I recently went on a photowalk with the “Bangkok Photographers” Facebook group, the first one that I have been on for a while. Making the most of the BTS Skytrain line extension earlier this year, it was easy to get to Pak Nam station ( and free 🙂 ) and then a ferry across the river to the 200 year old Phra Samut Chedi and then a walk along a boardwalk through the mangroves to the old Phi Suea Samut naval fort.
The old fort was the next stop, it stands on a small island that once used to be nearer the middle of the river. Nowadays the river banks have moved so that the island is just a short distance from the west bank, but getting there still involves several flights of steps to reach a bridge. For a change, there is actually wheelchair access …..sort of, if you look at the pic above right. A 45 degree wheelchair ramp ? And some of the ramps had a step at the top too ….. Disabled access is not a high priority in Thai planning.
Some of the doorways were definitely Hobbit sized !
All in all, a pleasant day out of Bangkok 🙂
How to get there ? The quickest and easiest way is by BTS, getting off at Pak Nam station
Alternately you could catch the air-con bus #511 but it would probably be a slow trip !
Walk along the main road and then veer towards the river, the ferry pier is next to the fresh market (worth a look if you want to see what a Thai fresh market looks like ….anybody for frog ? ). 3.5 baht each way on the ferry, no admission fee to the Temple or the Fort/museum, although you will be required to sign in at the fort’s front gate.
You could also combine this with a visit to the Erawan Museum which you would pass on the way, and is between the Pu Chao and Chang Erawan stations. Just look for a giant three headed elephant, you cannot miss it ! More about that here from my visit a couple of years ago.