Lao River (Thailand)

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Lao River (น้ำแม่ลาว)
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The Lao River at Ban Tha Sai, Chiang Rai Province
Country Thailand
State Chiang Rai Province
Districts Wiang Pa Pao, Mae Suai, Mae Lao, Mueang Chiang Rai
 - left Suai River
City Chiang Rai city
 - location Phi Pan Nam Range, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
Mouth Kok River
 - location Sum Pratu, Chiang Rai Province
 - elevation 386 m (1,266 ft)
 - coordinates 19°55′35″N 99°53′57″E / 19.92639°N 99.89917°E / 19.92639; 99.89917Coordinates: 19°55′35″N 99°53′57″E / 19.92639°N 99.89917°E / 19.92639; 99.89917
Length 206 km (128 mi)
Basin 3,224 km2 (1,245 sq mi)
Discharge for Mae Lao District
 - average 28 m3/s (989 cu ft/s)
 - max 451 m3/s (15,927 cu ft/s)
 - min 0.3 m3/s (11 cu ft/s)
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Map of the Thai highlands

The Lao River or Mae Lao River (Thai: น้ำแม่ลาว, RTGSNam Mae Lao, pronounced [náːm mɛ̂ː lāːw]) is a river in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand. It is a tributary of the Kok River, with its mouth near Sum Pratu in Mueang Chiang Rai District.[1] This river gives its name to the Mae Lao District.

The Lao River originates in the Phi Pan Nam Range[2] and flows initially northwards across Wiang Pa Pao District and then northeastwards through the districts of Mae Suai, Mae Lao and Mueang Chiang Rai passing just south of Chiang Rai city.

The Suai River, which gives its name to the Mae Suai District, is one of the main tributaries of the Lao River.


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