Bueng Kan

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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 ICT (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 district capital and is on the Mekong River,[1] opposite the Laotian town of Pakxan of Bolikhamsai Province. As of 2010, it had a population of 9,712 people and has jurisdiction over 11 villages.[2] It lies at 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 on agriculture, with para rubber as the principal crop, and tourism.

History[edit]

The settlement became a sanitary district in 1956.[5] Like all sanitary districts, it was upgraded to sub-district 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 23 March 2011.

Bueng (บึง) means marsh; Kan (กาฬ) is associated with the Hindu deity Kāla, or the colour black.

Transport[edit]

As of 1998, a reported seventeen buses a day make the two-hour journey from Nong Khai to Bueng Kan along Thailand Route 222, seven of which continue to Nakhon Phanom.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commander, Construction Battalions Pacific. Helping Others Help Themselves, Seabee Teams. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. p. 125. GGKEY:Y2G27C7KAW2. Retrieved 23 Jan 2012. 
  2. ^ "Population statistics 2010". Department of Provincial Administration. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. 
  3. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps. 
  4. ^ "Buengkan". Tourism Thailand.org. Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. Retrieved 23 Jan 2012. 
  5. ^ ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง จัดตั้งสุขาภิบาลบึงกาฬ อำเภอบึงกาฬ จังหวัดหนองคาย (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 73 (83 ง ฉบับพิเศษ): 51–52. 1956-10-15. 
  6. ^ พระราชบัญญัติเปลี่ยนแปลงฐานะของสุขาภิบาลเป็นเทศบาล พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 116 (9 ก): 1–4. 1999-02-24. 
  7. ^ Gray, Paul; Ridout, Lucy (1 Dec 1998). Thailand: the rough guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-341-8. Retrieved 23 Jan 2012. [not in citation given]