Mae Fa Luang District

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Mae Fa Luang
แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Coordinates: 20°16′2″N 99°48′5″E / 20.26722°N 99.80139°E / 20.26722; 99.80139Coordinates: 20°16′2″N 99°48′5″E / 20.26722°N 99.80139°E / 20.26722; 99.80139
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Rai
Seat Mae Fa Luang
Tambon 4
Muban 77
Area
 • Total 641.404 km2 (247.647 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 76,301
 • Density 119.4/km2 (309/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 57110
Geocode 5715

Mae Fa Luang (Thai: แม่ฟ้าหลวง; IPA: [mɛ̂ː fáː lǔaŋ]) is a district (amphoe) in the northern part of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand.

History[edit]

The area of Mae Fa Luang was separated from Mae Chan district and created as a minor district (king amphoe) on 1 April 1992.[1] Originally it comprised the three tambon, Thoet Thai, Mae Salong Nai, and Mae Salong Nok. The fourth sub-district, Mae Fa Luang, was created in 1996. The minor district was officially upgraded to a full district on 5 December 1996.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name Mae Fa Luang was given by Princess Mother Srinagarindra, who was commonly known as "Mae Fa Luang" (lit. Royal Mother from the sky) by the hill tribe people of the area.

Geography[edit]

Mountainous countryside south of the village of Santikhiri/Mae Salong Nok, one month into the 2014 wet season

Neighboring districts are (from the east clockwise) Mae Sai, Mae Chan, and Mueang Chiang Rai of Chiang Rai Province and Mae Ai of Chiang Mai Province. To the northwest is the Shan State of Myanmar.

Administration[edit]

Central administration[edit]

The district Mae Fa Luang is subdivided into 4 subdistricts (Tambon), which are further subdivided into 77 administrative villages (Muban).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[3]
01. Thoet Thai เทอดไทย 18 22,472
02. Mae Salong Nai แม่สลองใน 27 25,539
03. Mae Salong Nok แม่สลองนอก 13 15,877
04. Mae Fa Luang แม่ฟ้าหลวง 19 12,412

Local administration[edit]

There are 4 subdistrict administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:

  • Thoet Thai (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลเทอดไทย) consisting of the complete subdistrict Thoet Thai.
  • Mae Salong Nai (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลแม่สลองใน) consisting of the complete subdistrict Mae Salong Nai.
  • Mae Salong Nok (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลแม่สลองนอก) consisting of the complete subdistrict Mae Salong Nok.
  • Mae Fa Luang (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลแม่ฟ้าหลวง) consisting of the complete subdistrict Mae Fa Luang.

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