Samut Songkhram (สมุทรสงคราม)
Thai. ‘Ocean of war’. Name of a province (map)
and its modern coastal capital in West Thailand, 72 kms southwest of
located on a sharp curve in the Mae Klong River. The city is
therefore also generally known by the epithet Mae Klong. It is
Thailand's smallest province covering an area of just 416 square
kilometers and is situated in West Thailand on the
Gulf of Thailand.
Initially it the area was referred to as Suan Nok (สวนนอก), i.e. the
‘Outer Garden’. The region has an abundance of waterways and canals
on which several
talaat nahm or ‘floating markets’
can be found. Easy irrigation from the nearby sea gives rise to many
shrimp farms as well as salt fields (fig.).
It is the birthplace
Rama II, and
of the famous
In and Chan. Don Hoy Lot (ดอนหอยหลอด) or ‘Razor Clam Sandbank’ at
the mouth of the Mae Klong river is famous for its endemic shell
population, which includes razor clams, undulated surf clams, ridged
Venus clams, cockles and tongue shells. Another curiosity is the
city's centre rail track market (fig.), where vendors put up shop alongside
the rails and only move away when trains pass by (fig.).
The province has three
Samut Songkhram data file
THEMATIC STREET LIGHT.