is a rural, sparsely populated province on the Northeastern Region of Thailand. It covers 11,425 sq km (4,411 sq mi) and has a population of 625,000 people (2012 estimate). It ranks 14th in size and 70th in population, among the 76 provinces of the kingdom.
Loei Province is bordered by Laos
to the north, Nong Khai
, Udon Thani
and Nong Bua Lamphu
provinces to the east, Khon Kaen Province
to the south, Phetchabun Province
to the southwest and Phitsanulok Province
to the west. The province is mountainous, though the provincial capital, Loei, is in a basin. The Loei River flows through the province to empty into the Mekong River.
Loei Province is divided into 14 districts or amphoe
, namely Mueang Loei (Loei Town), Na Duang, Chiang Khan, Pak Chom, Dan Sai, Na Haeo, Phu Ruea, Tha Li, Wang Saphung, Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang, Pha Khao, Erawan and Nong Hin. It is subdivided into 89 subdistricts or tambon
and 839 villages or muban
. The province dates back to 1853, when the town of Loei was founded by King Mongkut (Rama IV). The province itself was established by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1907.
Places of Interest in Loei Province
- Chaopho Kut Pong Shrine & City Pillar Shrine
- Chaloem Phra Kiat Public Park
- Loei Cultural Centre
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Pha Lom Forest Park
- Wat Tham Pha Pu
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