Pathum Thani is a
neighbouring province of Bangkok. It is situated on the Chao Phraya
basin with plenty of canals and orange plantations. Its original
name is Mueang Sam Khok, which was founded during the Ayutthaya era.
It was the settlement for the Mon people migrating from Mohtama (in
Myanmar) over 350 years ago. In the year 1815 when King Rama II made
a royal visit to this area, the inhabitants offered him plenty of
lotus flowers which is the origin of the present name.
The Pathum Thani Town is only 46 kms.
from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 1,525 square kilometres and is
administratively divided into 7 districts (Amphoes): Muang
Pathum Thani, Lat Lum Kaeo, Sam Khok, Thanyaburi, Nong Suea, Khlong
and Lam Luk Ka.