Understanding Thailand’s Administrative Structure
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Understanding Thailand’s Administrative Structure

Currently we are staying at Lanna Thai Villa Home Stay in Thoeng (District), Ban Salawat (Village) of Northern Thailand’s (Region) Chiang Rai (Province).  You can click on the map above to go to this area on Google Maps.

As I post more updates from the Northern Region of Thailand I thought it would be helpful to explain Thailand’s Administrative structure.  The country of Thailand is broken into four regions – Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand, Central Thailand and Southern Thailand.  Each region has its own unique historical backgrounds, culture, language and people.

There are four basic Administrative Divisions – Provinces, Districts, Tambons and Mubans.  Thailand is divided into 76 Provinces.  Each Province is divided into districts, districts are divided into sub-districts (called Tambons, like Townships) and then Tambons are further divided into Mubans (Villages).

Thailand’s Administrative Divisions

  1. Provinces – 76
  2. Districts – 878
  3. Tambons (Townships) – 7255
  4. Mubans (Villages) –  74,944

Here’s more about Thailand (taken from Nations Online Project)

  • Thailand is a Kingdom in Southeast Asia. It is bordered in west and northwest by Myanmar (Burma), in south west by the Andaman Sea, in east and north east by Lao PDR, in south east by Cambodia, in south by the Gulf of Thailand (an inlet of the South China Sea), and by Malaysia. In south the country occupies a part of the Malay Peninsula. Thailand shares also maritime borders with India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • With an area of 513,120 km², the country is slightly larger than Spain or slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state Wyoming. Until 1939 the country was known as Siam.
  • Thailand has a population of 68 million people (2015). Capital and by far its largest city is Bangkok. Spoken language is Thai (official), some English in tourist regions.
  • Thailand has two principal river systems, the Chao Phraya and the Mekong river, these rivers are crucial for the irrigation for Thailand’s rich agricultural economy. Doi Inthanon with 2,565 m (8,415 ft), is the highest mountain in Thailand.
  • Thailand is the second most visited tourist destination in the Asia-Pacific region with almost 30 million international tourist arrivals, only surpassed by China with 57 million arrivals (2015).

Size of Thailand compared to United States


Mythical Dean

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