Phato District

Geographical features

Phato District is one of two districts in Chumphon which are not located along the coastline. Twenty percent of the whole area is high mountains and flatland. Tanao Sri, Phuket, and Nakhon Si Thammarat Mountain Ranges lie from the north to the south of Malayu peninsula which is located between Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Thailand and Pacific Ocean.

Climate

As for the climate, there are 3 seasons, which are

Summer It starts from February to the beginning of May, and lasts around 3 months. The weather is not very hot. The hottest period is in April.

Rainy season It starts from May to November, and lasts around 7 months. The influence of southwest wind increases the humidity and heavy rain. The average rainfall throughout the year is around 3,250 Millimeters. The average relative humidity is 81% which is very high.

Winter It starts from November to January, and lasts around 3 months. In this period, Phato district is under the influence of northeast wind, and mist blankets throughout the area in the morning.

Governance

According to the Local Administration Act of 1914, Tha Sae is divided into 4 subdistricts, 46 villages, as the following details,

Pang Hwan Subdistrict

9 villages

Phato Subdistrict

19 villages

Pra Rak Subdistrict

9 villages

Park Song Subdistrict

9 villages
Important natural resources

Important natural resources in Phato District are,, as follows

  • Forestry. There are two reserved forests in the district, which are Phato and Lamae districts with the area of 925 square Kilometers or 578,344 Rai. And there is one national park which is Ngao National Park.
  • Important waterfalls are Haew Laom and Haew Plu Hnang Waterfalls
  • Many kinds of plants are endemic to the district, for example, Rafflesia kerrii, the biggest flower in the world. Some of them have 80 cm long diameters.
  • Wildlife in the district are, for example, elephants, wild ox, deer, banteng, Asian tapir, hornbill, etc.
  • Tin
Agriculture and industry

The main agricultural products are coffee, palm, and rubber. The important fruits are southern langsat, mangosteen, and rambutan

The main water resources are Lang Suan River, Sok, Song and Pang Hwan Canals