Si Chiang Mai District

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Si Chiang Mai
ศรีเชียงใหม่
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Nong Khai Province
Amphoe location in Nong Khai Province
Coordinates: 17°57′23″N 102°35′22″E / 17.95639°N 102.58944°E / 17.95639; 102.58944Coordinates: 17°57′23″N 102°35′22″E / 17.95639°N 102.58944°E / 17.95639; 102.58944
Country  Thailand
Province Nong Khai
Area
 • Total 198.0 km2 (76.4 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 30,687
 • Density 157.2/km2 (407/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 43130
Geocode 4307

Si Chiang Mai (Thai: ศรีเชียงใหม่) is a district (Amphoe) in the western part of Nong Khai Province, northeastern Thailand. It may also be spelled Sri Chiang Mai.

History[edit]

Si Chiang Mai District was established by King Setthathirath of Lan Xang Kingdom. It was named after Chiang Mai, the hometown of his grandmother, the former queen of Chiang Mai (his mother was the princess from Lan Na). It was created as a district of Nong Khai Province on 4 August 1958, when it was split off from Tha Bo district.[1]

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the southeast clockwise) Tha Bo, Pho Tak, and Sangkhom of Nong Khai Province. To the north across the Mekong river is the Laotian province Vientiane Prefecture. A basalt plateau is flanked by the Mekong River to the north.

Attractions[edit]

1. Atop the edge of the plateau is the very popular Buddhist temple (Wat) "Pha Tak Suea".

Pha Tak Suea on Si Chiang Mai Plateau

It is the first temple with a skywalk to enhance the good views over the Mekong River to Lao. (Lao People's Democratic Republic). The paragliding launching pad is near the temple.

Skywalk with The Mekong in Background
Inside Wat Pha Tak Suea

2. At the base of the plateau where the temple access road meets route 211, (the Si Chang Mai tourist highway along the southern bank of the Mekong from Wat Hin Mak Peng"), is the very popular "Than Thong Waterfall". In the "Green Season" a cascading series of waterfalls pour into the Mekong River.

Than Thong Waterfall

3. Wat "Hin Mak Peng", the popular Buddhist temple on the south bank of the Mekong River, in the sub-district of Phra Phutthabat. Wat Hin Mak Peng on the Mekong

4. The Si Chiang Mai Sunday afternoon markets at the western end of the Si Chiang Mai town. Sri Chiang Mai Sunday Markets

5. The Sri Chiang Mai (note the common alternative spelling) Mekong River port for produce and day passes only for ASEAN citizens. Sri Chiang Mai Mekong River Port

Administration[edit]

Central administration[edit]

The district Si Chiang Mai is subdivided into four subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 43 administrative villages (muban).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[2]
01. Phan Phrao พานพร้าว 15 13,436
03. Ban Mo บ้านหม้อ 08 04,368
04. Phra Phutthabat พระพุทธบาท 10 05,041
05. Nong Pla Pak หนองปลาปาก 10 07,842

Missing number are tambon which now form Pho Tak district.

Local administration[edit]

There are two subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon) in the district:

  • Si Chiang Mai (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลศรีเชียงใหม่) consisting of parts of the sub-district Phan Phrao.
  • Nong Pla Pak (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลหนองปลาปาก) consisting of the complete sub-district Nong Pla Pak.

There are three sub-district administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:

  • Phan Phrao (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลพานพร้าว) consisting of parts of the sub-district Phan Phrao.
  • Ban Mo (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลบ้านหม้อ) consisting of the complete sub-district Ban Mo.
  • Phra Phutthabat (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลพระพุทธบาท) consisting of the complete sub-district Phra Phutthabat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งอำเภอศรีเชียงใหม่ พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๑" (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 75 (55 ก): 328–330. 1958-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Population statistics 2014" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 

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