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Udon Thani Rundown

Whilst some travellers to Thailand rush immediately to its famous beaches and islands, there is plenty to do and see in Udon Thani in Thailand.This Thai city has a number of nature attractions, of which one of the most popular is the Sunshine Orchid Farm, where visitors can view a variety of these delicate blooms. Nong Prajak Park and Nong Bua Park are beautiful city parks with lakes and pagodas, making them perfect places for casual strolling or jogging. If you are more interested in grander parks, check out Udon Thani’s Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, a site with fascinating Bronze Age cave paintings and ancient geological formations, and the Phu Foi Lom Eco-Park, which is home to an area of lakes and wetlands called Kumphawapi. This area is also the habitat for a large community of indigenous monkeys. Within a short ride of Udon Thaniis the village ofBan Nakha, where you can buy hand-woven cotton and silk fabrics for great prices. If you have the opportunity (and nerve) to stay at the Bird’s­ Paradise Extreme Resort, you can embark on an adventurous skydive expedition over Udon Thanior play it more safe with rock climbing or swimming on the resort grounds.

When To Go

The best months to visit Udon Thani are November through January, when there is little to no precipitation and the temperatures are the most pleasant. Udon Thani has a tropical climate that is quite warm and humid all year long, but there is a slight variation between seasons. The typical high temperatures range from 28-32°C (82-90°F), with peak temperatures in March and April. It is cooler in December and January, when temperatures can dip to 16-17°C (61-63°F). During Udon Thani’s rainy season, which spans May through September, the monthly rainfall is typically 45-65 cm (17.7-25.6 inches) per month. There is a sharp peak in August, when the total accumulation can top 95 cm (37.4 inches), however for the months of October and February through April, the average monthly rainfall is around 10-20 cm (3.9-7.9 inches).

  • Tropical climate, with the hottest temperatures from March through April
  • Rainy season is May through September
  • November through January is very dry, mild

Getting There

The Udon Thani Airport services Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. It does not have international flights as of 2011. You can catch the minibus (locals call them ‘limousines’) to your lodgings for 80 baht per traveller, which is quite cheap regardless of the exchange rate. You can travel by bus to Udon Thani as well. The trip from Bangkok is about eight hours, whilst the ride from the Lao border town Nong Khai is only one hour. The third-class seats are cheap, but not air-conditioned. You can spend a little more for a more comfortable class without breaking the bank. There are also trains from Bangkok and Nong Khai to Udon Thani. You have the option of an overnight sleeper to Bangkok, as this trip can take 10 hours.

  • Air: Udon Thani Airport
  • Bus: cheap Bangkok/Nong Khai routes
  • Train: services Bangkok/Nong Khai

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