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Nakhon Phanom  is one of the north-eastern provinces ( Changwat ) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are ( from south clockwise ) Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon and Bueng Kan. To the north - east it borders Khammouan of Laos.

The province is located at the valley of the river Mekong and is mostly plain. In the northern part of the province has more upland character, and forest covered plains. The main river in the northern part is the Songkhram River and the smaller Oun river. The southern part is more flat, and has the Kum river as only notable river. The provincial capital, the city of Nakhon Phanom, is located directly at the banks of the Mekong.


The name Nakhon Phanom, meaning city of mountains, was given to the city by King Rama I. There are no mountains within Nakhon Phanom itself; the limestone mountains are concentrated in the city of Thakhek of Laos, which is on the other side of the Mekong. Nakhon Phanom should then mean a city where you can see mountains.

The area was long settled by Lao people and belonged to the Lan Xang kingdom. Also after it came under the control of Ayutthaya the population stayed predominantly Lao. At first it was known as Si Kotrabun, and during the times of King Rama I as Maruka Nakhon.


Between 1967 and 1971, most of the communists were defeated and towards the end of the Vietnam War, American forces moved their Indochinese military operations to Nakhon Phanom.

Another point of interest: Ho Chi Minh resided between 1928 and 1931 at Ban Nachok, a small village on the road between the airbase and Nakhon Phanom. Both his home and a new modern museum are now open to the public.

The provincial seal shows the pagoda of Phra That Phanom in That Phanom district. This highly revered religious building was originally constructed around 535 BC in Khmer style. The original pagoda collapsed in 1675 and was rebuilt in Lao style.

The provincial tree, as well as flower, is Fagraea fragrans.

The provincial slogan is The City of the Revered Phrathat Phanom, Cultural Diversity, Beautiful Phu Thai Ladies, Brilliant Illuminated Boat Procession and Picturesque Mekong River.

The province is sub divided into 12 districts ( Amphoe ). The districts are further subdivided into 97 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 1040 villages ( Muban ).

1).Mueang Nakhon Phanom   2). Pla Pak   3). Tha Uthen   4). Ban Phaeng   5).That Phanom   

6). Renu Nakhon   7). Na Kae   8). Si Songkhram   9). Na Wa   10). Phon Sawan   11). Na Thom   12). Wang Yang

Nakhon Phanom Province, Page 1,  Districts, Map of Nakhon Phanom, Seal of the Province.