Mae Chai District

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Mae Chai
Amphoe location in Phayao Province
Amphoe location in Phayao Province
Coordinates: 19°20′42″N 99°48′54″E / 19.34500°N 99.81500°E / 19.34500; 99.81500Coordinates: 19°20′42″N 99°48′54″E / 19.34500°N 99.81500°E / 19.34500; 99.81500
Country Thailand
Province Phayao
Seat Si Thoi
Tambon 6
Muban 65
 • Total 300.761 km2 (116.124 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 36,089
 • Density 120.0/km2 (311/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 56130
Geocode 5607

Mae Chai (Thai: แม่ใจ, pronounced [mɛ̂ː t͡ɕāj]) is a district (amphoe) of Phayao Province in northern Thailand.


The District Mae Chai was abolished on 23 December 1917 and was incorporated into Mueang Phan District.[1] It was recreated as a minor district (king amphoe) on 24 January 1963.[2] It was upgraded to a full district on 28 July 1965.[3] In 1977 the district was reassigned from Chiang Rai Province to the newly established Phayao Province.


The district is in the upper valley of the Ing River. West of the town Mae Chai is the 1,426 m high Doi Luang mountain of the Phi Pan Nam Range. It rises within a protected area in the Doi Luang National Park. To the east is the Nong Liang Sai reservoir, and at the boundary to the Mueang District the Mae Pim Reservoir. Mae Puem National Park protects the Mae Puem National Conserved Forest and Dong Pradu Forest.

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Phan and Pa Daet of Chiang Rai Province, Mueang Phayao of Phayao Province, and Wang Nuea of Lampang Province.


The district is divided into six sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 65 villages (muban). The township (thesaban tambon) Mae Chai covers parts of the tambon Mae Chai and Si Thoi. There are a further six tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Mae Chai แม่ใจ 10 5,094
2. Si Thoi ศรีถ้อย 13 7,267
3. Mae Suk แม่สุก 10 5,830
4. Pa Faek ป่าแฝก 10 5,538
5. Ban Lao บ้านเหล่า 14 8,219
6. Charoen Rat เจริญราษฎร์ 8 4,141


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