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Udon Thani which is also known as Udorn is in the region of Isaan – Part 3




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

15. Wat Pa Ban Tat
This is a temple that has wild animals in its enclosure.They are:
– Pheasant
– Red jungle fowl
– Birds
– Squirrel
– Tree shrew
– Common wild pig
• The temple is also a residence.
• Phra Achan Maha Bua Yannasampanno, who was revered Buddhist master of meditation and a follower of Phra Achan Man Phurithatto, the late master resided here.

16. Wat Thipphayaratnimit
• This is a forest temple.
• This is located in the area of Amphoe Mueang.
• A large pagoda is there which has relics of Lord Buddha.
• “Thanan,” is the name for the shape of the pagoda.
• Thanan means a utensil that was used in old times.

17. Ban Na Kha
• This is situated about 16 km from town.
• It falls along the Udon Thani – Nong Khai route which is Highway No. 2.
• It is located opposite to the Na Kha Community School.

18. Huai Luang Reservoir
• This is a large reservoir.
• It covers an area of about 20,000 rai. This reservoir is used for:
– Agriculture
– Fishery
– Waterworks
• The works undertaken are under Royal Irrigation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives.

19. Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok
• Here one can find Buddha’s footprint.
• It was built during 1920–1934.
• Before the footprint was found, there was a plant in this area.
• Hence, the name “Bo Bok,” which means “not being dry” was kept for this place.

20. Phra Phutthabat Lang Tao
• There is a Buddha’s footprint here.
• This footprint is known to be around 25 cm deep in the rocky ground.
• It has a lotus image carved in the center.
• It appears like a turtle which is called Tao in Thai language as the print is behind the stone shelter.
• This footprint is called “Phra Phuttabat Lang Tao.”

21. Caves and Stone Shelters
• The caves here are known to provide shelter to the people of Stone Age.
• This can be known from the figures in the caves that are drawn on its walls. The figures found are:
– Humans
– Hand
– Animals
– Geometric designs
Nature built Stone shelters includes:
• Khok Ma Thao Barot
• Ho Nang Usa
• Bo Nam Nang Usa

22. Phra Phutthabat Bua Ban
• The most ancient Buddha’s footprint is enclosed in this site.
• This print is in the Ubosot, which is known as ordination hall.
• Many pieces of Bai Sema were known to be excavated here.

23. Na Yung – Nam Som National Park
This national park is situated in Ban Sawang, Mu 2, Tambon Na Yung. Attractions of the park are:

24. Namtok Yung Thong
• This waterfall is situated on the ridge of Mount Phu Phan and Mount Phu Ya U.
• This waterfall is around 500 m from the park headquarters.
• The waterfall stream flows on boulders in the midst of trees.
• It is a scenic view to watch.

25. Pha Daeng Viewpoint
• This is a high steep sandstone cliff.
• This cliff overlooks a beautiful panoramic view.
• There is a small cave which is not very far from Pha Daeng.
• It is known that Luang Pu Man Phurithatto lived here.
• He used to stay for insight development.

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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