Ban Rai district

Ban Rai
บ้านไร่
District location in Uthai Thani province
District location in Uthai Thani province
Coordinates: 15°5′2″N 99°31′16″E / 15.08389°N 99.52111°E / 15.08389; 99.52111Coordinates: 15°5′2″N 99°31′16″E / 15.08389°N 99.52111°E / 15.08389; 99.52111
CountryThailand
ProvinceUthai Thani
Area
 • Total3,621.5 km2 (1,398.3 sq mi)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total66,167
 • Density18.3/km2 (47/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code61140
Geocode6106

Ban Rai (Thai: บ้านไร่, pronounced [bâːn râj]) is a district (amphoe) in Uthai Thani province in western Thailand.

Geography

The district covers more than half of the province of Uthai Thani and is also the third-largest district in Thailand. A large part of the district is part of the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Mae Poen of Nakhon Sawan province; Lan Sak, Huai Khot, and Nong Chang of Uthai Thani Province; Nong Mamong, Hankha, and Noen Kham of Chai Nat province; Dan Chang of Suphan Buri province; Si Sawat and Thong Pha Phum of Kanchanaburi province; and Umphang of Tak province.

Administration

The district is divided into 13 sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 134 villages (mubans). There are two townships (thesaban tambon). Ban Rai covers parts of tambons Ban Rai and Ban Bueng, and Mueang Ka Rung covers parts of the same-named tambon. There are a further 12 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Ban Rai บ้านไร่ 11 8,616
2. Thap Luang ทัพหลวง 15 7,988
3. Huai Haeng ห้วยแห้ง 9 4,748
4. Khok Khwai คอกควาย 16 7,154
5. Wang Hin วังหิน 6 3,502
6. Mueang Ka Rung เมืองการุ้ง 13 6,905
7. Kaen Makrut แก่นมะกรูด 4 1,621
9. Nong Chok หนองจอก 15 5,296
10. Hu Chang หูช้าง 13 6,556
11. Ban Bueng บ้านบึง 7 3,320
12. Ban Mai Khlong Khian บ้านใหม่คลองเคียน 8 3,219
13. Nong Bom Kluai หนองบ่มกล้วย 10 3,318
14. Chao Wat เจ้าวัด 7 3,924

Economy

The village of Baan Tab Klai is known for its cultivation of eri silkworms to produce eri silk. Silkworm farmers have created a collective to produce the fibre using clean technologies such as all-natural dyes. The moths that produce the cocoons are not harmed in the process, leading some to call it "peace silk".[1]

References

  1. ^ Wangkiat, Paritta (19 February 2017). "Ericulture reeling them in". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
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