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Tak is one of the northern provinces ( Changwat ) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are  Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani and Kanchanaburi. The western edge of province has a long boundary with Kayin State of Myanmar ( Burma ).


The province is sub divided in nine districts ( Amphoe ). These are further sub divided into 63 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 493 villages ( Muban ).

1. Mueang Tak    2. Ban Tak    3. Sam Ngao    4. Mae Ramat    5. Tha Song Yang 6. Mae Sot   7. Phop Phra    8. Umphang.  9 Wamg Chao.


The provincial seal shows King Naresuan on the royal elephant. Sometimes below  the  elephant a  garuda is  depicted, as the garuda is the state  symbol of  Thailand. King Naresuan is shown pouring consecrated water on the ground, a symbolic act to declare independence. This refers to the  war of 1584 with Burma, when Tak was the first border town to be liberated from Burmese control.


The provincial tree is the Asian Jatoba ( Xylia kerrii ), the provincial flower is the Orchid tree ( Bauhinia sp.).


Tak was a historical kingdom built over 2,000 years ago, even before the Sukhothai period. The ancient kingdom had its peak around the 1st century. By the 5th century the capital of this kingdom was moved south to Lavo (present day Lopburi Province). A city named Ban Tak was established by Jamadevi, princess of the Lavo kingdom, around 663 AD.


It became part of the Sukhothai kingdom through battles led by Ramkhamhaeng the Great and formed the main fortress on the western front. The city was moved further west and renamed Mueang Rahang when the Ayutthaya kingdom was lost to Burma during King Maha Thammaracha's reign. The city was moved back to the east side of the Ping River during the early Bangkok period. King Taksin was vice governor of Tak before the Ayutthaya kingdom fell during the war with Burma.


Tak Province, Thailand.

Tak Province, Page 1, The Districts, Provincial Seal, Map showing Tak Province
Tak Province, Page 1, The Districts, Provincial Seal, Map showing Tak Province
Tak Province, Page 1, The Districts, Provincial Seal, Map showing Tak Province
Tak Province, Page 2, Getting to Tak Province and getting around when there