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Udon Thani

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Introduction

Udon Thani in the morning

Udon Thani in the morning

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Udon Thani is one of Thailand's largest towns, set in the plains of the agricultural Isaan region in the northeast of the country and is the provincial capital of Udon Thani Province. It is a major trading centre, and enjoys its proximity to the Lao capital Vientiane, across the Mekong river from Nong Khai.

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Sights and Activities

  • Ban Chiang Museum

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Events and Festivals

  • Khit Fabric Annual Fair - December

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Getting There

By Plane

Thai Airways International, AirAsia and Nok Air all fly to Udon Thani (UTH) from Bangkok, taking around 50 minutes.
Nok Air also connects Udon Thani to Chiang Mai and Loei.

By Train

Daily trains connect Bangkok with Nong Khai, but buses are faster and more convenient.

By Car

It takes approximately 7 hours from Bangkok to reach Udon Thani.

By Bus

There are airconditioned buses from Bangkok taking around 8 hours. Buses also go to and from Nong Khai (1 hours) and the capital of Laos, Vientiane (2 hours).

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Getting Around

By Car

Car rental is available from the major international players as well as local operators.

By Public Transport

(Mini)buses, tuk-tuk, samlor (three-wheeled bicycle taxi) and songthaew are all available.

By Foot

Walking around is just as pleasant as taking public transport and distances are not to big.

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Eat

Udon Thani offers a large variety of places to eat, ranging from roadside stalls to large restaurants representing Thai, Japanese, Chinese, German and International fare.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Gecko VillaBaan Um Jaan, A. Prajak SinlapakomHotel-
Surada Guest House666/3 Posri Road Muang Districtguesthouse87
TaNiTa (Lagoon) Resort113 Baan Nong Huaw Mue, Nadee Muang,Hotel88
udonbackpacker299/5 Prajak Road Muang makkhangHostel-
Homestay STC Bed and Breakfast207/moo11,Ban Si Bun Luang Ban Taad,Ampur MuangGUESTHOUSE-
Udon BackPackers Hostel299/5 Prajaksinlapacom Rd Mak Khaeng Muang Udon ThaniHostel92

Udon Thani has a plethora of city hotels ranging from basic fan-cooled rooms to more international hotels with restaurants, pools and airconditioning.

Budget

  • Paradise Hotel
  • Ban Chiang Hotel: Centrally located with aircon rooms.
  • Napalai Hotel: Centrally located with aircon rooms.

Mid-Range

Upscale

  • Green Gecko, a luxury Thai villa in the traditional Thai style. In a rural location, this imposing villa has a private swimming pool and offers fully catered and serviced holidays. Sleeps 2-4.
  • An elegant Thai holiday villa for rent, Rice Paddy Villa and its private swimming pool directly overlook the adjacent rice paddies. Sleeps two-four guests. Finished in the traditional Thai style, this vacation rental offers all modern conveniences and a genuine experience of Thai village life.
  • Grand Chareonsri
  • Charoen Hotel

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet caf├ęs are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.

Post

Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 17.407499
  • Longitude: 102.793098

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