Bueng Kan Province

Bueng Kan ( Thai: บึงกาฬ, [ bɯ̄ŋ kā ː n]) is a province ( Changwat ) in the northeast region of Thailand, the Isaan. The provincial capital is also called Bueng Kan Kan Bueng. The province was created by elimination of Nong Khai province in Thailand as 76 2011.


The province is located on the northeastern edge of Thailand. It borders the following provinces (from the south clockwise) Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Nong Khai. To the north and east it borders Laos to the Mekong River as a natural border.

In the district Bung Khla located in the hills near the Mekong River, Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve.

Important rivers

  • Mekong


The climate is tropical and monsunal. The mean annual temperature is 26.2 ° C.


In 1994 suggested Sumet Phromphanhao, Member of the House of Representatives from Nong Khai prefer to create a new province, which consist of the eight eastern districts ( Amphoe ) of Nong Khai province should ( Bueng Kan, Seka, So Phisai, Bung Khla, Bueng Khong Long, Pak khat, Phon Charoen and Si Wilai ). At that time the Minister of the Interior rejected the creation of a new province from, on the grounds that it put too great a burden on the state budget dar.

The proposal was for the next 20 years on hold until 2010, the Minister of the Interior, the project re- activated and the Council of Ministers of Thailand the " Bill Establishing Changwat Bueng Kan, BE ... (...)" (ร่างพระราชบัญญัติจัดตั้งจังหวัดบึงกาฬ พ.ศ. ... ) Submitted. In a referendum, 98.83 % of the inhabitants of the province of Nong Khai supported the proposal. On August 3, 2010, the Council of Ministers decided to submit the proposal to the Thai Parliament. When reasons were given: the proposal as to the minimum number of necessary Amphoe well as the residents who are required by law for a province. In addition, the country's border along the Mekong in Nong Khai province is very long, which the fuse try difficult.

On 7 February 2011, the law was passed by Parliament. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was laid by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the law establishing Changwat Bueng Kan ( พระราชบัญญัติ ตั้ง จังหวัด บึงกาฬ พ.ศ. 2544 ) before, who signed it on March 11, 2011. On 22 March 2011, it was published in the Government Gazette, and the next day it came into force.


The Gross Provincial Product ( GDP of the province ) was 14.369 billion baht ( 350 million euros ) in 2011. This is equivalent to 33,027 Baht per head (about 810 euros ), only about a fifth of Thailand's average. This Bueng Kan is one of the poorest provinces in the country. The share of agriculture in economic output was 66.7 %.

Administrative units

The province consists of eight districts ( Amphoe ), which further into 54 communes ( tambon) and 599 villages ( Muban ) are divided.