Bang Pu is a sub district in Samut Prakan Province. It is located at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, southward of Bangkok. It is a mangrove swamp along the coast of the gulf of Thailand. There used to be abundance mangrove trees here in the past. It was a popular as a governmental recreation area with resorts and interesting places because it is near Bangkok and has comfortable transportation.
The mouth of Chao Phraya River
Map of Bang Pu Recreation Area
Kanchanaphisek Bridge, the southern most bridge over the Chao Phraya River is located in Samut Prakan Province.
Rooftop of Samut Prakan Province and Bangkok views from Kanchanaphisek Bridge
When this area was developed to be an industrial zone the mangrove swamp was replaced by factories. The tanning factories were the worst problem for this recreation area because of pollution – especially the bad smell. Anyway, Bang Pu Recreational Area is still well known for a good restaurant which is organized by Royal Thai Army.
The entrance on Bangpu Nature Education Center
The environment impact of industry on the recreation was a hot issue for 3 decades. Eventually the town plan office had managed land-use for rehab on coastal mangrove. They relocated the factories out to an industrial zone. The mangrove area have been replanted and became green again. So this area became popular again.
Mangrove swamp in the are of Bang Pu Recreation Area
The most popular area for recreation is managed Royal Thai Army. It was built in 1937 on the south of the Sukhumwit Road at km.37. It is called Bang Pu Recreation Area and is divided into 3 parts, Bang Pu Nature Education Center, Bang Pu Resort among the mangroves and the restaurant that is located in the sea. It was the most popular for teenager before 1975.
Nature Education Trail
Wind turbine in front of resort
There is a bridge that stretches into the sea. It is called Sut Ta Bridge. The best time to visit Bang Pu is in November to March. There are some migratory seagulls from Siberia those flee from cold weather in the winter to stay here. The tourist can feed them with fatty pork. By the way you also have to mind some of their poop. 🙂 Besides these seagulls there are about 200 species of local birds in this area. It is one of the heaven of bird watchers In Thailand.
Sut Ta Bridge
The tourists were feeding these seagulls with fatty pork. It’s the most interesting activity.
It is a very nice place for weekend to have lunch or dinner at the restaurant while watching the seagulls fly and float in the sea. If you would like to picnic you can do it. There is a green mangrove and sea breeze which is suitable for picnics. You can walk on the nature education trails among the mangrove swamp. When the tide recedes you can see mudskippers creep on the mud beach. It is a recreation near Bangkok which I recommend.
Mudskipper bathed on the much beach.
The east gulf of Sut Ta Bridge
The west coast of Sut Ta Bridge
Gulf of Thailand@ Bang Pu Recreation Area
Special thanks for Mr. David L. Ekers