LifestyleThe Districts in Bangkok

September 22, 2019admin1

In the Thai Language, the word for district is ‘Khet’ and the word for sub district is ‘Khwaeng’, however, in the country-side other then Bangkok, district is also known as Amphoe and sub district is as Tambon.

Description City Up-country
District Khet Ampoe
Sub-district Khwaeng Tambon

Explanation of Khet and Khwaeng

So in Thai we would say ‘Khet Bangrak’ or ‘Khet Bang Na’. Each district also has their own code, as you can see above, like the code for Bangrak is ‘04’ and the code for Bang Na is ‘47’. It is important to remember your district code.

Depending on where you live, your district and your district office will be the same name. Hence, people living in Khlong Toei area would be in the same district and would go to ‘Khet Khlong Toei’ or the Khlong Toei district office for related work. It is important to know what district you live in because you can only go to that district office for your work, ex. House registration. Bangrak people cannot go to Khet Khlong Toei.

Some examples of Khwaeng, or sub districts

Khet Bangrak has 5 Khwaeng

  1. Maha Phruettharam
  2. Si Lom
  3. Suriyawong
  4. Bang Rak
  5. Si Phraya

Khet Khlong Toei has 3 Khwaeng

  1. Khlong Toei
  2. Khlong Tan
  3. Phra Khanong

Khet Bang Na has 2 Khwaeng

  1. Bang Na Nuea
  2. Bang Na Tai

Different districts and subdistricts

Bangkok has 50 districts and within those districts, there are 180 subdistricts. Some famous districts are:

Bangrak 04

This district has a mix of all things, it is known for its jewelry hub, the night markets, the tallest building in Thailand called the MahaNakhon tower and other huge skyscrapers like The State Tower, and it is also near The Chao Phraya River.

The Bangrak district office is located at

5 Naret Rd, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Bangkok 10500.

Tel.: 02 236 1395

Khlong Toei 33

This is a district in Central Bangkok and it is famous for its port, originally called Bangkok Port but now renamed to Khlong Toei port, because it was Thailand’s only main port for sea transportation of cargo. It is also famously known for its major market called the Khlong Toei Market and its slum area. They also have a number of parks like Benjasri Park and some huge shopping malls like Emporium and Emquartier.

The Khlong Toei District Office is located at

559 Kluaynamthai Intersection Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110

Tel.: 02 240 2121.

Bang Na 47

This district is conventionally pretty far from Central Bangkok, however it is still famous and for the right reasons. It is home to Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) that hosts all types of trade shows and fairs such as furniture fairs or its annual Bangkok International Motor Show. There is also Central Bangna here which is unique because it has a theme park and a water theme park on its upper floors! Moreover, the world’s largest restaurant from 1992 to 2008 is also located here and it is called the Royal Dragon Restaurant or Mang Korn Lung. The waiters roller skate to you to serve your food!

The Bang Na District Office is located at

888 Thanon Sanphawut, Khwaeng Bang Na, Bangkok 10260

Tel.: 02 173 5253.

However, everyone living in the same district has to go to the same district office, no matter which sub district you are living in. So whether you live in Khwaeng Bang Na Nuea or Khwaeng Bang Na Tai, you have to go to Khet Bang Na.Hence, the important thing to remember is that Khet is district and Khwaeng is sub district, and to remember which district and sub district you live in.

One comment

  • Peter S

    October 27, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    I am new to Bangkok and this article really helped me to navigate a little bit better through this huge city!


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