Pom Phra Chulachomklao

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Pom Phra Chulachomklao
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Feeni&Hen
Marazion, UK180 contributions
Definitely recommended
Dec 2019 • Couples
We have just returned from a visit to Chulachomklao fort after first reading about it on Richard Barrow's website. Our accommodation is on the Khlong San side of Taksin bridge and we arranged a 'grab hire' where we had the use of car and driver within greater Bangkok for 4 hours at a cost of 1200 Baht. It took 45 mins to get there and 1hr 15 mins to get back so we had two hours at the fort. An hour of this was spent exploring the Mae Khlong ship - access all areas and it was fascinating, then there are the gun placements, Rama V statue, military hardware exhibition and Mangrove walkway compete with monkeys, which we skilfully avoided.

On top of all this you can see out to the Gulf of Thailand and watch shipping entering the Chao Phraya river. There was a large seafront restaurant which was reasonably busy considering it was a weekday, we only had time to buy drinks and ice creams though.

You may disagree, but this is my idea of a great day trip from Bangkok and the Grab option just gave us peace of mind that our transport was sorted so we didn't have to worry how we were going to get back to the city.

Entrance to the fort with all its attractions is free.

We took passports with us as entry is through a checkpoint but we were not asked for them, perhaps as we arrived with a Thai national who was driving the car. I did spot one other western visitor who was wearing some kind of pass so perhaps if you arrive by tuk tuk or taxi, you may need to provide ID.

Overall, well worth a visit and thanks to Richard Barrow for the recommendation.
Written December 27, 2019
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Ben Reeves
Bangkok, Thailand66 contributions
Very Interesting
Jul 2019 • Friends
The fort itself is actually fairly unremarkable. The disappearing guns are kind of cool, but the rest of the fort is just a series of empty rooms. There's a small part with a random assortment of old weapons (ranging from Gatling guns to a submarine conning tower), but the signage is all in Thai. The ship - HTMS Maeklong - is definitely the star attraction and I spent a good couple of hours looking around it with my friend. There are no signs or anything, so you have to have at least a little interest and knowledge of naval warfare to get the most out of it, but the fact that you can explore almost every space on the ship makes it really remarkable.

There are a couple of restaurants and snack stands nearby but a working knowledge of Thai will be very helpful because they clearly don't encounter many western tourists. Make sure you arrange transport there AND BACK. I didn't and getting a taxi to come and collect us was a lot harder than expected.
Written July 18, 2019
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,139 contributions
It takes a while to get here...
Jun 2019 • Solo
... if you're using public transportation like I did. If I wanted to do it all over again (I don't), I would drive instead. First I got on the BTS to Pak Nam station. Walked about 10 minutes to Pak Nam Market Ferry Pier and got on the boat crossing the river to Phra Samut Chedi. Then grabbed a motorbike taxi to this place for only 60฿. Easy enough huh? I was dripping wet by the time I got here. Place was eerily empty - it must have had something to do with these debilitating, intensive heat. Everything was well maintained though in this oppressive environment. The fort was clean, and the cannons looked polished. The ship is a bit a tattered but all in all interesting to explore. There is a garden/park with all kinds of static displays of naval guns. There is also an interesting boardwalk going through the mangroves inhabited by scores of monkeys. I think they were too worn down by the heat to bother with me. It's a seriously interesting place to visit, but I wish I had a guide explaining things or maybe some English signage would be helpful. There were a couple Navy sailors on the deck of the ship - guess they were guarding it - who did their utmost not to even blink in my direction. Maybe they were scared I was going to talk to them. Getting back was fun. This is how I spent my last day in Thailand.
Written June 12, 2019
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Happyinc
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia22 contributions
Great place to explore
Jul 2018 • Family
We went with low expectations but this was a fun place to spend the afternoon. The highlight being able to explore the boat which was interesting - especially for kids.
Written July 29, 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Defence of Independent Thailand
Feb 2018 • Friends
Pom Phra Chulachomklao (pom means "fort") was built during the reign of King Rama V at a time when Siam, as it was then called, was nervous about maintaining its independence as England and France proceeded to carve up and colonize the countries to the west and east.

Whether it was the fort or delicate Thai diplomacy playing England off against France, Siam maintained its independence.

The fort is at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, the gateway to Bangkok. so was strategically important.

Today there is a bronze statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in a marine uniform, and Armstrong guns, which briefly saw action during the Franco-Siamese War.

Also on display is HTMS Maeklong, a warship commissioned from the Japanese before World War Two, which saw service in the Royal Thai Navy for 60 years.

It is all part of the fascinating history of Thailand and is well worth the visit, although it is somewhat difficult to get to.
Written February 14, 2018
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Paul C
774 contributions
A great Naval afternoon out
Dec 2015 • Friends
Phra Chulachomklao Fort is an 19th century fortress to defend Bangkok from foreign gunships. It houses the static ship turned museum HTMS Mae Klong which one can board and explore. Thee is a huge monument on site to King Chulalongkorn, a cannon and gunnery museum and a restaurant.

Entry is via a military gate so you need to carry your passport (if a foreigner) or ID card if Thai. Absolutely brilliant afternoon trip.
Written August 2, 2016
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Sarakit C
Ko Kret, Thailand761 contributions
Great for kids!
Mar 2016 • Family
An old fort/firebase at the mouth of the Chaopraya River, protecting Bangkok from an invasion by the river. It has an old firebase, an old navy destroyer and a seafood restaurant. The kids will enjoy the free access to the warship and the fort, and then the family can enjoy a meal at the riverside restaurant there - Thai food and seafood - which is quite reasonably priced.
Written May 4, 2016
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