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    Going to visit Udon Thani

    My wife and I are going to Udon Thani when I get back in September.I wanted us to fly to Hong Kong for a week but she's been wanting to take me to Udon since we met,so after hearing her go on about it I decided to go ahead and check it out.She's not actually from Udon Thani,but from out in the jungle somewhere.About 50 km or so outside of town.Asked her about town and she's knows next to nothing.Asked her if there is a hotel or a place we can stay that might have air-con,out in the jungle I mean,says she's not sure,doesn't think so.Thought we would rent a car or truck and maybe stay in town and just drive out to where she's from.Anyway,I've been looking around on the web about Udon and think that the Irish Clock might be a good place to stay.Going to be there 4 or 5 days.Any suggestions from you guys that are up there would be appreciated.Might want to go out to a good place for dinner.Maybe check out a couple of bars,shoot some pool,that sort of thing.Even thought about doing some fishing.Looks like there are some good places to go up there.Thanks;

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    Just down the road from the Irish Clock is a guest house that is new and cheap with A/C, fridge, tv, and hot waterThe name was Top Guest House maybe(Marmite would know)I liked UdonIt's a cool townI've purposely left out the spaces between my sentences to show you how annoying it really is.

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    whats the name of the amphur your wife is from ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isanmick View Post
    whats the name of the amphur your wife is from ?
    What's an amphur?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetalband View Post
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    whats the name of the amphur your wife is from ?
    What's an amphur?
    council or district.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isanmick View Post
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    whats the name of the amphur your wife is from ?
    What's an amphur?
    council or district.
    nong han,I think that's how you say it.When she says something in Thai,and for me to try and spell it,I sure I always get it wrong.

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    yes, Nong Han is correct its about 30 kms east from Udon on highway 22, my wife's family is also in Nong Han. Not much out there but the road to Udon is very good now.
    Ban Chiang is not far away, it's supposed to be the site of the worlds oldest pottery.
    There is horse racing held every saturday which is fun day out, its just off highway 22 on the left just before you get to big C coming from Nong Han. Sometimes I like to just jump on a motor bike and get a little bit lost and see where I end up, just take your mobile phone just in case you get too lost and need directions.
    Sabai Sabai fishing park is good place to spend a lazy afternoon. Last time I was there i kept about 6 and threw back just as many, very friendly staff also. Its just off the road to Nong Khai. Take the missus as theirs not much in the way signs.
    Udon town has grown a lot in the last 10 years and caters for the westerner pretty well now. There is plenty of hotels in udon town but if you wanted to stay half way between town and Nong Han , I found Thomas resort pretty nice, is also cheap and has a swimming pool.
    You should try to get out to a few neighbouring provinces Nong khai and Loei ( In my opinion Thailands best kept secret). Last time I went to loei we spent the day floating on raft on big lake called something like Hwuay ga ting. I've got friend with a van who took us there he charges about 1,700 baht a day plus fuel on top, If you need him, you can call him on -(Bird) 0816408520.
    Hope you enjoy Udon.
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    ^ I'd back up what Mick has to say.

    The place Pickel was on about is Top Mansion. I've never stayed there, but I hear good things about it.

    The Irish Clock used to be the best place in town, but now it is run by a complete tosser, so many locals won't go there any more.

    The best place for food and to meet a few people is The Bookhouse. At the moment it's on Adunyadet road, but is moving to Nong Sim Lake in about 3 weeks time.

    There are a number of fishing lakes around the place. It's probably best to show you them in person when you get here as they can be a bit awkward to find if you don't know the area. Drop me a PM nearer the time and I'll let you buy me a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    ^ I'd back up what Mick has to say.

    The place Pickel was on about is Top Mansion. I've never stayed there, but I hear good things about it.

    The Irish Clock used to be the best place in town, but now it is run by a complete tosser, so many locals won't go there any more.

    The best place for food and to meet a few people is The Bookhouse. At the moment it's on Adunyadet road, but is moving to Nong Sim Lake in about 3 weeks time.

    There are a number of fishing lakes around the place. It's probably best to show you them in person when you get here as they can be a bit awkward to find if you don't know the area. Drop me a PM nearer the time and I'll let you buy me a beer.
    Sounds good,I will.The wife kinda wanted to stay out in the woods at least a couple of nights anyway.That's okay,I just wanted to go out and see the town some too.She hasn't spent much time there since she was little.Both her parents are dead.Died when she was about 12,in a auto accident.Been living in Klaeng north of Mae Phim with her aunt.The more I look at Udon Thani on the computer the more I'm looking forward to going there.Would like to go fishing,I miss it.It's not going to be the same as we have in Colorado,but from the pics I've seen looks pretty damn fun to me.Don't know what kind of fish I've been looking at,but they're big.Thought about renting a car from a place called Lek's.Seems like a lot people like Avis though.I'll take a look at this Top Mansion,and the Thomas place too.Anyway,I'll PM you a few day's before we get there.Going to fly in from BKK.Should be interesting,she's never been on a plane before.She's going to shit when I take to the States for a little visit next year.I'll be in touch.Thanks

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    If you do decide to stay at Thomas Resort, then I can hook you up with a reliable and non-ripoff tuk-tuk, who can be at your beck and call during your stay. I reckon it'll be 200 to 250 baht return from the resort to town and he seems to be happy to work 24/7.

    Lek's seem to be pretty good for car rentals from what I've heard. I tend to use a small Thai place when I rent a car, but Lek's will be easier to make arrangements with.

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    For lodging, I would recommend the City Lodge or Irish Clock, they both have good restaurants. Thomas resort is good, but outside of town, Top Mansion, the beds are uncomfortable. Lek's car is a good bet, they will pick you up at the airport. Check out a few of the local websites, udonmap and udontalk, to get more info on UD. No rainbow trout here. Go Broncos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post

    Just down the road from the Irish Clock is a guest house that is new and cheap with A/C, fridge, tv, and hot water The name was Top Guest House
    I stayed there once but I don't think it would be a good choice for this dude with his wife as Dudes bring there slappers there day and night.

    Maybe she's cool with that though. ? But yes definitely value for money.

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    Good thing also about the Top Mansion is it dead center of all the entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetalband View Post

    Thought about renting a car from a place called Lek's.Seems like a lot people like Avis though.
    You'll pay a bit more with Avis but being an international concern you wont have a problem with being ripped off.

    I always use Avis, take the car for a month and its piss cheap booked in advance over the net. Make sure you insure the car up.

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    Lek car rental gets excellent reviews, and fully insured. I believe they will pick you up at airport. Top Mansion is good value, though beds a bit firm. Actually downtown is under major construction, so if renting a car anyway, as Udon is easy to negotiate, since a few streets take you most places, stay just out of town may be a better alternative. There is a place on same road as Thomas resort, bungalows look very nice, and 500 baht range. No pool, but the one at Thomas is a bit small.

    Couple days in Udon city itself is enough, so definitely consider an outing to Nong Khai or Loei, decent towns, though small and quiet themselves. Nong Khai along the Thai big muddy, the Mekong. Loei a bit further away, but very scenic.

    Some restaurants in Udon for western fare, BookHouse & Coffee is excellent, for Brit / international fare, breakfast, lasagna, and new location across from Nong Sim Park, should be very nice. Nobi’s, all things pork and German, I’m partial to the Cordon Bleu. Both very nice hosts. Mali’s kitchen, off the ring rd, which encircles the city and provides access to different parts with cutting thru town every time. TJ’s, another just off the ring rd, for American fare. All selling Thai food, along with MaeYa, one of the better Thai restaurants in town, which may take some better directions to get to.

    The night markets near the train station and UD Town shopping plaza are worth a night out, as good food selection and beverage sipping.

    If the little lady has been away for a while, she will be shocked at the growth of the area, quite congested at times, rush hour and weekends.

    If you feel comfortable driving a motorbike, makes for an inexpensive way to get around, along with the baht bus routes during the day. Night time it’s tuk tuks or meter taxi, worth getting their phone number, as set rate, ac, and no scamming.
    Car rental will be you biggest expense, unless staying upscale, in which case, President Hotel, mid-range, 900 w/ pool, or NakhaBuri Resort, 15 kms north of town, but very comfy, w/pool and restaurant. Go extreme upscale, and the new Prajacktra Hotel over by the Nong Prajack Park looks very nice, and offers an excellent lunch buffet for mere 129 baht. Along with many buffets being offered around town at inexpensive prices, Kinnaree is one, also 129 on Saturday nights. Bookhouse, usually on 1st Saturday, also 129 baht.

    For more detail answers to questions about Udon, there are 2 very active forums, udontalk, the one I prefer, and udonmap, which have an excellent map of town, with notations for sponsors and other venues. Both worth a peek.

    Any other questions, feel free to ask, don’t check in here too much, but on udontalk, along with many other helpful expats.

    ENJOY.

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    Nice post, LA.

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    Thanks guys,I can see right now 4 nights is not going to be enough.She doesn't want to stay too long away from the restaurant.Her sister will mind the store,should be okay.Even though it's low season wife's doing real good with it.I guess we'll stay in town for a couple of nights,Top Mansion probably,and then somewhere outside for the rest of the stay.Before I book the flight from BKK I'll try to talk her into 1 or 2 more days.I would like to check out the outlying areas.I'm a country boy,as we say,at heart,but like to be able to go into town as well.She has talked to me about maybe buying something up that way,but she's afraid I'll miss the ocean to much.Keep telling her,we have don't have an ocean in Colorado,or Afghanistan either for that matter.Curious about this place that's got the old pottery.Is that a museum or what?MD,I'm looking at getting to Udon Sept. 12th,in the evening.I'll be in touch with phone #'s.Thanks again to everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetalband
    Is that a museum or what?
    It's an archaeological site.

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    I allways use Lek at the airport ,,,,,, used em many times no probs . They will give you good insurance and if one of the many thousands of mbikes clatter into you and your off the road you dont get charged for their loss of earnings ( like some of the cheaper one,s do )

    Also have a check out in the Charansi shopping complex , you will be able to purchase a lappy in there with a space bar on it
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    Decided on Thomas Resort. Like the looks of it. Not too far out of town. Closer to where she's from. Standard room 595 baht per night. Will stay there for the whole trip. Going to use Lek's for the car. Looking forward to it.

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    I think he'll fit right in, in Udon Thani.

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    Now, what about the bars,ones that have pool tables. There seems to be tons of them. Kind of looking for a place that has pretty good food,western and Thai if there is such a place. What about this Mojo's place?
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    You will be happy enough with Thomas's place. he's a Good guy and keeps a spotless Gaff.
    If you need someone to have a beer with, I'm 10 min up the road .
    Thomas has a pool table, in house but as the patrons re mainly German, if you do find someone to play with they won't talk to you.

    Plenty of half arsed bars around and if you won't to interact with the local bovine life, there are a number of those hanging around the bars.

    As for good as against edible, farang food, it doesn't exist In Udon, best available is The book house, Run by Jeremy, a good guy but being a pom, he's doesn't know how to cook anything other than English stodge, But if that's your thing, plenty here.

    Best for Thai food is Mare Yai in town, great and very reasonably priced Thai food.
    There canít be good living where there is not good drinking

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