Samut Sakhon is situated on the mouth of Tha Chin River, it is also called Mahachai by the locals. It was originally called Tha Chin as it was believed to be a trading port where a large number of Chinese traded. In the year 1548 Tha Chin became the centre for the royals to recruit for the army to fight against the Burmese.
Samut Sakhon is known for the history of the loyal Phanthai Norasing. In the year 1704, King Sua or phra Chao Sua made a royal visit to Ekkachai via Khok Kham canal which was quite curvy. Phanthai Norasing, the coxswain, could not control the steering, this caused damage to the prow by hitting the limb of a tree. To foster the palace law, Phanthai Norasing begged the king to execute him even if he was forgiven. The king ordered to have a new canal dug to remove the sharp curves and later the name of Khok Kham canal was changed to Klong Mahachai.
Samut Sakhon is divided into 3 districts which are Muang Samut Sakhon, Krathum Baen and Ban Phaeo. It covers the total area of 872 square kilometers. The main attractions of the province are temples such as Wat Yai Chom Prasat which is an old temple aged around 400 years, important historical remains are kept there and Wat Suthiwat Wararam which is known for its beautifully decorated temple. Other attractions you should make a visit to are Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education, Wat Khok Kham, Phanthai Norasing Shrine, Khlong Khok Kham, Pom Wichian Chodok, The City Pillar Shrine, Talat Maha Chai, Saphan Pla, Wat Pa Chai Rangsi, Wat Bang Pla, Ao Maha Chai Mangrove Forest Natural Resource Study Centre and Wat Nang Sao.