1-day Interesting Route : Should be plan.
Within the downtown area
– Give aims at Ban Tad Forest Temple early in the morning
– Visit Pu-Ya Shrine
– Visit Udonthani’s City Central Shrine
– Visit Udon Sunshine Fragrant Orchid Farm, also see the
“Little Udon Lady” Dancing Trees and shop lor Orchid perfume
– Have lunch at a l-San (northeast) style restaurant in the downtown
– Travel to Ban Na Kha village to shop for knit, cotton and silk fabric
– Back to downtown Udonthani and visit Nong Prajak Park at dusk
Udonthani Udonthani – Nongkhai – Vientiane
– Travel from downtown Udonthani to Nongkhai province
– Visit Pho Chai Temple, Nongkhai’s most respectable temple where
the famous Buddha image “Phra Sai” is kept
– Travel to Vientiane ,Laos via Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
– Sightseeing in the Vientiane city area
– Come back to Thailand and shop at the border flea market, Tha Sadej
– Travel back to Udonthani and stop at Ban Na Kha village to shop for fabric
– Back to downtown Udonthani
Ban Chiang – Kum Cha Node
– Travel from downtown Udonthani to Ban Chiang (56Km.)
– Visit pottery village, Ban Kam Oa and painting village, Ban Pu Lu
– Visit Ban Chiang archaeological site in Pho Sri Nai Temple
– Visit Ban Chiang National Museum
– Have lunch
– Travel to Amphoe Ban Dung
– Visit the 20 rai Cha Node Forest, a tour guide will explain about the
mystery story of Kum Cha Node
– Back to downtown Udonthani
Phu Phra Bat – Yung Thong Waterfall
– Travel from downtown Udonthani to Phu Phra Bat Historical Park.
Amphoe Ban Phue (about 68 Km.)
– Visit Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Usa Lady Tower and pre-historic
– Have lunch
– Travel through Amphoe Narm Som to Amphoe Na Yung to visit Yung
– Back to downtown
Tourist Attractions in City of Udon Thani:
Prince Prajak Silapakhom Statue
This monument, in the heart of the city, was erected in commemoration Of Prince Prajak Silapakhom, the founder of Udonthani. The Prince was a son of King Rama IV and h.r.h. Mother Sangwan In 1856. As a royal commissioner during the reign Of King Rama V, Prince Prajak Silapakhom was assigned as gov ernor of the northern territory (later called uaon Territory) where he ruled from 1894-1900 and established Udonthani in 1894 During his time as governor he helped the community prosper and brought happiness to the people of Udonthani. His statue is still greatly respected by the people ot Udonthani.
Prajak Silapakhom Lake
Located in Nong Prajak Park, is a vast stretch of water on the western edge of the City The lake was formally called “Nong Na Klua” but later renamed in memory of Prince Prajak Silapakhom in 1987. In honor of His Majesty the King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday the city improved the park by adding colorful decorations and flowering plants In addition to bridges connecting the isles, fountains, a clock tower, and a playground. These changes have added a pleasant atmosphere to the take and the park has quickly become a favorite area for locals to go jogging, picnic, to meet and to socialize.
Udon Sunshine Fragrant Orchid Farm
From early morning until early afternoon the air on the Udon Sunshine Fragrant Orchid Farm is filled with the sweet fragrance of Udon Sunshine orchids. Udon Sunshine is generated by crossing Josephine and Sam Poi Dong breeds. The flowers and Udon Sunshine perfume are available at the farm and local shops in Udonthani. Mr.Pradit Khamphoemphun, owner, has several other advantageous natural and agricultural projects which can be seen on the farm.
The farm is about 2km from town. Take the Udon-Nong Sam Rong bypass and turn left once you see the Udon Sunshine Farm sign. Its phone number is (66) 4224-2475.
Pu – Ya Shrine (Grandma and Grandpa Shrine)
As the God and Goddess of Mercy Pu and Ya are most revered by the poor and people in troble. People come to light incenses and pray for their wishes to be granted. The outer area also has two magnificent Chinese pavilions providing a place to enjoy the scenic view.
The Shrine is located in the downtown area on Nittayo Road, On the way to Sakon Nakon province, turn left and drive for another 100 meters after you cross the railroad tracks.
Ban Na Kha
This village is well-known for ‘khit’, a hand-woven fabric in a geometric design commonly used for the center square in decorative items. The village also has silk and cotton fabric at reasonable prices.
Only 16 km from downtown Udonthani. the village is located on the right hand side of Highway 2, Udonthani-Nongkhai road. There is a local bus leaving daily for Ban Na Kha from Rajabhat institute and Rungsina Market.
Wat Pa Ban Tad (Ban Tad Forest Temple)
Wat (temple) Ban Tad is a wat pa (forest temple) with a vast area of 163 rai. The temple is a monastery for monks living secluded from the materialistic world. The boundaries of the monastery are marked by a wall which serves as a defense
against wild animals living in abundance in the forest. Within the walls Of the temple, pheasants, wild chickens, birds, squirrels, hogs, and other animals live harmoniously with the monks.
The temple is important to the local people, and is one of the most famous temples in Thailand as It is the monastery of two widely known Buddhist priests, Venerable Archarn Maha Bua Yanasampanno and Ajarn Mun Phurithatto, The wat is ideal for those wishing to practice meditation.
Ban Tad Temple is located in Ban Tad village. From downtown Udonthani, drive along the Highway 2 Udonthani-Khon Kaen road for 7km and take a right turn to Ban Tad village, then another 9km to get to the temple The temple will be past Ban Tad village.
Huai Luang Reservoir
The reservoir, under the responsibility of the Royal Irrigation Department, covers an area of some 20,000 rai with the capacity of 113 million cubic meters of water. It feeds 86,000 rai of agricultural area and also serves: as a source of water for animals and the public water supply. Huai Luang is a scenic attraction ideal for rafting, fishing, and cruising. A summer palace was constructed for the King’s mother who came to stay here almost every year when she was alive.
The reservoir is located 15km outside the city of Udonthani on the Udon-Nong Bua Lumphu road. After driving for 15km turn right, following the signs for the reservoir for another 1 0km.
Thipayarat Nimit Temple (also know as Wat Pa Ban Jik)
Thipayarat Nimit is one of the forest temples in the Udonthani municipality. Inside the temple grounds is very shady with a large pagoda, which is the place where part of the Buddha’s ashes is kept. The pagoda was designed by national artist, Ajarn Pinyo Suwannakhiri. The base of the pagoda was designed in the shape of an antique scale like those used to measure the Buddha’s ashes back in the period of his death
Inside the pagoda there is also a portrait of Luangpu Tin Jittammo. the current abbot. Every year, in November, people bring offerings to the temple to celebrate the abbot’s birthday.
The temple is located near the intersection between Naraesuan Rd. and Tahan Rd. in the city of Udonthani.
Udon Thani museum (Rachinuthit Building)
Located on Pho Si Road near Wat Phothi Somphon, the structure was constructed in 1920 by an initial idea of Pharaya Sisuriyaratchawaranueat , Lord Lieutenant of the Udon Circle, and the peple of Udon, to be a schoolhouw of vthe. Nqri – uppatham School. The construction was completed in 192&. Later, King Rama VI renamed the school as “Rachinuthit” and the school building has so been called ever since.
Rachinuthit Building became the Office of Women’s Cultural Promotion in 1 930, the Office of the Reginal Education Development Project in 1960, the Office of Education Area 9 in 1973, and later, the Udon Thani Cultural Office. This westren – styled brick building has two stories, a hip roof with a front porch, and doer and window arches. Today, after renovation, it serves as the provincial museum of Udon Thanh With a display of different aspects ranging from history , archaeology, natural science, geology .folk arts and culture, to the btography and honourable deeds of Kromaluang Prachaksinlapakhom, the founder of Udon Thani.
Udon Thani Out-Of-City-Attractions
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 Chiang Archaeological 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 are 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.