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Sop Moei district

Coordinates: 17°57′43″N 97°56′0″E / 17.96194°N 97.93333°E / 17.96194; 97.93333
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Sop Moei
Salawin river at the Thai border village of Mae Sam Laep
Salawin river at the Thai border village of Mae Sam Laep
District location in Mae Hong Son province
District location in Mae Hong Son province
Coordinates: 17°57′43″N 97°56′0″E / 17.96194°N 97.93333°E / 17.96194; 97.93333
ProvinceMae Hong Son
SeatMae Suat
 • Total1,412.7 km2 (545.4 sq mi)
 • Total41,726
 • Density29.5/km2 (76/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code58110

Sop Moei (Thai: สบเมย, pronounced [sòp mɤ̄ːj]) is the southernmost district (amphoe) of Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand.


Tambons Sop Moei, Mae Khatuan, and Kong Koi were separated from Mae Sariang district to create Sop Moei minor district (king amphoe) on 1 April 1984.[1] It was upgraded to a full district on 3 November 1993.[2]

Sop Moei means 'confluence with Moei', as this is the point where the Salween River meets the Moei Rivers.[3]


Neighbouring districts are (from south clockwise): Tha Song Yang of Tak province, Kayin State of Myanmar, Mae Sariang of Mae Hong Son Province, Hot and Omkoi of Chiang Mai province.

The important rivers of the district are the Salween, Moei, Ngao and Yuam Rivers.

Mae Ngao National Park is in the district.


The Thai government, to solve persistent water shortages in the central region, have proposed a 70.7 billion baht plan to divert some 1.8 billion m3 of water annually from the Yuam River to the perennially-underfilled Bhumibol Dam. The Sop Moei District would be one of the districts most impacted. As part of the plan, the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), would build 69 metre high dam with a storage capacity of 68.7 million m3 constructed on 2,075 rai of forest land, together with a pumping station on a separate 55 rai plot and a 61.5 kilometre-long tunnel passing through 14 villages. The inhabitants of the area—primarily Karen tribes people—largely oppose the project. In December 2019, the RID submitted a second environmental impact assessment (EIA) to the Office of the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). ONEP rejected the EIA for the second time due to concerns about forest destruction, tunnel rock waste, and compensation issues.[4]


The district is divided into six sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 58 villages (mubans). There are no municipal (thesaban) areas. There are six tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Sop Moei สบเมย 12 7,015
2. Mae Khatuan แม่คะตวน 8 7,000
3. Kong Koi กองก๋อย 9 5,796
4. Mae Suat แม่สวด 12 7,827
5. Pa Pong ป่าโปง 7 4,286
6. Mae Sam Laep แม่สามแลบ 10 9,802


  1. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง แบ่งท้องที่อำเภอแม่สะเรียง จังหวัดแม่ฮ่องสอน ตั้งเป็นกิ่งอำเภอสบเมย (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 101 (57 ง): 1279. May 1, 1984. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 4, 2012.
  2. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอลำทับ อำเภอร่องคำ อำเภอเวียงแหง อำเภอนาโยง อำเภอแก้งสนามนาง อำเภอโนนแดง อำเภอบ้านหลวง อำเภอกะพ้อ อำเภอศรีบรรพต อำเภอแก่งกระจาน อำเภอหนองสูง อำเภอสบเมย อำเภอเมยวดี อำเภอโคกเจริญ อำเภอทุ่งหัวช้าง อำเภอผาขาว อำเภอวังหิน อำเภอดอนพุด อำเภอบึงโขงหลง และอำเภอห้วยคต พ.ศ. ๒๕๓๖ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 110 (179 ก special): 1–3. November 3, 1993. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "แม่น้ำเมย" [Moei River]. TAT (in Thai).
  4. ^ Boonlert, Thana (7 April 2020). "Yuam River dam diverts more than just flow". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 7 April 2020.

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