Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
|• Total||1,208.7 km2 (466.7 sq mi)|
|• Density||72.8/km2 (189/sq mi)|
|Time zone||THA (UTC+7)|
Phunphin (Thai: พุนพิน) is a district (Amphoe) in the province Surat Thani in the south of Thailand. The town Tha Kham as the central town of the district has 22,478 citizens in an area of 14.2 square kilometer.
Phunphin is the transportation hub of the Surat Thani province. It has one railway intersection, 3 railway stations and 4 railstops. Surat Thani Railway Station in this district is the main passenger railway station of Surat Thani Province. At the Ban Thung Pho junction (kilometer 631) the southern railway branches to what was originally intended to connect the railway to Takua Thung district, Phang Nga, directly opposite of Phuket. After the completion of 31 km of the railroad till Khiri Ratthanikhom in 1956 construction was stopped due to budget problems.
Also located in Phunphin are the Airport of Surat Thani, the Inland Container Depot (ICD), and the Asian highway AH2 (Thai highway 41) as the main road to connect to the other provinces. Thai highway 401 connects Phunphin with the town Surat Thani.
The district was renamed from Tha Kham to Phunphin in 1939.
The district Phunphin is subdivided into 16 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 98 villages (muban). Tha Kham is a town (thesaban mueang) and covers parts of tambon Tha Kham. There are further 16 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).
- "พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒" (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai) 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939.
- "Population statistics 2008". Department of Provincial Administration.
- amphoe.com (Thai)