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    Questions about Udon Thani

    I'm going to Udon Thani during the SangKarn Festival - I'll be in Udon from 12 through 15 April - four nights.

    Where's a good place to stay - not too expensive? Will most places be full during this holiday? I've stayed at the Karen, that place decorated like Disneyland, Kings Hotel, Paradise - o.k., but I wonder if there is somewhere better I should try. If not, I'll probably wind up at the Paradise again (if they've finished tearing down the place and putting it back together).

    Does anyone know where I can buy whole wheat flour, whole wheat pasta (spaghetti and/or macaroni) in Udon? Cornmeal? Grape-nuts? I'll probably visit all the big stores, just wondered what you think is the best - I like that big market-area over by the Kings Hotel (forget the name of the area) - it opens early in the morning and has a few farang-food items (olives, some cheese, canned tomatoes, etc).

    Wallpaper. I wonder if there is anywhere in Udon to buy wallpaper. Do they make wallpaper in Thailand or is it imported from somewhere else.

    Books. I am always looking for used-paperbacks and the best I can find so far is Fuzzy Ken's place - nice guy, good location, right down near the center of town (and near Center Point). Is there a better (cheaper!) place to buy books?

    Mexican food. Are there any Mexican food restaurants at all? Just tacos, nachos, burritos - stuff like that?

    Thanks for any help you can give me - I'll be taking the five hour bus trip from Nakhon Phanom - not a bad trip, good bus, just boring.

    Ralph

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    PM Marmite the Dog, he knows everything about Udon.

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    The Irish Clock

    Good accommodations so I've heard. I tried to stay there on a recent visit, but they were full - a common occurrence I reckon.

    Good farang food despite the old folks home atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bexar County Stud View Post
    The Irish Clock

    Good accommodations so I've heard. I tried to stay there on a recent visit, but they were full - a common occurrence I reckon.

    Good farang food despite the old folks home atmosphere.
    And close to the "entertainment".

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    For wallpaper try Homepro, Global House and Index all three stores are on the Ring Road (Highway 216).

    Plenty of places where you can get your food fixes. Tops Supermarket in the Centara Mall, Chern Chim, in Adunyadet Road, Tesco's, Carrefour.

    A bigger book store also in Adunyadet Road.

    I recommend the President Hotel in Udon.

    President hotal Udontahani

    Good food there and has a lovely pool.

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    Place to stay - Irish Clock.
    Mexican food - Lalita's, next to Dieter's on Adunyadet road.
    Grape-Nuts - Carrefour.

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    I have heard good things about the President, but have never stayed there.

    I would recommend the Irish Clock, but you will have to book up well in advance as he is always full, especially at weekends and holidays. The rooms there are large, beds comfy and the bathrooms spacious and have good showers. You get a decent breakfast thrown in too, if the Thai idea of a Western breakfast doesn't appeal.

    I recommend the schnitzel bolognaise at Nobi's (opposite and down from the 'Clock) if you fancy some good western tucker.

    I think Udonite has covered everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackayae
    Mexican food - Lalita's, next to Dieter's on Adunyadet road.
    Has she got a cook sorted now?

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    Thanks for the great advice, everyone. I've writtten down all your suggestions and will try and find everything.

    I went to the President Hotel website and, of course, found nothing about prices. It looks expensive to me. And, since I won't have a car, is it too far to go in a tuk-tuk?

    Is Carrefour a chain (similar to Tesco)? I've been to Udon several times and haven't seen it.

    I've been to Homepro - wonderful store. Is Global House similar - and near Homepro?

    But I have been in Tesco/Big C and have never been able to find whole wheat flour or pasta. I have diabetes and am not supposed to eat white bread, so I want to make some whole wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, pie crust, etc. (I have some artificial sweetener - Splenda - which my sister sent from the States, so I'll use that instead of sugar. Cooking in Laos is always a challenge; I've really learned the art of substitution.

    I have a feeling that I won't be able to stay where I really want to stay; I'll probably have to stay wherever I can find a room (but will check out that Irish place first).

    I'm looking forward to Lalita's - I love Mexican food and there's nothing edible here (Mexican food, that is - there's a TexMex place in Vientiane, saw that they put cucumbers in their tacos, and walked right back out).

    Whatever I cannot find in Udon, Chitown's wife will get for me in Bangkok, put it on a bus and I will pick it up in Nakhon Phanom. I just want to really see what I can find locally (Udon, Sakhon, Nakhon) before I do that.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphinlaos View Post

    But I have been in Tesco/Big C and have never been able to find whole wheat flour or pasta. I have diabetes and am not supposed to eat white bread, so I want to make some whole wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, pie crust, etc. (I have some artificial sweetener - Splenda - which my sister sent from the States, so I'll use that instead of sugar.
    You won't find whole wheat Stuff in Big C Or Lotus, Tops usually have some whole wheat flour and Whole wheat pasta, not seen it in Makro. I think carrafour may have it as well.
    You don't really need sugar in whole wheat bread, there is enough natural sugars to feed the yeast, and no sugar with long fermentation makes a top tasting bread.
    I would forget about Bib C, and Lotus and just go for Carrefour situated on the ring road, (go by Taxi) and Tops which is right in town.
    There is also a farang food place called Chern Chim, but sadly they concentrate on stuff the English miss from home, not much if anything to help the home baker. Stuff like Corn meal isn't easily obtained here, seen it in very small quantities at carrefour.
    There is a new bakery supply shop on the ring road, don't know what they stock tho', but will check it out for you before you arrive. I will PM you my ph number so you can ring if you need assistance.
    There canít be good living where there is not good drinking

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    I search with google with serchwords 'where to stay in udon few days' and i find a good website with information about info udonthani.

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    ^This one ? Udon Thani.

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    Ever tried Backstreet Books Chiang Mai - Traders in Quality Used, Rare, Unique, Collector Books for books?

    Good prices, great service, good quality and free delivery. (Not sure about Laos but you could get them sent to NP)

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    Ralph; if you need a reliable tuk-tuk driver I have a guy who will look after you. He speaks a bit of English and actually knows the town (unlike most of the others). He charges fair prices too.

    Let me & PP know when you're here and you can watch us drink beer.

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    ks, Marmite -

    How can I get in touch with your tuk-tuk driver? How much will he charge me for a days wandering around Udon? Homepro, Global, the big hardware store, Lalitas,
    Carrefour, pharmacy, etc., etc. - all over the place.

    I'm arriving on the afternoon (early evening) of the 12th, but don't yet know where I will be staying.

    I have peterpan's telephone number - after I find where I'm staying, I'll try and give him a call - maybe we can all have a drink (or two) somewhere.

    Thanks again.

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    Wallpaper? .. are you trying to re-create a 1920's London terrace? ..

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    I will also thank you all for replies, because I'm planning to go there just to get out of BKK for a few days on Friday for the weekend, I have never been there, and traveling alone

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    If ya want A decent hotel,at good prices,and location,go to the Top Mansion,it is close to the Irish Clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilled View Post
    If ya want A decent hotel,at good prices,and location,go to the Top Mansion,it is close to the Irish Clock.

    The Top Mansion is in the same street as the Irish Clock, Soi Sampantanit.
    Both are popular hotels and are mostly fully booked, right in the heart of all the action that appeals to Westerners. G-Spot is the best bar in the Day and Night Complex. Has the best looking girls. Prajak Road with more bars in a lane called Nutty Park, further up the road Mr Tong's then you come to the Night Market, do a left at the Railway station and you have Udon Town, lots of open air bars and food. Live music as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udonite
    do a left at the Railway station and you have Udon Town
    Or a right...

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    Top Mansion has good rooms for good value.

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    Opps a right.
    Do a left and you into the Night market.

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    I've stayed a the Top Mansion a couple of times: cheap, clean and reasonably well run. As others say, Irish Clock on same street, about 100 metres in direction of bus station from Top. Here's link at Udonmap.com

    At same site, is map of town. I think if you stay at Top, you won't be far from some of the other services you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiamRick View Post
    I've stayed a the Top Mansion a couple of times: cheap, clean and reasonably well run. As others say, Irish Clock on same street, about 100 metres in direction of bus station from Top. Here's link at Udonmap.com

    At same site, is map of town. I think if you stay at Top, you won't be far from some of the other services you're looking for.
    Don't be so sure about that...

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    ndee guesthouse, 500 baht, nice big rooms, very quiet too


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