Saladaeng Village: the Riverside Serenity

The Mekhala docks at Saladaeng Village

Saladang village is located on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya River, in Sam Kok District, Patum Thanee province, north of Bangkok.

The Saladang villagers were Mon descendants who migrated from Burma to Thailand during the reign of King Rama II in the early 19-century. Granted residence by the Thai king, they chose to settle along the Chao Phraya River in the area called Sam Kok. They have developed a strong community that has assimilated into the host country while at the same time preserving their traditions and language. The Saladang community is one of a handful of the Mon communities in Thailand. It consists of about 75 households and a Buddhist temple.

A Buddhist monastery in the village

What to see in the Village

The friendly Saladang villagers are skilled sailors. Almost every stilted house in the village has a boat stored under the floor. The boats are generally used during the rainy season when the whole village is flooded by surging water from the Chao Phraya River. Many families use their sailing skills to make a living by operating or working on the big freight barges you see as you sail along the river.

Life along the river

The village is also a good place to see traditional Thai houses. Though small, the houses retain the original style of Thai architecture such as the wooden structure, storage area and gabled roofs. In addition, Saladang residents are known for maintaining their Mon traditions. The village was accredited by the local government for their self-sufficiency and cultural preservation. Many of them still speak Mon language and practice Buddhist rituals. The village gives visitors a glimpse of the peaceful and traditional Thai life style.

A small boat museum in the village

Thai style stilt houses in the villager