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Satun province

Area:2,479.0 km²
Ranked 63rd
Inhabitants:267,095 (2001)
Ranked 68th
Pop. density:108 inh./km²
Ranked 44th
ISO 3166-2TH-91

Satun (Thai สตูล) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Trang, Phattalung and Songkhla. To the south it borders Malaysia.

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Geography The province is located on the Malay Peninsula, on the shore of the Andaman Sea. The Ko Tarutao and Ko Phetra marine national parks are part of the province. Close to the border with Malaysia is the Thale Ban national park, a big freshwater swamp area.

History Until 1813 Satun was a district of the Malayian state Kedah[?], then known as Mukim Setul. With the Anglo-Siamese contract of 1909 Kedah was split between the English and Thailand, and Satun was administrated from Phuket, then later in 1925 from Nakhon Si Thammarat. In 1933 it became a province by itself.

Demographics Satun is one of the four provinces of Thailand which have a muslim majority: 67.8% are muslim, only 31.9% are buddhists. Also 9.9% of the population are Malay[?].


The provincial seal shows Pra Samut Thewaa sitting on a stone in the sea, with the sunset behind. Pra Samut Thewaa is the god who guards the sea, the stone his divine vehicle. The sunset symbolizes the Andaman Sea, which lies to the west of the province. The provincial tree is the Thai Rosewood or P ha-yungklaep (Dalbergia bariensis[?]), and the provincial flower is the Snowy Orchid Tree[?] (Bauhinia acuminata[?]). The provincial slogan is Peaceful, Clean and Pure Nature.

Administrative divisions

King Amphoe
(minor districts)
  1. Mueang Satun
  2. Khuan Don
  3. Khuan Kalong
  1. Tha Phae
  2. La-ngu
  3. Thung Wa
  1. Manang

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