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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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  • Certainly, whether it comes from a town or district of Mae Sot. Some may be hot sunny atmosphere in some places you should go back to the time of afternoon toward evening. The dam has a large, beautiful. Internal rooms are available with a dam can be contacted at the dam.
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  • This isn't a site for tourism that I would go out of my way to see if I wasn't Thai. But it was interesting to me as a slice of local life when my bicycling group hit the dam on a riding tour through ...  more »
  • It is a very beautiful dam, however you can only the edge of the dam be up because the rest is forbidden access. Can you act towards the Saturday with 230 Buddha on top of the Hill. Here you have a fantastic picture. Not on the route, not for detour is my advice.
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