Maha Sarakham Province

Maha Sarakham ( Thai: มหาสารคาม ) is a province ( Changwat ) in the Northeast region of Thailand, the Isaan.


The province is approximately 400 kilometers northeast of the capital Bangkok in the heart of the Khorat Plateau and is drained by the Chi River.


The province became independent in 1868, before the territory of the province of Roi Et was

See also: History of Thailand


  • Ban Chiang Hian - archaeological place in the valley of the river Chi.

Economic importance and


All figures in %

Land use

For the province, the following land use is documented:

  • Forest area: 207 618 Rai (130 km ² ), 6.3 % of the total
  • The utilized agricultural area: 2,418,965 Rai ( 1211 km ²), 73.1 % of the total
  • Not classified area: 680 719 Rai (425 km ²), 20.6 % of the total

The Maha Sarakham province has a total of 1,241 wetlands covering an area of ​​169.2 km ², which are more or less intensively used for agriculture.

Coat of arms

The flag of the province shows in the center the coat of arms on a brown stripe. Above and below each is a yellow stripe. The color brown is the strength and endurance of the population symbolize that must live in a very dry climate. The color yellow is the color of the robes of the monks (Buddhist monks ) and symbolizes the faith of the people.

The coat of arms of the province shows a large tree in front of vast rice fields, a symbol of the diverse resources of the province.

The tree is the province's rain tree ( Albizia lebbeck ). The symbol of the rain tree was awarded the Province of Queen Sirikit in 1994. The local flower is the frangipani ( Plumeria alba).

The motto of the province of Maha Sarakham is:

Administrative units

The province is divided into 13 districts ( Amphoe ). The counties are further subdivided into 133 communes ( tambon) and 1804 villages ( Muban ).