|Pop. density:||151 inh./km²|
Roi Et (Thai ร้อยเอ็ด) is one of the provinces (changwat) of Thailand, located in the North-East of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Kalasin, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Sisaket, Surin and Maha Sarakham.
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Most part of the province is covered by plains about 130-160 meter above sea level, drained by the Shi river. In the north of the province are the hills of the Phu-phan mountain range, with the Yang river as the major river. In the south is the Mun river, which also forms the boundary to the province Surin. At the mouth of the Shi river to the Mun river a big flooded basin forms a good rice farming area.
The area of the province was already settled during the times of the Khmer empire as several ruins show. However the history of the province begins when Laotian people from Champasak settled near Suwannaphum during the Ayutthaya kingdom. King Taksin moved the city to its present site, then called Saket Nakhon.
The provincial seal shows the shrine of the city pillar, which is located in the artificial lake Pha-lan-chai. The spirit of the shrine, Mahesak, is highly revered by the local people.|
The provincial tree is Lagerstroemia macrocarpa.