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Welcome to Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom Province, it is a small province along the Mekong River in the highlands. The former is the center of the kingdom of Sri Kot boon, the city is located on the left side of the Mekong River (Laos in present) opposite the current Phra That Phanom.

In 1790, the reign of King Rama I, the Great Rama I of Rattanakosin, the city was requested to managed directly under to Bangkok. The King Rama I made a new name for the city as Nakhon Phanom; Nakhon came from the city that was formerly a royal city and historical significance and Phanom is from Phra That Phanom. Or another assumption said, originally, the city was the city of Benguang that was located on the left side of the Mekong River in the area of the mountains, so that the word Phanom means mountain to use Nakhon Phanom means, City of the mountain.

Name of the province

Country

Provincial Logo / Symbol

Nakhon Phanom

Thailand

Provincial Map Land Area Bordering Provinces / Countries

5,512.7 km2 (2,128.5 sqmi)

North: BungKarn province

South: Mukdahan province

East: Khammouane, Lao

West: Sakon Nakhon


Source: http://www.phanom.climatemps.com/ (Accessed 22 July, 2017)
Temperature (℃)*

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

21.9

24.1

26.9

28.7

28.3

27.5

27.2

26.8

26.9

26.9

24.3

21.9

Total Amount of Rain** (mm)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

3

21

47

107

240

476

456

609

279

78

8

1

*Average temperature: http://www.phanom.climatemps.com/temperatures.php (Accessed 22 July, 2017)
**Source: http://www.phanom.climatemps.com/precipitation.php (Accessed 22 July, 2017)

Provincial Policy / Strategy

Province Vision : “Livable city, Gateway to ASEAN and South-East China”

Mission / Objectives: City of Happiness, People have good quality of life, stability, safe economic growth, environmentally friendly under the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy.

Provincial development strategic and strategies:

  • Strategy 1: Development and promotion of tourism.
  • Strategy 2: The development of environmentally friendly agriculture and agro-industrial.
  • Strategy 3: Trade and Investment Development.
  • Strategy 4: Social Development and Quality of Life for Sustainable Happiness.
  • Strategy 5: Keep Border Security
  • Strategy 6: Sustainable management of natural resources and the environment.

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Source of Information: Nakhon Phanom province: http://www.nakhonphanom.go.th/nakhonphanom/history.php
(Accessed 12 August, 2017)

Demography

Total Population Population Density (km2) Ratio of Male of the total Ratio of Female of the total
716,873 130 / km2 49.87 50.13
Age from 0-18 Years Old Range of Age from 19-49 Years Old Range of Age from 50-60 Years Old Range of Age from 60 and over Years Old
175,573 353,962 95,362 86,315
Name of Major Ethnicity 1 Name of Major Ethnicity 2 Name of Major Ethnicity 3 Name of Major Ethnicity 4
Name : Phu Thai
Ratio in %: N/A
Name : Thai I-san
Ratio in %: N/A
Name : Lao
Ratio in %: N/A
Name : N/A
Ratio in %: N/A

Source: National Statistic Office, Thailand database (Accessed: 20 July, 2017) - http://www.nso.go.th

Business Associations

Industries and Economic Zones

Source of Information: Thailand Board of Investment, SEZ http://www.boi.go.th/upload/content/BOI-book%202015_20150818_95385.pdf (Accessed 22 July, 2017)

Nakhon Phanom is one of the 2nd Phase of the Special Economic Development Zone according to NC-SEZ Announcement No. 2/2558

Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone comprising 13 sub-districts in 2 districts of Nakhon Phanom Province, as follows:

  • Muang Nakhon Phanom District: 10 sub-districts including Kuruku, Ta Kor, Na Sai, Na Raj Kwai, Nai Muang, Ban Peung, Poh Tak, Nhong Yard, Nhong Sang, and Ard Samart.
  • Ta U-Tane District: 3 sub-districts including Nohn Tan, Ram Raj, Vern Prabaht.

Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone “Cross-Border Trading and Logistic Service Areas”, 13 sub-districts in 2 districts of Nakhon Phanom Province including Muang Nakhon Phanom and Tha U-Tane. 

Competencies and Opportunities

  • A channel for cross-border trade to Vietnam and Southern China (Guang Xi Province) with the highest trading value and competent to become a transportation route to East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) via Vung Ang Seaport in Vietnam.
  • The development plan for Nakhon Phanom Airport and Ban Pai Railway (Khon Khaen)- Mahasarakam-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom will connect the railway in Nakhon Phanom with the main railway of Thailand, which offers opportunity to expand logistic activities, both domestic and international.
  • Production hub of quality agro-products i.e. rice, sugar cane, and tapioca, which support the development of processed agroindustry. In addition, the rim of Khong River has a panoramic view, which is suitable for tourism and development of residential area for both Thai and foreign investors. Competence Activities
  • Cross-border trade, areas providing logistical services and transportation.
  • Land use for commercial zone and crossborder trade i.e. duty free shops, bonded warehouses, convention centers, hotels and tourism information centers.
Economic Zone 1 Economic Zone 2
Name: Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone Name: N/A
Location (city/district): Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand Location (city/district):  
Specificity/ Specialty: Cross-border trade to Vietnam and Southern China Specificity/ Specialty:  
No. of Industries: N/A No. of Industries:  
Types of Investment
Foreign Investment
N/A
Joint Venture
N/A
Industrial Statistic in the Province
Categories of Industry No. of factory Capital Investment (USD) Employment Hose Power
Male Female
There are 21 industries comprising of agriculture, food, rubber, non-metal, and others. 463 179.99 Million USD (6,144.85 Million Baht) 3,094 1,716 154,077.42

Business Associations

Source of Information: The Bank companies websites as below: (Accessed 22 July, 2017)

Name of Bank Service
Bank Name 1 : Krungthai Bank Public Company Limited, Nakhon Phanom Branch Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, Fund transferring service, and others services. Eg. Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, Fund transferring service, letter of credit services and other extra services.
Address : 113/1, Nittayo Rd., Nai Mueang, Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, 48000
Tel : +66 42 513 993
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : www.ktb.co.th
Bank Name 2 : Government Housing Bank Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, loaning service, and other services.
Address : 14/9, Thesa Pradit Road, Tambon Nong Saeng, Amphoe Muang Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, 48000
Tel : +66 42 520 113
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : ghb.co.th
Bank Name 3 : Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, Fund transferring service, letter of credit services and other extra services.
Address : 159/1 Bumrung Naimueng Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Chang Wat Nakhon Phanom 48000
Tel : +66 55 511 134
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : www.bangkokbank.com
Bank Name 4: Kasikorn Bank Public Company Limited Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, Fund transferring service, letter of credit services and other extra services.
Address : 55 Moo 2, Tha Uthen - Ban Phaeng Road, Tambon Tha Uthen, Amphoe Tha Uthen, Nakhon Phanom, 48120
Tel : +66 42 581 117
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : https://www.kasikornbank.com/
Bank Name 5: TMB Bank Public Company Limited Electronic banking, ATM, Deposit service, Fund transferring service, letter of credit services and other extra services.
Address : 59, Aphibanbancha Road, Nai Mueang Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, 48000
Tel : +66 42 511 023
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/a
Website : https://www.tmbbank.com

Business Insurance & Assurance Service

Name of Insurance Company Service
Insurance Com. 1 : Thai Life Insurance Co., Ltd Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Accident insurance, Mutual Fund, Education plan, Retirement plan, Home Loan, etc.
Address : 337 Moo 4, Nakaranurak Road, Tambon Na Kae, Amphoe Na Kae, Nakhon Phanom, 48130
Tel : +66 42 571 225
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : www.thailife.com
Insurance Com. 2: Bangkok Life Assurance Company Limited Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Accident insurance, Serious Disease Insurance, Education plan, etc.
Address : Nai Mueang, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 48000
Tel : +66 42 520 603
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : https://www.bangkoklife.com/
Insurance Com. 3: Ocean Life Insurance Public Company Limited Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Life & Saving insurance, Accident insurance, etc.
Address : 369/1 Moo 13, Chayangkul Road, Tambon That Phanom, Amphoe That Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, 48110
Tel : +66 42 504 843
Fax : N/A
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : https://www.ocean.co.th

Infrastructure and Facilities

Source of Information : Travel to Nakhon Phanom: http://www.nakhonphanom.go.th/nakhonphanom/traval2.php (Accessed 12 August, 2017)

Electricity

There are 206,580 users in the province and produced and used electricity 412,638,088 kw/hr.

Source: www.nso.go.th

Water Supply 

There are 35,433 users in the province, with the 4 stations of water supply cover an area of service 90.59 sq. km.

Source: Provincial waterworks authority: www.pwa.co.th

Road

From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1, Phaholyothin Road to Saraburi at km. 107 take Highway 2, Mitraphap Road, passing Nakhon Ratchasima to Ban Phai, Khon Kaen, then take Highway 23 through Mahasarakham, then take highway 213, then turn right into Kalasin Province and through Sakon Nakhon directly into Nakhon Phanom by Highway 22, total distance is about 740 kilometers.

Transportation

Bus

Transport Company Limited operates a service between Bangkok - Nakhon Phanom. There are air-conditioned buses. For more information, please call 0 2936 2852-66 Nakhonphanom Tel. 0 4251 1403.

For private companies, please contact Sangprathep transport Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 4252 0411 and Cherdchai Tour Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 4251 2098. 08 6225 6063 

Trains
N/A

Airplane 

There is an airport in Nakhon Phanom. The commercial airline who operate the flight fomr Bangkok to Nakhon Phanom are Nokair and Air Asia.

Warehouse Facilities Capacity / Type of Service
Name of WF 1: N/A  
Address :
Tel :
Fax :
Mobile :
Email :
Website :

Living Environment for Expatriates

International Education Facilities
Name 1: Assumption Technical School Nakhon Phanom   Name 2: N/A
Address : 107 M. 5 Nakhon Phanom – Nonhkhai Tumbol Wenphabaht, Amphoe Ta U-tain, Nahkhon Phanom 48120   Address :
Tel : +66 972 042 180   Tel :
Fax : N/A   Fax :
Mobile : N/A   Mobile :
Email : atsn@atsn.ac.th   Email :
Website : www.tvs.ac.th   Website :
Hospital (English Speaking)
Name 1: Nakhon Phanom Hospital   Name 2: N/A
Address : Nai Mueang, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 48000   Address :
Tel : +66 42 511 422   Tel :
Fax : N/A   Fax :
Mobile : N/A   Mobile :
Email : N/A   Email :
Website : http://www.nkphospital.go.th/   Website :

Investment Opportunities

Source of Information: The Government Public Relations Department, Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone http://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=3085&filename=index (Accessed 12 Aug, 2017)

As mentioned above, the Government gives high priority to the development of special economic zones to spread development to various part of the country and create economic connectivity with neighboring countries. Nakhon Phanom in the Northeast is among the 10 provinces where special economic zones will be set up.

Nakhon Phanom borders the Mekong River and is located opposite the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It was named the happiest province in Thailand, according to a survey, conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2012. In this province, members of Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese ethnic groups have lived together in harmony for hundreds of years. 

The slogan of Nakhon Phanom is that it is a livable city and a gateway to ASEAN and southern and eastern China. The Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone covers an area of 774.79 square kilometers in two districts: Mueang Nakhon Phanom and Tha Uthen. 

This province has great potential for the development of the special economic zone. It is a frontline state, linking with Lao PDR and Vietnam through the "new trade lane” along the R12 route. The new trade lane begins at the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nakhon Phanom and continues to Thakhek and Khammouane in Laos and then to Ha Tinh province in Vietnam. A route from Ha Tinh also leads to Hanoi and China. 

In terms of economic growth, border trade in Nakhon Phanom is on the increase each year, especially after the opening of the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in 2013. Major economic crops in this province include rice, natural rubber, pineapple, tapioca, and tobacco. There are also several water sources suitable for fish farming.

The province has processing plants to produce beef, chicken, and pork for local consumption and export. Local residents earn a middle-range income, while family stability is high. They also lead their lives simply and peacefully.

In preparation for the establishment of the special economic zone, Nakhon Phanom is planning to set up a "One Stop Service Center” to promote investment and a logistics center to facilitate trade between Thailand and Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. A Border Economic and Trade Promotion Center will also be set up in the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge vicinity, and a study is being conducted on the establishment of a border transport center.

Logistic Provider

Economic Indicators

Source of Information: GPP 2014, National Statistics Office - http://statbbi.nso.go.th , Nakhon Phanom province: Office of Treasury 2014 http://nakhonphanom.mol.go.th/sites/nakhonphanom.mol.go.th/files/4_bththii_1_3.pdf (Accessed 12 Aug, 2017)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) / Gross Provincial Product (GPP)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Currency $USD) * GPP (Unit $USD) * GPP /Capita (Unit $USD) * GPP Growth Rate (in %)
N/A 1.138.08 million USD (38,854 million THB) 1,987.32 USD (67,847 THB) -4.48%

*Exchange rate at 34.14 THB per 1 USD

Key Sector (Priority) Major Products / Goods
1) Agriculture 1) Agricultural, hunting, forestry (Rice, rubber, pineapple, and cassava)
2) Education 2) Education
3) Whole Sales and Retail 3) Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods
4) Manufacturing 4) Agro-processing
5) Transport, Storage and Communications 5) Transportation

Brief Description of the key sector 1 in the province:

Main crops of the province are Rice, rubber, pineapple, and cassava.

Brief Description of the key sector 2 in the province:

N/A

Brief Description of the key sector 3 in the province:

N/A

Labor and Employment

According to NSO, there are 441,261 population at age over 15 and total labour workforce is 298,415 persons; there are 293,021 employed labour 5,110 unemployed, 284 are seasonally inactive labor force, and 142,846 are persons who not in labour force.

Minimum Labour Wage in USD Labour Force Employed Labour Force Unemployed
8.93 USD (305 Baht) 298,415 Persons 5,110 Persons

*Source: The Labor Force Survey, National Statistical Office, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, http://service.nso.go.th/nso/web/statseries/statseries03.html (Accessed 22 July, 2017)

Trade (import and export)

Major Export from the province
Product name 1: Rice Product name 2: Rubber
Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A
Price in USD : N/A Price in USD : N/A
Destination : N/A Destination : N/A
 
Product name 3: Pineapple Product name 4: Cassava
Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A
Price in USD : N/A Price in USD : N/A
Destination : N/A Destination : N/A
 
Major Import to the province
Product name 1: N/A Product name 2: N/A
Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A
Price in USD : N/A Price in USD : N/A
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Product name 3: N/A Product name 4: N/A
Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A Volume (Unit eg. Kg. /Ton / Litre / piece) N/A
Price in USD : N/A Price in USD : N/A
Destination : N/A Destination : N/A

Natural Resources

Source of Information: Nakhon Phanom province http://www.nakhonphanom.go.th/nakhonphanom/dataprovince.php (accessed 22 July, 2017)

Important river water sources of Nakhon Phanom include:

  • The Mekong is a deep and very long river. The border between Thailand and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
  • War River originated in the district of Nong Han, in Udon Thani Province flow through the local Wanon nivas district Sakon Nakhon through Songkram district and flow into the Mekong River at Chai Buri, Tha Uthen District
  • Yam river, the river originating in Sakon Nakhon Province flows through the local area of amphoe Si Songkram came to converge the War river Baan Pak Yam, Tumbol Sam Phong, Amphoe Sri Songkhram District
  • Kham River origin in the area of Nakhon Phanom. It flows into the Mekong River in Nam Kham district, Amphoe That Phanom.
  • Nam Oon River originated in Sakon Nakhon province. It is a line between Tha Uthen District and Si Songkhram District.

The mountain in Nakhon Phanom is the Phu Lanka mountains which passes through the Baan Peng district and lie into the Seka district of Nong Khai Province

Opportunities in Tourism

Source of Information:http://service.nso.go.th/nso/web/statseries/statseries23.html

Tourism Statistic
Number of Hotel / Hostel/accommodation Number of Rooms of Hotel / Hostel / Accommodations Number of Tourist Average expenditure per person per day in USD
108 2,474 rooms Foreigners : 77,119 Local : 905,501 28.99 USD

Research and Development Center for Business and Production

Source: https://www.npu.ac.th/

Name of Research and Development Activities and Service
Name of R&D 1: Nakhon Phanom University
Address : 103 Chayangoonr Road, Tambon Kham Thao, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Chang Wat Nakhon Phanom 48000
Tel : +66 (0) 42 532 477-8
Fax : +66 (0) 42 532 479
Mobile : N/A
Email : N/A
Website : https://www.npu.ac.th/

Why invest in Nakhon Phanom

The Government gives high priority to the development of special economic zones to spread development to various part of the country and create economic connectivity with neighboring countries. Nakhon Phanom in the Northeast is among the 10 provinces where special economic zones will be set up.

Other provinces include Tak, Mukdahan, Sa Kaeo, Songkhla, Trat, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Nong Khai, and Narathiwat. 

Nakhon Phanom borders the Mekong River and is located opposite the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It was named the happiest province in Thailand, according to a survey, conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2012. In this province, members of Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese ethnic groups have lived together in harmony for hundreds of years. 

The slogan of Nakhon Phanom is that it is a livable city and a gateway to ASEAN and southern and eastern China. The Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone covers an area of 774.79 square kilometers in two districts: Mueang Nakhon Phanom and Tha Uthen.

This province has great potential for the development of the special economic zone. It is a frontline state, linking with Lao PDR and Vietnam through the "new trade lane” along the R12 route. The new trade lane begins at the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nakhon Phanom and continues to Thakhek and Khammouane in Laos and then to Ha Tinh province in Vietnam. A route from Ha Tinh also leads to Hanoi and China. 

In terms of economic growth, border trade in Nakhon Phanom is on the increase each year, especially after the opening of the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in 2013. Major economic crops in this province include rice, natural rubber, pineapple, tapioca, and tobacco. There are also several water sources suitable for fish farming. 

The province has processing plants to produce beef, chicken, and pork for local consumption and export. Local residents earn a middle-range income, while family stability is high. They also lead their lives simply and peacefully. 

In preparation for the establishment of the special economic zone, Nakhon Phanom is planning to set up a "One Stop Service Center” to promote investment and a logistics center to facilitate trade between Thailand and Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. A Border Economic and Trade Promotion Center will also be set up in the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge vicinity, and a study is being conducted on the establishment of a border transport center.

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Source of Information: The Government Public Relations Department, Nakhon Phanom Special Economic Zone http://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=3085&filename=index (Accessed 12 Aug, 2017)