San Sai District

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San Sai
Amphoe location in Chiang Mai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Mai Province
Coordinates: 18°50′55″N 99°2′42″E / 18.84861°N 99.04500°E / 18.84861; 99.04500Coordinates: 18°50′55″N 99°2′42″E / 18.84861°N 99.04500°E / 18.84861; 99.04500
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Mai
 • Total 285.02 km2 (110.05 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 105,771
 • Density 371.1/km2 (961/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 50210
Geocode 5014

San Sai (Thai: สันทราย) is a district (amphoe) in the central part of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand.


During the annual rainy season (monsoons), the Ping and the Khao River carry large of deposits of sedimentary sand accumulating at the confluence of the two rivers from year to year, causing the sand to form large dunes. This area is now the location of the San Sai district office. When the Siamese government of created this district on 20 October 1897, they named it San Sai. "San" is the Thai word for "dune", and "sai" means "sand".


Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Mae Taeng, Doi Saket, San Kamphaeng, Mueang Chiang Mai and Mae Rim and of Chiang Mai Province.


The district is subdivided into 12 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 116 villages (muban). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) - San Sai Luang covers parts of tambon San Sai Luang, San Sai Noi, San Phranet and Pa Phai; and Mae Cho parts of tambon Nong Chom, Nong Han and Pa Phai. There are further 10 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. San Sai Luang สันทรายหลวง 8 6,397
2. San Sai Noi สันทรายน้อย 7 13,950
3. San Phranet สันพระเนตร 7 5,965
4. San Na Meng สันนาเม็ง 10 8,100
5. San Pa Pao สันป่าเปา 6 3,934
6. Nong Yaeng หนองแหย่ง 11 5,117
7. Nong Chom หนองจ๊อม 9 13,657
8. Nong Han หนองหาร 13 16,463
9. Mae Faek แม่แฝก 12 9,619
10. Mae Faek Mai แม่แฝกใหม่ 12 7,575
11. Mueang Len เมืองเล็น 5 2,535
12. Pa Phai ป่าไผ่ 16 12,459

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