Amphoe Tha Chang, Surat Thani Province

Amphoe Tha Chang, Surat Thani Province

name=Tha Chang
province=Surat Thani
capital=Khao Than

Tha Chang ( _th. ท่าฉาง) is a district ("Amphoe") in the west of Surat Thani Province of southern Thailand.

Neighboring districts are Chaiya to the north, the Bandon Bay to the east, Phunphin, Vibhavadi and Ban Ta Khun to the south, and to the west the district Kapoe of Ranong Province.


The minor district ("King Amphoe") was created on July 31, 1908, consisting of the "tambon" Than, Pak Chalui and Sawiat of Phum Riang district and Tha Khoei, Tha Chang and Khlong Sai of Phunphin district. The minor district was made a subordinate of Phum Riang district. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=25|issue=19|pages=569|title=แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย |url=|date=August 9 1908|language=Thai] It was upgraded to a full district on August 1 1938. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=55|issue=0 ง|pages=1321–1322|title=ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง ยกฐานะกิ่งอำเภอท่าฉางเป็นอำเภอและยุบอำเภอพระแสงลงเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ|url=|date=August 1 1938|language=Thai]


The district extends from the coast to the Bandon Bay in the east till the ridge of the Phuket mountain range, which forms the boundary between the provinces Surat Thani and Ranong. Located in these hills is the Kaeng Krung National Park.

The district is crossed by the southern railway, as well as Asian highway AH2.


The district is subdivided into 6 subdistricts ("tambon"), which in turn are subdivided into 46 villages ("muban"). Each of the "tambon" is administrated by a Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO), Tha Chang itself also has township ("thesaban tambon") status and covers parts of "tambon" Tha Chang and Khao Than.



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