|Nickname(s): Mae Klong|
Map of Thailand highlighting Samut Songkhram Province
|Capital||Samut Songkhram town|
|• Governor||Praphat Bunyindi (since 2008)|
|• 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||ICT (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-75|
The word "samut" originates from the Sanskrit word "smudra" meaning "ocean", and the word "songkhram" from the Sanskrit "sangrama" 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. By means of canals (khlong) the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation. At the coast are many evaporation ponds for producing sea salt.
In the Ayutthaya period the area of Samut Songkhram was known as Suan Nok (Thai สวนนอก, "outer garden") and was administrated by Ratchaburi. During the reign of King Taksin it became a province. It was the birthplace of Queen Amarindra of King Rama I, who also initiated the name Suan Nok. The birthplace of King Rama II in Amphawa district is now a memorial park.
- "Samut Songkhram". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Samut Songkhram travel guide from Wikivoyage