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Loei province

Area:11,424.6 km²
Ranked 14th
Inhabitants:603,859 (2001)
Ranked 39th
Pop. density:53 inh./km²
Ranked 70th

Loei (Thai เลย) is one of the most sparsely populated provinces (changwat) of Thailand, located in the North-East of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from east clockwise) Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Nongbua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok. In the north it borders Laos.

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Geography The province is covered with low mountains, and the capital Loei is located in a fertile basin. The river Loei which flows through the province is a tributary of the Mekong river. This forms the boundary of the province in the north with the neighboring Laos.

While temperatures in the hot season around April can be more then 40 degrees centigrade, the province is the only place in Thailand which regularly goes below 0 degrees in the nights during the cold season around December.

History In 1853 king Mongkut (Rama IV) founded the city of Loei to better administer the increased population in the area. In 1907 the province was created.


The seal of the province shows the stupa (tower) at Phra That Sri Songrak built in 1560. It was built by king Maha Chakrapat of the Ayutthaya kingdom, and king Chai Chetha of Lan Xang, and marked the boundary between the two kingdoms. The provinvial tree is the Khasia pine (Pinus kesiya[?]).

Administrative divisions

King Amphoe
(minor districts)
  1. Muang Loei
  2. Na Duang
  3. Chiang Khan
  4. Pak Chom
  5. Dan Sai
  6. Na Haeo
  1. Phu Ruea
  2. Tha Li
  3. Wang Saphung
  4. Phu Kradueng
  5. Phu Luang
  6. Pha Kao
  1. Erawan
  2. Nong Hin

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