Udon Thani is an important regional hub for northeastern Thailand and neighbouring Laos. The urban centre, Udon City, is home to a large concentration of expats, some of whom settled down here after the Vietnam war. Udon’s dining and nightlife scene is, therefore, very diverse and offers good Western choices. It also has a thriving bar scene.
Motorcycle riding in Udon Thani and the Isan is a great experience.
Udon Thani is probably best known for its Archaeological past, such as the hamlet of Ban Chiang where the world's first Bronze Age civilization that existed more than 5000 years ago. Phu Phrabat Historical Park is one of the most popular attractions in Udon Thani. It is known for its unique rock formations and religious shrines
Phu Foi Lom Eco Park is located in Udon’s southwest at one of the highest peaks of the city. It is promoted as an ecotourism destination.
Isan food is famous throughout Thailand, many dishes are served with chili peppers and sticky rice (khao niao). Northeastern Thai cuisine serves sticky rice as a side dish in most meals.