Betong, Thailand

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Betong

เบตง
เทศบาลเมืองเบตง
Main Street
Main Street
Official seal of Betong
Seal
Betong is located in Thailand
Betong
Betong
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 5°46′23″N 101°4′21″E / 5.77306°N 101.07250°E / 5.77306; 101.07250
CountryThailand
ProvinceYala
DistrictBetong
Government
 • MayorSomyot Lertlamyong
Area
 • Total78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Population
(2005)
 • Total24,688
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Area code(+66) 73
Websitebetongcity.go.th

Betong (Thai: เบตง, pronounced [bēː.tōŋ]; Chinese: 勿洞) is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, near the Malaysian border. It is the capital of Betong District, the southernmost district of Yala Province. As of 2005, the town has a population of 24,688.

Betong is the southernmost town of Thailand and its location on the border with the Malaysian state of Perak makes it popular with tourists.

Etymology

The name Betong is actually the Thai corruption of Betung. Its original Malay name means 'bamboo'.

History

The town was created as a local administration unit on 30 September 1939, when the sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) was set up.[1] The town was upgraded to thesaban mueang status on 20 February 2004.[2]

Economy

Tourism is the driver of the Betong economy. Sex tourism is the reason for that. One academic has estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 sex workers service primarily Malaysian tourists. In 2014, 466,913 foreigners visited Betong, generating 2,130 million baht in revenue.[3]

As of 2018 Thailand's transport ministry is constructing the 1.9 billion baht Betong Airport. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.[4]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งเทศบาลตำบลเบตง จังหวัดยะลา พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 56 (ก): 951–954. September 30, 1939.
  2. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง เปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะเทศบาลตำบลเป็นเทศบาลเมือง (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 122 (Special 20 ง): 9–10. February 20, 2004.
  3. ^ Subpawanthanakun, Kritsada (2019-02-01). "Sex Workers, the Southern Border Provinces, and Living with Rules They Did Not Write". Prachatai English. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ Sritama, Suchat (27 August 2018). "Better days around the bend". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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Coordinates: 5°46′23″N 101°4′21″E / 5.77306°N 101.07250°E / 5.77306; 101.07250