District location in Phuket Province
|• Total||252.0 km2 (97.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||298.5/km2 (773/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
Phuket was formerly known as Thalang (ถลาง thalang), derived from the old Malay "telong" (Jawi: تلوڠ) which means 'cape'. The northern district of the province, which was the location of the old capital, still uses this name. In 1898 the current district was established.
The Khao Phra Thaeo Non-hunting Area protects more than 20 km2 of rainforest in the hills of the district. The three highest peaks of this reserve are the Khao Prathiu (384 m), Khao Bang Pae (388 m) and Khao Phara (422 m). Sirinat National Park on the northwestern coast was established in 1981 and protects an area of 90 km2 (68 km2 marine area), including Nai Yang Beach where sea turtles lay their eggs.
At the Heroines Monument in the south of the district a branch museum of the National Museum was opened in 1989. The monument itself commemorates the local heroines Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon, who forced the Burmese army besieging the town of Thalang to retreat.
The district is divided into six sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 46 villages (mubans). Thep Krasattri and Choeng Thale have sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) status, each covering part of tambons of the same name. Each of the six tambons is administered by a tambon administrative organization (TAO).
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