Sai Yok District

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Sai Yok
ไทรโยค
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Kanchanaburi Province
Amphoe location in Kanchanaburi Province
Coordinates: 14°6′56″N 99°8′40″E / 14.11556°N 99.14444°E / 14.11556; 99.14444Coordinates: 14°6′56″N 99°8′40″E / 14.11556°N 99.14444°E / 14.11556; 99.14444
Country  Thailand
Province Kanchanaburi
Area
 • Total 2,728.922 km2 (1,053.643 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 51,692
 • Density 18.9/km2 (49/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 71150
Geocode 7102

Sai Yok (Thai: อำเภอไทรโยค (Pronunciation)) is a district (Amphoe) in the Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand.

Geography[edit]

The district is located in the valley of the Khwae Noi river in the Tenasserim Hills area. It borders to Myanmar to the south. Along the river the Death Railway runs till Nam Tok. Bong Ti is a transnational cross-border point expected to gain in importance if the planned Dawei deepwater port project goes ahead, along with a highway and a railway line between Bangkok and that harbor.[1]

The Sai Yok National Park was created on October 27, 1980 and covers an area of about 500 km². The most famous sight in the park is the Sai Yok waterfall.

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Thong Pha Phum, Si Sawat, Mueang Kanchanaburi of Kanchanaburi Province and Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

Sights[edit]

Apart from the nature of the Kwae Noi river valley, the other main attraction is the Mueang Sing historical park, which shows the westernmost Khmer style temple complex. Also popular for tourists is the Tiger Temple.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 55 villages (muban). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) - Lum Sum covers parts of tambon Lum Sum, and Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi parts of tambon Tha Sao. There are further 7 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Lum Sum ลุ่มสุ่ม 10 8,715
2. Tha Sao ท่าเสา 11 11,331
3. Sing สิงห์ 6 4,478
4. Sai Yok ไทรโยค 9 8,847
5. Wang Krachae วังกระแจะ 9 7,283
6. Si Mongkhon ศรีมงคล 6 7,144
7. Bong Ti บ้องตี้ 4 3,894

Trivia[edit]

  • Sai Yok was the location of shooting the Vietnam scenes of the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.
  • Sai Yok was mention in song "Mon Sai Yok" (มนต์ไทรโยค - Magic Of Sai Yok) By The Famous Thai Pop rock Band "The Innocent" from an album "Yu Hor" (อยู่หอ - Stay Dorm) in 1982. The song is about how delight time and trip while being at Sai Yok.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table A1-1-1a. Prospective projects in Mekong sub-region

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