Kra Buri District

Kra Buri District

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Kra Buri District

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Kra Buri () is the northernmost district (Amphoe) of Ranong Province, southern Thailand.


Mueang Tra (or Kra) was established in Ayutthaya era as the 4th class city under Chumphon. The first governor was Mr. Kaew, a cousin of the governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Later he was promoted to be Phra Kaew Korop (พระแก้วโกรพ). Mueang Tra was set to be a frontier town of Ayutthaya. The old town center was located in Tambon Pak Chan, later in 1884 Phra Atsadongkhata Thisaraksa (พระอัษฎงคตทิศรักษา) moved it to Tambon Nam Chuet as being better commercially and strategically.

Mueang Tra faced big wars by the Burmese troops two times, in 1764 in reign of King Ekkathat and in 1786 in the reign of King Rama I of Rattanakosin. During World War II the Japanese troops set Tra as their western division location, and built a Japanese troops railway from Kraburi via La Un to Mueang Ranong.

Kra Buri was downgraded to be a district of Ranong province around 1896.


Neighboring districts are (from the northeast clockwise) Tha Sae, Mueang Chumphon and Sawi of Chumphon Province, and La-un of Ranong Province. To the west is the Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

The important water resource is the Kraburi river. Its long estuary is protected as a Ramsar wetland.


The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 60 villages (muban). Nam Chuet is a township (thesaban...
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