Sakon Nakhon Province
Sakon Nakhon (Thai: สกลนคร) is one of the northeastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, and Udon Thani. The capital is Sakon Nakhon.
Map of Thailand highlighting Sakon Nakhon Province
|• Governor||Witthaya Chanchalong (since October 2016)|
|• Total||9,605.8 km2 (3,708.8 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 19th|
|• Rank||Ranked 17th|
|• Density rank||Ranked 43rd|
|• HDI (2009)||0.705 (medium) (62nd)|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-47|
The word sakon originates from the Sanskrit word sakala (Devanagari: सकल) meaning "entire", "whole", or "total", and the word nakhon from Sanskrit nagara (Devanagari: नगर) meaning "town" or "city". Hence the name of the province literally means "city of cities". In the Khmer language the province would be Sakor Nokor.
The province is on the Khorat Plateau, not far from the River Mekong. The Nong Han lake, the biggest natural lake of northeast Thailand, near the city of Sakon Nakhon, is a popular resort of the local people. The Phu Phan Mountains delimit the province to the south.
The provincial tree is the banaba or Queen's Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa).
Fish and rice are two of the major products of the region.
Route 22 leads north to Udon Thani, 160 km distant, and east to Nakhon Phanom (91 km) and the border with Laos. Route 223 leads south to That Phanom (76 km). Route 213 leads west to Kalasin (131 km).
- Sakon Nakhon travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Provincial page from the Tourist Authority of Thailand
- Website of province (Thai only)