Samut Songkhram Information
Samut Songkhram is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand.
Neighboring provinces are (from the south clockwise) Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Sakhon. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smallest of all Thai provinces areawise. Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins were born here.
The province is subdivided into 3 districts (amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 38 communes (tambon) and 284 villages (muban). There is one town (thesaban mueang) and three townships (thesaban tambon).
- Mueang Samut Songkhram
Don Hoi Lot: A sandbank on the mouth of the Mae Klong River. It was formed by the sedimentation of sandy soil which the villagers here call "Sai Khi Pet". In the area of the sandbank there are many shellfish such as Hoi Lot (razor clam), Hoi Lai (undulated surf clam), Hoi Puk (Ridged Venus clam), Hoi Pak Pet (tongue shell), Hoi Khraeng (cockle) and many more.
Wat Satthatham or Wat Mon: The ordination hall is made of golden teak with mother-of-pearl-inlay walls, both inside and outside. Housed inside the ordination hall are Buddha images: Luangpho Ban Laem, Luangpu Thuat Yiap Nam Thale Chuet, and Luangpho Phuttha Sothon.
Wat Khao Yi San: The Viharn on the hilltop is a boat-shaped hall where four Buddha footprints are enshrined. The Phra Non Cave has a reclining Buddha image with nine toes. At the lower part lies the sacred shrine of Luangpho Pu Si Racha which is respected by the villagers.
Ban Khao Yi San Museum: The museum presents the stories of the community which are important and worth a study. On the ground floor, there are displays of folk wisdom, life and culture, tools for making herbal medicine, and household utensils.
Wat Ban Laem or Wat Phet Samut Worawihan: Inside the temple compound, there is a Sangha museum with displays of Buddha images, amulets of different periods, ancient artefacts, blue-and-white porcelain, and a pulpit of the Ayutthaya period.
Cruising the Mae Klong River: Among the houses are rarely seen traditional ones called Ruean Panya or hip-roof houses. Furthermore, there are riverside temples, such as Wat Amphawan, Wat Bang Khae Yai, Wat Bang Khae Noi, Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong, etc.
Sino Phattra Boat House is situated at 24 Mu 6 on the Samut Songkhram – Bang Nok Khwaek Road, Tambon Bang Khonthi, Amphoe Bang Khonthi. The boat which was once used for carrying rice will cruise the Mae Klong River, past the Bang Kung Camp, the King Rama II Memorial Park, and Wat Bang Khae Yai.
The Fair in Honour of King Rama II is held in early February at the King Rama II Memorial Park in Amphoe Amphawa. There are performances, a demonstration of traditional Thai desserts, folk plays, outdoor classical Thai masked dance.
The Lychee Fair is held from around the end of March until early April in Amphoe Amphawa (subject to the produce of each year).
The Luangpho Ban Laem Fair is held between 13-19 April 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 of 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 of City Hall in December.
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