Kanchanadit ( _th. กาญจนดิษฐ์) is a district ("
Amphoe") in the province Surat Thani in the south of Thailand.
Originally the town was named "Thathong" (ท่าทอง) and was located at the shore of
KhlongThathong 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 IVit was put under supervision of Bangkok directly. In 1899the province was merged with Chaiyaand was thus reduced to be an Amphoe.
The district is located in the eastern part of the province. It stretches from the coast to the
Bandon Bayof the Gulf of Thailandin the north, the low river valley of the Tapi River to the west, and the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain rangein the south and west. The Tai Rom Yen National Parkwas created on December 31 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.
The main road through the district is Thai highway 401, which connects Kanchanadit with the town Surat Thani. Highway 44 begin at highway 401 and runs to the southwest as part of a landbridge across the Malay Peninsula.
The district Kanchanadit is subdivided into 13 subdisticts ("
tambon"), which are further subdivided into 115 villages (" muban"). There are three subdistrict municipalities (" thesaban tambon") - Kanchanadit covers the whole "tambon" Ka Dae, Tha Thong Mai covers parts of the "tambon" Tha Thong Mai, and Chang Sai the whole "tambon" Chang Sai. There are also 11 tambon administrative organizations (TAO), for each "tambon" except Ka Dae and Chang Sai which are administrated by the "thesaban tambon".
* [http://amphoe.com/menu.php?mid=1&am=714&pv=66 amphoe.com] (Thai)
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