Sakon Nakhon

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This article is about the town Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. For other uses, see Sakon Nakhon (disambiguation).
Sakon Nakhon
Town
Skyline of Sakon Nakhon
Sakon Nakhon is located in Thailand
Sakon Nakhon
Sakon Nakhon
Coordinates: 17°9′23″N 104°8′44″E / 17.15639°N 104.14556°E / 17.15639; 104.14556
Country  Thailand
Provinces Sakon Nakhon Province
Amphoe Mueang Sakon Nakhon District
Elevation 175 m (574 ft)
Population 76,000
Time zone UTC+7 (UTC+7)

Sakon Nakhon (sometimes written Sakhon Nakhon) is a city (thesaban nakhon) in Thailand within the Isan region, and capital city of the Sakon Nakhon Province as well as Mueang Sakon Nakhon District, with a population of approximately 76,000. Sakon Nakhon covers the whole tambon of That Choeng Chum and parts of tambons Ngio Don, Huai Yang, Dong Mafai, That Na Weng and Hang Hong.

History[edit]

During World War II, Sakon Nakhon became a haven for Free Thais, and a base for Communist activities in the late 1950s.

Geography[edit]

Sakon Nakhon lies on a flat plain at about 175 metres (574 ft) on the south-western bank of Lake Nong Han, the largest lake of north-east Thailand. The town is surrounded by extensive farmland.

Climate[edit]

Sakon Nakhon has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). Winters are dry and very warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is hot with the average daily maximum at 35.1 °C (95.2 °F). The monsoon season runs from May through October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.


Climate data for Sakon Nakhon (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.2
(84.6)
31.3
(88.3)
33.7
(92.7)
35.1
(95.2)
33.5
(92.3)
32.5
(90.5)
31.9
(89.4)
31.4
(88.5)
31.4
(88.5)
31.1
(88)
30.3
(86.5)
28.6
(83.5)
31.67
(89)
Average low °C (°F) 16.3
(61.3)
19.0
(66.2)
22.1
(71.8)
24.5
(76.1)
24.9
(76.8)
25.2
(77.4)
24.9
(76.8)
24.6
(76.3)
24.2
(75.6)
22.6
(72.7)
19.4
(66.9)
16.1
(61)
21.98
(71.58)
Rainfall mm (inches) 4.7
(0.185)
29.3
(1.154)
57.5
(2.264)
93.3
(3.673)
227.6
(8.961)
266.8
(10.504)
288.7
(11.366)
357.9
(14.091)
224.8
(8.85)
76.9
(3.028)
11.9
(0.469)
5.6
(0.22)
1,645
(64.765)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 1 3 5 9 18 21 20 23 18 8 2 1 129
 % humidity 67 65 63 66 76 80 82 84 83 76 70 68 73.3
Source: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)

Economy[edit]

Fish and rice are two of the largest products of the region.

Transportation[edit]

Route 22 leads north to Udon Thani and east to Nakhon Phanom and the border with Laos. Route 223 leads south to That Phanom. Route 213 leads west to Kalasin.

There is a regional airport, Sakon Nakhon Airport, on the north side of the city.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sakon Nakhon Airport". OurAirports. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 17°9′23″N 104°8′44″E / 17.15639°N 104.14556°E / 17.15639; 104.14556