Wang Thong District

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Wang Thong
วังทอง
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Phitsanulok Province
Amphoe location in Phitsanulok Province
Coordinates: 16°49′27″N 100°25′43″E / 16.82417°N 100.42861°E / 16.82417; 100.42861Coordinates: 16°49′27″N 100°25′43″E / 16.82417°N 100.42861°E / 16.82417; 100.42861
Country Thailand
Province Phitsanulok
Seat Wang Thong
Area
 • Total 1,687.05 km2 (651.37 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 119,103
 • Density 71.5/km2 (185/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 65130
Geocode 6508

Wang Thong (Thai: วังทอง, pronounced [wāŋ tʰɔ̄ːŋ]) is a district (amphoe) of Phitsanulok Province, northern Thailand.

History[edit]

Wang Thong was established in 1895 as Nakhon Pa Mak District, named after the central tambon, the district office being located in Ban Sam Ruen. However, the original location was difficult to reach and also flooded every year, and the district office was moved to the east side of the Wang Thong River, where the Wang Thong Municipal Market now stands.

In 1928 the government created Bang Krathum District, and tambons Phai Lom, Noen Kum, and Nakhon Pa Mak were assigned to it.[1] Tambons Kaeng Sopha and Ban Klang of Nakhon Thai District were reassigned to Wang Thong.

When the buildings on the east bank of Wang Thong River were washed away by a flood, the district office relocated to its present site. In 1931 the district name was changed to Pa Mak, finally designated as Wang Thong in 1939.[2]

Geography[edit]

Khek River in rainy season, Amphoe Wang Thong

Neighboring districts are (from the south clockwise) Sak Lek of Phichit Province, Bang Krathum, Mueang Phitsanulok, Wat Bot, Chat Trakan, Nakhon Thai of Phitsanulok Province, Khao Kho of Phetchabun Province and Noen Maprang of Phitsanulok Province.

Rivers[edit]

Wang Thong lies within the Nan Basin, which is part of the Chao Phraya Watershed. The important water resource is Wang Thong River (Khek River). The Khwae Noi River and Tha Muen Ram River also flow through this district.

Swamps[edit]

The Bueng Rachanok Swamp is a popular tourist destination in the district.

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into 11 sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 166 villages (muban). Wang Thong is sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) which covers part of the same-named tambon. There are a further 11 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[3]
01. Wang Thong วังทอง 15 19,808
02. Phan Chali พันชาลี 17 09,592
03. Mae Raka แม่ระกา 15 07,156
04. Ban Klang บ้านกลาง 27 19,733
05. Wang Phikun วังพิกุล 15 08,259
06. Kaeng Sopha แก่งโสภา 13 10,912
07. Tha Muen Ram ท่าหมื่นราม 14 08,071
08. Wang Nok Aen วังนกแอ่น 20 16,119
09. Nong Phra หนองพระ 12 06,994
10. Chaiyanam ชัยนาม 09 06,088
11. Din Thong ดินทอง 11 06,371

Infrastructure[edit]

Significant Settlements[edit]

The following settlements of the Wang Thong District are significant enough in size as to occupy multiple mubans:

  • Town of Ban Wang Thong
  • Ban Gok Mai Daeng
  • Ban Din Thong
  • Ban Sadao
  • Ban Phan Chali
  • Ban Supraron Phanom Thong
  • Ban Nam Rin
  • Ban Mae Raka
  • Ban Kao Noi
  • Ban Kaeng Gula
  • Ban Kao Hom
  • Ban Dong Phluang

Radio[edit]

  • There is one radio station broadcast from Wang Thong, the Sathaanii Witthayu Ratthasaphaa (Parliament Radio Station). The frequency is 92.25 FM.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Flooding[edit]

Wang Thong was hit by severe flooding in 2007. By 8 October 2007, flooding in the Wang Thong District had killed at least three people, and the district was declared a disaster zone.[5]

References[edit]

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