Tha Ton, also spelled Thaton (Thai: ท่าตอน) is a sub-district (tambon) of Mae Ai District in the far north of Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. In 2014 it had a population of 19,902 people. The sub-district is on the Kok River near the border with Myanmar, about a three-hour drive north of Chiang Mai. The central village of the sub-district is Ban Tha Ton.
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
The river forms part of the border and consequently the village has changed hands numerous times in the turbulent history of the area with the latest change happening in the early 20th century when the border was moved 3.2 km upstream leaving the north bank, previously part of Burma (Myanmar), to Thailand. This part of Tha Ton, known in Thai as Ban Rom Thai, is inhabited by the Shan ethnic group. The area around Tha Ton is populated by various hill tribes including Yao, Lisu, Lahu, Karen, and Akha. Tha Ton is also home to Chinese nationalists forced to flee from their home-in-exile after the coup in Burma.
|1.||Ban Huai Pu||บ้านห้วยปู|
|2.||Ban Huai Ma Fueang||บ้านห้วยมะเฟื่อง|
|3.||Ban Tha Ton||บ้านท่าตอน|
|4.||Ban Huai Nam Yen||บ้านห้วยน้ำเย็น|
|5.||Ban Hat Chom Phu||บ้านหาดชมภู|
|6.||Ban San Ton Du||บ้านสันต้นดู่|
|7.||Ban Tha Makaeng||บ้านท่ามะแกง|
|8.||Ban Mai Nong Cham||บ้านใหม่หมอกจ๋าม|
|9.||Ban Mueang Ngam||บ้านเมืองงาม|
|10.||Ban Huai San||บ้านห้วยส้าน|
|11.||Ban Huai Mueang Ngam||บ้านหัวเมืองงาม|
|12.||Ban Pha Tai||บ้านผาใต้|
|13.||Ban Mueang Ngam Tai||บ้านเมืองงามใต้|
|14.||Ban Rom Thai||บ้านร่มไทย|
|15.||Ban Huai Sala||บ้านห้วยศาลา|
The sub-district is governed by the sub-district administrative organization (SAO) Tha Ton (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลท่าตอน)
Tha Ton is on the widely travelled tourist route between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Since the 1970s, riverboat trips between Chiang Rai and Tha Ton have given foreign tourists as well as native Thais the opportunity to visit jungle, observe different ethnic groups, and see the Fang Plain, bringing an influx of capital into the local economy. In the 1980s, this trend continued with the building of several small resorts to accommodate tourists.
Wat Tha TonEdit
The village is overlooked by a hilltop Buddhist temple known as Wat Tha Ton. The temple complex includes four huge statues of the Buddha, two in typical Thai-style and two showing Chinese influence. One of these, the standing Buddha, is over 10 m tall. Overall, there are nine stations which include statues or shrines. The eighth station houses the monastery and various shrines. The ninth station is a 2 km walk along a paved footpath with elevation gain.
- "Population statistics 2014" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
- "รหัสไปรษณีย์ ตำบลท่าตอน อำเภอแม่อาย จังหวัดเชียงใหม่" (in Thai). Retrieved 2015-11-11.
- "Wat Thaton". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 4 October 2016.