Ban Pong District

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Ban Pong
บ้านโป่ง
Amphoe
Lakeside restaurants at sunset. Bueng, Nong Kop, Ban Pong District
Lakeside restaurants at sunset. Bueng, Nong Kop, Ban Pong District
Amphoe location in Ratchaburi Province
Amphoe location in Ratchaburi Province
Coordinates: 13°48′51″N 99°52′16″E / 13.81417°N 99.87111°E / 13.81417; 99.87111Coordinates: 13°48′51″N 99°52′16″E / 13.81417°N 99.87111°E / 13.81417; 99.87111
Country Thailand
Province Ratchaburi
Area
 • Total 366.6 km2 (141.5 sq mi)
Population (2543)
 • Total 157,689
 • Density 430.1/km2 (1,114/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 70110
Geocode 7005

Ban Pong (Thai: บ้านโป่ง, pronounced [bâːn pòːŋ]) is a district (amphoe) of Ratchaburi Province, Thailand. It is in the northeast of the province.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Tha Muang and Tha Maka of Kanchanaburi Province, Kamphaeng Saen and Mueang Nakhon Pathom of Nakhon Pathom Province, and Photharam of Ratchaburi Province.

Banpong District is hilly in the very western part of the district, while the eastern part is flooded plain with the Mea Klong River running through the city centre, connecting the city to the Gulf of Thailand.

History[edit]

During the construction of the Burma Railway in World War II Ban Pong was the site of one of the POW camps.

The town experienced two great fires which razed the town centre, one in 1936 and the other in 1954. The town was rebuilt in the square-grid design then fashionable, with a fountain to the south and a clock tower to the north.

Economy[edit]

Ban Pong is a railway hub, where the western railway leading to Kanchanaburi (and further to Nam Tok) splits from the southern railway leading to Singapore. Another branch connects with the town Suphanburi to the north.

As a result of high investment and fast economic development in the past decades, The town stands as one with the highest GDP per capita in western Thailand, well above national average. It is also experiencing de-industrialisation of labour-intensive industries such as canning and sugar refining. There is a large abandoned canning factory in Ban Pong town. The town is now experiencing a boom in more highly skilled industries such as auto parts, petrochemical, and food industries, with more than 70 percent of Thai buses and coaches manufactured in Ban Pong. There is the biggest paper making complex in Thailand north of the town.

As of June 2014, the National Statistics Bureau reported Ban Pong's annual GDP per capita (nominal) at US$9,623 and its annual GDP per capita (PPP) at US$24,000 compared with Thailand's US$5,675 and US$14,136 respectively.[citation needed]

Sights[edit]

West of the town Ban Pong is Wat Muang, a local centre of the Mon community. There is also a large Roman Catholic church building and a large Buddhist temple.

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into 15 sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 182 villages (muban). Ban Pong itself is a town (thesaban mueang) which encompasses tambon Ban Pong. Another town in the district is Tha Pha (Thai: เทศบาลเมืองท่าผา) whose administrative area covers the entire sub-district Tha Pha and parts of Pak Raet.

There are a further four townships (thesaban tambon) including:

1.Krachap (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลกระจับ) covers parts of Nong O and Don Krabueang

2.Huai Krabok (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลห้วยกระบอก) covers parts of Krap Yai

3.Krub Yai (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลกรับใหญ่)

4. Boek Phrai (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลเบิกไพร)

and 14 other tambon administrative organizations (TAO) responsible for the non-municipal areas.

No. Name Thai name     
1. Ban Pong บ้านโป่ง 9. Nakhon Chum นครชุมน์
2. Tha Pha ท่าผา 10. Ban Muang บ้านม่วง
3. Krap Yai กรับใหญ่ 11. Khung Phayom  คุ้งพยอม
4. Pak Raet ปากแรต 12. Nong Pla Mo หนองปลาหมอ 
5. Nong Kop หนองกบ 13. Khao Khlung เขาขลุง
6. Nong O หนองอ้อ 14. Boek Phrai เบิกไพร
7. Don Krabueang  ดอนกระเบื้อง  15. Lat Bua Khao ลาดบัวขาว
8. Suan Kluai สวนกล้วย

Transport[edit]

Railway[edit]

Ban Pong Railway Station is the main railway station in the district, in Ban Pong Town. There are three other railway stations in the district:

See also[edit]

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