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Khai Noen Wong and the National Maritime Museum

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Khai Noen Wong is a feeble old fort worth a quick stopover for a look at the cannons before heading into the National Maritime Museum, which shares the same grounds.

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It’s thought that King Taksin made camp in this vicinity while reassembling his army before retaking Ayutthaya in the late 1760s, but what’s left of the fort today was instituted by King Rama III as part of a defence system against potential Vietnamese invasions during the first half of the 19th century.

Forts were simpler back in the day. Photo taken in or around Khai Noen Wong and the National Maritime Museum, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Forts were simpler back in the day. Photo: David Luekens

The centrepiece is an octagonal lookout tower set directly above the narrow lane leading into the complex. You can climb the steep stairs for a view over the countryside while pretending to be a soldier keeping watch. Laterite walls studded with cast cannons of various sizes stretch on either side of the tower, going on for quite some distance beneath the shade of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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