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Phin Choonhavan
Field marshal (Thailand), Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan ( th, ผิน ชุณหะวัณ; ; August 14 1891- 26 January 1973) was a Thai military leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Phin was a leader of several coups against the government, most notably the Siamese coup d'état of 1947, 1947 coup. During World War II, the Second World War, he commanded the Phayap Army's 3rd Division before being made military governor of the Shan States, which Thailand had occupied during the Burma Campaign. Phin was the son of a Chinese physician, Kai () who migrated to Siam from Chaoshan, as was the father of his wife, Lim Hong (), who was also an immigrant from Shantou. His son, Chatichai Choonhavan, became Prime Minister of Thailand. His daughter, Udomlak, married Phao Sriyanond, director general of the Thai police. Another daughter, Charoen, married Pramarn Adireksarn, who served as deputy prime minister in several governments. References * Paul M. Handley, "The ...
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Samut Songkhram Province
Samut Songkhram ( th, สมุทรสงคราม, ) is one of the central Provinces of Thailand, provinces (''changwat'') of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from the south clockwise) Phetchaburi Province, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi Province, Ratchaburi and Samut Sakhon Province, Samut Sakhon. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smallest in area of all Thai provinces. Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins were born here on 11 May 1811. Toponymy The word "samut" originates from the Sanskrit word समुद्र ''samudra'' meaning 'ocean', and the word "songkhram" from Sanskrit संग्राम ''saṃgrāma'' meaning 'war'. Hence the name of the province literally means 'war ocean'. However, this province is colloquially known as "Mae Klong" after the name of the main river that flows past the area. Geography Samut Songkhram is at the mouth of the Mae Klong River to the Bay of Bangkok (upper Gulf of Thailand). With several c ...
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