Ban Tak District

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Ban Tak
บ้านตาก
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Tak Province
Amphoe location in Tak Province
Coordinates: 17°2′36″N 99°4′44″E / 17.04333°N 99.07889°E / 17.04333; 99.07889Coordinates: 17°2′36″N 99°4′44″E / 17.04333°N 99.07889°E / 17.04333; 99.07889
Country  Thailand
Province Tak
Area
 • Total 992.495 km2 (383.204 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 46,492
 • Density 46.8/km2 (121/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 63120
Geocode 6302

Ban Tak (Thai: บ้านตาก, pronounced [bâːn tàːk]) is a district (Amphoe) in the northern part of Tak Province, western Thailand.

History[edit]

The area of Ban Tak is the old location of Mueang Tak. It was an ancient frontier city, located on the west bank of the Ping River in Ban Tha Phra That, Tambon Ko Taphao. King Maha Thammaracha of Ayutthaya moved the center of Mueang Tak to its present location in Tambon Pa Mamuang in the end of the 16th century.

The current district office of Ban Tak is located at Ban Tak Ok, Tambon Tak Ok, on the western side of Phahonyothin highway.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (south from clockwise): Mueang Tak, Mae Ramat, Sam Ngao of Tak Province, Thoen of Lampang Province and Ban Dan Lan Hoi of Sukhothai Province.

The SW end of the Phi Pan Nam Range reaches the eastern end of the district. The important water resources of the district are the Ping and Wang rivers.

The Bantak Petrified Forest Park is located in this district.[1]

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 67 villages (muban). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) - Ban Tak and Thung Kra Cho. Ban Tak covers parts of tambon Tak Ok and Tak Tok, and Thung Kracho the whole tambon Thung Kracho and parts of Thong Fa.

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.     
1. Tak Ok ตากออก 12 10,443
2. Samo Khon สมอโคน 9 4,347
3. Mae Salit แม่สลิด 12 7,987
4. Tak Tok ตากตก 10 5,811
5. Ko Taphao เกาะตะเภา 8 6,667
6. Thung Kracho ทุ่งกระเชาะ 9 5,771
7. Thong Fa ท้องฟ้า 7 5,466

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