Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Udon Thani Province

Phu Phrabat Historical Park

Steeped in mythical intrigue and peppered with bizarre rock formations, Phu Phrabat Historical Park is one of the region’s highlights. The formations are a collection of balanced rocks, spires and whale-sized boulde…
Top Choice Thai in Udon Thani


This delightful place defies categories. The interior decor looks like a mixture of Moroccan and art nouveau, with its whimsical tiling and frosted windows. The waiters all dress formally in black ties, and the menu…
Thai in Udon Thani

Rabiang Phatchanee

This place on the lake's east shore offers all the usual Thai dishes, but also many you've probably never tried before, such as fish-stomach salad. Eat outdoors on the deck or in air-conditioned dining rooms.
Gardens in Udon Thani

Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm

The Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm, just northwest of town, earned fame for developing an aromatic breed of orchid and producing the first orchid-based perfume. It has since developed a hybrid of Codariocalyx motorius oh…
Lake in Udon Thani Province

Red Lotus Sea

You'll see pictures of the Red Lotus Sea all over Udon as it's touted as one of the province's top attractions, but few Westerners make it there. The trick is in the timing. The sea of lotuses is a spectacular sight…
Museum in Ban Chiang

Ban Chiang National Museum

This excellent museum exhibits a wealth of pottery from all Ban Chiang periods, plus myriad spearheads, sickles, fish hooks, ladies' neck rings and other metal objects. The displays (with English labels) offer excel…
Museum in Udon Thani

Ho Chi Minh Educational & Tourism Historical Site

During 1928 and 1929, Ho Chi Minh used the jungle around Nong Hang village as one of his bases to train soldiers and rally Isan's sizeable Vietnamese community for his resistance against the French occupation of Vie…
Temple in Udon Thani

Sanjao Pu-Ya

This large, garish Chinese temple on the southern shore of Nong Bua attests to the wealth of the local Thai-Chinese merchant class. At its heart, the Pu-Ya Shrine houses small images of the Chinese gods Pu (Grandpa)…
Buddhist Temple in Udon Thani Province

Wat Pho Chai Sri

With brightly painted statuary that's even more bizarre than Nong Khai's Sala Kaew Ku, this wát is a perfect add-on to Phu Phrabat and even worth a trip on its own. The life-size figures around the temple grounds ar…
Park in Udon Thani

Nong Prajak Park

Udon's most popular park starts to rev up as the afternoon winds down. Much of the action takes place on the sunset-watching side of the lake, along Th Thesa. Dozens of streetside massage artists begin rub-downs aro…