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Udon Thani

Northeastern Thailand
562 km from Bangkok
Province of Udon Thani
Population : 230 000


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1 à 3 jours


General Information about Udon Thani

Udon Thani is the largest town in Isan (region of the Northeast of Thailand). This is a very big city. Its first tourist attraction is certainly the archaeological site of Ban Chiang, which dates from the Bronze Age and is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and the orchid garden. Former U.S. base during Vietnam War, the city has a large expatriate community and many of its inhabitants speak English. Udon Thani can also be a step to the border with Lao a few miles away. By land or via flights to Luang Prabang offerd by Lao Airlines.
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Accommodations in Udon Thani

Udon Thani is not much frequented by tourists, the foreigners you will see here are mostly expatriates. It is therefore logical that there are only a few accommodations for a city of this size. You will find the widest selection of hotels and guest houses in the area around the bus station, not far from the train station.

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Weather & climate in Udon Thani

Udon Thani has a tropical savanna climate. Here, the winter is quite dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year. The rainy season lasts from the end of April to early October, with heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures during the day.

The best time to come to Udon Thani is from November to March. August is the rainiest month and therefore the least suitable moment to come to Udon Thani.

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Practical information about Udon Thani

You can get to Udon Thani by plane, train or bus. There are night trains from Bangkok to Udon Thani where you can get a sleeper but it is recommended to book in advance to be sure to get one. You can book online on this website.

How to get around in Udon Thani ?

To get around in Udon Thani, you have the choice between taxis or tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis. They are easy to find near Udon Thani bus terminals and Central Plaza. There is also a local bus network in the city (around 10 THB per trip). There are also some rickshaws even if they are less and less numerous. And for those who want to ride bicycles, there are rental shops at Nong Prachak Park (from 20 THB per hour).

How to ask in Thai to go to Udon Thani ?

I want to go to Udon Thani / Yak paï ti Udon Thani.
Where is Udon Thani ? / Udon Thani you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Udon Thani

Red Lotus Sea

My opinion :
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.

Ban Chiang historical site

My opinion :
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.

Nam Phan lake (Sang Khom)

My opinion :
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.

Wat Pa Phu Kon

My opinion :
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 !

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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