Tha Uthen District

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Tha Uthen
Amphoe location in Nakhon Phanom Province
Amphoe location in Nakhon Phanom Province
Coordinates: 17°33′25″N 104°36′45″E / 17.55694°N 104.61250°E / 17.55694; 104.61250Coordinates: 17°33′25″N 104°36′45″E / 17.55694°N 104.61250°E / 17.55694; 104.61250
Country  Thailand
Province Nakhon Phanom
Seat Non Tan
 • Total 468.0 km2 (180.7 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 57,926
 • Density 122.7/km2 (318/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 48120
Geocode 4803

Tha Uthen (Thai: ท่าอุเทน) is a district (Amphoe) of Nakhon Phanom Province, northeastern Thailand.


Neighboring districts are (from the south clockwise) Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Phon Sawan, Si Songkhram and Ban Phaeng of Nakhon Phanom Province. To the east across the Mekong river is the Laotian province Khammouan.

Phra That Tha Uthen, on the right Mekong River bank, Amphoe Tha Uthen


The original location of Mueang Tha Uthen was at present-day tambon Chaiburi, then named Chai Rit Uttaburi (ไชยฤทธิ์อุตตบุรี). It was founded in 1808 by the Thai Yao leader Thao Mo and his wife, Su Nan Tha, who moved people from Mueang Hong Sawadi of present-day Laos. Thao Mo was then awarded with the title Phraya Hong Sawadi.

In 1814 the temple (Wat) Si Sunan Tha Maha Aram was built, which later got called Wat Tai Phum.

In 1833, Phra Ya Maha Amat, a military leader moved people from the Lao side of Mekong River and settled them on the Thai side of the river. Thao Prathum was the first leader of Tha Uthen city and received the title Phra Si Worasan.

After Phra Si Worasan died in 1866, Phra Cham Roenphol was promoted as the leader of the city.

In 1870 King Mongkut assigned his son Phra Si Worarat to be the leader of Tha Uthen. He died in 1899. Later the Ministry of Interior decided that the city should no longer have a royal family member as its leader, but be led by an assigned governor.

In 1907 the Mueang was converted into a district. Chanthima Phondecha became the first district officer.


The district is subdivided into 9 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 112 villages (muban). The subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) Tha Uthen covers the whole tambon Tha Uthen. There are further 8 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai Villages Inh.[1]
01. Tha Uthen ท่าอุเทน 07 5,132
02. Non Tan โนนตาล 15 7,278
03. Tha Champa ท่าจำปา 15 8,694
04. Chaiburi ไชยบุรี 15 8,456
05. Phanom พนอม 11 5,170
06. Phathai พะทาย 14 4,679
11. Woen Phra Bat เวินพระบาท 10 5,980
12. Ram Rat รามราช 17 8,371
14. Nong Thao หนองเทา 08 4,166

Missing numbers are tambon which now form Phon Sawan district.


  1. ^ "Population statistics 2008". Department of Provincial Administration. 

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