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Attractions in Udon Thani province in Thailand

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Mut Mi and Khit Silk

Khit Silk

Ban Chiang–Style Earthenware Pottery

Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Phu Phrabat Historical Park

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Ban Chiang National Museum


The upper Northeastern Region (l-san) is crested by Lao P.D.R. and bordered by the Mekong River along its northern and eastern limits. Like the rest of the Northeast, it is the most traditional part of the country, preserving time-honoured customs, folk arts and festivals as part of daily life. It is also an intensely rural area although a number of cities serve as regional centres; Udon Thani being one of the largest.

The province of Udon Thani covers an area of 11,730 sq. km., with the provincial capital situated slightly over 560 km. northeast of Bangkok. The city itself is a bustling market centre for the surrounding agricultural areas, and a transport hub for traveling to neighbouring provinces. While Udon has its own city sights, the big attraction beyond is the World Heritage Site of Ban Chiang, an important archaeological find attesting to a prehistoric civilization.

City attractions in Udon Thani

San Lak Mueang

The City Pillar, located at the northeast corner of the Thung Si Mueang (City Field), commemorates the founding of the city and is also where its guardian spirit resides. People make offerings of flowers, candles and incense at the ornate shrine. which is located next to a smaller shrine housing a Buddhist stela. Nearby is a sacred banyan tree which, as is the custom, is a repository for broken or discarded spirit houses.

Nongprachak Park

Located in the northwest of the city, this landscaped dam and park is a popular recreation area, and with its rich variety of trees and tropical flowers, is an ideal place to escape the bustle of the city.

Wat Matchimawat

The temple was restored in the late 19th century. during the reign of King Rama V, and is notable for the white rock Buddha image it enshrines.

San Chao Pu-Ya

Located near Nong Bua Market, this large and beautiful Chinese style shrine, set next to a pond, houses a huge model of a golden dragon that is featured in the annual Thung Si Mueang Festival held in December.

Udorn Sunshine Orchid Garden

Located in Soi Kamon Watthana on Highway No. 2024 (Udon Thani-Nong Samrong), the garden grows and offers for sale a new species of Thai scented orchid called "Udorn Sunshine" or "Udorn Saeng Tawan". This is the only known vanda hybrid which is fragrant between early morning and early afternoon, making it the first orchid in the world to be used in the making of perfume.

Out of city attractions
in Udon Thani

Ban Na Kha

Situated about 16 km. from town on the road to Nong Khai, this is a notable centre for cotton and silk trading. This village is the symbol of Udon Thani. Khit cloth is the most famous product for its beauty and reasonable price.

Ban Chiaug Arcbaeological Site

Lying some 55 km. from Udon Thani, at Amphoe Nong Han off Highway No. 22 (Udon Thani-Sakon Nakhon) at the 50-km. marker, Ban Chiang is the region's most important historical site of such archaeological significance that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Excavations here in the 1970s produced evidence of a Bronze Age civilisation that flourished more than 5,000 years ago. Today the site comprises two parts: on the left hand side is the Ban Chiang National Museum displaying prehistoric artefacts, including Ban Chiang's highly distinctive pottery, and on the right hand side is an open excavation pit with bones and other finds left where they lay, which arc in the compound of Wat Pho Si Nai. The museum is open daily from 8.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m. On the way to Ban Chiang, visitors can visit several villages where handicrafts are made.

For example, Ban Kham O, located along the Udon Thani-Sakon Nakhon route produces Ban Chiang-style pottery, while Ban Pu Lu is a centre for pottery painting. Open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily. Admission is 30 baht.
Tel. 0 4220 8340.

Phu Phrabat Historical Park

This is accessed via Highway No. 2 (Udon Thani-Nong Khai), taking a left turn at the 13-km. marker onto Highway No. 2021 to Amphoe Ban Phue for 42 km. and then along Highway No. 2348 for a further 12 km. The landscape is dotted with rocks of different sizes and shapes. There are also caves and cliffs with traces of prehistoric paintings.

Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok

This revered Buddha footprint is enshrined at the foot of Khao Phu Phan 12 km. south of Phu Phrabat Historical Park. Celebrations are held each year between 11-15 March to pay respect at the 40-metre tall pagoda that houses the footprint and a holy relic.

Special event in Udon Thani

Thung Si Mueang Festival
Held annually during 1-15 December, the Festival showcases Iocal products, while golden dragon dancing is also featured in the celebrations.

Shopping in Udon Thani

Popular among Udon Thani's hest local buys are handmade cotton, Mut Mi and Khit silk, and Ban Chiang-style earthenware pottery.





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