Welcome to Kalasin

Kalasin (Thai: กาฬสินธุ์) is one of the provinces (changwat) of Thailand, located in the North-East of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. Kalasin is the Province of Fa Daet Song Yang Ancient City, Pong Lang Folk Music, Phu Thai Culture, Phrae Wa Silk, Pha Saweoi Phu Phan, the Lam Pao River, and Million-year-old Dinosaurs.

Most of the province is covered by hilly landscape. In the north is the Lam Pao dam built 1963-68, storing 1,430 million m³ of water for flood prevention and agriculture. The Lam Pao reservoir effectively cuts the northern part of the province in half but there are car ferries connecting the district of Sahatsakhan in the east with the district Nong Kung Si in the west, saving up to one hour off the journey by road. On the northwestern creek of the reservoir a road bridge now connects the village of Ban Dong Bang in the west with the district town of Wang Sam Mo in the east. Making the border with Sakhon Nakhon Province is thePhu Phan mountain range, which is preserved as a national park.
The first town was founded in 1793. During the aphiban reforms at the beginning of the 20th century the town (Mueang) was converted into a province. In 1932 the province was abolished and included into Maha Sarakham and was recreated in 1947.
What is the right time to visit Kalasin for business?
The average temperature of the province ranges between 21.3 degree celcius to 32 degree celcius as indicated in the monthwise temperature chart. However considering the fact that the precipitation rate is lowest in the months of Feb and Nov, these are the months which are advisable to visit Kalasin province for business.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalasin_Province

Business Associations

Association Activity
Kalasin Chamber of Commerce

7th Floor, City Hall District, Kalasin province 46000
Contact number:
Tel./ Fax: + 66 (0) 43 822 188

  • Support trade, service, industry, agriculture, finance or general economics such as statistics collection, publish news on trade, researches on trade and economy, promote tourism, certificate of origin issuance,  establishment of trade and economy institutions, product museum, trade fairs and arbitration
  • Provide appropriate consultation for the member on trade, service, industrial, agricultural, financial or general economic issues. And facilitate members in running their businesses
  • Suggest the government on how to develop the Thai economy
  • Collaborate (for trade issues) between entrepreneurs and the public sectors, etc.

Source: Chamber of Commerce Act (2007)

Federation of Thai Industries (Kalasin Chapter)

7th Floor, City Hall District, Kalasin province 46000
Contact number:
Tel.: + 66 (0) 43 821 162

  • Represent industrial entrepreneurs in  private sector to coordinate and facilitate policies and implementation between private and public sectors
  • Support and develop industrial sector
  • Study and solve problems in the Industries
  • Support and encourage study, researches, trainings and publish academic document and industry-related technology
  • Qualify products and issue the Certificate of Origin and/ or Quality Certificates
  • Encourage industrialists to exchange opinions to benefit the industries
  • Suggest members to abide by the industrial laws, etc.

Source: Federation of Thai Industries Act (1987)

Demographics Profile

Number of population recorded during 2007 – 2010:

Source: www.kalasin.go.th
No. of Education Institutions (2010): 690

No. of Teacher: 9, 434
No. of Students: 169,708
Ratio of Teacher: Student 1:18

Economic Zones

Kalasin – Locating in the BOI zone 3, which will enjoy the following benefit:
Tax and Duty Privileges:

  • Exemption of import duty on machinery.
  • 8-year exemption of corporate income tax with no cap
  • 5-year 50% reduction of corporate income tax on net profit
  • 10-year double deduction of transportation, electricity and water supply
  • Deduction from net profit of 25% of investment in infrastructure installation and construction costs in additional to normal capital depreciation

Special Privileges for investors in Zone 3 (22 provinces):

  • Reduction of corporate income tax by 50% for 5 years after the exemption period
  • Double deduction from taxable income of water, electricity and transport costs for 10 years from the date of the sales
  • Deduction from the net profit of 25% of the costs of installation or construction of the project’s infrastructure facilities
  • Source: www.boi.go.th

Cost of Doing Business Labor force and labor laws

Average wage (if there is): 167 THB per day (as of 1 January 2011)
Remarks about the labor: Number of Employed Persons Aged 15 years and over by occupation, quarterly and sex in quarter 4 of 2009 shows that there are in the fourth quarter 565,000 labors in Kalasin province. 356,600 people are skilled agricultural and fishery workers. 58,000 people are service workers and shop and market sales workers. 53,100 people worked in elementary occupation. And 40,500 people are craft and related trade workers.

Financial Service

There are 17 commercial banks, 95 cooperatives and 3 credit unions in Kalasin province. 95 cooperatives are divided into 77 agricultural cooperatives, 9 saving cooperatives and 6 service cooperatives.

Leading Banks Branches
Bangkok Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district
– Somdej Kalasin branch, Somdej district
– Kaowong Kalasin branch, Kaowong district
– Kalasin Plaza, Muang district
Kasikorn Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district
Krungthai Bank – Kalasin Plaza, Muang district
– Kalasin branch, Muang district
– Kuchi-narai branch, Kuchi-narai district
– Nongkungsri branch, Nongkungsri district
– Somdej branch, Somdej district
Thai Military Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district
Siam Commercial Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district
– Yang Talad (Kalasin) branch, Yang Talad district
– Kamalasai (Kalasin) branch, Kamalasai district
– Sahaskun (Kalasin) branch, Sahaskun district
– Kuchi-narai (Kalasin) branch, Kuchi-narai district
Siam City Bank Public Company Limited – Kalasin branch, Muang district
Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited – Kalasin branch, Muang district
Thanachart Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district
Kiatnakin Bank – Kalasin branch, Muang district

Source: Kalasin Provincial Statistical Report: 2010,
Kalasin Provincial Data Center

Infrastructure Facilities

By Train:

There is no train service to Kalasin, so visitors must take the train from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and then catch a bus from Khon Kaen to Kalasin, a distance of 75 kilometers. The State Railway of Thailand has daily rapid train, express train, and air-conditioned sprinter train services to Khon Kaen. For more details, call SRT at Tel. 1690, or 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444, Khon Kaen Railway Station, Tel. 0 4322 1112, or visit www.railway.co.th

By Car:

Kalasin is 519 kilometers from Bangkok by road. Take highway No.2 (Mittraphap Road) from Bangkok heading to Saraburi & Nakhon Ratchasima until you reach Amphoe Ban Phai of Khon Kaen province. Continue on Highways No. 23, 213 and 209 (Maha Sarakham – Kalasin).

By Bus:

The Transport Co., Ltd. provides air-conditioned and ordinary bus services daily from Bangkok’s Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Kalasin. More details can be obtained at the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Tel. 0 2936 2841-48, 0 2936 2852-66 or www.transport.co.th

By Air:

There are no direct flights from Bangkok to Kalasin, but you can get a flight from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and then catch a bus to Kalasin, a distance of 75 kilometer
Source: www.kalasin.go.th

Investment Opportunities

Agriculture & Agro-processing

Kalasin province has total arable areas 2,933,661 rai. 1,781,968 rai are for rice farming. 822,669 rai are for farming. 9,774 rai are for vegetables.
In 2010, the production in agricultural sector increases. The planted area in 2009/ 2010 of major rice divided into 334,735 rai which can produce 148,258 tons of non-glutinous rice (average 489 kilograms/ rai) and 1,208,952 rai which can produce 556,033 tons of glutinous rice (average 471 kilograms/ rai). Sugarcane and cassava are also important agronomy of the province.

Manufacturing sector contributes 5,226 million baht to the Gross Provincial Products of Kalasin province in 2009. Leading types of industries of Kalasin province are agriculture, non-metallic, transport, food and wood and wood products. Number of plants/ factories of each industry shown as follow:

Major product Leading Companies
Electricity Kamalasai Bio Power Co., Ltd.
77 Moo 8, Kamalasai sub-district, Kamalasai district, Kalasin province
Rice Thai Kaset 2005 Rice Mill Co., Ltd.
99 Teenanon, Moo5, Yang Talad sub-district, Yang Talad district, Kalasin province
Tapioca starch Siam Product Co., Ltd.
1 Moo 7 Baan Ta Lam Duan, Nong Kung sub-district, Muang district, Kalasin province
Tapioca modified starch Asia Modified Starch Co., Ltd.
190 Moo 8 Teenanon Rd., Ponetong sub-district, Muang district, Kalasin province
Tapioca starch Kalasin Flour Co., Ltd.
188 Moo 1 Saisomdej – Kuchi narai Rd., Kambong sub-district, Huay Pueng district, Kalasin province
Tapioca starch National Starch & Chemical Co., Ltd.
41 Moo 7 Baan None Kam Muang, Najarn sub-district, Muang district, Kalasin province
Tapioca starch Jiratpattana Agriculture Co., Ltd.
39 Moo 4 Kalasin-Sahaskun, Phu din sub-district, Muang district, Kalasin province
Sugar E-SAAN Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.
99 Moo 9 Samraan sub-district, Samchai district, Kalasin province
Sugar Mitr Phol Sugar Co., Ltd.
99 Moo 1, Buakao – Ponethong Rd., Somsa-ard sub-district, Kuchi-narai district, Kalasin
Concrete Sirakorn Co., Ltd.
Moo 5 Baan Kok Sai, 2044 Highway, None Laem sub-district, Sahaskun district, Kalasin province
Electricity P and Papop Renewable Co., Ltd.
106 Moo 10, Um mao sub-district, Yang Talad district, Kalasin province
Biogas Thai Biogas Energy Co., Ltd.
31 Kalasin-Sahaskun Rd., Phu din sub-district, Muang district, Kalasin province

Logistic Provider

Source: www.kalasin.go.th

Name of Logistic Company Address
Kalasin Transportation Co., Ltd. 63-65 Pradit Road, Kalasin sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province 46000
Ar Cha Logistic Co., Ltd. 79/12 Kham Yai Sub-district, Huay Meg District, Kalasin Province 46120
Piyakit Transportation Co., Ltd. 155 Moo 6, Sraprathong Sub-district, Khaowong District, Kalasin Province 46160
Thanarat Construction (1994) Co., Ltd. 439/1-2  Anatnak Road, Kalasin Sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province 46000
Ya Da Logistic 342 Moo6 Poonthong Sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province 46000
Dao Sri Boon Luu Co., Ltd. 59/1 By Pass-Songpei Road, Kalasin Sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province  40000
Kalsing Concrete (2000) Co., Ltd. 4/11-12  Thenanoon Road, Kalasin sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province 46000
Koo Sakul Transportation Co., Ltd. 20 Moo 9  Dong Ling Sub-district, Kamalasai District, Kalasin Province
Santipanit Shop 231/26  Thungsrimuang Road, Kalasin Sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin Province 46000
108 Three Wheel Co., Ltd 130-132 Sompramitr Road, Kalasin Sub-district, Muang District, Kalasin  46000
Private Carrier 399  Moo 6 Somdej District, Kalasin Province 46150
C. Kham Jan Agricuture 306 Moo 5 Somdej Sub-district, Somdej District, Kalasin Province 46150
Chai Jaroen Rung Rueng Chup Co., Ltd. 245 Moo 9 Hua Na Kham Sub-district, Yang Thalad District, Kalasin Province 46120
Arsia Ka Jaroen Co., Ltd. 203 Kud Sim Om Hai Sub-district, Kao Wong District, Kalasin Province

Macro Economic Indicators

Kalasin is an agricultural province producing sticky rice and other cash crops such as cassava and sugar cane. The families are generally poor in this essentially rural area and make ends meet by producing the silk for which the region is also renowned and basketry
Gross Provincial Products (GPP)
Gross Provincial Product at Current Market Prices by Economic Activities: 2007 – 2009

GPP statistics 2009 at current market price by economic activities also shows that the leading sectors which contribute to GPP:
1. Agriculture, hunting and forestry 11,704 million baht
2. Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods 9,500 million baht
3. Education 6,555 million baht
4. Manufacturing 5,226 million baht
5. Public Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security 2,563 million baht

Source: Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board

Natural Resources

Kalasin province is the land of agriculture. More than half of its population earns to live their lives by growing economic crops namely,
Corn (for maize),
Sugarcane for sale.
However, most of the soil is sandy loam which has low abundance. In some area approximately 10% of the planting areas, farmers trouble with the salinity which impacts the productivity.

Opportunities in Tourism

Kalasin is known across Thailand for its Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa cloth. A principally agricultural region, Kalasin is also known for its sticky rice, manioc, and sugarcane. Other popular products include bamboo baskets and cloth bags.
Kalasin is the Province of Fa Daet Song Yang Ancient City, Pong Lang Folk Music, Phu Thai Culture, Phrae Wa Silk, Pha Saweoi Phu Phan, the Lam Pao River, and Million-year-old Dinosaurs.
Kalasin is one of the most fertile provinces in the northeastern region and has a long history dating back to the prehistoric era. Kalasin contains the largest concentration of Jurassic era dinosaur fossils in northeastern Thailand, located in Phu Kum Khayo where archaeologists have excavated whole fossils of Sauropods. Another ancient site located near Kalasin is Fa Daet Song Yang. Excavations there have revealed several remnants and artifacts of monuments and temples that provide evidence of prehistoric inhabitation. According to archaeological evidence, the area was once inhabited by the Lawa tribe, whose Lavo civilization dates back around 1,600 years.
Modern Kalasin was established during the Ratanakosin period in 1793 when Thao Somphamit and his troops escaped from the left bank of the Mekong River and settled beside the Pao River, which was called ‘Ban Kaeng Samrong.’ Thao Somphamit then sent tribute to King Rama I the Great, founder of the Chakri Dynasty, who later promoted Ban Kaeng Samrong to city status and renamed it ‘Kalasin’ or ‘Mueang Nam Dam’ (black water town). The king also appointed Thao Somphamit as ‘Phraya Chaisunthon,’ first ruler of Kalasin.
Another notable pot in Kalasin is Lam Pao Dam. This earth dam is 33 metres high from water level and is 7.8 kilometres long. The dam is built across the Pao and Huai Yang rivers, creating a double reservoir. It was built to alleviate floods, help agriculture and is also used for fish breeding. The beach along the lake is a popular rest spot for locals

Source: www.tourismthailand.org

Research and Development

Kalasin Rajabhat University
Kalasin Rajabhat University is one of the academic institutions in Kalasin province. Its mission is become a leading academic institution by integrating local and international wisdom in order to build and develop knowledge which benefits the improvement of the people’s quality of life.
In regard to the research and development, the university directs to study how to develop and integrate the local and modern technology to be compatible with the livelihood of the people. Whereas the university’s research and development division aims to develop the research administration system, promote the professors, staffs and researchers to research and publish their papers to the public both domestic and international levels.
Address: 13 Moo 14 Songploei sub-district, Na Mon District, Kalasin 46230

Why invest in Kalasin?

Kalasin is – Province of modern agriculture, unique Praewa silk, charming tourist attractions and safe & peaceful place to stay.

The following strategic issues related to business opportunities are;
1. Improve quality and quantity of agricultural production

  •  Increase agricultural productivity
  •  Promote and expand the application of GAP standard to leading agricultural products;
  • Add value to agricultural products
  • Develop agricultural infrastructure
  • Promote organic farming
2. Develop Praewa silk

  • Develop the management system of Praewa silk production
  • Promote an develop entrepreneurs
  • Improve the quality of materials for Praewa silk and local woven
  • Link Praewa silk with the cultural tourism
  • Promote production standard and quality control system;
  • Develop and promote marketing
  •  R&D for Praewa silk


3. Develop economy and tourism

  • Promote and develop standard of the trade, service and tourism;
  • Promote and develop trade, service and tourism businesses;
  • Promote and develop entrepreneurs in  trade, service and tourism businesses;
  • Establish and develop the center for economic, trade and tourism information;
  • Encourage the participation of the public sector, private sector, communities and local administrative organizations in developing trade, service and tourism;
  • Strengthen the capacity of the tourism personnel to be ready to service