Betong, Thailand

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Betong town

Betong (Thai: เบตง, Chinese: 勿洞) is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, near the boundary to Malaysia. 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, being located by the border with the Malaysian state of Perak, is popular with tourists from Malaysia.

Etymology[edit]

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

History[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งเทศบาลตำบลเบตง จังหวัดยะลา พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 56 (0 ก): 951–954. September 30, 1939. 
  2. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง เปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะเทศบาลตำบลเป็นเทศบาลเมือง (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 122 (Special 20 ง): 9–10. February 20, 2004. 

External links[edit]

  • Betong travel guide from Wikivoyage

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