Phran Kratai District

Phran Kratai (Thai: พรานกระต่าย, pronounced [pʰrāːn krā.tàːj]) is the northernmost district (amphoe) of Kamphaeng Phet Province, central Thailand.

Phran Kratai

พรานกระต่าย
District location in Kamphaeng Phet Province
District location in Kamphaeng Phet Province
Coordinates: 16°39′53″N 99°35′19″E / 16.66472°N 99.58861°E / 16.66472; 99.58861Coordinates: 16°39′53″N 99°35′19″E / 16.66472°N 99.58861°E / 16.66472; 99.58861
CountryThailand
ProvinceKamphaeng Phet
Area
 • Total781.9 km2 (301.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total68,529
 • Density87.6/km2 (227/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code62110
Geocode6206

HistoryEdit

The name of the district translates to 'rabbit hunter' and refers to a local legend. A hunter (phran) surveyed southward to seek a strategic location to build a frontier city for Sukhothai Kingdom. When he spend the night in the area of the district, he found a golden haired rabbit (kratai) in front of a cave, which however quickly disappeared. The hunter reported his discovery to the King of Sukhothai and volunteered to catch the rabbit. He set a permanent village in front of the cave, but cannot catch the rabbit. Later more and more people moved to stay in the village. They called their village Ban Phran Kratai to commemorate the hunter.

Phran Kratai was made a district in 1895.

GeographyEdit

Neighboring districts are (from the southeast clockwise): Lan Krabue, Sai Ngam, Mueang Kamphaeng Phet, Kosamphi Nakhon of Kamphaeng Phet Province; Mueang Tak of Tak Province; Ban Dan Lan Hoi and Khiri Mat of Sukhothai Province.

AdministrationEdit

The district is divided into 10 subdistricts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 116 villages (mubans). Phran Kratai is a subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of tambons Phran Kratai and Tham Kratai Thong. There are a further 10 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Phran Kratai พรานกระต่าย 13 11,147
2. Nong Hua Wua หนองหัววัว 8 4,461
3. Tha Mai ท่าไม้ 14 8,583
4. Wang Khuang วังควง 12 6,817
5. Wang Tabaek วังตะแบก 10 4,851
6. Khao Khirit เขาคีริส 18 7,963
7. Khui Ban Ong คุยบ้านโอง 8 4,249
8. Khlong Phikrai คลองพิไกร 10 5,996
9. Tham Kratai Thong ถ้ำกระต่ายทอง 14 9,305
10. Huai Yang ห้วยยั้ง 9 5,157

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