Samut Prakan Province

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Samut Prakan

Official seal of Samut Prakan
Map o Thailand heichlichtin Samut Prakan Province
Map o Thailand heichlichtin Samut Prakan Province
Kintra Thailand
CaipitalSamut Prakan
 • GovrenorKhanit eiamrahong (syne October 2012)
 • Total1004.1 km2 (387.7 sq mi)
Area rankRankit 70t
 • Total1,203,223
 • RankRankit 18t
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
 • Density rankRankit 3rd
Time zoneUTC+7 (Thailand Staundart Time)
ISO 3166 codeTH-11

Samut Prakan (Thai: Aboot this soondสมุทรปราการ , IPA: [sāmùt prāːkāːn]) is ane o the central provinces (changwat) o Thailand.

Neighborin provinces are in the wast an north Bangkok an Chachoengsao tae the east.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (or an aa cawed (New) Bangkok Internaitional Airport) is locatit in the Bang Phli Destrict o Samut Prakan province.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The province wis creatit durin the Ayutthaya period, wi its admeenistrative center locatit at Prapadaeng. It wis the sea port o Siam, an wis secured wi forts, toun moats an toun-walls. King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai stairtin the biggin o the new center at Samut Prakan in 1819, efter his predecessor King 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.

The giant three-heidit statue o the elephant god Erawan is in Samut Prakan.

Etymologie[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Thai the wird samut is frae Sanskrit, Samudra means ocean or sea an prakan means fortress.

Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

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.

Admeenistrative diveesions[eedit | eedit soorce]

Map o Samut Prakan wi the provinces numbered
Map o Samut Prakan wi the provinces numbered

The province is subdividit intae 6 destricts (amphoe). The destricts are further subdividit intae 50 subdestricts (tambon) an 396 veelages (muban). Thare are ane ceety (thesaban nakhon), three touns (thesaban mueang) an 13 subdestrict municipalities (thesaban tambon). For the naitional elections the province is dividit intae 3 votin destricts, ane eligible for three assemblyman an the ither twa each for twa assemblymen.

  1. Mueang Samut Prakan
  2. Bang Bo
  3. Bang Phli
  1. Phra Pradaeng
  2. Phra Samut Chedi
  3. Bang Sao Thong