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Bhumibol Dam, Sam Ngao

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The Bhumibol Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River, in Amphoe Sam Ngao district of Tak Province, Thailand. It is about 480km north of Bangkok and was built for the purposes of water storage, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fisheries and saltwater intrusion management. The dam was named after King Bhumibol Adulyadej and was Thailand's first multi-purpose project.BackgroundThe dam was originally called Yanhee Dam in 1951 when the government of prime minister Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram initiated the project. It was renamed Bhumibol Dam in 1957. The dam, among others in the Chao Phraya basin, was constructed beginning in the 1950s to exploit the agricultural and hydroelectric potential of the basin. Construction on the dam began in 1958 and was finished in 1964 at a cost of 3.5 billion baht. The reservoir was completely filled in 1970. The first two generators were commissioned in 1964. In 1972, the Sirikit Dam was completed on the Nan River, one of two major tributaries of the Chao Phraya including the Ping. The Bhumibol and Sirkit Dams control 22 percent of the Chao Phraya's annual runoff combined. Both dams also help provide for the irrigation of 1200000ha in the wet season and 480000ha in the dry season.
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  • Close to the city of Tak is the nice King Bhumibol Dam. Not only the dam is a nice place to visit, but around the dam, there are hotels, beautiful nature and a golfcourse. All worth a visit.  more »
  • We paid a short visit to the dam and park on our way home from Tak. The views are stunning and it is well worth a visit and be sure to go right up to the top As an engineer I also found the mechanics ...  more »
  • I have now lived in Thailand just over 3 years and I am happy to say that this country never ceases to amaze me with all of its natural beauty. The Bhumibol Dam area is easily accessed from Highway 1 ...  more »
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