Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Udon Thani Provincehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Chiang_excavations.jpg
is a city in Isaan, in the northeast of Thailand. It has a population of about 145,000 people, and serves as the provincial capital of Udon Thani Province
. The city is a major commercial center for the Isaan region, and is quite close to Vientiane
, the capital of Laos.
Phu Phra Bat Rock Formation, Udon Thani Provincehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rock_formation_in_Phu_Phra_Bat.jpg
The area around Udon Thani has seen human habitation going back to the prehistoric age. The Ban Chiang archaeological site, a World Heritage Site
, is located just 47 km to the east of town.
The city of Udon Thani itself has limited tourist appeal, save for a few Buddhist temples. There are a few hypermarkets, including a Big C, a Tesco-Lotus, a Makro and a Carrefour.
Travel to Udon Thani
The Udon Thani International Airport (UTH) receives flights from Thai Airways and AirAsia from Bangkok, Tiger Airways from Singapore, and Lao Airlines from Luang Prabang
. From the airport, you can take a minibus to town for ฿80. It can drop you at the hotel of your choice.
You can also take a bus from Nong Khai, the Thai town across the Friendship Bridge
at the Mekong River
from Vientiane. You can also catch a tuk-tuk from the Friendship Bridge to Udon Thani for about ฿70.
Travel within Udon Thani
There is an abundance of tuk-tuks charging about ฿20 to ฿30 per person for rides to places around Udon Thani.
Places of Interest in Udon Thani
- Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
Famous archaeological site with prehistoric artifacts dating from 3000 BC to AD 500.
- Phu Phra Bat
Forest park named after two Buddha footprints. There are fantastic rock formations here.
- Sala Kaew Ku
A Thai version of the bizarre Xieng Khuan Buddha Park of Vientiane, also built by the same person, Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.
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