Bueng Kan

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This article is about the town. For the province of the same name see Bueng Kan Province.
For the district of this name see Mueang Bueng Kan District.
Bueng Kan
บึงกาฬ
Township
Bueng Kan is located in Thailand
Bueng Kan
Bueng Kan
Coordinates: 18°22′2″N 103°38′59″E / 18.36722°N 103.64972°E / 18.36722; 103.64972
Country  Thailand
Province Bueng Kan
Amphoe Mueang Bueng Kan
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,712
Time zone Thailand (UTC+7)

Bueng Kan (Thai: บึงกาฬ) is a township (Thesaban Tambon) in Mueang Bueng Kan District, in Bueng Kan Province, far northeastern Thailand. It is the provincial and district capital and is located on the Mekong River,[1] opposite the Laotian town of Pakxan of Bolikhamsai Province. As of 2010, it has a total population of 9,712 people and has jurisdiction over 11 villages.[2] It lies on the junction of Highways 212 and 222, 136 kilometres northeast of Nong Khai and 750 kilometres northeast of Bangkok. [3][4] The economy is based around agriculture with para rubber as the principal crop and tourism.

History[edit]

The settlement became a sanitary district in 1956.[5] Like all sanitary district, it was upgraded to subdistrict municipality in 1999.[6]

Bueng Kan was formerly part of Nong Khai Province until the formal establishment of the new province of the same name on March 23, 2011.

Transport[edit]

As of 1998, a reported seventeen buses a day run the 2 hour journey from Nong Khai run to Bueng Kan along Thailand Route 222, seven of which continue to Nakhon Phanom.[7]It contains the Bueng Kan Hospital.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commander, Construction Battalions Pacific. Helping Others Help Themselves, Seabee Teams. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. p. 125. GGKEY:Y2G27C7KAW2. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Population statistics 2010". Department of Provincial Administration. 
  3. ^ Google Maps. Maps (Map).
  4. ^ "Buengkan". Tourism Thailand.org. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง จัดตั้งสุขาภิบาลบึงกาฬ อำเภอบึงกาฬ จังหวัดหนองคาย. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 73 (83 ง ฉบับพิเศษ): 51–52. 1956-10-15. 
  6. ^ พระราชบัญญัติเปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะของสุขาภิบาลเป็นเทศบาล พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๒. Royal Gazette (in Thai) 116 (9 ก): 1–4. 1999-02-24. 
  7. ^ Gray, Paul; Ridout, Lucy (1 December 1998). Thailand: the rough guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-341-8. Retrieved 23 January 2012.