Amnat Charoen province

Amnat Charoen (Thai: อำนาจเจริญ, pronounced [ʔām.nâːt t͡ɕā.rɤ̄ːn]) is one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces (changwat) and lies central northeastern Thailand, also called Isan. Neighbouring provinces are (clockwise from the south) Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, and Mukdahan. To the east it borders Salavan of Laos. Its name is a concatenation of อำนาจ ("authority, power") and เจริญ ("prosperous").[5]

Amnat Charoen
Phra Mongkol Ming Muang
"พระมงคลมิ่งเมือง แหล่งรุ่งเรืองเจ็ดลุ่มน้ำ งามล้ำถ้ำศักดิ์สิทธิ์ เทพนิมิตพระเหลา เกาะแก่งเขาแสนสวย เลอค่าด้วยผ้าไหม ราษฎร์เลื่อมใสใฝ่ธรรม" ("Phra Mongkhon Mingmueang, Seven Watershed Reservoir, Exceptionally beautiful, sacred caves, God vision of Buddha amulet, Island rapids & beautiful mountain, Precious with silk and People believe in justice.")
Map of Thailand highlighting Amnat Charoen province
CapitalAmnat Charoen
  GovernorThaweep Butpho (since October 2020)[1]
  Total3,290 km2 (1,270 sq mi)
  RankRanked 59th
  RankRanked 65th
  Density115/km2 (300/sq mi)
   RankRanked 44th
Human Achievement Index
  HAI (2017)0.5905 "average"
Ranked 34th
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code
Calling code045
ISO 3166 codeTH-37


The province is in the Mekong valley. In dry season, from February to May, water in Mekong River declines, and allows islands to appear. Islands include Kaeng Tanglang at Si Sombun Village, close to Amphoe Chanuman, and Kaeng Hin Khan at Ban Hin Khan, 30 kilometres south of Amphoe Chanuman. The other two rivers in the province are the Lam Sae Bok and Lam Sae Bai. The total forest area is 314 km2 (121 sq mi) or 9.5 percent of provincial area.[2]

National park

There is one national park, along with five other national parks, make up region 9 (Ubon Ratchathani) of Thailand's protected areas.

  • Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park, 231 km2 (89 sq mi)[6]:75


Amnat Charoen gained city status during the reign of King Rama III. It was first administered from Nakhon Khemarat, and later from Ubon Ratchathani. It became a province in its own right on 12 January 1993, when it was split off from Ubon Ratchathani. It is thus one of the four newest provinces of Thailand, together with Nong Bua Lam Phu and Sa Kaeo, both also established in 1993, and Bueng Kan, established in 2011.


Harvesting at Non Ngam village, Pathum Ratchawongsa District

The province is overwhelmingly agricultural. In 2008, Amnat Charoen locals developed the so-called "Dhamma agriculture" model based on self-governance and aimed at making the province a hub for organic farming. According to the Office of Agriculture Economics, Amnat Charoen in 2016 had a total of 883,499 rai planted in hom Mali rice. Sugarcane plantations increased from 40,688 rai in 2015 to 51,446 rai in 2016.[7]


In the middle of the provincial seal is an image of the Buddha called Phra Mongkol Ming Muang. Also known as Phra Yai (Big Buddha), this 20 m high statue is among the most sacred in the city of Amnat Charoen.[5]

The provincial tree is Hopea ferrea.

The provincial slogan is Phra Mongkhon, seven river basins, sacred caves, Phra Lao, beautiful islands and mountain, precious silk and religious people.

Administrative divisions

Districts of Amnat Charoen

Provincial government

The province is divided into seven districts (amphoe). The districts are further divided into 56 subdistricts (tambon) and 653 villages (muban).

  1. Mueang Amnat Charoen
  2. Chanuman
  3. Pathum Ratchawongsa
  4. Phana
  1. Senangkhanikhom
  2. Hua Taphan
  3. Lue Amnat

Local government

As of 26 November 2019 there are:[8] one Amnat Charoen Provincial Administration Organization (ongkan borihan suan changwat) and 24 municipal (thesaban) areas in the province. Amnat Charoen has town (thesaban mueang) status. Further 23 subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon).The non-municipal areas are administered by 39 Subdistrict Administrative Organisations - SAO (ongkan borihan suan tambon).[3]

Human achievement index 2017

Health Education Employment Income
44 69 10 73
Housing Family Transport Participation
3 9 72 7
Province Amnat Charoen, with an HAI 2017 value of 0.5905 is "average", occupies place 34 in the ranking.

Since 2003, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand has tracked progress on human development at sub-national level using the human achievement index (HAI), a composite index covering all the eight key areas of human development. National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has taken over this task since 2017.[4]

  1 - 15"high"
16 - 30"somewhat high"
31 - 45"average"
45 - 60"somewhat low"
61 - 77"low"


  1. "ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง แต่งตั้งข้าราชการพลเรือนสามัญ" [Announcement of the Prime Minister's Office regarding the appointment of civil servants] (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette. 137 (Special 194 Ngor). 35. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. "ตารางที่ 2 พี้นที่ป่าไม้ แยกรายจังหวัด พ.ศ.2562" [Table 2 Forest area Separate province year 2019]. Royal Forest Department (in Thai). 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2021, information, Forest statistics Year 2019, Thailand boundary from Department of Provincial Administration in 2013{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  3. รายงานสถิติจำนวนประชากรและบ้านประจำปี พ.ส.2562 [Statistics, population and house statistics for the year 2019]. Registration Office Department of the Interior, Ministry of the Interior. (in Thai). 31 December 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. Human achievement index 2017 by National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), pages 1-40, maps 1-9, retrieved 14 September 2019, ISBN 978-974-9769-33-1
  5. "Amnat Charoen". Thailex Travel Encyclopedia. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  6. "ข้อมูลพื้นที่อุทยานแห่งชาติ ที่ประกาศในราชกิจจานุบกษา 133 แห่ง" [National Park Area Information published in the 133 Government Gazettes]. Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (in Thai). December 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  7. Kotamee, Itthiphon; Pratthanawutthikun, Pitak (17 November 2017). "Sugarcane is stealing the thunder of the organic rice movement in Amnat Charoen". Isaan Record. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  8. "Number of local government organizations by province". Department of Local Administration (DLA). 26 November 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019. 76 Amnat Charoen: 1 PAO, 1 Town mun., 23 Subdistrict mun., 39 SAO.

See also

  • Khit cloth

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