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Bang Pakong River

The Bang Pakong (Thai: แม่น้ำบางปะกง, RTGSMaenam Bang Pakong, pronounced [mɛ̂ː.náːm bāːŋ pā.kōŋ]) is a river in east Thailand. The river originates at the confluence of the Nakhon Nayok River and the Prachinburi River at Pak Nam Yothaka in Ban Sang District, Prachinburi Province. It empties after 231 kilometres[1] into the Gulf of Thailand at the northeastern tip of the Bay of Bangkok. The watershed of the Bang Pakong is about 17,000 square kilometres (6,600 sq mi). The river powers a power station near its mouth, near Highway 7.

Bang Pakong River
Jolo River
Bang Pakong River - May 2010 - 01.jpg
Native nameแม่น้ำบางปะกง  (Thai)
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ coordinates14°00′03″N 101°08′19″E / 14.00083°N 101.13861°E / 14.00083; 101.13861
Basin size17,000 km2 (6,600 sq mi)

To protect the Irrawaddy dolphins, fishermen on the Bang Pakong River have been persuaded by authorities to stop shrimping and 30 to 40 fishing boats have been modified so they can offer dolphin sightseeing tours.[2]

Dvaravati settlements include Muang Phra Rot, Dong Si Maha Pht, Dong Lakhon, and Ban Khu Muang. Dvaravati coins have been found at U-Tapao.[3]:302,309

This river is known locally in Chachoengsao Province as Jolo River (แม่น้ำโจ้โล้, Chinese: 尖吻河, pinyin: jiān wěn hé), from the Teochew name for the barramundi (Lates calcarifer) because of the abundance of this species of fish.[4] Famous temples along the river include Wat Pak Nam Jolo and Wat Sothonwararam.



  1. ^ "Moves to enlarge Bang Pakong River upset locals". Bangkok Post. 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ Svasti, Pichaya (2007-03-24). "The Irrawaddy dolphin". Bangkok Post. Reprinted by ASEAN Biodiversity. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  3. ^ Higham, C., 2014, Early Mainland Southeast Asia. Bangkok: River Books Co., Ltd., ISBN 9786167339443
  4. ^ "วัดปากน้ำโจ้โล้" [Wat Pak Nam Jolo]. (in Thai).

Coordinates: 13°26′50″N 100°56′53″E / 13.4471°N 100.948°E / 13.4471; 100.948