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Map of Bokeo Province
Map of Bokeo Province
Location of Bokeo Province in Laos
Location of Bokeo Province in Laos
Country Laos
CapitalBan Houayxay
 • Total6,196 km2 (2,392 sq mi)
 (2005 census)
 • Total145,263
 • Density23.4446/km2 (60.721/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+07
ISO 3166 codeLA-BK

Bokèo (Laotian: ບໍ່ແກ້ວ;)[1] is a northern province of Laos. It has the fewest people. Bokeo Province is the smallest of the country's provinces, covering an area of 6,196 square kilometres (2,392 square miles).


Bokeo ("gem mine") was named after the sapphires gems that is found in the province.[2]


Bokeo Province is the smallest of the country's provinces,[3] covering an area of 6,196 square kilometres (2,392 sq mi).[4]

Protected areas

The Bokeo Nature Reserve was created as protection for the black crested gibbon (also known as "black-cheeked gibbon"), discovered in 1997, previously thought to be extinct. Elephants and wild water buffalo migrate through the reserve;[5] bears and tigers are also present.[6]

Other than the gibbons the wildlife in the reserve reported are: tigers, bears, otters and wild cattle.


Its population was 145,000 in 2007,[1] in 36 townships, more than 400 villages.[7] The province has more than 34 ethnicities.


Houay Xay, the capital city of the province, has a lot of eco nomic activity. The province produces a lot of maize.[8] Also there is a big industry for precious stones and gold

Paa beuk, a catfish, the largest freshwater fish in the world, is found in the Mekong river. It grows to 3 metres (9.8 ft) in length and could weigh up to 300 kg. It is an economic resource for the people as it has a high price in the market, the meat of this endangered fish being a delicacy.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Burke & Vaisutis 2007, p. 214.
  2. Bush & Elliot 2010, p. 172.
  3. "Home". Regions. Official website of Laos Tourism. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. "Bokeo Province". Lao Tourism. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. DK Publishing 2011, p. 183.
  6. Outlook Publishing 2008, p. 58.
  7. "Destination: Bokeo Province". Laos Tourism Organization. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  8. Lao People's Democratic Republic: Second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (EPub). International Monetary Fund. 21 October 2008. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-4527-9182-1 . Retrieved 6 December 2012. 


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