a northeastern province covering an area of 11,730 square kilometers, is a prime
business center of I-San. Located 564 kilometers from Bangkok, it the world
heritage site for the prehistoric culture of Ban Chiang.
Udon Thani is probably best known for its archaeological wonders, paramount
among them the hamlet of Ban Chiang where the world's first Bronze Age
civilization is believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago.
Udon Thani borders Nong Khai to the north, Khon Kaen to the south, Sakon
Nakhon to the east and Nongbualamphu and Loei to the west. The province is
located on a plateau which is approximately 187 metres above sea level. Most of
its areas are covered with rice fields, forests and hills, with the Phu Pan
mountain ranges and the Songkhram River are the provinces 2 main natural
The locals are mainly engaged in agricultural activities, with particular rising
in wholesale and retail trading activities. That is why Udon Thani is an
agricultural market hub or neighboring provinces.
Udon Thani's provincial seal depicts God Wetsuwan, King of the giants and
keeper of the Northern Heavenly Gate.
The Vietnam War transformed the sleepy provincial city of Udon Thani into a
booming support center for a nearby American airbase. Since the withdrawal of
American troops in 1976, it has continued to grow as an industrial and
commercial center within the region.
Today, Udon Thani is the transportation and communications hub of the upper
Northeast with several tourist destinations and facilities.
Administratively, Udon Thani is divided into the following districts: Muang,
Kumphawapi, Nong Han, Phen, Ban Phue, Ban Dung, Si That, Nam Som, Nong Wua So,
Kut Chap, Non Sa-at, Wang Sam Mo, Chai Wan, Nong Saeng, Sang Khom, Thung Fon, Na
Yung, Phibun Rak, Ku Kaeo and, Prachaksinlapakhom.
travel information for udonthani
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to Udon Thani
via Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen Provinces, a total distance of 564
Buses for Udon leave Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal)
throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The journey takes around 10 to 11
hours and the fare is 145 baht for regular buses (260 baht for air-conditioned
buses). Contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2936-2852-66 or visit
www.transport.co.th for more
Buses leave the main bus terminal in Khorat every half hour during the day
and arrive in Udon five hours later. The cost is 81 baht for regular buses (146
baht for air-conditioned buses).
There are buses running between Udon Thani and other provinces such as Nong
Khai, Loei, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani. The
buses leave Udon Thani Bus Terminal every 40 minutes.
A train service between Bangkok and Udon Thani is available every day. For
more details, contact the Travel Service Unit, State Railway of Thailand (SRT),
Tel. 1690; 0 2220 4334; and 0 2220 4444, or visit
A daily flight between Bangkok and Udon Thani is offered by the Thai Airways
International Public Company Limited (THAI). For detailed information, contact
THAI, Tel. 1566; 0 2280 0060; 0 2282 0080; and 0 2628 2000, or visit
www.thaiairways.com. In addition, there are low-cost airlines daily serviced by
Thai Air Asia, Tel. 0 2515 9999 or www.airasia.com, and Nok Air, Tel. 1318 or
Travelling around Udon Thani
A hassle free way to get around the city is by the city bus. The most useful
city bus for visitors is the yellow bus No. 2, which plies a route from the No.
2 bus terminal, south along Suphakit Janya road and then east along Pho Si road
past the Charoen Hotel. The No. 6 bus runs between the No. 2 bus terminal and
Rangsina Market, while bus No. 23 runs between bus terminals Nos. 1 and 2. The
fare for all city buses is 4 baht.
The car rental places opposite the Udon Hotel offers sedan, jeeps and vans
for hire starting at around 1,200 baht.
By Sam lor
Sam lors drivers in Udon Thani practically doubled their rates overnight when
50 Americans arrived to work on the VOA station outside the town in 1990-91,
apparently the engineers were throwing their dollars around with abandon. With a
permanent contingent of VOA employees in the area, just about any farang
(foreigner) who happens to pass through Udon Thani will have to deal with this
two tier price system. Reasonable fares are 10 baht to 15 bahts per kilometer.