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Udon Thani

Udon Thani - description of the city:

Udon Thani is one of the major cities of the Isan region, Thailand. It is the capital of Ubon Thani Province. It is located on the northeast  from Bangkok near the flow of Mekong, at the Maenam Luang river.. There is also a railway to Bangkok and the airport for domestic flights. Udon is a major commercial center in northern Isan and the gateway to Laos, northern Vietnam, and southern China.

The city was a bustling support center for the nearby Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base during the Vietnam War and retains reminders of that time in the form of bars, coffee shops, and hotels. Udon Thani has largest Vietnamese community in all Thailand for today, because in the mid-1900s more then 46,500 Vietnamese was refugees immigrated to Udon Thani.

The main attractions in Udon Thani are many Buddhist temples, predominately of new age, the shrine of Sao Lak Muang( sanctified place for good spirits patronizing the city), the zoo with a collection of local animals, and weekly market. 47 km east of Udon Thani is Thailand`s premier Bronze Age excavation at Ban Chiang, the world-renowned archaeological site which will be interesting attractions for travelers. Wat Pa Baan, which is near Udon Thani, was home for many years to forest meditation monk. The monk Luangta Maha Bua was famous by his philanthropic endeavors such as accumulating gold and giving it to the national treasury to benefit Thailand`s citizens during the economic crisis of the late 1990s.  

Udon Thani will be also interesting for people who prefer shopping. Despite of the small size of the province, Udon Thani has a sufficiently large infrastructure, like Tesco-Lotus, Big C, and Makro stores. The largest and famous is Central Plaza Udon Thani with big theatre cinema Major Cineplex. The second with big cineplex, SF Cinema City, is Landmark Plaza. 

Country Thailand
International title Udon Thani
Population 247,231 people
Timezone Asia/Bangkok
State Changwat Udon Thani
Geographic coordinates Latitude: 17.41567 x Longitude: 102.78589

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