Samut Songkhram Province
Samut Songkhram (Thai: สมุทรสงคราม (Pronunciation)) is ane o the central provinces (changwat) o Thailand.
Neighborin provinces are (frae the sooth clockwise) Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi an Samut Sakhon. Local fowk caw Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smawest o aw Thai provinces auriewise. Chang an Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins wur born here.
Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]
The wird Samut oreeginates frae the Sanskrit wird Smudra meanin ocean, an the wird Songkhram frae Sanskrit Sangrama meaning war. Hence the name o the province literally means War Ocean.
Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]
Samut Songkhram is locatit at the mouth o the Mae Klong river tae the Gulf o Thailand. With several canals (khlong) the water o the river is spread through the province for irrigation. At the coast are mony lakes for producin sea salt. The sandbar Don Hoi Lot at the mouth o the river is famous for its endemic shell population o Solen regularis.
History[eedit | eedit soorce]
In the Ayutthaya period the aurie o Samut Songkhram wis kent as Suan Nok (Thai สวนนอก, Ooter garden) an wis admeenistrated bi Ratchaburi. Durin the reign o King Taksin it wis made a province. It wis the birth place o Queen Amarindra o Keeng Rama I, who an aa initiatit the name Suan Nok. The birth place o King Rama II in Amphawa destrict is nou a Memorial Pairk.
Seembols[eedit | eedit soorce]
The provincial seal shows a drum ower a river. The Thai wird for drum is klong, thus refers tae the Mae Klong river, as well as the auld name o the province, Mae Klong. On baith sides o the river coconut trees are displayed as ane o the main product o the province.
Provincial tree is Casuarina equisetifolia.
The provincial slogan is Ceety o Hoi Lot, Top Lychee, Keeng Rama II Memorial Pairk, the Mae Klong River, an Luangpho Ban Laem.
Admeenistrative diveesions[eedit | eedit soorce]
The province is subdividit intae 3 destricts (amphoe). The destricts are further subdividit intae 38 communes (tambon) an 284 veelages (muban). There is ane toun (thesaban mueang) an three tounships (thesaban tambon).
Cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]
Festivals[eedit | eedit soorce]
The Fair in Honour of King Rama II is held in early Februar at the King Rama II Memorial Park in Amphoe Amphawa. There are performances, a demonstration o traditional Thai desserts, fowk plays, ootdoor classical Thai masked dance.
The Lychee Fair is held frae aroond the end o Mairch till early Aprile in Amphoe Amphawa (subject to the produce of each year).
The Luangpho Ban Laem Fair is held atween 13-19 Aprile at Wat Phetsamut Worawihan in Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram.
The Sunset at Don Hoi Lot Fair and Board Sliding Competition is held in May at Don Hoi Lot in Chuchi village, Mu 4, Tambon Bang Chakreng, Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram.
The Khao Yai Pomelo Fair is held yearly at the end o August.
The Annual Long Boat Race is held on Loy Krathong Day at Wat Rat Peng in Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram.
The Mackerel Eating and Mae Klong Famous Products Festival is held in front o Ceety Hall in December.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
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