A rai (Thai: ไร่, pronounced [râi]) is a unit of area equal to 1,600 square metres (16 ares, 0.16 hectares, 0.3954 acres), and is used in measuring land area for a cadastre or cadastral map.[1] Its current size is precisely derived from the metre, but is neither part of nor recognized by the modern metric system, the International System (SI).

The rai is defined as 1 square sen or (40 m × 40 m). It can be divided in four ngaan or 400 square wa.

It is commonly used in Thailand. Although recognized by the International System of Units (SI), its use is not encouraged.[ambiguous][2] The word rai also means plantation.

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  1. ^ Giblin, R. W. (2008) [1908]. "Chapter Royal Survey Work.". In Wright, Arnold; Breakspear, Oliver T (eds.). Twentieth century impressions of Siam (PDF). London: Lloyds Greater Britain Publishing Company. Retrieved January 28, 2012. It so happens that 40 metres or 4,000 centimetres are equal to one sen, so all cadastral plans are plotted, drawn, and printed to a scale of 1:4,000.
  2. ^ "SI Units – Area". NIST. 2021-03-25.