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Samut Songkhram, the smallest province in Thailand

Samut Songkhram, one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. 

Samut Songkhram is at the mouth of the Mae Klong River to the Bay of Bangkok (upper Gulf of Thailand). With several canals (khlong) the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation. At the coast are many lakes for producing sea salt. The sandbar Don Hoi Lot at the mouth of the river is famous for its endemic shell population of Solen regularis.

It covers a total area of 416.7 km2 (about 160.9 sq mi). It can be considered the smallest province in Thailand. The total forest area is 30 km2 (12 sq mi) or 7.3 percent of provincial area.

Samut Songkhram or Mae Klong or Suan Nok (outside garden) was a part of Mueang Ratchaburi in the past. The old name of Mae Klong is Bang Chang which was centered at Tambon Amphawa, Samut Songkhram (from the district at present). During the transition from the Ayutthaya to the Thon Buri periods, it was separated from Ratchaburi and named Mueang Mae Klong.

Samut Songkhram was historically important during the establishment of Thon Buri as the kingdom’s capital by King Taksin the Great. When the Burmese led an army to Tambon Bang Kung, the king gathered the people to build a fort and prevent the city from capture by the Burmese troops. This was an important act against the Burmese invaders at that time.

Mueang Mae Klong (actually pronounced “Mae Glawng”), changed its name into Samut Songkhram but the actual year is not known. It is assumed it occurred in 1752 to 1756 because the name of the province first appeared in the evidence from the first Thai enacted law: Later, a decree was found,issued from the reign of King Borom Urn Baromgoate in 1756 and was identified as ordered to The Lord Rattanathibet, the Grand marshal of the Court. Apparently Kun Wisetvanish (Chean Ar Pan Teck), Kun Thip, and Meun Rukka Auksorn were daring ask to establish casinos in Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi and Samut Prakan.

Samut Songkhram is the birthplace of many famous Thai people whether King Rama II who was born in 1767 in Amphawa District or Chang and Eng Bunker who were born in 1811.


1. From Bangkok to Southern route (Samut Songkram Province)the “Mae Klong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hoob)” is a local market in Samut Songkhram Province, commonly called Siang Tai (life-risking) Market. The interesting of tourists for this visiting will be taken once the train to come to a standstill at the station either once the train will depart from the station, all merchants will immediately move their goods from the railway road area and back again later.

It is considered one of the amazing-Thailand attractions in the province. Spreading over a 100-meter length, the market is located by the railway near Mae Klong Railway Station, Muang District, Samut Songkhram Province. It is a common fresh market selling seafood, vegetable, fruits, fresh and dried food, meats and other miscellaneous goods.

Mae Klong Railway Market is open from 6.00 a.m. -6.00 p.m. The market is called ‘life-risking’ market because its stalls are attached to the Mae Klong-Ban Laem railway, which is a short railway line running from and to Mahachai and Mae Klong. Vendors at the market put out parasols or canvas to protect themselves against the sun. The shelters stick into the railway where visitors walk and do their shopping.

When each signal of the arriving train rings, chaos happens: vendors will rush to close their parasols and canvas, along with clearing all goods that will obstruct the coming train at a great speed. Once the train passes, parasols and canvas will be reopened as goods are again put into their usual place next to the railroad.

The market, accordingly, is so-called “Hoop Rom (umbrella/parasol-closing) Market”. The practice is usually for vendors and local people, but not for tourists who will definitely find the scene exciting and enjoyable at each visit.

Not only seafood, vegetable, fruits, fresh and dried food, meats, can find in this area. For the people who love street food, they will find many foods especially “Thai Dessert”.

Thai dessert in Thai call “Kha-Nom” mostly made of flour, fruit, coconut milk, and indispensable is sugar.


On our tour, we will recommend 3 popular Thai Dessert for our guest

  1. Khanom Thuai or Thai Coconut Milk Custard
    Thai traditional dessert with 3 main ingredients flour, coconut milk, and palm sugar. … There are two parts of flavor, sweet flavor from pandan juice and saltiness from coconut milk. – see how to cook click!

2. Khanom – Krok, is kind of Thai sweetmeat
Krom Krok is an ancient Thai dessert. Made from flour, sugar and coconut milk Then pour on the pit Time to eat must pick out. Is a circular sheet And often put together when eating.


3. Kanom Gluay or Steamed Banana Cake
Raw material with a cup of rice flour, a cup of starch, 2 cups of cooked banana,1/2 cup grated taro,1/4 cup boiled barley a cup coconut milk, Grated coconut 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup sugar,1/2 teaspoon salt


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Recommended to join our 3 days tour include Mae Klong Railway Market click!

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