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Bueng Kan Province, Thailand

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        Mr. Sumet Promphanhao, a Member of the House of Representatives for the Liberal Democratic Party from Nong Khai Province, suggested the establishment of Bueng Kan Province in 1994. Leaving Nong Khai Province by separating sections Bueng Kan District, Pak Khat District, So Phisai District, Phon Charoen District, Seka District, Bueng Khong Long District, Si Wilai District, and Bung Khla District. Bueng Kan will have a total size of 4,305 square kilometers if it is successful. However, the Ministry of Interior revealed the outcome of the consideration at the time that there is no plan to upgrade Bueng Kan District to be a province because establishing a new province raises the load on the budget and also increases the government’s manpower. This is contrary to Cabinet resolutions until 2010, when the Ministry of Interior brought about the establishment of Bueng Kan Province. The Ministry of Interior proposed to the Cabinet meeting again to bring up the “Draft Act establishing Bueng Kan Province.” Later, on 3 August 2010, the Thai government cabinet approved the establishment of Bueng Kan Province, citing the five reasons listed below.

-It complies with the criteria governing the district, population, and unique characteristics of the province. It is also useful for supplying individuals with services.

-Nong Khai Province is a lengthy stretch of the Mekong River. As a result, the border’s security and order are jeopardized.

-Nong Bua Lamphu and the newly constituted Amnat Charoen provinces are less in area than the criteria for cabinet resolutions.

-The newly formed province does not duplicate public services provided by municipal governments.

– A total of 439 positions can be divided among government entities, with little consequence.

            Following that, the National Assembly approved the “Draft Act Establishing Bueng Kan Province.” On March 11, 2011, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva handed the act to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for signature. It was published in the Government Gazette on March 22, 2011 as “Act Establishing Bueng Kan Province 2011” and went into effect on March 23, 2011. The purpose for the Act’s enactment is that “…due to the fact that Nong Khai Province contains a border area.” as well as having a longitudinal topography Communication between rural districts and provinces is hampered as a result. It takes too long to travel, so for the sake of organization, security, and convenience for the local people, Bueng Kan District, Seka District, So Phisai District Bung Khla District Bueng Khong Long District, Pak Khat District, Phon Charoen District, and Sriwilai District Nong Khai Province was established as Bueng Kan District. Section 4 of the said Act changes the name “Bueng Kan District” to “Mueang Bueng Kan District” in addition to Section 3 of the said Act establishing Bueng Kan Province with the makeup of the eight districts mentioned above.

Size and location

Province of Bueng Kan It is located in northeast Thailand, 751 kilometers from Bangkok, and has a total area of 4,305 square kilometers or 2,690,625 rai.

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Bueng Kan Province'sTerritory

            Bueng Kan Province shares administrative territory with the following provinces and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic: The Mekong River forms the northern border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, near to Bolikhamsai Province. Nakhon Phanom Province, east of Ban Phaeng District. Sakon Nakhon Province, south of Kham Ta Kla District, Ban Muang District, and Akat Amnuai District. Nong Khai Province, west of Rattanawapi District and Phuong Rai District.

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Bueng Kan Province's Geography

            In general, it is a plateau divided into three regions: wavy areas scattered in each district in patches that are primarily farming areas and growing field crops, horticulture, and natural woodland. Natural forests such as deciduous dipterocarp forests can be found in Bueng Kan District, Seka District, Bueng Khong Long District, Si Wilai District, Bung Khla District, and Phon Charoen District. The area of numerous mountains in Mueang Bueng Kan District, Bung Khla District, Seka District, and Bueng Khong Long District has a mountainous topography from sea level of 200 metres.

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Bueng Kan Province's Climate

            During the northeast monsoon season, the weather is categorized as hot and dry rain (December – January). Temperatures begin to fall in November and reach their lowest point for the month. From December until January May is the shifting season of the northern monsoon during the month of March. During the southwest monsoon season, temperatures will climb rapidly in March and become extremely hot in April (June-July). Temperatures will begin to fall in October when the southern monsoon season changes, and will continue to fall until the weather becomes frigid.

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Bueng Kan

Visiting Bueng Kan Province by following routes:

Car – From Bangkok, take Route No. 1 through Saraburi and Highway No. 2, passing through Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khon Kaen Province, and Udon Thani Province until reaching Nong Khai Province, and then from Nong Khai Province to Bueng Kan District via Phon Phisai District, Rattanawapi sub-district, and Pak Khat District, a total distance of approximately 751 kilometers.

Bus The transportation firm provides both standard and air-conditioned buses:

– Air Udon :Co., Ltd. http://airudon.comze.com or contact 02 936 2735, ticket office on the 3rd level of the Mo Chit 2 Building, ticket booths 55 and 118

– 407 Pattana Company provides service with air-conditioned buses, first and second class: Bangkok to Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Bung Khla/ Bangkok to Kumphawapi, Bueng Kan/ Rayong to Khon Kaen,Phang Khon, Bueng Kan and many private car companies arrange a shuttle bus between Bangkok and Nong Khai, which begins at the Northeastern Bus Terminal or Mo Chit 2, Kamphaeng Phet Road.

Train – A train runs from Bangkok to Nong Khai. Every day, a diesel-rail express train connects Bangkok with the province of Udon Thani. For more information, call Tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, or visit www.railway.co.th.

Airline – Visitors can arrive by plane at Udon Thani Airport with

Thai Airways: http://www.thaiairways.co.th or 0 2356 1111.

Thai Air Asia Airlines can be reached at 0 2515 9999 or online at http://www.airasia.com.

Nok Air, www.nokair.com, or call +662-900-9955.

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