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Traveling to Samut Prakan – Ancient cities, dinosaurs and crocodiles, oh my!

Bangkok is the lively cosmopolitan hub on Thailand’s splendid river the Chao Phrayo, a silver snake on the lush green landscape. If you follow the river via a Bangkok cruise tour you’ll uncover a fascinating offering of sights unseen anywhere else. Explore the exotic locale via some of the finest Anantara Cruises Thailand has to offer the adventure seeker, and you’ll take home a camera full of memories after one of these exciting Bangkok cruises. Samut Prakan is a lovely district on the spot where the Chao Phraya River merges with the majestic Gulf of Thailand, home to an amazing array of tropical islands. But that’s a story for another day. The Samut Prakan district sees a lot of expat tourist traffic, as it is only 29km from Bangkok and is a breath of fresh air for folks wanting to escape the concrete jungle. The landscape sees flood plains crisscrossed by a winding array of canals, and it presents some ideal settings to whip out the old point-and-shoot and, well, point and shoot to make some magical memories! After you’re done gathering fodder for a photo portfolio, be sure to experience some of the other sites in the area, such as the fascinating crocodile farm (pretend that you’re Crocodile Dundee, although the accent might be a little out of place) and the Dinosaur Museum, where you can witness reptilian remains from another era. A not-to-be-missed sight is Muang Boran Ancient City, which is a wonderful replica of some of Thailand’s impressive cultural monuments of the glorious Ayutthaya Kingdom from centuries past, all restored to their former glory, including those that were destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767. So if you have a day to spend, why not take a trip down to Samut Prakan, which promises you a delightful experience full of reptiles, rivers and ancient relics!

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.

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