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    Ko Kwang - boat can't come onto the beach, drops us off in shallow water; at high tide there's no beach at all but easy enough to climb onto the rocks
    (drone pic, not mine)


    small beach at low/medium tide, this is the only sand area on the island


    and that's us . . . daughter's first 'deep water' snorkeling usually we swim out from beaches to reefs further up the coast
    Ko Proet in the background
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    Back on Proet, there's a walk from the temple to a viewing area and SkyView Cafe opened in April but is open weekend and holidays only
    Beanbags on the deck, no need for a handrail...








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    Proet - take the steps to the sea on western side




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    Proet - Restaurante Pelicanos






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    That's a great spot.

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    We'd like to try snorkeling off the base of the cliffs on a calmer day, but those steps end well above the water, could jump in but that wouldn't be an option for getting out ... and the nearest beach area is by the pier south end of island

    Further along there's this cave



    And view from a beanbag ...if this were near Pattaya there'd have been jumpers by now

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    Back to Laem Sing town

    Chedi at Phairi Phinat from across the river

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    Fishing fleet at Laem Sing
    After heavy rain, silt in the river, murky seawater







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    Temples, there's one each side of the bridge. Wat Laem Sing (northwest, over the bridge) was damaged in a storm, Songkran 2013, and rebuilt in white

    13.04.2013


    Rebuild


    Wat Paknam Laem Sing (in town)

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    Until the bridge in 2009 access from Laem Sing town to Arakkha Thewada Catholic Church at Laem Pradu across the river was by boat







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    Staying on the west side of the Chan river, Tha Chalaep is a small riverside community, almost an island with a built-up road through marshland towards Chan city
    We go there for the park, several restaurants in the 'adequate' range; cyclists, always cyclists, it's a quick escape from the traffic of the city, regular evening group rides here, last 6km flat, straight with no side roads
    About 2012 we had opportunity to buy a house here, a bank repo going cheap; I wouldn't have lasted there, our small town 20km away a better size


    Small park, kids playground and outdoor exercise equipment
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    Tha Chalaep, views from the pier

    Facing inland, Chanthaburi River, hills in background are part of Namtok Phliu National Park
    Across the river is Samet Ngam, historic area re King Taksin


    End of the road; evening cycling
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    Tha Chalaep - church

    Catholic Church of St Peter



    and the local Catholic cemetery



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    Tha Chalaep - temple

    Wat Wiwek Karam










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    Tha Chalaep


    Two commercial dive boats operate from here, plus this one -Tha Chalaep has a Field Office of the Underwater Archaeology Division, this their dive boat; the National Maritime Museum is 9km away. Few years back they hosted UNESCO Asia-Pacific training here, six weeks on preserving underwater cultural heritage

    Also two Royal Thai Police vessels based here

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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph View Post
    Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China
    Thank you for M. Mouhot's book reference and your photos of, as many say, a somewhat untravelled part of Thailand. Always looking for available books on Asian travels from the past.

    The book can be downloaded, in PDF format, from here:

    https://archive.org/stream/travelsincentral01mouh/travelsincentral01mouh#page/n4/mode/1up

    Some sketches from the book:



    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Pairi Phinat Fort/Chanthaburi-king-and-qeen-of-siam.jpg   Pairi Phinat Fort/Chanthaburi-thai-kings-son.jpg  
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Thank you for M. Mouhot's book reference and your photos of, as many say, a somewhat untravelled part of Thailand. Always looking for available books on Asian travels from the past.

    The book can be downloaded, in PDF format, from here:

    https://archive.org/stream/travelsincentral01mouh/travelsincentral01mouh#page/n4/mode/1up

    Some sketches from the book:




    The Internet Archive is a definitive treasure trove of old books/material of Asian exploration, travel, and memoirs -
    Interesting to note the European perspectives and interpretation of those eras - which really hasn't changed much comparatively.

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    ^
    There are many sketches, from photographs the author took in the book, which as all from a three or four year period, 1850's, might be of interest to you. Court figures, locations, workers etc.

    Some of the authors comments can, I suspect, be heard daily today;

    " Many of the Wats appear to be under construction at one end and falling into disrepair, at the other."

    "The Thais appear to only grow enough rice to cover their immediate needs and prefer slumbering in the jungle or visiting friends."

    An interesting read all the same.

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    Across the river from Tha Chalaep, Samet Ngam, site of King Taksin the Great's shipyard

    Looking back to Tha Chalaep across the Chanthaburi River


    Inland, hills of Namtok Phliu National Park


    Carved from a sacred rock brought here from a sacred place, this sacred elephant sits riverside


    Evening, and a WWII British navy minesweeper at the pier

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    Samet Ngam

    King Taksin The Great Shipyard at Samet Ngam .
    350 years ago this was a shipping port, and the site of King Taksin’s shipyard.
    Leading up to 1767 he rebuilt his fleet here, and Tak led his forces from Chanthaburi to the Chao Phraya River delta in the twelfth lunar month of the same year.
    After he had taken Thon Buri, he attacked the Pho Sam Ton camp in Ayutthaya and was able to seize the camp in two days.
    His triumph over the Burmese at the Pho Sam Ton Camp was symbolic of the liberation of the country.

    The remains of a Chinese barque of that era have been recovered and are visible in a saltwater pool outside the museum which has displays of items recovered from archaeological searches in the area.







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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph View Post
    His triumph over the Burmese at the Pho Sam Ton Camp was symbolic of the liberation of the country.
    Probably, without his achievements, it would no longer be any Siam...

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    Great pics thanx.
    Chantaburi and Trat are a really nice part of the country, could handle living in that area myself.
    Post #64 - stained glass windows in a Buddhist temple very unusual and rather nice.

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    Still at Samet Ngam

    It's all about Taksin/Tak Sin











    Lastly, my entry in 'bland white cars we drive'

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    Not my own photo, drone pic over the Taksin building at Samet Ngam
    Laem Sing/coast in background


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    Samet Ngam

    As with many road signs locally, Thai script, who needs English?



    Siam/Thailand's changing/decreasing size
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