Nakhon Champassak
Province of Thailand
Flag of Nakhon Champassak Province

Nakhon Champassak Province in green
9 May 1941
• Thailand returns annexed territories to French Indochina[1]
17 November 1946
Preceded by
Succeeded by
French protectorate of Cambodia
French Laos
French protectorate of Cambodia
French Laos
Today part ofCambodia

Nakhon Champassak Province (also spelled Nakorn Champassak; Thai: นครจัมปาศักดิ์; RTGSNakhon Champasak) was a former province in Thailand established in 1941 following the annexation of territories of French Indochina. The province was dissolved and returned to France in 1946.


See also: Thailand in World War II and Franco-Thai War

Nakhon Champassak was one of the provinces created as a result of the Franco-Thai War when Vichy France agreed to cede Meluprey and Thala Barivat province from Cambodia and the cis-Mekong part of Champasak Province from Laos to Thailand.[2] The two sections were merged to form Nakhon Champassak Province. After World War II ended with the victory of the Allies, the post-war administration in France threatened to block Axis-aligned Thailand's admission into the newly formed UN. Finally in 1946 this province was dissolved and returned to France.

Administrative divisions

Nakhon Champassak was divided into five districts (amphoe) and a minor district (king amphoe). The list below are the districts of the province. The one in italics is a minor district.

Name Thai
1 Mueang Nakhon Champassak เมืองนครจัมปาศักดิ์
2 Wanwaithayakon วรรณไวทยากร
3 Tharatboriwat ธาราบริวัตร
4 Manophrai มะโนไพร
5 Chom Krasan จอมกระสานต์
6 Phon Thong โพนทอง

See also


  1. ^ "Laos - INDEPENDENCE".
  2. ^ Grabowsky, Volker. Regions and National Integration in Thailand 1892-1992. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1995.