Categories: North Thailand

Udon Thani street life

Udon Thani is one of the 5 major cities in Esan, North East Thailand and it also the Thai traffic hub for connecting to Laos, North Vietnam and China.

During the Vietnam war, the city was also a recreational city for US soldiers when they had the chance to rest. There is still bars and night clubs from those times, even my walk through the city did not take me there. In the province you will also find Ban Chiang where it is believed, the world’s first Bronze Age civilization have been located more than 5,000 years ago.

But I will show you none of the above, I will show the ordinary street life of Udon Thani. I came to the central bus station with bus from Vientiane in Laos and had to catch the plane from the International airport to Chiang Mai. I had 5 hours until I had to be at the airport, and nothing else to do, so I decided to walk to the airport. It was about 6 kilometers if you take the direct route, but I guess I did not, because the walk took me more than 4 hours.

Udon Thani is very much alike every larger city you will find around Thailand, nothing special i am tempted to say, but that is properly because I do not know or live in the city. All though I will say the citizens of Udon Thani is generally very nice, smiling and polite, I did not talk a lot with them but I had to ask for directions and everybody was very helpful. When I was taking photos at the market, everybody smiled and had a lot of fun because a foreigner was taking photos.

And at the last part at my walk, i still had about one kilometer to go, i was walking on a high way, very hot and no shadow. Then i was passed by a student on a motorcycle, after 100 meters he stopped, turned around and came back to me. he asked me if he could drive me to the airport, i thanked and got on his motorcycle.

5 minutes later he dropped me at the airport, he said goodbye and left. He did not want money but only wanted to help. So my impression of the people of Udon Thani is very good. So a lot of thanks to the people for their hospitality.

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