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Uthai Thani  is one of the provinces ( changwat ) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are

Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi and Tak. The province stretches from the upper plains of the Chao Phraya river valley, to mountains covered with forests in the west. The Sakae Krang River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River is the main river of Uthai Thani province.The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary at the western boundary to the province Tak and was declared World Heritage in 1991. It covers 2,574 km², and houses almost all the forest animals of South-East Asia, including tigers and elephants.

The southern-most province of the North, Uthai Thani covers an area of about 6,730 square kilometres which is mainly basin plains fed by the Chao Phraya and Sakaekrang rivers. To the west are ranges of mountains with a vast area of lush jungles bordering on Kanchanaburi province. The diverse natural terrains are preserved as wildlife sanctuary and designated as world heritage sites. There is evidence that some of the land was once pre-historic human settlements and sites of several ancient communities during the 1,000-year-old Dvaravati era.

Originally Mon and Lawa settled in the area. A first Thai settlement in the area was Muang U Thai during the Sukhothai period, but was later abandoned when the river changed course. Patabeut, a member of the Karen ethnicity, revived the settlement at its current place during the Ayutthaya period. It served as a fort protecting the boundary of the kingdom then. Uthai Thani is most famous as being the hometown of the father of King Rama I. Rama I also renamed the city from its old name Uthai to Uthai Thani.

In 1892 King Chulalongkorn ( Rama V ) added the area of Uthai Thani to the Monthon Nakhon Sawan, and in 1898 formed the province.

The provincial  seal ( on the right ) depicts the pavilion at Wat Khao Sakaekrang. It houses the statue of Thongdee, the father of King Rama I. The mountain in the background symbolizes the location of the pavilion on top of a hill. Provincial flower is the Yellow Cotton Tree (Cochlospermum regium), provincial tree is Neem (Azadirachta indica v. siamensis).

The flag of Uthai Thani depicts the provincial seal of Uthai Thani in the middle. The yellow colour in the top of the flag is the symbol colour of the Chakri dynasty, as Gold as a precious metal is a symbol for the Thai monarchy. The green colour in bottom is the symbol colour of King Rama I as he was born on a Wednesday, which is associated with green in the Thai calendar. The text below the seal says Uthai Thani province.

The province is subdivided in eight districts ( Amphoe ). These are further subdivided into 70 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 642 villages ( Muban ).

1. Mueang Uthai Thani      2. Thap Than      3. Sawang Arom      4. Nong Chang      5. Nong Khayang   6. Ban Rai      7. Lan Sak      8. Huai Khot

Uthai Thani Province Page 1, Geography, The Districts, and the History