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Narathiwat province

Area:4,475.0 km²
Ranked 50th
Inhabitants:690,001 (2001)
Ranked 33rd
Pop. density:154 inh./km²
Ranked 21st
ISO 3166-2:TH-96

Narathiwat (Thai นราธิวาส) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Yala and Pattani. To the south it borders Malaysia.

The name Narathiwat means The residence of good people.

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Geography The province is located on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand on the Malay Peninsula.

Demographics Narathiwat is one of the four Thai provinces which have a muslim majority, 82% are muslim and only 17.9% are buddhist. Also 80.4% speak the Malay language. There are some separatist movements in the province, from which terrorist attacks occasionally erupt.


The provincial seal shows a sailing boat with a white elephant on the sail. The white elephant is a royal symbol of Thailand, and is it put on the seal to commemmorate the animal called Phra Sri Nararat Rajakarini that was caught here and given to the king. The provincial symbol is the longkong fruit (Lansium domesticum[?]), the provincial tree is the Chengal (Neobalanocarpus heimii[?]) and the provincial flower is Odontadenia macrantha[?].

Administrative divisions

  1. Mueang Narathiwat
  2. Tak Bai
  3. Bacho
  4. Yi-ngo
  5. Ra-ngae
  6. Rueso
  7. Si Sakhon
  1. Waeng
  2. Sukhirin
  3. Su-ngai Kolok
  4. Su-ngai Padi
  5. Chanae
  6. Cho-airong

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