Name: Changwat Loei
Area: About 11,425 km²
Inhabitants: About 620,000
Location: North-East Thailand (Isan)
Neighboring provinces: Six (6): Khon Kaen, Nongbua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok and Udon Thani.
Amphoe / Districts: Chiang Khan, Dan Sai, Erawan, Mueang Loei, Na Duang, Na Hao, Nong Hin, Pak Chom, Pha Khao, Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang, Phu Ruea, Tha Li, Wang Saphung.
Popular tourist destinations: Phu Kradung National Park, Phu Rua National Park, Phra That Si Song Rak and Wat Si Khun Muang.
Loei is located in the Isaan areas northwestern part, more than 500 kilometers from Bangkok. North of the province you find the neighboring country of Laos and to the west begins what is called northern Thailand's southern part. The temperature in the area can vary from very warm (April), to, in extreme cases, below zero(December).
In the mid-1800s were, despite the fact that there were a large number of people here, no major city in the area. Rama the fourth that currently governed the country felt that a city was necessary and decided, after detached observers proposal, the city of Loei were raised on the strategically most suitable location. But it took, however, an additional more than fifty years before Loei, 1907 was classified as a separated province. Today many festivals and ceremonies are held here. Buddhism, Loei's traditional clothes, and the area's flowers have all been giving its own festival.