Scouting in Thailand is unique in that it is part of the school curriculum and receives strong support from the Thai government and people. Even the Royal Family are keen members. Scouting was first introduced in Thailand on July 1st 1911 by King Rama VI. Thailand was the third country in the world to take up Scouting. King Rama VI is fondly remembered as the “Father of Thai Scouting” and every year on National Scout Day, on July 1st, Scouts pay homage to his image and take part in parades. Thailand is the only country in the world where Scouting was directly founded by a monarch. It is also honoured with being one of the Founder Members of the World Organisation back in 1922.
Visiting a Thai Scout Group in Thailand means visiting a Thai school. If you are a Scout and are interested in attending a meeting then you are welcome to come and visit us at Sriwittayapaknam School. We have about 1,200 Scouts and meetings are held every Thursday afternoon. We encourage foreign Scouts to visit us wearing their Scout uniform. This way they can join in with activities and exchange badges with our Scouts. Our students wear their Scout uniform all day at the school. At the end of morning assembly they all have inspection in the playground. Then at 2.25 p.m. they have their Scout lessons. Click here to send your request for a visit.
WHAT TO WEAR: Please wear your Scout uniform if you wish to attend a Scout meeting. You should be smartly dressed at all times while on school premises.
WHAT TO BRING: It would be nice if you could bring some postcards and tourist brochures showing your local area. When you come to the school, we will show you around. During the tour, some classes might invite you in to speak to them. Also bring some Scout badges that you can exchange with our Scouts.
IMPORTANT: You cannot just turn up at the school because of the security on the front gate. You will need to contact us first. We will then notify security of your name and intended time of arrival.
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HOW TO FIND US: Samut Prakan is about 30 kms south of Bangkok. Many tourists come to our province on day trips from Bangkok to visit the Ancient City, Erawan Museum and the Crocodile Farm.
EXPRESSWAY: If you are coming by car, take the expressway to Samrong-Samut Prakan and exit at the Samut Prakan intersection on to the Sukhumwit Road. This road passes through Samrong first before reaching Paknam, the old name for our city. Some landmarks along this road on the left include a giant three-headed elephant and a Naval Museum with a sea plane and submarine on the main lawn. Finally, you will see a big clock tower on your right and many buildings with red roofs – this is the City Hall. Go straight across the traffic lights, pass Phichai Songkram Temple and then very soon after turn left at the traffic lights. After about 100 metres you will see a blue and yellow striped building on your left. Turn left here down Tetsaban 4 Road (the road sign is in Thai) and you will see the school almost straight away on the left.
BUS: If you are coming by public transport, take ordinary bus No. 25 or air-conditioned bus No. 511 which runs between central Bangkok and Paknam (a.k.a. Samut Prakarn). Air-conditioned bus No. 145 goes from the Weekend Market to Samut Prakan via Srinakarin Road. The bus shouldn’t cost more than 17 baht. The first stop inside the city is Pichai Songkram Temple. From here it is a 10 minute walk to the school, though it is probably best to finish your journey on a tuk tuk (about 30-40 baht) or a samlor (about 15-20 baht). Click here for instructions in Thai to give to the bus conductor and samlor rider.
BTS: The Sky Train goes as far as Samrong station where you can catch a bus or take a taxi for the last 25 minutes of the journey. The train journey will cost you about 40 baht from central Bangkok and the taxi ride will cost about 60 baht.
TAXI: Some people have come all the way from Bangkok by taxi. This is not really that expensive. It averages about 250 baht (plus 50 baht for the expressway) which is only US $10. However, please tell the driver to use the meter. This will start at 35 baht. Some people asked their hotel to organize a taxi which will probably cost you a lot more if they don’t use the meter. Click here for instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver. Even if you cannot find a taxi to come to Samut Prakan on the meter, there will be no problem finding one to go back.
To learn more about Scouting in Thailand, please visit our ThaiScouting.com web site.