10 Things to Do in Udon Thani Province That You Shouldn't Miss

December 17, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Udon Thani (Thai: อุดรธานี, pronounced [ʔù.dɔ̄ːn tʰāː.nīː]) is a province (changwat) in northeast Thailand. It is bordered by the provinces of Nong Khai to the north, Sakon Nakhon to the east, Kalasin Province to the southeast, Khon Kaen to the south, and Loei and Nong Bua Lam Phu Province to the west. It occupies an area of 11,730 km². The provincial capital is Udon Thani, the major city in the province.
Restaurants in Udon Thani Province

1. Talay Bua Dang (Red Lotus Lake)

Nong Han, Baan Diam Village | Chiang Wae Subdistrict, Kumphawapi 41110, Thailand
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Talay Bua Dang (Red Lotus Lake)

Reviewed By DandR2012 - Bangkok, Thailand

We'd heard about the Red Lotus Lake, saw photos, but nothing could describe just how beautiful it was. We stayed at a new hotel (opened Nov 2017) that overlooks the lake: Ma Der Bua. Would definitely recommend this hotel - hopefully soon they will be on TripAdvisor! We wanted to stay closer so we could see the sunrise. They start the tours at 6am - and if you leave at that time, you will see the beautiful stars and sunrise. By the time you get to the main part of the lake with flowers, you can see them in full bloom. The larger boat was 500THB. It fit the 4 of us. The lake was so beautiful and our driver, who could not speak English, was very accommodating and took us to many locations where there were not so many boats. By the time we returned to the hotel, at 8am, there were ALOT of boats going out... I think I would plan a 0630am departure from the dock. Ma Der Bua is a wonderful place to get breakfast -- and there is streetfood available near the dock. This was an incredible experience!!

2. Pa Phu Kon Temple

Ban Nakhamyai | Ban Kong Subdistrict, Na Yung 41380, Thailand
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Pa Phu Kon Temple

Reviewed By hckok77 - Ipoh, Malaysia

No matter depart from Nong Khai or Udon Thani, more that 100km one way, tired to reach by motorbike, I come here on second day (first day of motorbike journey from Nong Khai, end at skywalk) in Isaan with Hilux pickup. Cloudy on that day, although it's already 5+ in the evening, coz don't wanna to drive back to Udon Thani in dark, leave before light on.
Not recommend if you purposely come here unless for worship, or when travel along west area of Nong Khai, or combined with Phu Phra Bat Historical Park.

3. Ban Chiang Museum

Ban Chiang, Nong Han District, Udon Thani, Thailand +66 42 208 340
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Ban Chiang Museum

An important Bronze Age settlement and cemetery.

Reviewed By Tomthetraveler99 - Chicago, Illinois

I've been to many archeological sites and museums, but this has been the best. Begin upstairs with the museum, which thoughtfully does an excellent job of showing the history and discovery and preservation of this site. Details the international efforts involved in uncovering and displaying these important sites. Downstairs you will travel through numerous displays of actual skeletons, potteries and tools as well as several reinacted 3d displays of life at that time. As you progress through, be prepared to see hundreds of perfectly intact pottery, tools and jewelry found. I have never seen such a vast array and quantity of such well preserved archeological items. Please don't leave Ban Chiang without visiting the nearby wat which is one of the actual archaeological excavation sites. Truly amazing.
We took a bus (90bht) from Udon Thani and got off on hwy 225. Then we paid 120 bht to a tuk-tuk driver for round trip to both sites (museum and wat) and back. Then cross the highway and wait for a return bus back to Udon Thani.

4. Phu Prabhat Historical Park

Baanphue | Phu Phra Bat Buabok Forest Park, Udon Thani 41160, Thailand 042-918614-2
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Phu Prabhat Historical Park

Reviewed By Achara C - Udon Thani, Thailand

Phu Prabhat Historical Park is a great place for bush walks. The tracks are well marked with Historical attractions scattered around the trails. The park is managed by the Fine Arts Department so its very well maintained and have building that blends well with the natural environment.
Guides are scattered around the parks and are very helpful to tourists.

5. Nong Prajak Public Park

Udon Thani, Thailand
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 401 reviews

Nong Prajak Public Park

Reviewed By Freeman-315 - San Diego, California

This park is located on the northwest side of town, making it a 20-30 minute walk from the downtown Central Plaza/tourist/hotel/expat/bar area. I visited it on a pleasant Saturday afternoon and was surprised at how uncrowded it was. There was a good mix of singles exercising, couples lounging out by the water on blankets, and families with children making good use of the park facilities. It was a seemingly safe area, though I saw no signs of any police, military, or law enforement rangers.
The park is quite large and there are bicycles for rent at various places (20B/hr), though they're junkers suitable only for putzing around moreso than seriously exercising. I found most people, as well as myself, content with exploring the park on foot - enjoying the best areas in the interior sections rather than circumnavigating the lake.
The park is beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, pathways, and structures. On the perimeter are two pathways that loop the lake nicely for exercising - one for joggers and one for bicyclists. Serious roller bladers could also make use of these, but I found the smooth, curving, interior pathways to be particularly inviting for skate wheels. I would also consider most, if not all, of the park to be handicap accessible. On this perimeter are a number of food vendors and of course the famous floating rubber ducks on the southeast shoreline.
The interior sections offer a wonderful series of shaded pathways, lakeside views, and interesting structures - like the 2 suspension Bridges, landscaped clock, and giant urn. There's also a large plaza and Amphitheatre area, exercise equipment, and two children's Playgrounds - with the dinoland playground being quite impressive and inviting. There are additional food vendors selling snacks here and offering toilet facilites for 5B, but know that there are also free bathrooms to be found nearby if you look.
Overall, I found this park to be exceptionally nice, better maintained than average Thai facilties, and relatively free from litter. The city did well with the gorgeous landscaping, attractive pathways, environmental trash cans, interesting structures, and recreational facilites. It's a prime assett for the city, offering a beautiful natural area and recreational opportunities - suitable for playing, strolling, exercising, loafing, admiring, and photograping.
My rating reduces one star soley because of the surrounding development and noise that detracts from the park's environment. Still, I'd suggest this as a definate worthwhile visit for both tourists and locals. Pick a nice day though with sun and blue sky if possible; the photo potential is worth it.

6. CentralPlaza Udon Thani

277/1-3, Prajak Sillapakom Road | Mak Khaeng, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand +66 2 681 9550
Excellent
34%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

CentralPlaza Udon Thani

Reviewed By 446Sha - Durham, United Kingdom

The food court on the lower floor offers a range of foods to suit everyone’s pallet. There are multiple kiosks serving anything from rice and noodles to cakes and drinks. The mango sticky rice was especially nice and was a huge portion. The shopping centre itself has a range of shops and boutiques that are far up-market from those in the markets and prices to match.

7. UD Night Market

88 Thongyai Road | Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand +66 81 544 8889
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 213 reviews

UD Night Market

Reviewed By 446Sha - Durham, United Kingdom

This market is huge and has everything Thai you could ever want. The majority of it is clothes, but you can also buy jewellery, bags and bed linen etc.
It’s very hot inside the market and host very few ceiling fans so if you intend to visit the market then you might want to take a hand held fan with you.

8. Thai-Chinese Cultural Center

Chao Pu-Ya Shrine, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand +66 42 242 333
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Thai-Chinese Cultural Center

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

Udon Thani has some fine attractions such as Phu Phra Bat Historical Park and Ban Chiang in the vicinity but nothing in the city itself impressed us.
The Thai-Chinese Friendship Centre was disappointing. Here you have a small goldfish pool, a willow and some scholar's rocks in the Suzhou style but it is all rather concrete. There is also a small room which has the briefest of overviews of the history of the Thais in China. However, it is literally a cut and paste job from Wikipedia. Not enough effort has been made here.

9. Wat Phothisomphon

Thanon Pho Si, Tambon Mak Khaeng, Udon Thani, Thailand
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Wat Phothisomphon

Reviewed By TayLunlaa - Bangkok, Thailand

This is the biggest golden pagoda in town where tourist should visit. Just 1 km from the lake. There are 3 level and you can see the view of Udon Thani, even it is not so high but nice view. You can also see the monks walk for food donation in the morning along the road.

10. Chao Pu-Ya Shrine

Nittayo Road | Mak Khaeng, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand +66 42 245 801
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Chao Pu-Ya Shrine

Reviewed By nellielim - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chao Pu-Ya shrine is a colourful Chinese temple overlooking Nong Bua Lake. The central altar features the Chao Pu (grandfather) and Ya (grandmother) diety. Entrance is free and footwear has to be removed before entering the temple. A pleasant place to visit with lovely views of the lake.

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