District location in Narathiwat Province
|• Total||347.3 km2 (134.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||136.2/km2 (353/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
The district dates back to the Tomo District (โต๊ะโมะ), which was a subordinate of Mueang Ra-ngae. The village grew bigger because of the gold mining there. In 1935 a minor district (king amphoe) covering the central part of Tomo was established and named Pa Cho (ปาโจ). In 1939 the minor district received the name "Tomo" because it contained the sub-district named "Tomo", and the parent district was renamed "Waeng". In 1953 the minor district Tomo was abolished and included in Waeng again. In 1957 the Sub-district Tomo was also abolished and included in Sub-district Samong, which then formed part of area split off as minor district Sukhirin in 1977.
The district is divided into six sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 45 villages (mubans). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) within the district. Waeng covers parts of the tambon Waeng, and Buketa covers parts of tambon Lochut.
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