Vibhavadi District

Vibhavadi (Thai: วิภาวดี, RTGSWiphawadi, pronounced [wí.pʰāː.wā.dīː]) is a district (amphoe) in the west of Surat Thani Province, southern Thailand.

Vibhavadi
วิภาวดี
District location in Surat Thani Province
District location in Surat Thani Province
Coordinates: 9°14′20″N 98°58′44″E / 9.23889°N 98.97889°E / 9.23889; 98.97889Coordinates: 9°14′20″N 98°58′44″E / 9.23889°N 98.97889°E / 9.23889; 98.97889
CountryThailand
ProvinceSurat Thani
Subdistrict2
Muban31
District established1992
Area
 • Total543.5 km2 (209.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total15,459
 • Density27.8/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code84180
Geocode8419

GeographyEdit

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise): Tha Chang, Phunphin, Khiri Rat Nikhom, and Ban Ta Khun.

The district is in the hills of the Phuket mountain range, with part of the district being protected in the Khlong Yan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kaeng Krung National Park.

HistoryEdit

The minor district (king amphoe) was created on 22 April 1992 by splitting off two tambons from Khiri Rat Nikhom District.[1] It is named after Princess Vibhavadi Rangsit, who was killed in 1977 when rebels shot down her helicopter in eastern Surat Thani Province.

On 15 May 2007, all 81 minor districts including this one, were upgraded to full districts on 24 August.[2][3]

TemplesEdit

There are three Buddhist temples in the district, all of the Mahayana branch.[4]

  • Pho Noi (โพธิ์น้อย)
  • Aran Ya Ram (อรัญญาราม)
  • Vibhavadi Wana Ram (วิภาวดีวนาราม)

AdministrationEdit

Central administrationEdit

Vibhavadi is divided into two sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 31 administrative villages (mubans).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[5]
01. Takuk Tai ตะกุกใต้ 14 6,005
02. Takuk Nuea ตะกุกเหนือ 17 9,454

Local administrationEdit

There are two sub-district administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:

  • Takuk Tai (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลตะกุกใต้) consisting of sub-district Takuk Tai.
  • Takuk Nuea (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลตะกุกเหนือ) consisting of sub-district Takuk Nuea.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง แบ่งเขตท้องที่อำเภอคีรีรัฐนิคม จังหวัดสุราษฎร์ธานี ตั้งเป็นกิ่งอำเภอวิภาวดี (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 109 (53 ง special issue): 19. 22 Apr 1992.
  2. ^ แถลงผลการประชุม ครม. ประจำวันที่ 15 พ.ค. 2550 (in Thai). Manager Online. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  3. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอฆ้องชัย...และอำเภอเหล่าเสือโก้ก พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๐ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 124 (46 ก): 14–21. 24 Aug 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.geocities.com/suratculture/temple/vipavadee.htm[dead link] (in Thai)
  5. ^ "Population statistics 2017" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2018-04-04.

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