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Nakhon Phanom Province

Short Facts

Name: Changwat Nakhon Phanom
Area: About 5,513 km²
Inhabitants: About 690,000
Location: North-East Thailand (Isan)
Capital: Nakhon Phanom
Neighboring provinces: Three (3): Mukdahan, Nong Khai and Sakon Nakhon.
Amphoe / Districts: Ban Phaeng, Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Na Kae, Na Thom, Na Wa, Phon Sawan, Pla Pak, Renu Nakhon, Si Songkhram, Tha Uthen, That Phanom, Wang Yang.
Popular tourist destinations: Terdprakiat Park, Nam Tok Tat Kham Forest Park, Tat Kham Waterfall, Phra That Phanom, Phra That Mahachai and Wat Okatsribuabun.

About Nakhon Phanom

Along the Lao border in northwestern Thailand one finds the porvince of Nakhon Phanom. The name that means mountain town, was named by Rama the First and was named Nakhon Phanom because of the massive mountain´s that rise on the Lao side of the border.

Maekong River forms a natural border with the neighboring country and in this area you find many beautiful parks.

For centuries, people from Laos and other different ethnicity´s crossed the river and settled on Thai soil. This has led to Nakhon Phanom´s culture and dialect has a unique and multicultural character. Something that is typical for the province is the folk dance Sri Kotrabun. At one of the province's many festivals is the traditional dance often one of the main attractions. The distance to Bangkok is about 740 kilometer and there are daily bus and plane operating the distance.

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Annual light boat festival is considered by the population the main festival. The festival, which is of Buddhist origin attracts lots of visitors in late October to early November. Dragon boat races and shows with candle decorated boats are some of the tasks that are on the schedule.

Nakhon Phanom River walk is a beautiful walking area at the Mae Kong river´s shore banking´s. The view is considered most beautiful when the sun rises over the mountains to the east.

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