Kantang District

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Kantang railway station, last stop of the Andaman Railway Line
District location in Trang Province
District location in Trang Province
Coordinates: 7°24′20″N 99°30′55″E / 7.40556°N 99.51528°E / 7.40556; 99.51528Coordinates: 7°24′20″N 99°30′55″E / 7.40556°N 99.51528°E / 7.40556; 99.51528
 • Total612.7 km2 (236.6 sq mi)
 • Total86,325
 • Density135.5/km2 (351/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code92110

Kantang (Thai: กันตัง, pronounced [kān.tāŋ]) is a district (amphoe) in the western part of Trang Province, Thailand.


Kantang was the original capital of Trang Province, at first in Khuan Thani, and then from 1893-1916 in Kantang itself. As the area was prone to flooding, the capital was moved inland to its present location. The city pillar shrine (lak mueang) of Trang is still at its original location at Khuan Thani.


Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Sikao, Mueang Trang, and Yan Ta Khao of Trang Province. To the southwest is the Andaman Sea. The district is at the mouth of the Trang River.


Map of tambon

The district is divided into 14 sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 83 villages (mubans). The town (thesaban mueang) Kantang covers the entire tambon Kantang. There are 13 tambon administrative organizations (TAO) in the district.

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[1]
01. Kantang กันตัง - 13,225
02. Khuan Thani ควนธานี 6 04,630
03. Bang Mak บางหมาก 6 05,395
04. Bang Pao บางเป้า 7 09,402
05. Wang Won วังวน 5 03,991
06. Kantang Tai กันตังใต้ 6 06,972
07. Khok Yang โคกยาง 8 04,293
08. Khlong Lu คลองลุ 7 04,069
09. Yan Sue ย่านซื่อ 4 02,143
10. Bo Nam Ron บ่อน้ำร้อน 9 09,039
11. Bang Sak บางสัก 6 05,698
12. Na Kluea นาเกลือ 6 04,299
13. Ko Libong เกาะลิบง 8 06,843
14. Khlong Chi Lom คลองชีล้อม 5 04,286


The Kantang District's chief industry is fishing. The industry is highly concentrated in few hands and has recently come under fire by international organisations for human trafficking, over-fishing, abuse of human rights, and outright murder. An Environmental Justice Foundation video went so far as to name Kanatang's Boonlarp Fishing Partnership, Ltd., as a particularly egregious bad actor.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Population statistics 2008". Department of Provincial Administration. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17.
  2. ^ "EJF names Thai firm responsible for murder, slave labor". Undercurrent News. 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ Thailand's Seafood Slaves; Human Trafficking, Slavery and Murder in Kantang's Fishing Industry (PDF). London: Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). 2015. ISBN 978-1-904523-37-6. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ Thailand's Seafood Slaves (Video). YouTube. Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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