Kathu District

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Kathu

กะทู้
Amphoe location in Phuket Province
Amphoe location in Phuket Province
Coordinates: 7°54′32″N 98°20′0″E / 7.90889°N 98.33333°E / 7.90889; 98.33333Coordinates: 7°54′32″N 98°20′0″E / 7.90889°N 98.33333°E / 7.90889; 98.33333
Country Thailand
ProvincePhuket
SeatKathu
Area
 • Total67.09 km2 (25.90 sq mi)
Population
(2007)
 • Total43,541
 • Density649/km2 (1,680/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code83120
Geocode8302

Kathu (Thai: กะทู้, pronounced [kā.tʰúː]) is a district (amphoe) of Phuket Province, Thailand. The district is in the west of Phuket Island. It neighbors Thalang to the north, Mueang Phuket to the east and south, and the Andaman Sea to the west.

Geography[edit]

Kathu is the district which includes the tourist beach of Patong. Kamala Beach to the north is much less developed.

History[edit]

On 5 December 1938 the district was downgraded to a minor district (king amphoe) and became a subordinate of Mueang Phuket District.[1] It was upgraded to a full district again on 10 December 1959.[2]

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into three sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 14 villages (muban). Patong has town (thesaban mueang) status, Kathu has sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) status, and Kamala is led by a tambon administrative organization (TAO). Each of the municipalities has the name of the sub-district.

Nr. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Kathu กะทู้ 8 20,239
2. Pa Tong ป่าตอง - 17,843
3. Kamala กมลา 6 5,459
Map of Tambon

References[edit]

  1. ^ ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง ยุบอำเภอกะทู้ลงเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 55 (0 ง): 2966. December 5, 1938.
  2. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอชุมพวง อำเภอเชียงยืน อำเภอแก้งคร้อ อำเภอสำโรงทาบ อำเภอคอนสาร อำเภอเซกา อำเภอทุ่งเสลี่ยม อำเภอบ้านด่าน อำเภอขนอม อำเภอบ้านแพรก อำเภอกระทู้ และอำเภอคลองใหญ่ พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 76 (113 ก special): 8–11. December 10, 1959.

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