Nong Bua Lamphu became
the 76th province of Thailand in 1993. It has an area of
3,859,626 square kilometers. Situated on the northeastern plateau,
it is surrounded by Udonthani province to the north and east, by
Khon Kaen province to the south, and by Loei province to the west.
North Udon Thani Province.
South KhonkaenKhonkaen Province.
East Udon Thani Province.
West Loei Province.
Distances from Nong Bua Lamphu city to
- Nong Khai
- Udon Thani
- Na-Wang Subdistrict
city of Nong Bua Lamphu has a long and interesting history dating
back 900 years. The area was first known as Nong Bua Lamphu
Kabkaewbuaban and was a protectorate territory of Krungsrisatana
In 1574 the Thai King
Maha-dharmaracha and his son (later to become King Naresuan) led a
military expedition to invade Lan Chang (now Laos). Along the way,
King Naresuan chose the area around Nongbua Reservoir as a place to
rest his troops and prepare for the invasion of Laos. It was here
that King Naresuan fell ill from small pox and had to return to
Ayutthaya. A shrine was built in his honor at Nongbua Reservoir to
commemorate the campaign and it has become an historical site.
1767, two brothers named Phra Woa and Phra Ta, who lived in Vien
Tiane, Laos, gathered their followers and fled the country. They
came to Thailand and established a fort at Nong Bua Lamphu which
became known as 'Phra Woa-Phra Ta Camp'. Shortly thereafter, troops
from Vien Tiane invade Nong Bua Lamphu remained uninhabited for
years. However, remnants of the stone wall surrounding Phra War Phra
Ta Camp remain and can still be seen today.
In 1895, during the
reign of King Rama III of Ratanakosin, the governor of Nong Khai
Province appointed Phrawichay adomkamutaket to rebuild and resettle
Nakhonkhuenkhan Kabkaewbuaban and the city's name was changed to
In 1906, King Rama V
appointed Phra Wicharnkamutkit to the governorship of the new city
and changed its name to "Muang Nong Bua Lamphu". In
1907 Nong Bua Lamphu became a district of Udon Thani province.
Thani was a large province with a population of over one million
people. In accordance with the federal government's decentralization
policy to promote better public service through more localization of
government, the province of Udon Thani was separated into two
provinces. Sriboonreung and Suwan Khuha Districts merged to form the
new province of Nong Bua Lamphu on December 1, 1993.
How to get there
1 > Take Highway #1 Bangkok -
Saraburi then Highway #2 Saraburi - Korat - Khon Kaen - Udon Thani,
take Highway #210 Udon Thani - Nongworsor - Nong
Bua Lamphu. 608 kms.
2 > Take Highway #1 Bangkok - Saraburi then Highway #2 Saraburi -
Korat - Khon Kaen - Udon Thani,
take Highway #2109 Khon Kaen - Ubonrat Dam - Non
Sang - Nong Bua Lamphu. 559 kms.
3 > Take Highway #1 Bangkok - Saraburi then Highway #2 Saraburi -
Korat - Bua Yai,
take Highway #202 Bua Yai - Chaiyapoom - Phu Kaew
- Chumpae - Sri Boon Reung,
take Highway 228 to Nong Bua Lamphu. 584 kms.
Take a bus, Bangkok - Udon Thani at Bangkok's Northern bus Terminal
Tel. (02) 2710101-5 and then Udon Thani - Nong Bua Lamphu.
Take a train, Bangkok - Udon Thani at Bangkok Railway Station Tel.
(02) 2237010, 2237020 and take a bus to Nong Bua Lamphu.
A plane from Bangkok to Udon Thani is available every day, contact
International Ltd TG-Bangkok, Tel (02) 2800070,2800080 and
TG-Udon Thani Tel. (042) 243222,246697. Transportation in the city
and to the districts Mini bus service in the city and bus service to
the districts are available.
Festivals & Events
Naresuan The Great's Day
January - February
Festival of going up the mountain to worship
the Buddha Image of Erawan Cave
Fai (Thai Rocket) Festival
Folk Art, Music and Games Festival