Soi Phahon Yothin 54, Khlong Thanon, Sai Mai
Khet location in Bangkok
|District established||21 November 1997|
|• Total||44.615 km2 (17.226 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,540.84/km2 (11,760.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
Sai Mai District (Thai: สายไหม, pronounced [sǎːj mǎj]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. It is bounded by (from north clockwise): Lam Luk Ka District of Pathum Thani Province; Khlong Sam Wa, Bang Khen and Don Mueang of Bangkok. As of 2014, it had the highest population of all districts in Bangkok.
Sai Mai was the name of a muban in tambon Khu Khot, Lam Luk Ka District, Pathum Thani Province. It was transferred to Bang Khen District and promoted to subdistrict (tambon) in 1940. Due to the growth of population in the area, Sai Mai was elevated to district status effective 21 November 1997 to improve service and administration.
The name of the village "Sai Mai" (lit: late or not) is believed to come from a story told in the past the area was very far from the downtown. Hence, passing by people often ask, "will it be late to get here ?". It is not related to Roti sai mai in any way.
The dominant feature of the district is Khlong ('canal') Lat Phrao. The canal is thought to have been dug in the early period of the Rattanakosin Kingdom (1782–1932). Khlong Lat Phrao is one of nine canals in Bangkok that drains rainwater flowing into the city from northern Thailand, but it has been neglected for decades and clogged with refuse. In January 2016 1.6 billion baht was allocated to rehabilitate the canal and widen it to 38 metres and deepen it to four metres. Construction is to be completed by June 2019.
The district is divided into three sub-districts (khwaeng).
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- ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง เปลี่ยนแปลงพื้นที่เขตบางเขน เขตลาดพร้าว เขตบึงกุ่ม เขตประเวศ และตั้งเขตสายไหม เขตคันนายาว เขตสะพานสูง (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 114 (พิเศษ 108 ง): 6. 1997-11-18.
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