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What places to visit in Udon Thani?

What to see in Udon Thani

If in town apart from Nong Prajak Park, which is especially pleasant in the evening and the night market or even the city pillar shrine, there are only a few interesting attractions, the province is big had have many nice places for tourists. Whether you like history and then it will be Ban Chiang and the Phu Pra bat that will interest you the most, nature with the magnificent spectacle of the red lotus sea, the rurality of Ban Khiriwongkot or a farmstay at Suwan Organic Farm, majestic temples or handicraft, you will find something to satisfy your curiosity here. I even found a unique little spa. On the other hand, it is advisable to have your own means of transport because by public transport, you will quickly be limited.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Udon Thani or from Udon Thani. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Udon Thani

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Red Lotus Sea

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From December to March, Lake Nong Han Kumphawapi about fifty kilometers from Udon Thani is covered with pink lotus flowers. A very photogenic and romantic scenery you can enjoy by hiring a boat.
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Ban Chiang historical site

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Located 55 km from Udon Thani, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and date from the Bronze Age. It includes a museum and an excavation site.
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Nam Phan lake (Sang Khom)

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This lake located about sixty kilometers from the city of Udon Thani is a nice place to have lunch and spend part of the afternoon. Once there, you can rent a floating bamboo hut that a boat pulls indn the middle of the lake. There, you enjoy your meal and can dive and play in the cool water before calling the boat to take you back to shore.
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Wat Pa Phu Kon

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This temple located 115 km from Udon Thani slowly became one of the must-visits in the province. It must be said that seen from the sky, it is really beautiful but by visiting it you will only see it from the ground. I advice you to cumulate its visit with other visits in the area. The temple's big reclining marble Buddha is superb !
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Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

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Located 42 km northwest of Udon, the park covers a large part of the Phu Phan mountain and includes caves with prehistoric paintings, interesting rock formations and temples including a stupa housing a footprint of Buddha . (Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
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Nong Prajak Park

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It is the largest and best known park in town in Udon Thani. It is a pleasant place to go in the evening, the time of the day when it is most frequented. You will find massage shops and food stalls nearby.
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Night market

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The large Udon Thani culinary night market is located near the train station. It’s a bit of a Thai street food paradise. Very popular with locals, I recommend it a lot more than its neighbor called UD Town.
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Other nice places to visit in Udon Thani

Baan Khiri Wong Kot

Baan Khiri Wong Kot

starstarstarstar This community more than 130 km northwest from Udon Thani province is becoming more and more popular. Tourists go there for their tractor adventure rides through the rice fields and the forest or for a complete 2 days/1 night program including different activities with the locals.
Kumphawapi Monkey park

Kumphawapi Monkey park

starstarstar If the red lotus lotus is quite famous, the small monkey park in the neighboring city of Kumphawapi is much less known. But it can fun to go there before or after the boat ride on the <em>'Red Lotus Sea'</em> and it is not far.
Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung)

Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung)

starstarstar This small spa located in Ban Dung, 86 kilometers from Udon Thani city, offers you to enjoy the benefits of the naturally salted water from the soil of the district for a hot bath of the whole body or just your feet. A pleasant moment if you have no difficulty in immersing yourself in a very hot water.
Udon Sunshine Orchid Garden

Udon Sunshine Orchid Garden

starstar 2 km from the city, the orchid garden has an amazing attraction: a dancing orchids. Truly amazing! You can also buy perfume.
Ban Na Kha Silk market

Ban Na Kha Silk market

starstar This clothing market about fifteen kilometers in the North of Udon Thani is famous for its traditional 'Mi-Khit' clothes. A local production typical of this part of Thailand (Isan). A shopping stop that can be extended 9km further by visiting the village where the weavers work.
Wat Kham Chanot

Wat Kham Chanot

starstar This temple is very important and revered because it is supposed to house the Phaya Nak, the great sacred Naga snake that is very present in the architecture of temples in Thailand, especially in the North and North-East of the country. It is not architecturally the most beautiful temple in Udon Thani province but certainly the most visited by Thai Buddhists.
City pillar shrine

City pillar shrine

star The San Lak Mueang, a shrine that houses the city's founding pillar, is located near two pretty parks in Udon Thani city center. It is a tradition deeply rooted in Northern Thailand especially to have such a place and to come to pray and pay respect to the protective divinity of the city.
Wat Phothisomphon

Wat Phothisomphon

star It is the most important temple in Udon Thani, the most important in town, with the City Pillar Shrine. Visitors especially notice its chedi whose top floor is magnificent decorated and its ordination hall.

Other visits suggestions in Udon Thani

  • Wat Pa Dong Rai
    This temple in the shape of a lotus flower, built on a pond is not far from Ban Chiang Museum. The work on the main element, which began in 2003, was completed in 2019. In addition to its unique shape, it is the paintings of the interior vault that mark the visitors.

Tours in Udon Thani and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

isan tour: udon thani - nong khai - chiang khan

Isan tour: Udon Thani - Nong Khai - Chiang Khan

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Discover 3 provinces of Isan, a region preserved from mass tourism as it is very little offered to foreign tourists. Between temples, natural wonders and moments of simple life with the locals, you will meet artisans and enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the Mekong River.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Wat Phra Ngam

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Talad Noï

talad noï

This small district of Bangkok Chinatown, has the atmosphere of a small village. It is very pleasant and exotic to wander there on foot. Talad Noi with its small alleys, his street art works, his...


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Death Railway

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train line from Thonburi (Bangkok) to Nam Tok, sadly famous for the conditions of its construction during World War II


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Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center

kung krabaen bay royal development study center

This center located 30 km from Chanthaburi is composed of a large mangrove forest very pleasant to walk and discover by kayak (even if there are only a few canals with enough water). It borders...


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