Pak Thong Chai district

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Pak Thong Chai (Thai: ปักธงชัย, pronounced [pàk tʰōŋ t͡ɕʰāj]) is a district (amphoe) in the southern part of Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeastern Thailand.

Pak Thong Chai
District location in Nakhon Ratchasima province
District location in Nakhon Ratchasima province
Coordinates: 14°43′11″N 102°1′17″E / 14.71972°N 102.02139°E / 14.71972; 102.02139Coordinates: 14°43′11″N 102°1′17″E / 14.71972°N 102.02139°E / 14.71972; 102.02139
ProvinceNakhon Ratchasima
SeatMueang Pak
 • Total1,374.3 km2 (530.6 sq mi)
 • Total115,244
 • Density83.9/km2 (217/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code30150


The area was an important city in the Khmer era, controlled by Mueang Phimai. In the reign of King U Thong of Ayutthaya it was named Mueang Pak. When King Narai the Great built Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima as the northeastern frontier city of Ayutthaya, Mueang Pak was a frontier city of Nakhon Ratchasima, then called Dan Chapo (ด่านจะโปะ). King Taksin the Great changed the name of the city to Pak Thong Chai and set aside this area for Lao people from Vientiane kingdom. He promoted Phia Upparacha of Vientiane to be Phraya Wongsa Akkharat (พระยาวงษาอรรคราช), the governor of Pak Thong Chai.

King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) changed the city status to a district (amphoe) in 1908 as part of the thesaphiban administrative reforms.


Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise): Sung Noen, Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima, Chok Chai, Khon Buri, and Wang Nam Khiao.


The district is divided into 16 sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 215 villages (mubans). There are six sub-district municipalities (thesaban tambons): Mueang Pak, covering parts of tambons Mueang Pak and Thong Chai Nuea; Pak Thong Chai, part of tambon Pak Thong Chai; and Takhop covering part of tambon Takhop; Nok Ok, Lam Nang Kaeo, and Bo Pla Thong, and Nok Ok, Lam Nang Kaeo, and Bo Pla Thong each cover parts of the same-named tambons.

No. Name Thai Pop.
1. Mueang Pak เมืองปัก 18,515
2. Takhu ตะคุ 12,224
3. Khok Thai โคกไทย 4,577
4. Samrong สำโรง 3,445
5. Takhop ตะขบ 14,214
6. Nok Ok นกออก 6,083
7. Don ดอน 4,279
9. Tum ตูม 5,476
10. Ngio งิ้ว 6,514
11. Sakae Rat สะแกราช 8,787
12. Lam Nang Kaeo ลำนางแก้ว 5,020
16. Phu Luang ภูหลวง 5,384
17. Thong Chai Nuea ธงชัยเหนือ 8,362
18. Suk Kasem สุขเกษม 4,732
19. Kasem Sap เกษมทรัพย์ 3,535
20. Bo Pla Thong บ่อปลาทอง 4,097

Missing numbers correspond to tambons which now form Wang Nam Khiao District.

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