Khiri Rat Nikhom District

Khiri Rat Nikhom

Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Coordinates: 9°1′48″N 98°57′12″E / 9.03000°N 98.95333°E / 9.03000; 98.95333Coordinates: 9°1′48″N 98°57′12″E / 9.03000°N 98.95333°E / 9.03000; 98.95333
Country  Thailand
Province Surat Thani
Seat Tha Khanon
  Total 812.3 km2 (313.6 sq mi)
Population (2005)
  Total 39,957
  Density 49.2/km2 (127/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 84180
Geocode 8408

Khiri Rat Nikhom (Thai: คีรีรัฐนิคม) is a district (amphoe) in the west of Surat Thani Province of southern Thailand.


The western part of the district is in the hills of the Phuket mountain range, while to the east the terrain is mostly flat. The main rivers are the Phum Duang and Yan Rivers.

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Vibhavadi, Phunphin, Khian Sa, Phanom, and Ban Ta Khun.


The town was first mentioned during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV), when it was a minor mueang under Takua Pa and part of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Kingdom. During the thesaphiban administrative reforms in the 1890s it became a district within the province Chaiya, present day Surat Thani.

In 1917 the district was renamed Tha Khanon (ท่าขนอน), as the district office was in that area.[1] On 12 April 1961 the name was changed back to its historical name.[2]


Khiri Rat Nikhom is the endpoint of a branch of the southern railway, originally planned to run to Phuket, but construction was halted in 1956.


The district is subdivided into 8 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 84 villages (muban). Tha Khanon has subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) status and covers parts of tambon Tha Khanon. Each of the 8 tambon is administrated by a tambon administrative organization (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1.Tha Khanonท่าขนอน157,308
2.Ban Yangบ้านยาง113,717
3.Nam Hakน้ำหัก103,930
7.Tha Kradanท่ากระดาน93,027
8.Yan Yaoย่านยาว104,402
9.Tham Singkhonถ้ำสิงขร104,415
10.Ban Thamniapบ้านทำเนียบ99,660

The missing numbers 4 and 5 belong to the tambon which were split off to form King Amphoe Vibhavadi.


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