Udon Thani Journals

Udon Is Not Ubon

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A travel journal to Udon Thani by SeenThat

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Quote: Udon Thani means "North City." Despite that, it is within the northeastern lobe of Thailand, and even there it is not the northernmost city. The town became my focal point while traveling between Thailand and Laos, due to some very good reasons. This journal explores them.

Udon Thani

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Attraction | "The North City is Not in the North"

Udon Thani Main Bus Terminal Photo, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Udon Thani: the ProvinceUdon Thani is a province in Isaan, bordering Nong Khai to the north, Khon Kaen to the south, Sakon Nakhon to the east, and Nong Bua Lamphu to the west. Its capital is the city of the same name. Udon Thani's provincial seal depicts God Wetsuwan, King of the Giants and keeper of the Northern Heavenly Gate; that’s ...Read More

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Traveling in Udon Thani

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Udon Thani Main Bus Terminal Photo, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Located along the main highway connecting Thailand with Laos, Udon Thani provides a superb transportation infrastructure; despite being quite remote, traveling there is a breeze.By CarTo reach Udon Thani by car from Bangkok, take National Highway 1 (Phaholyothin) to Saraburi, and then turn right into National Highway 2 (F...Read More

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Attractions Near Udon Thani

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Attraction | "The Residence of the Serpent King"

Udon Thani Main Bus Terminal Photo, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Udon’s central location along National Highway 2 – the one reaching Nong Khai and Laos - means that the main tourists’ attractions in Isaan can be easily reached from the city. This entry explores the main ones.Huai Luang ReservoirRoughly 25 kilometers from downtown, this reservoir can be reached by traveling along the Udon Thani-Nong Bua Lamphu route until the kilometer 15 and then traveling another 10 kilometers along the road branching there. This scenic area allows fishing, canoeing and rafting, boats can be rented, and picnics can be enjoyed. A Summer Palace for the Mother Queen was built here in the past.Ban Na KhaTh...Read More

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Udon's Downtown Attractions

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Attraction | "On Square Stuppas and Salty Ponds"

Udon Thani Main Bus Terminal Photo, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Udon’s downtown offers a variety of attractions, which include monuments related to the local history, parks and shopping options. The downtown area can be easily explored by foot – at certain times of the day that’s the fastest way of moving around – or with the excellent transport network. See the Traveling in Udon Thani entry in this journal for more information on the last.As in most Thai the main attractions are always related to temples, or have shrines located next to them. The attractive features of Thai pagodas transform the visits into a feast of shapes and colors.Nong PrachakOriginally named "Nong Na Klue" (Salty Water Pond), the ...Read More

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Charoensri Center

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Attraction | "The Komplek"

Udon Thani Main Bus Terminal Photo, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Even while visiting paradise, we feel once in a while the longing for an espresso, or the will to see useless gadgets shining behind a spotless mall window. Meaning "Holy Culture" Center, Charoensri is the largest and fanciest shopping mall in Udon Thani; it is located near the main bus terminal and is one of the main landmarks in town. Among locals is known as the "komplek," the Thai way of pronouncing "complex." The komplek includes a Robinson Department Store a Top’s supermarket, a Cineplex, and several dining options. The last include a large food court, Pizza Hut, Sizzler, Mister Donut, KFC and others. Among them is Bella Italia; which is considered to be...Read More

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