1515 hrs Transfer to Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral
A group shot with the beautiful church behind us as the backdrop, photo courtesy of Jaclynn with her Casio Exilim EX-FR100 digital camera.
1600 hrs Transfer to Wat Bang Kung
Next, we visited the Wat Bang Kung. There are a lot of Buddhist temple in Thailand but Wat Bang Kung is one of the unique and interesting ones. Wat Bang Kung Temple is built within a huge Banyan tree!
The interior of Wat Bang Kung Temple
The temple within the banyan tree lies Bot Prok Pho, an ordination hall which houses a Buddha image covered in gold leaves. The ordination hall is overgrown by strangler figs giving it an ancient and mysterious feel. Inside the temple, you will feel at ease with the calm and quiet surrounding the giant golden Buddha statue.
The exterior of Wat Bang Kung Temple
1645 hrs Transfer to Kanokrat Resort Amphawa for check-in
For our first night of this media trip, we stayed at Kanokrat Resort Amphawa. The contemporary, Balinese-style resort is an excellent place for those seeking meditation retreat free from disturbance and want to benefit from a slower pace of life. You can enjoy a pleasant view of the lush green surroundings from the room’s balcony which features wooden flooring and seats.
Address: 50/5, Tambon Ban Prok, Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram, Chang Wat Samut Songkhram 75000. Thailand
Phone: +66 81 434 8242
The resort also enjoys a tranquil setting alongside Klong Pheelork which connects it with Klong Amphawa, just a few kilometres downstream.
1800 hrs Dinner at Chao Samran Restaurant
We have our dinner at this waterfront Chao Samran restaurant that has live band performance playing laidback acoustic music.
When in Thailand, need to give some of the local brews a try which I have Beer Chang. Beer Chang is flavourful but also a little stronger in alcohol content (around 6%).
The seafood feast we have earlier in the day at Nui Seafood was better than Chao Samran restaurant but this restaurant has better ambience with live band performance.
“Do not waste food and leave the plates empty”, that’s what the Thai local guide reminded us constantly. An empty plate is a happy plate!
1900 hrs Visit Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa Floating Market is a local evening floating market visited primarily by locals and you can enjoy fresh delicacies such a grilled seafood as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of this authentic floating market.
My face will blush when I have a couple of drinks, probably due to “chang over” alcohol effect that follows from the dinner. This is not because I see handsome guys (yandao).
I really love to eat eggs, like all kinds of eggs in different cooking methods – poached, scrambled, soft-boiled, etc. These quail eggs I buy from at the night market are delicious and nutritious!
We then call it a night and go back to hotel to get ample rest for our early activities the next day.
– End of Day 1, Part 2 –