From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to
Udon Thani via Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen Provinces, a total
distance of 564 kilometers.
Buses for Udon leave Bangkok's Northern
Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) throughout the day from 5 a.m.
to 11 p.m. The journey takes around 10 to 11 hours and the fare
is 145 bahts for regular buses (260 bahts for air-conditioned buses).
Contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2936-2852-66 for more information.
Buses leave the main bus terminal in
Khorat every half hour during the day and arrive in Udon five hours
later. The cost is 81 bahtsfor regular buses (146 bahts for air-conditioned
There are buses running between Udon
Thani and other provinces such as Nong Khai, Loei, Khon Kaen, Sakon
Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani. The buses leave Udon
Thani Bus Terminal every 40 minutes.
Trains depart from Bangkok’s
Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Udon Thani every day. Call 1690,
0 2223 7010-20 for more information. The 8.30 p.m. Nong Khai Express
(No. 69) from Bangkok arrives in Udon Thani at 6.33 a.m. on the
next day. Rapid trains leave Bangkok on the Nong Khai line at 6.15
a.m. and 7 p.m. arriving in Udon Thani at 3.56 p.m. and 5.15 a.m.
The first class fare is 457 bahts, 2nd class is 219 bahts and 3rd
class is 95 bahts plus applicable charges for sleeper and express
services. In the reverse direction the No. 4 express leaves Udon
at 7 p.m.
Thai Airways has several daily
flights connecting Bangkok with Udon Thani. For more information,
contact their Bangkok office at tel. 0-2280-0060, 0-2628-2000 or
visit their website at www.thaiairways.com.
Phuket Air provides daily flight services
from Bangkok to Udon Thani. There is also a flight on every Sunday,
Monday, Wednesday and Friday leaving from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai.
The flight time is 1.25 hours. For more information, contact their
Bangkok office at tel: 0-2679-8999 or visit its website at www.phuketairlines.com
Nok Air offers three daily flights
from Bangkok to Udon Thani. The flight time is 1.05 hours. Call
1318 or book online at www.nokair.com
Air Asia operates two daily flights
from Bangkok to Udon Thani. The flight takes one hour. For more
information, Call 02 515 9999 or visit www.airasia.com for more
around Udon Thani
A hassle free way to get around
the city is by the city bus. The most useful city bus for visitors
is the yellow bus No. 2, which plies a route from the No. 2 bus
terminal, south along Suphakit Janya road and then east along Pho
Si road past the Charoen Hotel. The No. 6 bus runs between the No.
2 bus terminal and Rangsina Market, while bus No. 23 runs between
bus terminals Nos. 1 and 2. The fare for all city buses is 4 bahts.
The car rental places opposite
the Udon Hotel offers sedan, jeeps and vans for hire starting at
around 1,200 bahts.
By Sam lor
Sam lors drivers in Udon Thani practically doubled their rates overnight
when 50 Americans arrived to work on the VOA station outside the
town in 1990-91, apparently the engineers were throwing their dollars
around with abandon. With a permanent contingent of VOA employees
in the area, just about any farang (foreigner) who happens to pass
through Udon Thani will have to deal with this two tier price system.
Reasonable fares are 10 bahts to 15 bahts per kilometer.