Amphoe Den Chai

Infobox_Amphoe
name=Den Chai
thai=เด่นชัย
province=Phrae
coordinates=coord|17|58|43|N|100|3|31|E|type:adm2nd_region:TH
capital=Den Chai
area=265.6
population=37,440
population_as_of=2005
density=141.0
postal_code=54140
geocode=5405

Den Chai ( _th. เด่นชัย) is a district ("Amphoe") in the southern part of Phrae Province, northern Thailand.

History

In the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Tai people working for the jewel mine at Doi Pok Ka Long robbed "Mueang" Phrae. The king ordered "Phraya" Surasak Montri to solve the problems. "Phraya" Surasak Montri based his camp in Ban Den Thap Chai. When he won, the name of the camp became the village name. Later the village was upgraded to a "tambon".

During World War I a field army base was located in Den Chai, but was later merged with the to Lampang army base in 1933. Nowadays it is the Cavalryman base 12th, "Phraya" Chaiyabun camp.

Den Chai was created as a minor district ("King Amphoe") of Sung Men district on January 24 1963. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=80|issue=14 ง|pages=221|title=ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง แบ่งท้องที่ตั้งเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ|url=http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2506/D/014/221.PDF|date=February 05 1963|language=Thai] It was upgraded to a full district in 1965. [cite journal|journal=Royal Gazette|volume=82|issue=59 ก|pages=565|title=พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอศรีสวัสดิ์ อำเภอสังขละบุรี อำเภอท่าคันโท อำเภอดอกคำใต้ อำเภอแม่ใจ อำเภอจุน อำเภอขามทะเลสอ อำเภอไพศาลี อำเภอท่าวังผา อำเภอบ้านกรวด อำเภอเด่นชัย อำเภอปทุมรัตน์ อำเภอกะเปอร์ อำเภออากาศอำนวย อำเภอดอนเจดีย์ อำเภอจอมพระ และอำเภอสามโก้ พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๘|url=http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2508/A/059/565.PDF|date=July 27 1965|language=Thai] Den Chai became more important when the government built northern railway passing through the area of the district to up north.

Geography

Neighboring districts are (from the west clockwise) Wang Chin, Long, Sung Men of Phrae Province, Mueang Uttaradit, Laplae of Uttaradit Province and Si Satchanalai of Sukhothai Province

Administration

The district is subdivided into 5 subdistricts ("tambon"), which are further subdivided into 52 villages ("muban"). There are two townships ("thesaban tambon") - Den Chai covers parts of "tambon" Den Chai, Mae Chua and Pong Pa Wai; Mae Chua covers further parts of "tambon" Mae Chua. There are further 5 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

References

External links

* [http://amphoe.com/menu.php?mid=1&am=447&pv=39 amphoe.com]


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