Boundary at Aranyaprathet
District location in Sa Kaeo Province
|Seat||Ban Mai Nong Sai|
|• Total||821.265 km2 (317.092 sq mi)|
|• Density||101.3/km2 (262/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
Aranyaprathet was originally a district in the Kabin Buri Province. On 1 April 1926 the province was abolished and the two districts Mueang Kabin Buri and Aranyapathet became districts of Prachinburi Province. In 1993 it was one of the districts that formed the new Sa Kaeo Province.
Until the Khmer Rouge disrupted neighbouring Cambodia in 1975, Aranyaprathet was a stop on the railroad connecting Bangkok with the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Aranyaprathet maintains its rail link with Bangkok but Poipet, the neighbouring Cambodian town, has still yet to see any rail activity since the Khmer Rouge destroyed the track.
Southeast of central Aranyaprathet, six kilometres distant, is the busiest border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. In addition to being on a major trade route, the border sees much tourist activity as it is on the road between Bangkok and Siem Reap, the town nearest Angkor Wat.
Aran, as the town is known in Thailand, has been affected by the growth of the gambling industry in Poipet. Despite gambling being illegal in both Thailand and Cambodia, the Cambodian government has granted concessions for casinos to be built at many of its land crossings. Cambodians are not permitted to gamble in the casinos. Poipet's proximity to Bangkok (3-5 hrs by road) has made it the most popular of these border casino areas. It now hosts seven casinos.
|4.||Khlong Nam Sai||คลองน้ำใส||12||5,432|
|8.||Ban Mai Nong Sai||บ้านใหม่หนองไทร||8||9,634|
|11.||Khlong Thap Chan||คลองทับจันทร์||10||4,713|
|Location||Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo, Thailand|
|Sa Kaeo F.C. 2010|
- ประกาศ เรื่อง ยุบจังหวัดกบินทร์บุรีลงเป็นอำเภอขึ้นจังหวัดปราจีน (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 42 (0 ก): 430–431. March 31, 1926.
- "Population statistics 2014" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2015-05-11.