Introducing Udon Thani
Udon Thani has one foot on the highway and the other off the beaten track. The city boomed on the back of the Vietnam War, exploding into life as US air bases opened nearby. Today it’s become the region’s primary transport hub and commercial centre, and you have to dig deep behind its prosperous concrete veneer to find any flashes of its past. Because it lacks the urban chutzpah of Khon Kaen and the touristy appeal of Nong Khai, which is equally convenient for visiting wonderful surrounding attractions, Udon sees few travellers.