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All you need to know to visit Udon Thani

Northeastern Thailand
562 km from Bangkok
Province of Udon Thani


Recomm. stay
1 à 3 jours


Practical guide to go and visit 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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Practical information about Udon Thani

You can get to Udon Thani by plane, train or bus. There are night sleeper trains from Bangkok to Udon Thani in which you can have a bunk and sleep fairly well but it is recommended to book in advance to be sure you, at the station or on the SRT's website or on this website. There are more and more destinations served by direct flights from and to Udon Thani: Bangkok of course, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Hua Hin recently, Phuket.

How to go to Udon Thani ?

Udon Thani is the largest city in Isan (Nord-Eat of Thailand), it has its own airport with several daily direct flights from Bangkok. You can also go to Udon Thani by bus or by train but we recommend you to take a sleeper in a night train. . You can book online on this website. Bangkok to Udon Thani buses depart from Mochit Bus Terminal.

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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). You can also use GRAB app (similar to UBER but UBER does not operate in Southestern Asia any more) to order a transportation.

Festivals in Udon Thani ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Udon Thani. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
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Ban That Rocket Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of May

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Other places to see in Udon Thani

Kumphawapi Monkey park Udon Thani
Kumphawapi Monkey park
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 'Red Lotus Sea' and it is not far.
Udon Sunshine Orchid Garden Udon Thani
Udon Sunshine Orchid Garden
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 Udon Thani
Ban Na Kha Silk market
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.
Baan Khiri Wong Kot Udon Thani
Baan Khiri Wong Kot
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.
Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung) Udon Thani
Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung)
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.
Wat Kham Chanot Udon Thani
Wat Kham Chanot
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 Udon Thani
City pillar shrine
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 Udon Thani
Wat Phothisomphon
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.

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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When to go to Udon Thani ?

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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 ?
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