Tak Bai District

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Tak Bai
Amphoe location in Narathiwat Province
Amphoe location in Narathiwat Province
Coordinates: 6°15′32″N 102°3′18″E / 6.25889°N 102.05500°E / 6.25889; 102.05500Coordinates: 6°15′32″N 102°3′18″E / 6.25889°N 102.05500°E / 6.25889; 102.05500
Country  Thailand
Province Narathiwat
Seat Chehe
Amphoe established 1909
 • Total 253.45 km2 (97.86 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 66,579
 • Density 257.5/km2 (667/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 96110
Geocode 9602

Tak Bai (Thai: ตากใบ) is a district (amphoe) in the southeastern part of Narathiwat Province, southern Thailand.


When the United Kingdom and Siam (Thailand) made the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, they agreed to use the Kolok River (Sungai Golok) nearby Wat Chonthara Singhe (วัดชลธาราสิงเห) as the boundary between British Malaya and Siam due to the culture and arts inside the temple. Before, the area was part of the Mueang Kelantan.

The district was officially created on August 12, 1909.[1]

On October 25, 2004 at least 85 demonstrators died after a brutal police action in the so-called Tak Bai Incident.


Neighboring districts are (from the southwest clockwise) Su-ngai Kolok, Su-ngai Padi, Cho-airong, Mueang Narathiwat of Narathiwat province, the Gulf of Thailand. To the southeast is the state Kelantan of Malaysia.

The boundary crossing is at Pengkalan Kubur (Malaysia) and Taba (Thailand).


The district is subdivided into 8 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 56 villages (muban). Tak Bai itself has town (thesaban mueang) status and covers parts of tambon Che He. There are further 8 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai Villages Inh.[2]
1. Chehe เจ๊ะเห 08 19,205
2. Phrai Wan ไพรวัน 10 08,712
3. Phron พร่อน 06 04,418
4. Sala Mai ศาลาใหม่ 08 08,847
5. Bang Khun Thong บางขุนทอง 06 05,064
6. Ko Sathon เกาะสะท้อน 09 09,219
7. Na Nak นานาค 04 04,497
8. Khosit โฆษิต 05 06,617


Tak Bai is known as the location of Wat Chon Thara Singhe, one of the most important Buddhist temples in southern Thailand. Founded in 1873, it is notable for its wooden vihara in Sumatran style.


  1. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย ประกาศตั้งอำเภอสะเดาและอำเภอตากใบ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 26 (0 ง): 1107. August 22, 1909. 
  2. ^ "Population statistics 2009". Department of Provincial Administration. 

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