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Roi Et Province, Issan, Thailand

Roi Et  is one of the provinces ( Changwat ) of Thailand, located in the North East of Thailand. Neighbouring Provinces are  Kalasin, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Sisaket, Surin and Maha Sarakham. The Name Roi Et translates to 101, which refers to the original 11 satellite cities around the main city as well as the 11 city gates. To express the importance of the city the number was exaggerated.

Most part of the province is covered by plains about 130 160 metres above sea level, drained by the Chi River. In the north of the province are the hills of the Phu Phan mountain range, with the Yang River as the major river. In the south is the Mun River, which also forms the boundary to the province of Surin. At the mouth of the Chi River, where it enters the Mun River, a big flooded basin provides a good rice farming area.

The area of the province was already settled during the times of the Khmer empire as several ruins show. However, the main history of the province began when Lao people from Champasak settled near Suwannaphum during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. King Taksin moved the city to its present site, then called Saket Nakhon.


The provincial seal ( on the right ) shows the shrine of the city pillar, which is located in the artificial lake Bueng Phlan Chai. The spirit of the shrine, Mahesak, is highly revered by the local people.


The provincial tree is Lagerstroemia macrocarpa.


Administrative divisions


The province is sub divided into 20 districts ( Amphoe ). The districts are further sub divided into 193 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 2311 villages ( Muban ).


1. Mueang Roi Et      2. Kaset Wisai      3. Pathum Rat      4. Chaturaphak Phiman      

5. Thawat Buri   6. Phanom Phrai      7. Phon Thong      8. Pho Chai      9. Nong Phok 10. Selaphum     11. Suwannaphum   12. Mueang Suang     13. Phon Sai   14. At Samat     

15. Moei Wadi     16. Si Somdet     17. Changhan   18. Chiang Khwan 19. Nong Hi     20. Thung Khao Luang

Roi Et Province, Page 1, Map, layout, districts and geography
Roi Et Province, Page 1, Map, layout, districts and geography
Roi Et Province, Page 2, How to get to Roi Et, Roi Et National Museum.