Vibhavadi District

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Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Coordinates: 9°14′20″N 98°58′44″E / 9.23889°N 98.97889°E / 9.23889; 98.97889Coordinates: 9°14′20″N 98°58′44″E / 9.23889°N 98.97889°E / 9.23889; 98.97889
Country  Thailand
Province Surat Thani
Amphoe established 1992
 • Total 543.5 km2 (209.8 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 15,125
 • Density 27.8/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 84180
Geocode 8419

Vibhavadi is a district (amphoe) in the west of Surat Thani Province, southern Thailand.


Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Tha Chang, Phunphin, Khiri Rat Nikhom, and Ban Ta Khun.

The district is in the hills of the Phuket mountain range, with part of the district being protected in the Khlong Yan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kaeng Krung National Park.


The minor district (king amphoe) was created on 22 April 1992 by splitting off two tambon from Khiri Rat Nikhom district.[1] It is named after Princess Vibhavadi Rangsit, who was killed in 1977 when rebels shot down her helicopter in eastern Surat Thani Province.

Following a decision of the Thai government on 15 May 2007, all of the 81 minor districts were upgraded to full districts on 24 August.[2][3]


There are three Buddhist temples in the district, all of the Mahayana branch.[4]

  • Pho Noi (โพธิ์น้อย)
  • Aran Ya Ram (อรัญญาราม)
  • Vibhavadi Wana Ram (วิภาวดีวนาราม)


Central administration[edit]

The district Vibhavadi is subdivided into 2 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 31 administrative villages (muban).

No. Name Thai[5] Villages Inh.[6]
01. Takuk Tai ตะกุกใต้ 14 5,937
02. Takuk Nuea ตะกุกเหนือ 17 9,188
Map of Tambon

Local administration[edit]

There are 2 subdistrict administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:

  • Takuk Tai (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลตะกุกใต้) consisting of the complete subdistrict Takuk Tai.
  • Takuk Nuea (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลตะกุกเหนือ) consisting of the complete subdistrict Takuk Nuea.


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