Betong, Thailand

Betong ( _th. เบตง) is a town ("thesaban mueang") in southern Thailand, near the boundary to Malaysia. It is the capital of Betong district, the southernmost district of Yala Province. As of 2005, the town has a population of 24,688.

Betong is the southernmost town of Thailand. Across the Malaysia-Thailand border by the Keroh pass is the state of Perak.

Etymology

The name Betong is actually the Thai corruption of Betung, its original Malay name means 'big'.

History

The town was created as a local administration unit on September 30 1939, when the subdistrict municipality ("thesaban tambon") was set up. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=56|issue=0 ก|pages=951–954|title=พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งเทศบาลตำบลเบตง จังหวัดยะลา พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒|url=http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2482/A/951.PDF|date=September 30 1939|language=Thai] The town was upgraded to "thesaban mueang" status on February 20 2004. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=122|issue=Special 20 ง|pages=9–10|title=ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง เปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะเทศบาลตำบลเป็นเทศบาลเมือง|url=http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/0E/00138743.PDF|date=February 20 2004|language=Thai]

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