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    Monkeys Swimming in the Sea



    Last weekend I went on a trip to see the monkeys along the coastline in Samut Songkhram Province. They were swimming and diving in the water. Tambon Klong Khone is only 90 minutes away from Bangkok on Highway 35. They have homestay here as well.

    I have posted my trip report at www.thai-blogs.com >>>



    Over the next few days I will be posting here more pictures and maps to help you find this community.

    In the meantime, here are some links for various homestays in that area. It is all in Thai as hardly any foreigners find their way down here. But, they have some nice pictures.

    http://www.baanmaichailane.com/
    http://www.klongkhonemangrove.com/
    http://www.baanklongclone.com/
    http://www.homekrateng.com/
    http://www.phuyaichonghomestay.9nha.com/
    http://www.ruenthaworn.com/

    I enjoyed my trip so much that I want to go again next month.

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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea

    Thanks Richard.

    I am travelling to Thailand in March/April, if I have time maybe I might go there.

    So, anxious waiting for more informations how to get there.

    The address in Thai Script would be of help as well, especially "Tambon Klong Khone".

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea

    I think "Tambon Klong Khone" is written like this

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    Yes you are right. This is one of the signs we saw on the way out. There is very little English in this area so it will help if you can read a bit. This sign is saying turn left to go back to the main road to Bangkok (Rama 2 Road) and turn right for Wat Klong Khone.



    As you drive down the road, you will see lots of signs like these ones advertising various homestays. Again not much in the way of English apart from the website address. The one on the right is the homestay that we went to first called "Baan Klong Clone Resort".

    http://www.baanklongclone.com/



    This second one is called "Baan Mai Chai Lane Resort". (In both of these cases I am using the English they used in their website address.)

    http://www.baanmaichailane.com/

    The "chai lane" part of their name refers to the mangrove forest:

    ป่าชายเลน bpaa chaai-len

    This is a link to Google Maps where I have marked the approximate location of the mangrove homestays. it is unfortunate that there is no satellite coverage here.

    In my next post I will give you details of how to find this turn-off from Highway 35 and also some more pictures of the signs by the side of the road.

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    To drive here, you need to leave Bangkok on the Rama II Road (which leads to Samut Songkhram). This is also known as Highway 35. You will reach the turn-off for Samut Songkhram after about an hour or so. About two kilometers after this there is a bridge over a river. From this point to your turn-off is 6 kms. You need to look out for a PTT petrol station on your left. Straight after this is your turn-off. You will see the signboard below at the entrance to this road.



    The spelling on this sign in English for this district is Klong Kone. Other "official" signs spelled it Khlong Khon. We are going to push for the spelling of Klong Khone which is what some of the resorts use on their website.

    Once you turn down this road, it is just a question of following the signs for any of the homestays that you like. Most of them are much the same. I will post some of their billboards with translations and website addresses.

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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea



    Home Krateng Chaolay - http://www.homekrateng.com/



    Baan Klong Clone Resort - http://www.baanklongclone.com/



    Ruenthaworn Homestay - http://www.ruenthaworn.com/



    Baan Mai Chai Lane Resort - http://www.baanmaichailane.com/

    I visited two of these resorts and will post pictures of the rooms next.

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    This is Baan Klong Clone Resort. These bungalows are for four people and cost 2,000 baht per night. Extra people will cost you 300 baht per person. The room has tv, bathroom, fridge and air-con.



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    This is Home Krateng. They do packages so it costs 1,200 baht per person to stay in one of these bungalows. This price is based on four people sharing. For this price you get three meals and a boat tour. For 1,100 baht each, you could instead stay the night in their fisherman's hut out in the bay. These huts are big enough for ten people. Basically, the more people sharing the cheaper it becomes.


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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea

    Thanks for posting this info and the pics Richard. Did you get to see (and photograph) the fisherman huts?

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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea

    Yes, will post in my blog tomorrow. Plus some more pictures here.

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    Re: Monkeys Swimming in the Sea

    Thanks for the Infos so far Richard.

    But I have some more questions:

    Do you have to stay at one of these Homestays if you want to see the Monkeys ?

    Can you go to see the Monkeys by yourself or do you have to book a Tour or something ?

    What if you want to see them alone, are they just at the Beach or do you have to take a Boat/Ferry to an Island or something similar ?
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