Samut Prakan Province
The province wis created durin the Ayutthaya period, wi its administrative center locatit at Prapadaeng. It wis the sea port o Siam, an wis secured wi forts, toun moats an toun-walls. Keeng Buddha Loetla Nabhalai stairtin the biggin o the new center at Samut Prakan in 1819, efter his predecessor Keeng Taksin haed disbandit the toun fortification. Aathegither sax forts wur built on baith sides o the Chao Phraya river, an on an island in the river the pagoda Phra Samut Chedi wis erectit. O the oreeginal sax forts ae twa still exist today, Phi Sua Samut an Phra Chulachomklao.
Samut Prakan is locatit at the mouth o the Chao Phraya river tae the Gulf o Thailand. Thus the province is an aa sometimes cawed Pak Nam (ปากน้ำ), the Thai wird for the mouth o a river. The pairt o the province locatit on the wastren side o the river consist maistly o rice an prawn fields as well as mangrove forests, while the east pairt is the urban center - includin industrial factories. It is pairt o the Bangkok metropolis, the urbanization on baith sides o the provincial boondary is identical. The province haes a coastline o approximately 47.2 kilometers.