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Udon Thani which is also known as Udorn is in the region of Isaan – Part 2




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.

Places to see in Udon Thai

6. Ban Chiang
• The Ban Chiang is an archaeological dig.
• It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• It is about 35 km east of Udon.
• Both buses and inter-village songthaews can be used to get off at the Ban Chiang turn-off.

7. Phu Foi Lom Eco-Park
• This is about 40 km to the south-west of Udon.
• This is situated high on a ridgeline.
• There are many trails within the park.
• There are rainy season waterfalls within the park that are attractive.
• South of Udon is a large wetlands area.
• There is a lake called Khumpawapi.
• There take place traditional dragon boat races on this lake.
• These races are around in the October time frame.
• Within Khumpahawapi, there is a city park where in one can view a large troupe of monkeys.
• It is said that they have been living there for over a hundred years.

8. Phu Phrabat National Park
• This is a national park and is about 60 km to the north-west of Udon.
• This park is near the Amphoe of Ban Phue.
• One can view a marvelous ridgeline with many sandstone edifices which are known to be several thousand years old.
• Bronze Age cave paintings can also be seen within the park.

9. The Monument of Krommaluang Prachaksinlapakhom
• Major General Prince Prachaksinlapakhom was the founder of Udon town.
• He found this in 1893.
• He was one who set out the civil administration order.
• He is known to serve the important official duties for the public benefits.
• This Monument marks the highest tribute paid to this prince and is done so by the people of Udon Thani.

10. Nong Prachaksinlapakhom Public Park
• This is a public park.
• It is on an island in the pond.
• It is a tiny garden that is filled with decorative and flowering plants.
• There is a bridge that links the island with the mainland.
• There are a fountain, a clock tower, and a playground, enclosed in this park.

11. Wat Phothisomphon
• This wat was built in the late reign of King Rama V.
• There is also a museum enclosed inside especially for revered monks who are popular for meditation.

12. Wat Matchimawat
• This wat is inside the Wihan building.
• There is a white stone Buddha image under Naga protection.
• It is very commonly known as “Luangpho Nak”.
• This image has been highly respected by the people of Udon Thani.

13. Chaopu – Chaoya Chinese Spirit Shrine
• This is a large and beautiful Chinese spirit shrine.
• This shrine is situated near Nong Bua Market.
• Two Chinese pavilions stand in the pond.
• They serve as a view point which is in pleasant and shady surroundings.
• The golden dragon is about 99 m long.
• It is used during the Thung Si Mueang annual fair in December.

14. Udorn Sunshine Orchid Farm
• It is a nursery of Udorn Sunshine.
• There is a new fragrant Thai orchid species from cross-breeding Vanda with Josephine Van Berrow.
• This flower was registered as “Udorn Sunshine Orchid” or “Miss Udorn Sunshine”.
• It has been registered for a copyright with the World Orchid Society in the United Kingdom in 1988.

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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