Pak Chong District

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Amphoe Pak Chong)
Jump to: navigation, search
Pak Chong
ปากช่อง
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Amphoe location in Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 101°25′19″E / 14.71250°N 101.42194°E / 14.71250; 101.42194Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 101°25′19″E / 14.71250°N 101.42194°E / 14.71250; 101.42194
Country  Thailand
Province Nakhon Ratchasima
Seat Pak Chong
Area
 • Total 1,825.2 km2 (704.7 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 182,588
 • Density 100.0/km2 (259/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 30130, 30320
Geocode 3021

Pak Chong (Thai: ปากช่อง) is the westernmost district (amphoe) of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, northeastern Thailand.

History[edit]

In the past this area was a part of Tambon Khanong Phra, Chan Thuek district (which is now Sikhio district).

In 1949 Ban Pak Chong was upgraded to be Tambon Pak Chong. It was upgraded to a minor district (King Amphoe) effective January 1, 1957, consisting of the four subdistricts Pak Chong, Chanthuek, Klong Dan and Mu Si.[1] It was finally upgraded to a full district in July 1958.[2]

Etymology[edit]

In the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) during the construction of the northeastern railway through the area, the Nok Yung and Noi mountains were blasted through to make a channel (Chong in Thai) for the railway. Then the people named the village Pak Chong, meaning mouth of the channel.

Geography[edit]

Pak Chong is the biggest district of Nakhon Ratchasima by area. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Sikhio, Wang Nam Khiao of Nakhon Ratchasima, Mueang Nakhon Nayok of Nakhon Nayok Province, Prachantakham of Prachinburi Province, and Muak Lek of Saraburi Province.

The district is the gateway to the Northeast (Isan) of Thailand from the central region, as the main pass through the Sankamphaeng Range mountainous area is located in the southern section of this district. The southern parts of the district are part of Thailand's first and largest national park, Khao Yai. Within the park is the origin of the Takhong River, a tributary of the Mun River. The Takhong is the main water resource of Nakhon Ratchasima city.

Pak Chong & Old Highway No. 2 (note the new road is the bypass to the south) view from Khao Noy Park

Transport connections[edit]

Both the Mittraphap Road or Route 2 as well as the Northeastern railway cross the district.

RAILWAY: Some long-distance trains from Bangkok to Udon Thani or Nong Khai and all trains to Ubon Ratchathani stop at Pak Chong railway station,[3][4] as well as the local trains connecting Kaeng Khoi Junction (east of Saraburi) with Nakhon Ratchasima and beyond.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 12 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 169 villages (muban). Pak Chong is a town (thesaban mueang) which covers parts of the tambon Pak Chong and Nong Sarai. There are further four subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon) - Klank Dong covers parts of the tambon Klang Dong and Phaya Yen, Mu Si the whole tambon Mu Si, Sima Mongkhon further parts of Klong Dong and Wang Sai the whole tambon Wang Sai. The remaining nine subdistrict are each administrated by a Tambon administrative organization (TAO).

No. Name Thai Inh.
1. Pak Chong ปากช่อง 44,100
2. Klang Dong กลางดง 12,301
3. Chanthuek จันทึก[5] 15,974
4. Wang Katha วังกะทะ 9,139
5. Mu Si หมูสี 11,729
6. Nong Sarai หนองสาหร่าย 35,591
7. Khanong Phra ขนงพระ 11,263
8. Pong Talong โป่งตาลอง 5,014
9. Khlong Muang คลองม่วง 9,756
10. Nong Nam Daeng หนองน้ำแดง 9,142
11. Wang Sai วังไทร 11,137
12. Phaya Yen พญาเย็น 7,442

References[edit]

  1. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง ยกฐานะตำบลขึ้นเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 74 (8 ง): 224–225. 1957-01-22. 
  2. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งอำเภอกระสัง อำเภอกระนวน อำเภอบางกอกใหญ่ อำเภอขุนหาร อำเภอพนา อำเภอปากช่อง อำเภอวังเหนือ อำเภอวังชิ้น อำเภอแม่ทา อำเภอหนองหมู อำเภอสระแก้ว อำเภออมก๋อย อำเภอบางซ้าย อำเภอทับสะแก อำเภอบุณฑริก อำเภอลานสะกา อำเภอจอมบึง อำเภอท่ายาง อำเภอสามเงา อำเภอฟากท่า อำเภอบ้านเขว้า อำเภอชานุมาน อำเภอแม่พริก อำเภอท่าสองยาง อำเภอสะเมิง อำเภอหนองแขม อำเภอพระแสง พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๑. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 75 (55 ก): 321. July 22, 1958. 
  3. ^ "NE Outward Train time table". State Railway of Thailand. 
  4. ^ "NE Return Train time table". State Railway of Thailand. 
  5. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939. 

External links[edit]