Chiang Dao District

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Chiang Dao
เชียงดาว
Amphoe
Rice paddies with Doi Chiang Dao in the clouds
Rice paddies with Doi Chiang Dao in the clouds
Amphoe location in Chiang Mai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Mai Province
Coordinates: 19°21′58″N 98°57′51″E / 19.36611°N 98.96417°E / 19.36611; 98.96417Coordinates: 19°21′58″N 98°57′51″E / 19.36611°N 98.96417°E / 19.36611; 98.96417
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Mai
Area
 • Total 1,882.1 km2 (726.7 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 87,922
 • Density 46.7/km2 (121/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 50170
Geocode 5004

Chiang Dao (Thai: เชียงดาว) is a district (amphoe) of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. It is nicknamed "Little Tuscany" and there are actually a few local wines produced in the area.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the northeast clockwise) Fang, Chai Prakan, Phrao, Mae Taeng of Chiang Mai Province, Pai of Mae Hong Son Province, and Wiang Haeng of Chiang Mai again. To the north is the Shan State of Myanmar.

Chiang Dao is the only province in Thailand that has all twelve hill tribes in residence.

Doi Chiang Dao and the Pha Daeng National Park are located in the district.

The Ping River, one of the main tributaries to the Chao Phraya River, originates at Doi Thuai, in the mountains of the Daen Lao Range in Chiang Dao district. The Taeng River, a river that has its source in the mountains of the Daen Lao Range in neighbouring Wiang Haeng District, also flows through Chiang Dao District on its way to its confluence with the Ping River in Mae Taeng District.

History[edit]

Chiang Dao was a smaller city state (Mueang) in the northern Thai Lan Na kingdom. As part of the thesaphiban administrative reforms at the end of the 19th century it was made a district within Chiang Mai province.

Originally a minor district (King Amphoe), it was upgraded to a full district in 1908.[1]

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 83 villages (muban). Both Chiang Dao and Mueang Ngai are subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon), which cover parts of the same-named tambon. The subdistrict municipality Phra That Pu Kam (พระธาตุปู่ก่ำ) covers the remaining parts of the subdistrict Mueang Ngai. Mueang Na, Ping Khong and Thung Khao Phuang are further subdistrict municipalities which cover the whole same-named subdistrict. There are further 3 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO) - Mae Na and Mueang Khong covering the whole same-named subdistrict, and Chiang Dao the non-municipal parts of the subdistrict.

No. Name Thai Villages Inh.
1. Chiang Dao เชียงดาว 16 15,194
2. Mueang Na เมืองนะ 14 31,574
3. Mueang Ngai เมืองงาย 11 06,513
4. Mae Na แม่นะ 13 09,782
5. Mueang Khong เมืองคอง 06 04,244
6. Ping Khong ปิงโค้ง 16 11,606
7. Thung Khao Phuang ทุ่งข้าวพวง 07 09,009

References[edit]

  1. ^ แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 25 (15): 447–448. 1908-07-12. 

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