Kanchanadit District


Amphoe location in Surat Thani Province
Coordinates: 9°09′56″N 99°28′16″E / 9.16556°N 99.47111°E / 9.16556; 99.47111Coordinates: 9°09′56″N 99°28′16″E / 9.16556°N 99.47111°E / 9.16556; 99.47111
Country  Thailand
Province Surat Thani
Seat Ka Dae
  Total 879.0 km2 (339.4 sq mi)
Population (2014)
  Total 103,942
  Density 109.8/km2 (284/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 84160
Geocode 8402

Kanchanadit (Thai: กาญจนดิษฐ์) is a district (amphoe) in Surat Thani Province, south Thailand.


Originally the town was named Thathong (ท่าทอง) and was on the shore of Khlong Thathong Mai (named Khlong Tha Phechon at that time). During the reign of King Nangklao (Rama III) the town was moved because its location was malaria-infested, and renamed to Kanchanadit. It was a provincial town (mueang) under the control of Nakhon Si Thammarat. During the reign of Rama IV it was put under the supervision of Bangkok directly. In 1899 the province was merged with Chaiya and was thus reduced to amphoe status.[1]


The district is in the eastern part of the province. It stretches from the coast to Bandon Bay of the Gulf of Thailand in the north, the low river valley of the Tapi River to the west, and the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range in the south and west. Tai Rom Yen National Park was created on 31 December 1991, protecting the forested hills of that mountain range. The main river in the district is the Thathong River, which empties into the Tapi estuary.

Neighboring districts are (from the east clockwise) Don Sak, Sichon, and Nopphitam of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Ban Na San and Mueang Surat Thani.

The main road through the district is Thailand Route 401, which connects Kanchanadit with the town of Surat Thani. Thailand Route 44 begins at Route 401 and runs to the southwest as part of a land bridge across the Malay Peninsula.


Central administration

Kanchanadit district office
Wat Pha Na Tuayang

The district Kanchanadit is subdivided into 13 subdistricts (Tambon), which are further subdivided into 117 administrative villages (Muban).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[2]
1.Tha Thong Maiท่าทองใหม่511,500
2.Tha Thongท่าทอง95,617
4.Thung Kongทุ่งกง55,100
6.Chang Saiช้างซ้าย1210,763
7.Phlai Watพลายวาส96,826
8.Pa Ronป่าร่อน97,647
9.Takhian Thongตะเคียนทอง76,373
10.Chang Khwaช้างขวา1410,075
11.Tha U-thaeท่าอุแท1310,442
12.Thung Rangทุ่งรัง54,193
13.Khlong Saคลองสระ106,219

Local administration

There are 5 subdistrict municipalities (Thesaban Tambon) in the district:

There are 9 subdistrict administrative organizations (SAO) in the district:


  1. "แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย" (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 16 (29): 428. 1899-10-15.
  2. "Population statistics 2014" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
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