Samut Songkhram is a city in Western Thailand, sometimes considered a part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area.
Samut Songkhram is a small province not far from Bangkok. It takes a little more than one hour to reach the province. For those who enjoy cultural tourism and traditional ways of life, this province has much to offer. For example, the people here earn a living from vegetable and fruit farming, and coconut palm sugar simmering. Furthermore, the Tha Kha Floating Market still maintains the traditional way of life of a community by a canal.
There is no evidence to indicate the establishment of the city of Samut Songkhram. It is presumed to have been a former district of Ratchaburi called "Suan Nok" (outside garden). Then, 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 the Burmese troops. This was an important act against the Burmese invaders at that time.
Samut Songkhram is 72 km from Bangkok, covering an area of 416 sq km.