Udon Thani is a big town and province of the North of Isaan. The city is located around 580 km North East of Bangkok and 115 km North of Khon Kaen. The province covers an area of 11,730 square kilometers for more than 1,500,000 inhabitants.
The meaning of Udon Thani is “Northern City”.
Udon Thani got a very important economic development during the Vietnam War in the “Sixties” when the United States of America built the joint-force military base called “Udon Royal Thai Air Force”. The city became one of the most important transport hub and commercial of the country. Udon Thani is easily accessible from the other provinces of Thailand by car, bus, plane or train and becomes more and more attractive with a continuously development, that is the reason why many expatriates (around 5,000 people) decided to settle there.
This town is a strategic point located at only 80 km South of Vientiane the capital of Laos. Many foreigners take bus every day from Udon Thani to go to Nong Khai and across the Mekong River by the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge to travel or to go to the immigration office at the border.
The province has also a rich heritage of prehistoric archaeological sites and historical parks like in “Ban Chiang” and “Phu Phra Bat”. The province is also famous for his lake called “Taley Bua Daeng” (Red Lotus Sea) in Kumphawapi. Millions of lotus flowers may be seen between December and February.
Udon Thani has a lot of other interesting places such as shopping Malls (Central Plaza, Landmark plaza), night markets (UD town), restaurants, bars… Close to down town there is the lake of Nong Prajak park, that is very busy every evening with joggers and cyclists. There is also a Thai-Chinese cultural center, an aquatic park (Playport), and many other things to do or to discover.