is 520 km north of Bangkok. It occupies 11,426 sq km and borders
Laos, the Mekong River and Nam Hueng Waterway to the north,
Khon Kaen and Phetchaboon province to the south, Nong Khai,
Nongbua Lamphu and Khon Kaen province to the east and Pitsanulok
province to the west.
There are three distinct geographical
areas in the province. Mountainous areas dominate the west
of Loei around Nahaew, Phu Rua, Dansai and Tali districts.
The population here is sparse because of the small areas for
cultivation, and the terrain makes communication inconvenient.
The low plains area covers
the Mekong river. Loei River, a branch of the Mekong, runs
through Muang Loei, Chiankhan and Wand Saphung districts.
These areas are most suitable for cultivation and have the
highest population density in Loei province.
There are fertile areas at
the foot of the mountains east and south of Loei city near
Phukra Dueng, Phu Luang, Phu Kao, Naduang and Pakchom. These
are cultivated and settled by Loei people as well.
Loei is encompassed by a mountain range, in the hot season
the temperature reaches 43.3 °C (around April). Conversely,
in the cold season (around December) the temperature can dip
to minus 1.3 °C at night. The average temperature during
1993 to 1998 was 25.1 to 26.7°C.
During 1993 to 1998 the maximum
amount of rain, measured in 1995, was 1420.1 mm (136 days
of rain) and the minimum, measured in 1993, was 1,269 mm (109
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