Udon Thani Province

Like a little Lopburi, this otherwise ordinary rural market town 50km southeast of Udon Thani has a troop of monkeys living alongside its human residents. They call the city-centre park home, but frequently wander beyond it to lounge on buildings. Buses (30B to 35B, one hour) depart Udon Thani's Bus Terminal 1 every 30 minutes.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Udon Thani Province attractions

1. Red Lotus Sea

7.09 MILES

You'll see pictures of the Red Lotus Sea (really, it's a pink water-lily lake) all over Udon as it's now one of Isan's top attractions, but few Westerners…

3. Sanjao Pu-Ya

24.27 MILES

This large Chinese temple on the southern shore of Nong Bua lake attests to the wealth of the local Thai-Chinese community. At its heart, the Pu-Ya Shrine…

5. Prince Prajak Monument

24.75 MILES

Udon Thani was founded by Prince Prajak, brother of King Rama V, and his name is attached to many spots in town, most notablly Nong Prajak Park. Many of…

6. Ban Chiang National Museum

24.88 MILES

This excellent museum, developed with some assistance from the Smithsonian Institution, exhibits a wealth of pottery from all Ban Chiang periods, plus…

7. Fountain

24.98 MILES

This fountain, only turned on in the late afternoon and early evening, lies at the centre of one of Udon's biggest roundabouts.