Sai Yok District

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Sai Yok
ไทรโยค
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Kanchanaburi Province
Amphoe location in Kanchanaburi Province
Coordinates: 14°6′56″N 99°8′40″E / 14.11556°N 99.14444°E / 14.11556; 99.14444Coordinates: 14°6′56″N 99°8′40″E / 14.11556°N 99.14444°E / 14.11556; 99.14444
Country  Thailand
Province Kanchanaburi
Tambon 7
Muban 57
Area
 • Total 2,728.922 km2 (1,053.643 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 62,212
 • Density 18.9/km2 (49/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 71150
Geocode 7102

Sai Yok (Thai: อำเภอไทรโยค (Pronunciation)) is a district (amphoe) in the Kanchanaburi Province in western Thailand.

Geography[edit]

The district is in the valley of the Khwae Noi River in the Tenasserim Hills area. It borders Myanmar to the south. Along the river the Death Railway runs till Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi.

Sai Yok National Park was created on 27 October 1980 and covers an area of about 500 km². The most famous sight in the park is the Sai Yok waterfall.

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Thong Pha Phum, Si Sawat, Mueang Kanchanaburi of Kanchanaburi Province and Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

Sights[edit]

Apart from the nature of the Kwae Noi river valley, the other main attraction is the Mueang Sing Historical Park, which shows the westernmost Khmer-style temple complex. Also popular for tourists is the Tiger Temple.

Administration[edit]

Central administration[edit]

The district Sai Yok is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (Tambon), which are further subdivided into 57 administrative villages (Muban).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[1]
01. Lum Sum ลุ่มสุ่ม 11 10,580
02. Tha Sao ท่าเสา 11 13,584
03. Sing สิงห์ 06 04,805
04. Sai Yok ไทรโยค 08 10,449
05. Wang Krachae วังกระแจะ 09 09,134
06. Si Mongkhon ศรีมงคล 08 07,840
07. Bongti บ้องตี้ 04 05,820

Local administration[edit]

There are 3 subdistrict municipalities (Thesaban Tambon) in the district:

  • Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลน้ำตกไทรโยคน้อย) consisting of parts of the subdistrict Tha Sao.
  • Wang Pho (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลวังโพธิ์) consisting of parts of the subdistrict Lum Sum.
  • Sai Yok (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลไทรโยค) consisting of the complete subdistrict Sai Yok.

There are 6 subdistrict administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:

  • Lum Sum (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลลุ่มสุ่ม) consisting of parts of the subdistrict Lum Sum.
  • Tha Sao (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลท่าเสา) consisting of parts of the subdistrict Tha Sao.
  • Sing (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลสิงห์) consisting of the complete subdistrict Sing.
  • Wang Krachae (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลวังกระแจะ) consisting of the complete subdistrict Wang Krachae.
  • Si Mongkhon (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลศรีมงคล) consisting of the complete subdistrict Si Mongkhon.
  • Bongti (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลบ้องตี้) consisting of the complete subdistrict Bongti.

Popular culture[edit]

  • Sai Yok was the location of shooting the Vietnam scenes of the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.
  • Sai Yok was mentioned in the song "Mon Sai Yok" (มนต์ไทรโยค - "Magic Of Sai Yok") by the Thai pop rock band The Innocent from an album Yu Hor (อยู่หอ - Stay Dorm) in 1982. The song is about a delightful time in Sai Yok.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population statistics 2015" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 

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