Author: Richard Barrow

Wat Mahathat

THAI NAME: วัดมหาธาตุ
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Yasothon Province
GPS: 15.793936 104.142177

Wat Mahathat is an important temple of the province in the town. The building of importance here is Phra That Yasothon or Phra That Anon, an ancient square pagoda with the top similar to that of Phra That Phanom. The architecture is in the Laotian style which was popular in the late Ayutthaya to early Rattanakosin periods. The pagoda houses the relics of Phra Anon. A state minister from Si Sattana Khanahut (Vientiane) who took migrants to settle here about 200 years ago constructed it around 1778.

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Phra That Kong Khao Noi

THAI NAME: ธาตุก่องข้าวน้อย
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Yasothon Province
GPS: 15.763717 104.207120

Phra That Kong Khao Noi is at Tambon Tat Thong. Take the Yasothon-Udon Thani route for 2 kilometres to get to the site. Built during the 23rd-25th Buddhist century in the late Ayutthaya period, the small, square brick pagoda has a distinctive top. The middle part has designs of doorways on all 4 sides. A brick wall surrounds the pagoda. A sacred Buddha image is behind the pagoda. Legend has it that it was built by a young farmer who was repentant after killing his mother because he was upset with hunger.

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Rayong Aquarium

Rayong Aquarium

THAI NAME: สถานแสดงพันธุ์สัตว์น้ำระยอง
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Rayong
GPS: 12.6102, 101.42318

Located in the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre, Ban Phe,  the aquarium keeps various kinds of beautiful fish and sea plants. The centre conducts study, research and testing regarding marine biology and behaviors of marine life. A large aquarium with a tunnel allows visitors to see various beautiful fish as well as economic-related creatures living in the mangrove forest such as cuttlefish, crab, giant clam, and horseshoe crab.

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Sanam Chandra Palace

Sanam Chandra Palace

THAI NAME: พระราชวังสนามจันทร์
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Nakhon Pathom
GPS: 13.818818, 100.045763

Sanam Chan Palace is located in the town of Nakhon Pathom, about 2 kms west of Phra Pathom Chedi.  It occupies an area of about 355 acres.  The palace was constructed by command of King Rama VI in the year 1907 when he was the Crown Prince.  Phraya Silprasit supervised the construction which, in the beginning, there were two halls: Phra Thinang Phiman Pathom and Phra Thinang Aphirom Reudi.

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Mangrove Forest Study Centre

Mangrove Forest Study Centre

THAI NAME: พื้นที่ศึกษาธรรมชาติป่าชายเลนอ่าวมหาชัย
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Samut Sakhon
GPS: 13.502843, 100.270627

Covering an area of over 6 square kilometers, the Ao Mahachai Mangrove Forest Natural Resource Study Center is an educational and research hub highlighting the delicate but essential mangrove eco-system. There is a nature trail along the mangrove forest around the Tha Chin Estuary for nature-lovers, as well as a camping ground for those more adventurous.

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Khlong Khok Kham

Khlong Khok Kham

THAI NAME: คลองโคกขาม
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Samut Sakhon
GPS: 13.533640, 100.378870

Khlong Khok Kham is a very winding canal. Some parts of it are 90-degree curves. The tide is so strong that it is very difficult to control a boat. This caused an accident when Phrachao Suea or Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII (1703-1709) went along Khlong Khok Kham on his private trip by the Ekkachai royal barge. The barge hit a branch of a tree and Phanthai Norasing as the steersman took responsibility by being executed.

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