Ban Ta Khun District

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Ban Ta Khun
บ้านตาขุน
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Coordinates: 8°54′18″N 98°53′6″E / 8.90500°N 98.88500°E / 8.90500; 98.88500Coordinates: 8°54′18″N 98°53′6″E / 8.90500°N 98.88500°E / 8.90500; 98.88500
Country  Thailand
Province Surat Thani
Seat Khao Wong
Area
 • Total 1,308.2 km2 (505.1 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 14,116
 • Density 10.8/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 84230
Geocode 8409

Ban Ta Khun (Thai: บ้านตาขุน, pronounced [bâːn tāː kʰǔn]) is an amphoe in the west of Surat Thani Province of southern Thailand. It is both the largest district of the province and the one with the lowest population density.

Geography[edit]

Most of the district is located within the hills of the Phuket Range, with parts being protected within the Khao Sok national park and the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Mostly located in Ranong province is the Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers the northwestern corner of the district.

The main rivers of the district is the Khlong Saeng, which is dammed by the Ratchaprapha dam to form the Cheow Lan reservoir. It mouths near the town Khao Wong into the Phum Duang River.

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Tha Chang, Vibhavadi, Khiri Rat Nikhom and Phanom of Surat Thani, Khura Buri of Phang Nga Province, and Suk Samran and Kapoe of Ranong Province.

History[edit]

District office

The district was created on July 20, 1973 as a minor district (King Amphoe) by splitting off five tambon from Khiri Rat Nikhom.[1]

On September 9, 1976 the minor district was elevated to full district status.[2]

The fifth tambon Krai Son (ไกรสร) was later included into Khao Phang,[3] as it was located in the area flooded by the Cheow Lan lake.

Symbols[edit]

The slogan of the district is High mountains, beautiful dam, rich in fruits, outstanding virtue, origin of the trunks for the city pillar.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into four tambon, which are further subdivided into 29 villages (muban). There are two subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon) - Khao Wong (to be renamed Ban Ta Khun) covers 7.8 km² of tambon Khao Wong, and Khao Pang 10.1 km² of tambon Khao Pang. Each of the 4 tambon, except the areas covered by the municipalities, is administrated by a Tambon administrative organization (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Khao Wong เขาวง 6 4,303
2. Phasaeng พะแสง 9 3,158
3. Phru Thai พรุไทย 9 2,648
4. Khao Phang เขาพัง 5 4,007
 
Map of Tambon

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