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Roi Et

Roi Et

Roi Et has been situated in the middle of the northeastern region for over 200 years.


Roi Et has been situated in the middle of the northeastern 

region for over 200 years. In the past, it was a large 

civilized city known as Saket Nakhon, with 11 cities 

under control and 11 city gates. In ancient times, they 

usually wrote the number eleven as 101 meaning ten and 

one, instead of one hundred and one, or Roi Et as it 

stands for nowadays. At present, modern development 

has replaced the ancient civilization making it hard to 

find any remains. 

The history of Roi Et started around the end of the 

Ayutthaya period. A Laotian prince from Champasak 

travelled here and settled in the area which is now 

Suwannaphum district. He later succumbed to King 

Boromrachathirat III of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. 

Then, during the Thon Buri period, the city was 

relocated to its present day location. As for 

Suwannaphum, during the reign of King Rama III, King 

Anuwong of Vientiane rebelled against Bangkok and 

sent troops to attack Nakhon Ratchasima but was 

eventually defeated by the Thai army. 

Apart from historical evidence, there are also 

archaeological discoveries indicating the inhabitance of 

people from the pre-historic period. It was once also a 

part of the ancient Khmer Empire. Evidence can be seen 

at various historical sites such as Ku Phra Kona 

(Suwannaphum district), Ku Ka Sing (Kaset Wisai 

district), and Prang Ku (Thawat Buri district). Roi Et 

covers a total area of 8,299 sq.km. and is divided into 20 

districts (amphoe). 


Roi Et

Roi Et has been situated in the middle of the northeastern 

region for over 200 years. In the past, it was a large 

civilized city known as Saket Nakhon, with 11 cities 

under control and 11 city gates. In ancient times, they 

usually wrote the number eleven as 101 meaning ten and 

one, instead of one hundred and one, or Roi Et as it 

stands for nowadays. At present, modern development 

has replaced the ancient civilization making it hard to 

find any remains. 

The history of Roi Et started around the end of the 

Ayutthaya period. A Laotian prince from Champasak 

travelled here and settled in the area which is now 

Suwannaphum district. He later succumbed to King 

Boromrachathirat III of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. 

Then, during the Thon Buri period, the city was 

relocated to its present day location. As for 

Suwannaphum, during the reign of King Rama III, King 

Anuwong of Vientiane rebelled against Bangkok and 

sent troops to attack Nakhon Ratchasima but was 

eventually defeated by the Thai army. 

Apart from historical evidence, there are also 

archaeological discoveries indicating the inhabitance of 

people from the pre-historic period. It was once also a 

part of the ancient Khmer Empire. Evidence can be seen 

at various historical sites such as Ku Phra Kona 

(Suwannaphum district), Ku Ka Sing (Kaset Wisai 

district), and Prang Ku (Thawat Buri district). Roi Et 

covers a total area of 8,299 sq.km. and is divided into 20 

districts (amphoe). 


Boundaries 

North  connects to Kalasin and Mukdahan 

provinces

South  connects to Surin and Si Sa Ket provinces

East  connects to Yasothon province

West  connects to Maha Sarakham province

Distances from Amphoe Mueang Roi Et 

to other districts

Amphoe Thawat Buri   12 km.

 Amphoe Chiang Khwan   12 km. 

 Amphoe Chaturaphak Phiman  26 km. 

 Amphoe Mueang Suang   26 km.

 Amphoe Thung Khao Luang   26 km. 

 Amphoe Si Somdet    27 km.

 Amphoe Selaphum    32 km.

 Amphoe At Samat    34 km. 

 Amphoe Phon Thong   47 km.

 Amphoe Kaset Wisai   48 km.

 Amphoe Changhan    48 km.

 Amphoe Suwannaphum   52 km.

 Amphoe Pho Chai    53 km.

 Amphoe Phanom Phrai   64 km.

 Amphoe Moei Wadi    72 km.

 Amphoe Nong Phok    73 km.

Amphoe Pathumrat 76 km.

 Amphoe Nong Hi    78 km.

 Amphoe Phon Sai    82 km. 

Transportation

By car: Take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) from 

Bangkok, turn into Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) at 

Saraburi province heading toward Nakhon Ratchasima, 

passing Ban Phai district, Maha Sarakham, until reaching 

Roi Et. The total distance is about 512 km. and takes 

about 7 hours to get there. 

By bus: From the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), 

there are several ordinary and air-conditioned buses from

Bangkok to Roi Et. 

By train: Take the train to Khon Kaen. From there, catch

a bus to Roi Et. 

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