Loei (Thai: เลย; pronounced [lɤ̄ːj]) is a town (thesaban mueang) in northeast Thailand. Loei covers the whole tambon of Mueang Loei district and is the capital of Loei province. In 2017, Loei had a population of 21,013. Loei lies 545 km north-northeast of Bangkok, 150 km west of Udon Thani.

Loei
เลย
Loei bus station
Loei bus station
Loei is located in Thailand
Loei
Loei
Coordinates: 17°29′7″N 101°43′49″E / 17.48528°N 101.73028°E / 17.48528; 101.73028
CountryThailand
ProvincesLoei province
DistrictMueang Loei district
SubdistrictKut Pong
Elevation
253 m (830 ft)
Population
 (2017)
21,013
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)

Geography edit

Loei is in the fertile valley of the Loei River, which runs from south to north through the eastern part of the town. A range of hills lies to the east, including Phu Bo Bit Forest Park,[1] about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the town centre.

Climate edit

Loei has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). Winters are quite dry and very warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is hot with the average daily maximum at 36.0 °C (96.8 °F). The monsoon season is from late April to October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.

Climate data for Loei (1991–2020)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.9
(98.4)
39.5
(103.1)
41.3
(106.3)
43.5
(110.3)
42.8
(109.0)
40.2
(104.4)
39.0
(102.2)
36.5
(97.7)
35.8
(96.4)
37.4
(99.3)
36.4
(97.5)
35.0
(95.0)
43.5
(110.3)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 30.2
(86.4)
32.9
(91.2)
35.2
(95.4)
36.0
(96.8)
34.3
(93.7)
33.4
(92.1)
32.6
(90.7)
32.0
(89.6)
31.7
(89.1)
31.4
(88.5)
30.9
(87.6)
29.3
(84.7)
32.5
(90.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.2
(72.0)
24.3
(75.7)
27.1
(80.8)
28.5
(83.3)
28.0
(82.4)
28.1
(82.6)
27.7
(81.9)
27.2
(81.0)
26.7
(80.1)
26.0
(78.8)
24.2
(75.6)
21.9
(71.4)
26.0
(78.8)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 15.6
(60.1)
17.1
(62.8)
20.3
(68.5)
22.8
(73.0)
23.9
(75.0)
24.4
(75.9)
24.2
(75.6)
24.0
(75.2)
23.4
(74.1)
22.0
(71.6)
18.9
(66.0)
16.0
(60.8)
21.1
(69.9)
Record low °C (°F) 0.1
(32.2)
6.6
(43.9)
9.3
(48.7)
14.7
(58.5)
19.5
(67.1)
21.4
(70.5)
20.5
(68.9)
20.0
(68.0)
18.6
(65.5)
12.6
(54.7)
5.7
(42.3)
2.2
(36.0)
0.1
(32.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 7.6
(0.30)
13.9
(0.55)
40.4
(1.59)
94.2
(3.71)
188.5
(7.42)
164.0
(6.46)
160.5
(6.32)
204.9
(8.07)
239.8
(9.44)
109.5
(4.31)
21.3
(0.84)
11.4
(0.45)
1,256
(49.4)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 1.1 1.7 3.9 7.3 13.1 12.7 13.1 15.1 15.7 7.8 2.1 0.7 94.3
Average relative humidity (%) 68.6 63.1 61.6 66.7 76.1 77.1 77.8 80.0 83.3 79.6 74.4 71.0 73.3
Average dew point °C (°F) 15.3
(59.5)
15.7
(60.3)
17.9
(64.2)
20.8
(69.4)
22.9
(73.2)
23.3
(73.9)
23.1
(73.6)
23.2
(73.8)
23.4
(74.1)
21.8
(71.2)
18.8
(65.8)
15.8
(60.4)
20.2
(68.4)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 245.6 240.9 241.3 227.7 194.4 158.1 130.2 128.5 148.8 196.6 221.9 233.8 2,367.8
Source 1: World Meteorological Organization[2]
Source 2: Thai Meteorological Department (extremes)[3]

Transportation edit

Route 201 leads from Chiang Khan in the north on the border with Laos, through Loei, to Non Sa-at near Chum Phae. Route 203 leads west to the vicinity of Phu Ruea, and then turns south to Lom Sak.

Loei is served by Loei Airport.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "Phu Bo Bit Forest Park". Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "World Meteorological Organization Climate Normals for 1991–2020". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Climatological Data for the Period 1981–2010". Thai Meteorological Department. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Loei Airport". OurAirports. Retrieved 3 February 2013.

External links edit

  •   Loei travel guide from Wikivoyage