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Thailand's Padang Besar Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Checkpoint.

Padang Besa or Padang Besar (Thai: ปาดังเบซาร์) is a border town on the Malaysia-Thailand border in the Sadao District, Songkhla Province, Thailand. Since 2004 the municipality has had town status (thesaban mueang) and covers parts of the sub-district (tambon) Padang Besa. In 2007 it had a population of 13,748.[1]

There is a road and rail border crossing into Malaysia in Padang Besar. The road checkpoint is about 1 km outside town on the road to Sadao. The town on the Malaysian side is also known as Padang Besar. All rail passenger formalities, including for exiting Thailand, are carried out in the Malaysian Padang Besar railway station where there is an integrated customs, immigration, and quarantine checkpoint for both countries. There is also local train station with the same name Padang Besar railway station and passengers need to be careful not to confuse between the two stations.


The municipality was created as a sanitary district (sukhaphiban) in 1967.[2] Like all sanitary districts, it was upgraded to a sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) in 1999.[3] Effective 8 November 2004 it was upgraded to town status (thesaban mueang).[4]



  1. ^ "Population statistics, 2007". Department of Provincial Administration.
  2. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง จัดตั้งสุขาภิบาลปาดังเบซาร์ อำเภอสะเดา จังหวัดสงขลา (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 84 (73 ง): 2134–2135. August 8, 1967.
  3. ^ พระราชบัญญัติเปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะของสุขาภิบาลเป็นเทศบาล พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 116 (9 ก): 1–4. February 24, 1999.
  4. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง เปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะเทศบาลตำบลเป็นเทศบาลเมือง (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 122 (พิเศษ 84 ง): 6. September 14, 2005.

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