Udon Thani

Udon Thani is a city in the Isaan region, often referred to as simply Udon or Udorn, about 560 km northeast of Bangkok. This is also the provincial capital of the same name province.
The city was founded in the 1890s and with the population of nearly 400,000 it is 5th largest city in Thailand by now.

Udon was home to a major US airbase during the Vietnam War and the US consulate. It is also the destination for foreign expats in Thailand. The presence of westerners and their strong money have made increase the wealth of the city. Further more, because of its location in the middle plain of the northeastern, Udon naturally and selectively become the hub for agriculture, a major commercial center in northern Isaan and the gateway to Laos, Northern Vietnam and Southern China.

There are not many touristy appeals in Udon itself except a few interesting Buddhist temples and pristine country lands surroundings.  About more than 40 km east of Udon Thani is Thailand's premier Bronze Age excavation at Ban Chiang, the world-renowned archaeological site.
Anyway, Udon is a convenient stopover on the way to Laos and from which to Vietnam so, feel free to put it into your itinerary if you want to discover another aspect of Thailand.

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