Mae Chan District

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Mae Chan
แม่จัน
Amphoe
Doi Nang Non, the "Mountain of the Sleeping Lady"
Doi Nang Non, the "Mountain of the Sleeping Lady"
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Coordinates: 20°8′48″N 99°51′12″E / 20.14667°N 99.85333°E / 20.14667; 99.85333Coordinates: 20°8′48″N 99°51′12″E / 20.14667°N 99.85333°E / 20.14667; 99.85333
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Rai
Seat Mae Chan
Area
 • Total 791.0 km2 (305.4 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 102,586
 • Density 129.7/km2 (336/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 57110
Geocode 5707

Mae Chan (Thai: แม่จัน; IPA: [mɛ̂ː tɕān]) is a district (amphoe) in the northern part of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand.

Geography[edit]

Rice planting in Mae Chan District

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, Doi Luang, Mueang Chiang Rai and Mae Fa Luang of Chiang Rai Province.

Doi Nang Non, the "Mountain of the Sleeping Lady", is part of the Daen Lao Range and is one of the main geographic features of Mae Chan District.

History[edit]

The district was created as the successor of Mueang Chiang Saen. The original center of the Mueang later became part of the minor district Chiang Saen Luang, so in 1939 this minor district was renamed to Chiang Saen, while the district Chiang Saen itself was renamed to Mae Chan.[1]

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 11 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 138 villages (muban). There are three townships (thesaban tambon) - Mae Chan and Mae Kham each cover parts of the same-named tambon, and Chan Chawa covers parts of tambon Chan Chawa and the whole tambon Chan Chawa Tai. There are further 9 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Mae Chan แม่จัน 14 11,166
2. Chan Chawa จันจว้า 11 7,233
3. Mae Kham แม่คำ 13 11,569
4. Pa Sang ป่าซาง 15 13,039
5. San Sai สันทราย 9 2,419
6. Tha Khao Plueak ท่าข้าวเปลือก 14 7,510
8. Pa Tueng ป่าตึง 22 22,139
10. Mae Rai แม่ไร่ 8 8,072
11. Si Kham ศรีค้ำ 10 6,454
12. Chan Chawa Tai จันจว้าใต้ 12 8,700
13. Chom Sawan จอมสวรรค์ 10 4,285

Missing numbers are tambon which now form Doi Luang district.

Tourism[edit]

Doi Nang Non (ดอยนางนอน), "sleeping woman mountain", is an unusual land feature located in Mae Chan district on the western side of the highway between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai.[2] The silhouette of the mountain range takes the shape of a reclining woman with long hair when seen from certain angles. There is a viewpoint at Mae Chan from where the "Sleeping Lady" can be observed best in good weather.[3]

There are a number of caves and water courses in these karstic hills. Tum Luang and Khun Naam Nang Non, have been developed as a tourist attraction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai) 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939. 
  2. ^ Doi Nang Non - Location
  3. ^ Doi Nang Non View Point

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