Published: June 28th 2008May 24th 2008
The Local bungalow resort
Cheap Price, comfortable rooms, Thai Style, good food, entertainment and Wireless internet connection
Date of visit: December 25th to 30th 2007
My trip to Udon Thani:
My second trip takes me up to Udon Thani of the Northeastern part of Thailand. It was a 10 hour journey from 7:30 AM from the house in Bangna Trad, however, during the way I had movies to entertain me so that I won't just sleep the whole 10 hours. Udon Thani was a very interesting city, apart from being the largest in the Northeast. The city center itself might be quaint, but its hotels require a month booking in-advance because of the high rate of tourism from local to in-bound.
My first night in Udon was at a local resort. The resort was decorated with Bungalows that has a sense of Northern style. The resort was pretty modern, because each bungalow has its own free internet connection, even though it was quite slow. The price was pretty cheap in the range of 600 to 1000 baht a bungalow, depending if it was in the front or behind in the resort. The resort have some minor entertainment like a restaurant, garden and a karaoke room. After a good nights rest we head back in the
the Local Dinosaur Museum
it was quite interesting, the facility could use some upgrades and improvements though.
road to my second destination, which was Victory Golf course and resort that is about 40 minuets away from Udon city and 20 minuets away from the Mae Kong River.
After a day on the golf course I headed to the city of Udon and checked in a hotel named Charoen Hotel. Originally I was going to stay at the hotel near Robinson department store because thats where they have the Major Cineplex theater. Where I would be spending my next couple of days before heading back home. Apart from exploring the local Major Cineplex, I would also be exploring the sites around Udon and see what nature have to offer and how it is different from Ubon Rachathani.
Udon Thani fast facts:
Compared to other cities Udon Thani is quite small and the city it self looked almost like a larger version of China town in Bangkok called Yaowralart. The difference is the three circles that connects the city together. If you ever went there you would understand the architectural design of the roads. The city itself have many entertainment spot including the local Robinson department store, the night bazaar area and lots of night clubs
to hang around. Apart from having the city entertainment, Udon Thani also offers a great deal of Eco and historical tourism for the Northeastern part of Thailand. You can visit breath taking places for scenery like Phu Pha Lek National Park, absorb pre-historic culture from the local dinosaur museum or to an ancient humanoid existence with pottery artifacts at Ban Chiang Museum.
Places I explored in Udon Thani: "already covered more than a typical 5-6 day packaged tour"
Phu Pha Lek National Park
Phu Foi Lom National Park
Phu Kra-dung / Phu Phan National Park
Golf at the local club: Victory Golf Club
Packaged tours from Orientours.com: BANGKOK, KORAT, UDON THANI, NONG KHAI AND VIENTIANE - 5 DAYS , 4 NIGHTS IN FULL BOARD
Traveling from Bangkok to Korat
Explore: Dan Kwian
Traveling from Korat to Udon Thani
Explore: Phi-Mai sanctuary
Travel to Khon Kaen and explore village of Chonnabot
Explore local market for local handicraft
Travel from Udon Thani to Nong Kai
Explore: Ban Chiang, Pulu Villages
Explore town of Nong Kai and Ban Na Khai, Ban Thon, Ban
Phu Foi Lom National Park
the park have a resort. recommended to stay. This spot overlooks the city of Udon Thani.
Explore temple Wat Phra That Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok
Explore tow of Si Chiang Mai
return to hotel in the evening
Laos Vientiane excursion
Go through Laos from Mittaphab bridge
Return to hotel for dinner
check-out and depart to Bangkok by local airport.
However packaged tours might have more information than if you plan to visit these places just by yourself or by using some tour guide book. It also depends on the type of tours. This packaged tour shown here, might be more on the side of excursion and cultural adventure while mine is looking towards more of natural Eco-tourism based, lots of national parks and less of ancient cultural places like Ban Chiang with the ancient potteries. On the downside of packaged tours is that they are inflexible. Meaning that the activities are planned out for you. But of course, this is the traditional tour. If you want to see a movie at the local theater at a certain time, there might not be time, because you are moving around day-by -day and most of the time, show times doesn't correspond to the allotted time given by tourism
Major Cineplex poster
outside the department store
Major Cineplex Udon Thani:
Coming to this Major Cineplex was like going back through time. Because Robinson is one of the oldest department stores even in Bangkok, so the atmosphere kind of brings back good memories. Udon Thani, being one of the biggest cities in the Northeast and a transit pass to the capital of
Laos, Vientian this movie theater would seem to be the most up to date and luxurious for up-country standards. However, there are no movies shown in English soundtrack. This sort of taken away some of the potential foreign customers that were there.
There are more photos below