Only 5 minutes from suvarnabhumi Airport

Sightseeing Opportunities Around Suvarnabhumi Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport is on Bang Na-Trat Road approximately 25 kilometres from the heart of Bangkok. If you are waiting for a connecting flight, the provinces nearby Suvarnabhumi Airport provide some interesting attractions which can be covered by a half-day or a full day's sightseeing.


Suvarnabhumi Airport - Erawan Museum - Naval Museum - Ancient City - Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

Spend an hour at the Erawan Elephant Museum, the only attraction of its kind in the world. The art works that adorn this huge sculpture of Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology, are awe-inspiring.

Four columns support its vast interior and are painted with scenes from the story of the life of Buddha. Bright light, symbolic of all that is good in this world, streams through the stained-glass roof. The fascinating works of art on the interior. are a blend of Eastern and Western styles; the Western interpretation of the solar. system is integrated with the beliefs of the East. The Hindu-Buddhist cosmic universe is portrayed with Mount Meru, the mythical peak and abode of the gods, at the centre. It is surrounded by seven continents or seven rings of golden mountains, each separated from the other by one of the seven cosmic oceans.

Spend the next 45 minutes learning about the history of the Royal Thai Navy and major naval battles fought in the past. Accounts of important events such as the battle of Ko Chang, the heroes of Don Noi, and the Royal Thai Navy's first submarine are presented in a special exhibition. The museum is open Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call: 0 2394 1997.

Spend the next two hours at the Ancient City, a unique architectural attraction showing Thailand in miniature. It is the largest outdoor museum in Thailand covering an area of 128 hectares (320 acres). The authentic reconstructions of buildings and monuments from different periods in the Kingdom's history are smaller than life but full of detail. They range from important palaces, temples, chedi and Khmer sanctuaries. Traditional Thai houses in the various architectural styles display the changing cultural landscape and way of life of the Kingdom's four regions - North, Northeast, South and the Central Plains.
Taste some of the local cuisine for lunch and shop for local handcrafts or home-made products as well as other merchandise from the four regions on sale at the Floating Market in the Ancient City.

Taste some of the local cuisine for lunch and shop for local handcrafts or home-made products as well as other merchandise from the four regions on sale at the Floating Market in the Ancient City.

Spend the next hour at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, where more than 100,000 crocodiles of various sizes are commercially bred. There are crocodile shows every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are also elephant shows where domesticated elephants demonstrate their intelligence and dexterity, and the part they have played in Thai life in war and peace.

Travel time
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport to Erawan Elephant Museum: 1 hour.
  • Erawan Museum to Naval Museum: 15 minutes.
  • Naval Museum to Ancient City: 20 minutes.
  • Ancient City to Samut Parkman Crocodile Farm and Zoo: 20 minutes.
  • Samut Parkman Crocodile Farm and Zoo to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1 hour.

Suvarnahhumi Air port -Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo - Bang Pu seaside resort - Ancient City

  • Spend ad hour at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, the world's largest crocodile farm (see above). The Crocodile Farm is open every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spend an hour enjoying a leisurely hunch at Sukjai Pavilion by the sea, in the coastal resort of Bang Pu. If there is enough time, drive past a mangrove forest and observe migratory birds and native species search for food in this colourful habitat. Spend the next hour and 30 minutes at the Ancient City (see above). Travel time
  • Suvarnablituni Airport to Sauna Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo: 1 hour.
  • Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo to Bang Pu seaside resort: 30 minutes.
  • Bang Pu to Ancient City: 30 minutes.
  • Ancient City to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1 hour.

Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bang Phli Market - Wat Bang Phli Yai Mai Temple - Rat Bang Phli Yai Kiang Temple

Spend an hour and 30 minutes at the 140- year-old Bang Phli Market. Browse around for good buys and souvenirs. Here you will catch a glimpse of the traditional Thai way of life along the river banks, far away from the hectic life of the city.

Pay respect to Luang Pho To, a sacred Buddha image at Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai in Samut Prakan Province, said to be one of three legendary Buddha images whose protection worshippers sought in times of danger. All three were battled with consecrated lustral water and are highly revered. Buddhist pilgrims generally visit all three sites to pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan in Chachoengsao Province and Luang Pho Wat Ban Laem at Wat Phet Samut in Samut Songkhram Province in the same trip.

Spend the next hour at Wat Bang Phli Yai Kiang. The temple received the blessing of the king in 1935 and is now home to Thailand's largest reclining Buddha image. Built in 1978, it is 53 metres long, 7.5 metres wide and 18 metres high. The interior of the reclining Buddha image consists of 28 rooms for practicing meditation. The image itself is divided into four levels. Level 2 is for meditation, level 3 contains writings on the life of the Buddha by Acharn Watchara Sa-ngern, the art teacher of Satri Samut Prakan School, and level 4 houses the Buddha image's "heart of gold."

Travel time
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport for Old Bang Phli Market: 1 hour.
  • Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai to "at Bang Phli Yai Kiang: 15 minutes.
  • Wat Bang Phli Yai Kiang to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1 hour.

Suvarnabhumi Airport - Khlong Suan Market - Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan - Cruise along the Bang Pakong River - Ban Mai Riverside Market and the temples of Wat Chin Pracha Sampson and Wat Uphai Phatikaram

Spend an hour at Khlong Suan Market, famous for the delicacies sold there such as braised duck, Chinese sausage, traditional coffee and Thai sweets. Enjoy the view along the canal of houses along the canal and observe the communal way of life.

Spend 20 minutes at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan temple. Pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon, a sacred Buddha image highly revered by local residents and visitors. The temple was built of marble at a cost of 2,500 million baht.

Spend the next 30 minutes on a cruise along the Bang Pakong River. Learn its story and see the way of life along its banks. Photos of Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan will make a happy memento of your trip.

On the bank of the Bang Pakong River, is Ban Mai market, a century-old market where you can quench your thirst with young coconut juice. With dozens of food vendors and shophouse stalls serving local delicacies, savoury dishes and desserts, you will be spoilt for choice for lunch.

Stop at Wat Chin Pracha Samosorn, a Chinese shrine, to pay homage to the God of Luck and at Wat Uphai Phatikaram, temple to pay homage to Luang Pho To, one of the three highly respected images in Thailand.

Travel time
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khlong Suan Market: 40 minutes.
  • Khlong Suan Market to Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan: 30 minutes.
  • Chachoengsao Province back to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 40 minutes.

Suvurnabhumi Airport - Khlong Juan Market - dolphin and bird watching cruise - Fisheries in the Bang Pukong Estuary

Spend 50 minutes at Khlong Juan Market. This old market bestrides the two neighbouring provinces of Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan. It is famous for the delicacies sold there, such as braised duck, Chinese sausage, traditional coffee, and Thai sweets. Enjoy the view along the canal with its old houses and observe the communal way of life. Elderly residents of Chinese descent continue to pay respect at the shrine in the market in Chachoengsao Province. Enjoy old-style coffee at Pa Li's shop, browse for souvenirs and other good buys including the special Thai desserts of Samut Prakan Province.

Spend two hours on a cruise. At the sub-district of Tha Kham you can rent a fishing boat to see the dolphins at the mouth of the Bang Pakong River and the Gulf of Thailand. During November to February, every year, families of dolphins swim up the Bang Pakong estuary in search for food. If a gentle breeze blows, you may see dolphins skimming the surface of the water. If it is windy, the dolphins will swim together in a school, riding the waves.

You can also enjoy bird watching while on the river cruise. During the cool season, some 50 species of native and migratory birds seek refuge in the mangrove forests of Bang Pakong. There are several fisheries on the way to the river mount where you will local fishermen rear fish in floating baskets placed in the river. At the end of the cruise, enjoy some of the many dishes prepared from freshly-caught fish and seafood for lunch or dinner.

Travel time
  • Suvurnabhumi Airport to Khlong Juan Market: 40 minutes.
  • Khlong Suan Market for Tambov Tha Kham: 45 minutes.
  • Tambov Tha Kam to Suvurnabhumi Airport: 45 minutes.
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