Kapong District

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Kapong

กะปง
Rommani Sub-district, Kapong District, December 2014
Rommani Sub-district, Kapong District, December 2014
District location in Phang Nga Province
District location in Phang Nga Province
Coordinates: 8°41′48″N 98°24′30″E / 8.69667°N 98.40833°E / 8.69667; 98.40833Coordinates: 8°41′48″N 98°24′30″E / 8.69667°N 98.40833°E / 8.69667; 98.40833
CountryThailand
ProvincePhang Nga
SeatTha Na
Area
 • Total588.793 km2 (227.334 sq mi)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total12,963
 • Density22.0/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code82170
Geocode8203

Kapong (Thai: กะปง, pronounced [kā.pōŋ]) is a district (amphoe) in Phang Nga Province in south Thailand.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise): Phanom of Surat Thani Province; Mueang Phang Nga, Thai Mueang, and Takua Pa.

The forests of the district are part of Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park.

History[edit]

The district is named after Khlong Kapong, a natural canal that runs through the area. It is still very natural, some parts are forested and some parts cultivated.

Originally, Kapong was considered part of Takua Pa or Takola. In the past, it was a trading port frequented by Indian traders. After the discovery of mineral deposits the district grew and was promoted to a full district in 1896–1897.[1]

Administration[edit]

Kapong District is divided into five sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 22 villages (mubans). Tha Na has township (thesaban tambon) status and covers parts of tambon Tha Na. There are four tambon administrative organizations (TAO). Tambon Kapong is administered by a neighboring tambon.

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.     
1. Kapong กะปง 4 1,785
2. Tha Na ท่านา 4 3,819
3. Mo เหมาะ 4 2,311
4. Le เหล 6 2,579
5. Rommani รมณีย์ 4 2,469
Map of Tambon

Places[edit]

  • Pracha Uthit Bridge: a bridge over Khlong Kapong, regarded as both symbol and landmark of Kapong.[1]

In literature and film[edit]

The district is the setting for the semi-autobiographical short stories of Ajin Panjapan about the four years, from 1949–1953, he worked there on a tin mining dredge. The stories were converted to film in the 2005 Thai movie, The Tin Mine (Maha'lai muang rae), directed by Jira Maligool.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Love at Kapong". judprakai. 13 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Maha'lai muang rae (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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