Udon Thani is a city in the north of Thailand. Udon Thani offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Udon Thani Park
- Thung Si Muang
- Thai-Chinese Cultural Centre
- Muang Udon Thani Museum
- Fountain Roundabout
- Usotel Waterland
- Wat Pa Ban Tat
Udon Thani is not a beautiful city, more of a stop off point whilst traveling or returning from Laos. When I saw how cheap the hotels in Udon were I had to stay the night! The reason I have listed the fountain on the roundabout as a point of interest is because there are not so many points of interest in the city. Udon Thani Park is probably the best thing to see in the city. Udon Thani is hot so I recommend visiting the park either early morning or in the evening, I made it for sunrise which gave some colorful reflections over the lake.
In the park, especially early morning or evening, you should be able to see a few birds. They have many herons and large beaked birds as well as smaller birds such as the Pied Fantail (above). You’ll see lots of colorful flora and fauna in the park. If you go early morning it’s likely that you’ll see lots of local Thais exercising in the park , it worth getting up early for the experience.
Adjacent to Udon Thani Park is a beautiful temple, Thung Si Muang. It’s free to take pictures and go inside the temple but you must respect the locals who are praying.
If you are visiting sites in Udon Thani during the day when it’s incredibly hot then I’d recommend taking a Tuk Tuk. Don’t forget to agree a price with the driver before getting in and heading to your destination.
If you are visiting with kids, you may consider taking a Tuk Tuk to Usotel Waterland, which is an aquatic park in the city. The Thai-Chinese Cultural Centre is a beautiful place to take a few photos. A popular destination outside the city is Wat Pa Ban Tat, in fact many foreigners stay for weeks / months at this monastery and become monks.
In the center of Udon Thani you’ll find a night market, lots of bars and restaurants. As I mentioned earlier, in Udon Thani the hotels are super cheap, the same goes for restaurants and bars. You’ll be able to eat in most restaurants for only a few dollars, the restaurants around the night market are a great introduction to Thai food. If you order something you don’t like, for another couple of dollars you can try another plate!
I decided to take an early bus to Bangkok, which took 11 hours. The cost of this 11 hour bus service was about $9, great value. There is a more expensive VIP night bus which you should also consider as the views on the way down are not so spectacular. Once you have seen one rice field, you have seen many hours worth of rice fields!