Khun Tan District

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Khun Tan
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Coordinates: 19°50′0″N 100°15′30″E / 19.83333°N 100.25833°E / 19.83333; 100.25833Coordinates: 19°50′0″N 100°15′30″E / 19.83333°N 100.25833°E / 19.83333; 100.25833
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Rai
Seat Pa Tan
 • Total 234.0 km2 (90.3 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 33,494
 • Density 143.1/km2 (371/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code 57340
Geocode 5714

Khun Tan (Thai: ขุนตาล; IPA: [kʰǔn tāːn]) is a district (amphoe) of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand.


The government separated three tambon of Thoeng District to create the minor district (king amphoe) Khun Ta on 1 April 1992.[1] It was upgraded to a full district on 5 December 1996.[2]


The name Khun Tan comes from Khun Tan River, which forms the backbone of in Tambon Pa Tan. It is also the name of That Pa Tan, an important temple in the district.

Roughly translated, "Khun Tan" means "mountain of palm trees", "khun" (ขุน) referring to a mountain range, and "tan" (ตาล) referring to Borassus flabellifer, a certain kind of palm tree. Likewise, the sub-district (tambon) Pa Tan translates to "palm tree forest".


Neighboring districts are (from the northwest clockwise) Phaya Mengrai, Chiang Khong, Wiang Kaen, and Thoeng of Chiang Rai Province.


The district is divided into three sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 55 villages (muban). Ban Ta is a township (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of tambon Ta. There are a further three tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Ta ต้า 20 13,091
2. Pa Tan ป่าตาล 14 8,119
3. Yang Hom ยางฮอม 21 12,284


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