Den Chai District

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Den Chai
Amphoe location in Phrae Province
Amphoe location in Phrae Province
Coordinates: 17°58′43″N 100°3′31″E / 17.97861°N 100.05861°E / 17.97861; 100.05861Coordinates: 17°58′43″N 100°3′31″E / 17.97861°N 100.05861°E / 17.97861; 100.05861
Country  Thailand
Province Phrae
Seat Den Chai
 • Total 265.6 km2 (102.5 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 37,440
 • Density 141.0/km2 (365/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 54140
Geocode 5405

Den Chai (Thai: เด่นชัย; IPA: [dèn tɕʰāj]) is a district (Amphoe) in the southern part of Phrae Province, northern Thailand.


In the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Tai people working for the jewel mine at Doi Pok Ka Long robbed Mueang Phrae. The king ordered Phraya Surasak Montri to solve the problems. Phraya Surasak Montri based his camp in Ban Den Thap Chai. When he won, the name of the camp became the village name. Later the village was upgraded to a tambon.

During World War I a field army base was located in Den Chai, but was later merged with the Lampang army base in 1933. Nowadays it is the Cavalryman base 12th, Phraya Chaiyabun camp.

Den Chai was created as a minor district (King Amphoe) of Sung Men district on January 24, 1963.[1] It was upgraded to a full district in 1965.[2] Den Chai became more important when the government built northern railway passing through the area of the district to up north.


Neighboring districts are (from the west clockwise) Wang Chin, Long, Sung Men of Phrae Province, Mueang Uttaradit, Laplae of Uttaradit Province and Si Satchanalai of Sukhothai Province


Den Chai is easily accessed by road and rail travel. National Highways Route 11 and 101 serve Den Chai and there are regular trains to/from Bangkok daily at Den Chai Railway Station.


The district is subdivided into 5 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 52 villages (muban). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) - Den Chai covers parts of tambon Den Chai, Mae Chua and Pong Pa Wai; Mae Chua covers further parts of tambon Mae Chua. There are further 5 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Den Chai เด่นชัย 11 12,506
2. Mae Chua แม่จั๊วะ 10 7,478
3. Sai Yoi ไทรย้อย 12 6,485
4. Huai Rai ห้วยไร่ 9 5,434
5. Pong Pa Wai ปงป่าหวาย 10 5,537


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