Khao Kho District

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Khao Kho
Khao Kho in the rain seen from Thailand Route 12
Khao Kho in the rain seen from Thailand Route 12
Amphoe location in Phetchabun Province
Amphoe location in Phetchabun Province
Coordinates: 16°38′0″N 100°59′54″E / 16.63333°N 100.99833°E / 16.63333; 100.99833Coordinates: 16°38′0″N 100°59′54″E / 16.63333°N 100.99833°E / 16.63333; 100.99833
Country  Thailand
Province Phetchabun
Seat Khao Kho
 • Total 1,333.0 km2 (514.7 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 32,932
 • Density 24.7/km2 (64/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 67270
Geocode 6711

Khao Kho (Thai: เขาค้อ, pronounced [kʰǎw kʰɔ́ː]) is a district (amphoe) of Phetchabun Province, northern Thailand.


The name of the district comes from Khao Kho, an emblematic peak of the Phetchabun Mountains, named either after Livistona speciosa, a kind of palm tree,[1] or after the Ceylon oak.[2] Both species are known as kho (Thai: ค้อ) in Thai and are abundant in the area.


Between 1965-1984, this mountainous area was a battleground in the fight between the Thai communist party and the Royal Thai Army. It was established as a minor district (king amphoe) on 21 August 1984, by splitting the two tambon Thung Samo and Khaem Son from Lom Sak District.[3] It was upgraded to a full district on 19 July 1991.[4]


Neighboring districts are (from the east clockwise) Lom Kao, Lom Sak and Mueang Phetchabun of Phetchabun Province, Noen Maprang, Wang Thong and Nakhon Thai of Phitsanulok Province, and Dan Sai of Loei Province. The Phetchabun Mountains are a mountain chain in Khao Kho.


The district is subdivided into seven subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 72 villages (muban). There are no municipal areas (thesaban) within the district, and five tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Khao Kho เขาค้อ 14 6,467
2. Khaem Son แคมป์สน 14 5,284
3. Thung Samo ทุ่งสมอ 11 4,013
4. Rim Si Muang ริมสีม่วง 6 1,293
5. Sado Phong สะเดาะพง 5 1,432
6. Nong Mae Na หนองแม่นา 10 2,594
7. Khek Noi เข็กน้อย 12 11,849


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