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Udon Thani which is also known as Udorn is in the region of Isaan – Part 1




Udon Thani which is also known as Udorn or simply Udon is in the region of Isaan. It is a city of this region in Thailand.

Overview of Udon Thani

• This city is a province of Udon Thani.
• It has a population of 1,544,786.
• This city is about 560 km from Bangkok.
• Udon is also a major commercial center.
• It is in the northern Isaan.
• It is also the gateway to Laos, Southern China and Northern Vietnam.
• It was found in 1890.
• It was found by Prince Prajak Silapakom of Udon Thani.
• This is the 4th largest city in Thailand.
• It is the largest city that is outside of Bangkok area.
• Udon had a USA airbase.
• This was during the Vietnam War.
• Hence, it has an increased its wealth and importance.
• This city is surrounded by one of the major agricultural areas of the country.
• Udon Thani has become a regional hub for agriculture.

It is also known for:
– Commercial distribution
– Shopping
– Tourism industry
• Presence of US became an advantage to Thais and many Thais were well paid.
• They learned English and hence they became more marketable to foreign recruiters.
• Udon has a large number of its citizens.
• This is particularly true in Middle East oilfields.
• This has contributed both to the wealth and desirability as an expat destination.
• About 5,000 expats from Europe, Australia, and North America are known to have settled in the area.

Administrative Divisions in Udon Thani

• The province is subdivided into 20 districts.
• These districts are further subdivided into 155 sub-districts.
• These districts are also subdivided into 1682 villages.
• The missing numbers 12–16 were the geo-codes assigned to the districts.
• They formed the province Nongbua Lamphu in the year 1993.
The divisions are:
– Mueang Udon Thani
– Kut Chap
– Nong Wua So
– Kumphawapi
– Non Sa-at
– Nong Han
– Thung Fon
– Chai Wan
– Si That
– Wang Sam Mo
– Ban Dung
– Ban Phue
– Nam Som
– Phen
– Sang Khom
– Nong Saeng
– Na Yung
– Phibun Rak
– Ku Kaeo
– Prachaksinlapakhom

Places to see in Udon Thai

• Udon has many varieties of places to see in the city and the province.
• Laosor the Bronze Age excavations which are found to the east of Udon at Ban Chiang attract the visitors.

1. Udon Thani Provincial Museum
• There is excellent range of displays here.
• The displays are of the archaeological and historical past.
• Additionally, there are displays of geology and folk history.
• The museum is enclosed in an old building that used to be a girl’s school.
• Entry is by paying donation.
• It is located at Prosri Rd which is in the government center.
It displays background aspects of Udon Thani:
– History
– Archaeology
– Natural science
– Geology
– Folk history
– Arts and culture
– Biography and honorable deeds of Krommaluang Prachaksinlapakhom

2. Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm
It is popular for:
• Variety of orchids.
• Orchid derived perfumes.
• Plants that “dance to music”.

3. Nong Prajack Park
• This park is a large recreational area that is within the city.
• It is the primary site for locals to chill out.
• It is like a large lake/reservoir with several small islands.
• Activities such as nightly aerobics and feeding bread crumbs to the fish are popular in this park.

4. Nong Bua
• There is another park with a lake that is just to the east of the railway line.
• It is noted for its Chinese pagodas.
• These pagodas are over the lake and the dragon pole.

5. Ban Nakha
• This is about 15 km to the north of Udon along Route 2.
• There is a village that is famous for selling home woven silk and cotton garments.
• It is commercialized.
• One can get some great bargains on silk and cotton.

Best time to visit/climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Udon Thani International Airport (UTH) has numerous daily flights to Bangkok.
• Flights to Chiang Mai and Phuket come here.
• There are no international flights to Udon Thani.
• To get to town there is a limousine service for 80 baht per person.
• Minibus tickets are available in the booth just to the right before you leave the terminal building.
• Taxis are not permitted to wait for passengers at the airport.
• Some of the hotels have pick up service and may take an extra rider or 2 as space permits.

2. By bus
• There are two bus stations in the City.
• Bus station #2 is in the city center which is near Central Plaza.
• Bus station #1 is on the outskirts of town on the road in from Loei towards NongKhai.
• From Nong Khai, there is a bus station on Prajak Rd.
• It has buses that go to both stations.
• A bus from Bangkok takes 8-hour journey to arrive at the BKS station in the city.
• Buses depart at least once per hour after 11AM to Nong Khai.
• There are six express buses a day direct to the Morning Market in Vientiane.

3. By train
• Daily trains go to Nong Khai.
• They go over the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River to Laos, Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok.
• The overnight express sleeper to Bangkok is scheduled for 9.25 hours.
• Connections to the major centres of Southern Isaan can be made in Nakhon Ratchasima.
• This is for all those who like to travel by rail.
• There are daily day-time trains, and three daily night-time trains from Bangkok to Udon Thani and vice versa.

To get around:
– Taxi
– Bicycle taxi
– By tuk-tuk
– By songthaew
– By bus
– By bicycle
– Motorcycle or car

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Udon Thani

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at koratmagazine.in.th
Blogs at chiang-mai.org
Blogs and reviews at thailandsworld.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Udon Thani

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at thaismile.jp
Images at flickr.com

Videos of Thailand – Udon Thani






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