() is the northernmost district (Amphoe
) of Ranong Province
, southern Thailand
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
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
of Chumphon Province
, and La-un
of Ranong Province. To the west is the Tanintharyi Division
The important water resource is the Kraburi river
. Its long estuary is protected as a Ramsar
The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon
), which are further subdivided into 60 villages (muban
). Nam Chuet is a township (thesaban...