Sakon Nakhon Province

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Sakon Nakhon

สกลนคร
Flag of Sakon Nakhon
Flag
Official seal of Sakon Nakhon
Seal
Map of Thailand highlighting Sakon Nakhon Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Sakon Nakhon Province
Country Thailand
Capital Sakon Nakhon
Government
 • Governor Witthaya Chanchalong (since October 2016)
Area
 • Total 9,605.8 km2 (3,708.8 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 19th
Population
(2014)
 • Total 1,138,609[1]
 • Rank Ranked 17th
 • Density rank Ranked 43rd
HDI
 • HDI (2009) 0.705 (medium) (62nd)
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Area code(s) 042
ISO 3166 code TH-47
Vehicle registration สกลนคร

Sakon Nakhon (Thai: สกลนคร, pronounced [sā.kōn ná(ʔ).kʰɔ̄ːn]) is one of the northeastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, and Udon Thani. The capital is Sakon Nakhon.

Etymology

The word sakon originates from the Sanskrit word sakala (Devanagari: सकल) meaning 'entire', 'whole', or 'total', and the word nakhon from Sanskrit nagara (Devanagari: नगर) meaning 'town' or 'city'. Hence the name of the province literally means "city of cities".

Geography

Sakon Nakhon City Gate

The province is on the Khorat Plateau, not far from the Mekong. The Nong Han lake, the biggest natural lake of northeast Thailand, near the city of Sakon Nakhon, is a popular resort. The Phu Phan Mountains delimit the province to the south.

Phra That Choeng Chum

Symbols

The provincial seal shows the Phrathat Choeng Chum, a Lao-style chedi built during the Ayutthaya period over a Khmer-style prang.

The provincial tree is the banaba or Queen's Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa).

Administrative divisions

Map of districts

The province is divided into 18 districts (amphoes). The districts are further subdivided into 125 communes (tambons) and 1,323 villages (mubans).

  1. Mueang Sakon Nakhon
  2. Kusuman
  3. Kut Bak
  4. Phanna Nikhom
  5. Phang Khon
  6. Waritchaphum
  7. Nikhom Nam Un
  8. Wanon Niwat
  9. Kham Ta Kla
  1. Ban Muang
  2. Akat Amnuai
  3. Sawang Daen Din
  4. Song Dao
  5. Tao Ngoi
  6. Khok Si Suphan
  7. Charoen Sin
  8. Phon Na Kaeo
  9. Phu Phan


Economy

Fish and rice are two of the major products of the region.[citation needed]

Transportation

Roads

Route 22 leads north to Udon Thani, 160 km distant, and east to Nakhon Phanom (91 km) and the border with Laos. Route 223 leads south to That Phanom (76 km). Route 213 leads west to Kalasin (131 km).[citation needed]

Air

There is a regional airport, Sakon Nakhon Airport, on the north side of the city.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Population of the Kingdom" (PDF). Department of Provincial Affairs (DOPA) Thailand (in Thai). 2014-12-31. Retrieved 19 Mar 2015.
  2. ^ "Sakon Nakhon Airport". OurAirports. Retrieved 3 February 2013.

External links

  • Sakon Nakhon travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Provincial page from the Tourist Authority of Thailand
  • Website of province (Thai only)

Coordinates: 17°9′15″N 104°8′10″E / 17.15417°N 104.13611°E / 17.15417; 104.13611

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