Samut Songkhram Province
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|Nickname(s): Mae Klong|
Map of Thailand highlighting Samut Songkhram Province
|• Governor||Khanchat Tansathian (since October 2016)|
|• Total||416.7 km2 (160.9 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 76th|
|• Rank||Ranked 75th|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 5th|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-75|
Neighbouring provinces are (from the south clockwise) Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Sakhon. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smallest in area of all Thai provinces. Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins were born here on 11 May 1811.
The word "samut" originates from the Sanskrit word समुद्र samudra meaning 'ocean', and the word "songkhram" from Sanskrit सङ्ग्राम saṅgrāmḥa meaning 'war'. Hence the name of the province literally means 'war ocean'.
Samut Songkhram is at the mouth of the Mae Klong River to the Gulf of Thailand. With several canals (khlong) the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation. At the coast are many lakes for producing sea salt. The sandbar Don Hoi Lot at the mouth of the river is famous for its endemic shell population of Solen regularis.
In the Ayutthaya period the area of Samut Songkhram was known as "suan nok" (Thai สวนนอก, 'outer garden') and was administered by Ratchaburi. During the reign of King Taksin it was made a province. It was the birthplace of Queen Amarindra of King Rama I. The birthplace of King Rama II in Amphawa District is now a memorial park.
The provincial seal shows a drum over a river. The Thai word for drum is klong, thus refers to the Mae Klong River, as well as the old name of the province, Mae Klong. On both sides of the river coconut trees are displayed as one of the main products of the province.
The provincial tree is Casuarina equisetifolia.
The provincial slogan is "City of Hoi Lot, Top Lychee, King Rama II Memorial Park, the Mae Klong River, and Luangpho Ban Laem".
The province is divided into three districts (amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 38 communes (tambons) and 284 villages (mubans). There is one town (thesaban mueang) and three townships (thesaban tambons).
Samut Songkhram's main station, Maeklong, is on the Maeklong Railway. The railway is known for its route through the Maeklong Railway Market, nicknamed (Thai: ตลาดร่มหุบ; RTGS: talat rom hup), meaning the 'umbrella pulldown market'. It is one of the largest seafood markets in Thailand, and is centred on the Maeklong Railway's track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed.
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- Samut Songkhram travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Province page from the Tourist Authority of Thailand Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Provincial website (Thai)
- Samut Songkhram provincial map, coat of arms and postal stamp Archived May 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.