Bang Pu Recreation Center
The recreation facility is located in the province of Samut Prakan, a renowned tourist destination that is easily accessible by BTS train. In addition to a quick journey, this location offers a variety of food stores and one of the most breathtaking sunset views in all of Thailand. In contrast, the highlight of Bang Pu recreational complex is an estimated 5,000 seagulls that have fled Siberia and will feed from your hand.
The history of the place
When World War 2 occurred, this was one of the locations where a Japanese battalion landed on December 8, 1941. The Bang Pu Recreation Center is a well-known attraction in the Gulf of Thailand. There is a total area of approximately 102.24 hectares of pure nature. There is also a path to see the mangrove forest and various species of birds because this area is home to over 200 species of birds. Thousands and tens of thousands of seagulls migrate from Siberia to spend the winter here; tourists can see them all year, but especially from mid-October to November.
Bang Pu Recreation Centre was founded in 1937 by Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Thailand’s Prime Minister at the time. Because of its nearness to the sea and relation to Bangkok, it was intended to be a resting place for Thais. The “Sukta Bridge” was built, extending into the sea.
This resort was later taken over by the Royal Thai Army. It was previously used as a rehabilitation center for soldiers who were injured in battle, as well as a resort. It was used for army intentions and resort in the same location until 1999, when the rehabilitation center was closed and the name of the building was changed to “Sala Sukjai.”
There is a restaurant, a dance floor, and other services inside the Sala Sukjai building. There is also lodging available for tourists. The highlight of this location is that from about November to late April, there will be seagulls migrating to escape the cold and live on the seaside. Tourists come to feed the seagulls and take photos to collect the beautiful atmosphere at sundown. It is also an important study site for mangrove forest ecosystems.
How to Get to Your Destination
Visitors can take the BTS train from any station to Kheha Station (E23). When you arrive at the station, go to exits 1, 3, and 5, then to the outside station where you will meet the mini-bus Paknam – Klongdan (ปากน้ำ-คลองด่าน in Thai). The distance between BTS station and Bang Pu Recreation Center is approximately 7 kilometers; Bang Pu Recreation Center is located on the opposite side of the road you are on.
Bang Pu Recreation Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.