Although geographically located in the northeast or I-San, Loei has many things
in common with the northern region – namely its numerous high hills and mountains
and its wintry as well as foggy climate. Literally speaking, the province
deserves its name “Loei” which means ‘beyond’ or ‘to the furthest extreme’
as Loei lies in the northernmost part of the Northeastern region.
Most notable is that Loei is the only province in Thailand where the
temperature can drop to as low as zero Celsius in winter while it can
become hotter than any province during summer. In short,
Loei’s geography and climate is unique when compared to other I-San provinces.
||Laos with the Maekhong and Nam Hueng Waterway as the natural
||Loei adjourns Amphoe Nam Nao and Amphoe PhuPhaman, Khon Kaen
Province Amphoe Nam Nao and Amphoe Lomasak, Phetchaboon
||Loei adjourns Amphoe Sangkom, Nongkhai Province; Amphoe
Namsoem, Amphoe NaKlang, Nongbua Lamphu Province and Amphoe
Sichomphu, Khonkaen Province.
||Loei adjourns Amphoe Chat Trakan, Amphoe Nakhorn Thai,
|: Distances from :
|Loei city to its districts Bamnet
|| Loei city of nearby Provinces.
|- Chiang Khan
|- Dan Sai
||- Nong Bua Lamphu
|- Na Duang
||- Nong Khai
|- Na Haeo
|- Pak Chom
|- Pha Khao
||- Udon Thani
|- Phu Kradung
|- Phu Luang
|- Phu Rua
|- Tha Li
|- Wang Sapung
|- Erawan Subdistrict
|- Nong Hin Subdistrict
Most of the Province consists of a series of extended low mountain ranges
with the town of Loei nestling in a fertile basin.
There are three distinct geographical areas in the province :
The mountains, mainly West of Loei, around Nahaew, Phu Rua, Dansai and Tali districts.
The population here is sparse because of the small areas for
cultivation and because the terrain makes communication inconvenient.
The low plains area around the Maekhong River. Loei River in Amphoe Muang
Loei and Amphoe Chiankhan and Amphoe Wand Saphung. LoeiAgriculture
flourishes in this area and it is the most populated part of Loei Province.
Flatter fertile areas at the foot of the mountain around the East and South of
Loei near PhukraDueng, Phu Luang, PhuKao, Naduang and Pakchom.
Agriculture is more viable here than in the mountain areas and so the population is denser.
Buses depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) to Loei every day.
There are VIP (24-seat) buses departing at 8.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.
while air-conditioned and regular buses depart on a daily basis.
Daily buses are also operated on the Bangkok-Dan Sai-Phu
Ruea route. For more information call 0 2936 2852-66
Regular trains depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station
(Tel. 1690, 02 223 7010-20) to Railway Station located in Udon Thani province.
Then take a bus on route Udon Thani – Loei to the provincial city (Loei).
Call.1690, 0 2233 7010, or 0 2223 7020 for more up-to-date information,
or contact Udon Thani Bus Terminal at 0 4222 2061. Alternatively,
visit www.railway.co.th for more details on schedules and fares.
Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Phetchabun,
Udon Thani or Khon Kaen and continue the
trip to Loei by bus. For more information,
call Thai Airways International at tel.: 1566, 0 2628 2000, 0 2280 0060.
Air Andaman flies to Loei from Bangkok three
times a week. For updated flight schedules, contact 042 81 2344.
Cotton Blossom (Dok Fai Ban)
Kut Pong Park
The festival is held annually between 1-7 February. On the first day,
a procession in colorful cotton decoration and beauty queens prepared
by different Amphoes makes its way through the street. Highlights include
entertainments, stalls selling local produce and beauty contents.
June or July
The festival has its origin in a traditional Buddhist tale. When Prince Vessandorn,
the Buddha's penultimate incarnation, returned to his city, the welcoming
procession was so delightful that spirits emerged to celebrate.
Phi Ta Khon is celebrated largely by Phu Rua Cold Climate and Plant
Fairyoung men who dress as spirits to parade a sacred Buddha
image and tease villagers, and monks reciting the story of the
Buddha's last great incarnation before attaining Enlightenment.
December - January
During the cold season, Loei is a very charming place, not only because
of the weather but because many beautiful flowers and trees are in bloom.
Many tourists visit Loei to admire the floral beauty at this time of the year.
Since Loei is situated among a mountain range, the temperature greatly compared to
the rest of Thailand. It can be very hot in the Hot Season with temperature up
to 43.3 degrees Celsius (around April). The other hand in the Cold Season
(around December) the temperature can to minus 1.3 degrees at night.