with a rich source of local wisdom from the fertility of the so-called land of three waters. The intersection of seawater, brackish water, and fresh water gives birth to the unique, distinctive environmental management that creates a charming balance of nature and local lifestyle.

During this itinerary, we team up for creative activities by local communities and exchange of experiences between urban and local dimensions of life to develop self-improvement and teamworking mindset like what all the communities in Samut Songkram have believed and practised to strengthen themselves for so long.

  • Learning how to avoid coastal erosion with mangrove forests
  • Trying salt spa therapy and getting to know more about salt
  • Taking a close look at a royal project under the patronage of King Rama 9
  • Showcasing painting skills on Benjarong and folding skills through Thai-style origami.
  • Live a life of a local along the canal
  • Making Thai desserts from ingredients in the garden

Day 1
Coastal Lifestyle

Morning

We started off with the instruction of Phu Yai Daeng(Village Headman) and the local staff on their mangrove reforestation to sustainably avoid coastal erosion, through the journey along the natural route of the mangrove forest natural school which is held up as a role model for successfully solving problems. After all the history and lessons, we started to plant mangrove trees together. 

Noon

Getting our stomach filled with local food by the sea prepared by the community’s housewife group, we relaxed with refreshing drinks at Salt Lake De Maeklong. 



Afternoon

We suggesting coming to the school of salt farmers to know how much secret power salt possesses through the detailed explanation on salt by Ajarn Toe.


Evening

What else could be a better idea than having dinner and enjoying full relaxation at the Legend Maeklong, a cement house-turned, medium-sized accommodation situated by Maeklong River and blessed with peace and privacy suitable for a small group? This is highly recommended.

 


Day 2
Ways of Life along the River

Morning

Good morning! This morning we took a boat trip to Amphawa Chaipattana Nurak Project. Over the course of the journey, we were entertained by countless scenes of peaceful local ways of life on both sides of the canal. The project is situated in Amphawa Floating Market. The experts came to greet us all and showed us around, along with bits of knowledge about the concept of the project as inspired by the theory of sufficiency economy introduced by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We could tell that the project boasts its local pride through the focus on the restoration and conservation of traditional ways of life and Amphawa’s local wisdom that then strengthens the identity of Samut Songkram.


Late 

The project also gathers high-standard services and products from the community for visitors to buy or sometimes holds events such as Benjarong painting (Thai hand-painted porcelain), coconut leaf weaving, and Thai local ancient menu workshop. If you guys are interested, you can directly contact them in advance for specific programme arrangement.

Noon

The lunch at Baanrimklong by the local cooks in the community was impressive and charmingly delicious.

Afternoon

We visited the coconut museum and then went on for the touch of Samut Songkram through Thai desserts at Baanrimklong Homestay where we teamed up again to help prepare ingredients from the garden to make desserts and come up with a creative presentation with the support from the locals





Evening 

We stopped at The Buffalo Amphawa for a coffee break and reflection on all the activities. What’s special about his part is The Buffalo Amphawa. It is born out of inspiration from the local ways of life in Samut Songkram with the design and decoration of products from local wisdom that all end up in a perfectly-balanced combination, surrounded by the peaceful atmosphere of Maeklong River. The signature menu you should not miss is a mixed cup of Thai tea, coffee, and milk.