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Nong Khai province

Statistics
Capital:Nong Khai[?]
Area:7,332.3 km²
Ranked 27th
Inhabitants:881,711 (2001)
Ranked 23rd
Pop. density:120 inh./km²
Ranked 37th
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Nong Khai (Thai หนองคาย ) is the one of the north-eastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from south-east clockwise) Nakhon Phanom[?], Sakhon Nakhon, Udon Thani and Loei. To the north it borders Laos.

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Geography

The province is located in the valley of the Mekong river, which also forms the boundary with Laos. To the south it has some highlands. The Laotian capital Vientiane is only 25 kilometers away from the provincial capital Nong Khai. The Thai-Lao Friendship bridge which connects them was built jointly by the governments of Thailand, Laos and Australia and was opened in 1994.

History

The area of the province changed ownership often, and it was part of the Laotian kingdom Lan Xang as well as part of the Thai kingdom Ayutthaya.

Symbols

The provincial seal shows a pond with bamboo around it. The bamboo symbolizes stability, glory and continuity for the peaceful and fertile land. The provincial tree is the tamalan or Burma pallisander (Dalbergia oliveri[?]).

Administrative divisions

Amphoe
(districts)
King Amphoe
(minor districts)
  1. Mueang Nong Khai
  2. Tha Bo
  3. Bueng Kan
  4. Phon Charoen
  5. Phon Phisai
  6. So Phisai
  7. Si Chiang Mai
  1. Sangkhom
  2. Seka
  3. Pak Khat
  4. Bueng Khong Long
  5. Si Wilai
  6. Bung Khla
  1. Sakhrai
  2. Fao Rai
  3. Rattanawapi
  4. Pho Tak

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