Ban Plai Pong Pang
Here life remains much like it was in bygone Bangkok. Vast swaths of palm plantations and gabled timber houses are accessible only by water, with wooden boats trading wares, ferrying monks on alms rounds and vending kwetiao reua (boat noodles), with not so much as asouvenir in sight.
Baan Song Thai Plai Pong Pang organises homestays and has been recognised for ecotourism excellence. Most of these places are best reached by boat, though some have road access; call ahead or get your driver to call for directions. Highly recommended.
Present merit-making offerings to Buddhist monks, see the local way of life in this riverine community.
Observe the monks collecting alms by boat.
There is a daily bus service between Bangkok and Samut Songkhram.