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Uttaradit means northern landing, as it was formerly a trade centre on the Nan river.

 

In the Sukhothai era several city states ( Mueang ) subject to the king were located in the area of the modern province. Mueang Fang was in modern day Mueang Uttaradit district, Mueng Thung Yang in Laplae, and Mueang Ta Chuchok in Tron district.

 

During the Ayutthaya kingdom, Mueang Phichai was one of the 16 main Mueang of the Thai kingdom. In the reign of King Naresuan, the ruler of Phichai rebelled, joined by the ruler of Sawankhalok. Their revolt was suppressed and the inhabitants of both cities were forced to move south to Phitsanulok.

 

Following the fall of the city of Ayutthaya to the Burmese in 1767, Phichai was the site of several

battles against the invaders. The ruler of Phichai drove back the Burmese and was awarded the

title Phraya Phichai Dabhak - the Lord of Pichai with a Broken Sword, as he had broken one of

his swords in fierce hand to hand combat with the enemy.

 

In the reign of King Rama III Mueang Phichai controlled several Mueang of northern Siam like Nan

or Phrae, and even Luang Prabang and Vientiane. At the point where the Nan river became shallow

a port was established. As this town grew in importance as an important trade point, in 1887

it was made a Mueang subordinate of Phichai. 1899 the centre of Phichai was moved to this new

location, which was renamed to Uttaradit in 1915.

 

The province is located in the valley of the Nan River. About 45 kilometres north of the city Uttaradit is the Queen Sirikit Dam, which created a 250 km² artificial lake from the Nan.

 

Most of the province was once covered with teak forests, then the major product of Uttaradit. The largest Teak tree in the world is found at the Ton Sak Yai Park. The 1500 year old tree measures 9.87 m in circumference and 37 m in height - originally it was 48.5 m high, but it was damaged in a storm.

 

Three National Parks are located in the province—Klong Tron, Lam Nam Nan and Phu Soi Dao.

Uttaradit Province, Page 2, History of the Province Map of Uttaradit

Uttaradit Province, History & Geography & Map of Uttaradit Province.