The trip to Bangkok was planned in early February when Air Asia launched the RM5.00 sale and after including the airport tax plus fuel surcharges, the return ticket to Bangkok cost only RM272 (USD79) per person. So grab it when there is a sale!
The recent trip to Bangkok would never been extraordinary if Maturot, my colleague from Thailand did not bring me to Samut Songkhram.
Thank you Maturot for taking the effort to drive me down to the place unseen by foreigners which is 70km away from the country’s capital city.
Samut Songkhram is located at the mouth of the Mae Klong river to the Gulf of Thailand, which overlooks to the South China Sea. With several canals (khlong) the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation.
The Pier at Don Hoi Lot
Before reaching the seaside, we passed by many lakes along the coast for producing sea salt. However, the main destination that Maturot wanted to show us was the sandbar, Don Hoi Lot.
Children washing up the shells they picked
Don Hoi Lot is at the mouth of the river and it is famous for its endemic shell population of different species.
I hardly see any foreigners visiting this place. Mostly locals unless they are being brought by locals like my case here.
From the picture above, young and old collect as many shellfish as they can.
My beloved colleague, Maturot (right) and her other half (left)
Ahh, I captured this shot.
If I’m not mistaken, we have to travel at least 1-2 km away from the shore.
Did you see people walking on water?
Now, look. What can you see?
They really seem to be walking on water.
In fact, it was a low tide moment and the shallow water level allowed us to get out from the boat.
A friend was checking out a ‘siput’ which he picked up from the muddy sand
For your info, you would prefer to wear sandals to Samut Songkhram. It’s our mistake to wear sneakers as we didn’t see this coming. I have no idea that I would be soaking my feet in the sea.
In the end, I had to roll up our jeans and leave our sneakers in the boat.
Cute couple ahead
There are a lot of shellfish, baby crabs and sea creatures lying on the sandbar.
Look at the “Siput”!! How beautiful they are!!!
Are they having an Orgy? Just kidding!
Man searching for ‘Lala’
I felt for this man. It must be a hard workfor him to search for shellfish in the middle of the sea.
You wouldn’t be afraid to catch a mini crab with your bare hands. Because they are so much smaller in comparison to you.
A dead horseshoe crab in my grip
Thank goodness this horseshoe crab is dead. If not, I would not be able to hold it for you to see.
From snails to shellfish to crabs to horseshoe crab, I can only guess what more lies in Don Hoi Lot.
Isn’t it wonderful to embrace the nature once in a while?
It’s not like everyday I get the chance to walk ON the Gulf of Thailand. It’s not like everyday I can feel the light sea breeze blowing through my hair.
It is definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had in Thailand.