Koei Chai

Chum Saeng Hospital

Koei Chai (Thai: เกยไชย, pronounced [kɤ̄ːj t͡ɕʰāj]) is a tambon (sub-district) of Chum Saeng District, Nakhon Sawan Province, upper central Thailand.


Koei Chai dates back to Ayutthaya period, at that time it was called "Koei Sai" (เกยทราย, literally: beached sand), which at the confluence of the Nan and Yom Rivers was the place where the hydraulic lime tanker falls in the reign of King Suriyenthrathibodi (Sanphet VIII), also known as Tiger King. At present, it is the location of Wat Koei Chai Neua, an ancient temple with a pagoda that contained the relics of Lord Buddha.[1]

In the Thonburi period, King Taksin stopped his army here and was shot in the shin before retreating to the Thonburi Kingdom. Therefore is the source of his monument along the Nan River in downtown Chum Saeng today.

In the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in Rattanakosin period, this district was also famous for its large man-eating crocodile, named "Ai Dang Koei Chai" (ไอ้ด่างเกยไชย), it was said that the body was so large that it can across from one side to the opposite side of Nan River. According to a short note, only two lines of Prince Damrong stated that its skull was very large and was preserved here, but at that time it had already been sold to a foreigner in Bangkok.[2][3]


Neighbouring tambons are (from the north clockwise): Chum Saeng, Phikun, Nong Krachao, Phikun, Khok Mo, Phan Lan, Phai Sing, Tha Mai, Phai Sing.[4]

Koei Chai is also a place full of over 20,000 toddy palm trees, some of which are older than 300 years old.[5][6]


Central administration

Koei Chai subdivided into 16 administrative mubans (villages)[4]

No. Name Thai
01. Ban Lat Plang (Mu 1) บ้านลาดปลัง (หมู่ 1)
02. Ban Lat Plang (Mu 2) บ้านลาดปลัง (หมู่ 2)
03. Ban Koei Chai Nuea บ้านเกยไชยเหนือ
04. Ban Koei Chai (Mu 4) บ้านเกยไชย (หมู่ 4)
05. Ban Koei Chai (Mu 5) บ้านเกยไชย (หมู่ 5)
06. Ban Koei Chai Tai (Mu 6) บ้านเกยไชยใต้ (หมู่ 6)
07. Ban Koei Chai Tai (Mu 7) บ้านเกยไชยใต้ (หมู่ 7)
08. Ban Koei Chai Tai (Mu 8) บ้านเกยไชยใต้ (หมู่ 8)
09. Ban Koei Chai Tai (Mu 9) บ้านเกยไชยใต้ (หมู่ 9)
010. Ban Phai Lom บ้านไผ่ล้อม
011. ฺBan Nong Khang บ้านหนองคาง
012. Ban Tha Na บ้านท่านา
013. Ban Lat Plang (Mu 13) บ้านลาดปลัง (หมู่ 13)
014. Ban Koei Chai (Mu 14) บ้านเกยไชย (หมู่ 14)
015. Ban Lat Plang (Mu 15) บ้านลาดปลัง (หมู่ 15)
016. Ban Pho Nong Yao บ้านโพธิ์หนองยาว

Local administration

Koei Chai is administered by the Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO) Koei Chai (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลเกยไชย), established in 1996.[1][4]


  • Wat Koei Chai Neua
  • Wat Koei Chai Tai
  • Chum Saeng Hospital

Local products

Because it is a place that has a lot of toddy palm trees, the villagers therefore have a career in palm and processing products from these fruits[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "ประวัติ อบต.เกยไชย" [History of SAO Koei Chai] (in Thai).
  2. ^ "เหลือเชื่อที่สุด !!! เปิด ๓ ตำนาน "จระเข้โหดกินคน" เพชฌฆาตแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำ ในประวัติศาสตร์ของคนไทย ที่น้อยคนที่จะรู้ !!!" [The most incredible !!! opening 3 legends "Savage crocodiles", the killer of the river basin in the history of Thai people that few people will know !!!]. Tnews (in Thai). 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ "ตำนานไอ้ด่างเกยชัย" [Legend of Ai Dang Koei Chai]. Legend of Nakhonsawan (in Thai).
  4. ^ a b c "ข้อมูลตำบลเกยไชย อำเภอชุมแสง นครสวรรค์" [Information of Koei Chai Subdistrict, Chum Saeng District, Nakhon Sawan]. ThaiTambon (in Thai).
  5. ^ a b ""ชุมแสง" ในมิติแห่ง..กรงกรรม" ["Chum Saeng" in dimension of..Kong Kram]. Thai Rath (in Thai). 2019-04-27.
  6. ^ a b "Attractions". Toursimnakhonsawan.

Coordinates: 15°52′15.1″N 100°16′19.7″E / 15.870861°N 100.272139°E / 15.870861; 100.272139

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