udon thani night bazaar
It has been too many years since I have visited Udon Thani City — so many developments now exist that did not when I was married in Udon back in 2005. Consequently, I am not exactly certain just what the term “Udon Thani Night Bazaar” refers to.
The UD Bazaar is one of those venues that did not exist back in 2005. Here is how UdonMap described it back in September 14, 2009, when it became a sponsor:
UD Bazaar is a popular night market and entertainment complex. Here you will find Thai massage, local handicrafts, clothes, IT products, food court, beer garden and live music nightly. There is also a children’s play area with inflatable castle, slides and swings.
UdonTalk posted about the High-Tech Night Bazaar last April 27.
To me, these places sound distinct from one another. So are they?
The Nation had this article that it published on December 26, 2010:
Udon plaza ready for competition
Night bazaar to be converted into daytime lifestyle market
Udon Plaza, operator of UD Town Lifestyle Mall in Udon Thani, will convert the UD Bazaar night market into a daytime “lifestyle market” in preparation for more intense competition from CentralPlaza Udon Thani.
The Central venture is undergoing a Bt4-billion renovation and expansion, including the Centara Udon Thani hotel, and will be officially reopened in the first quarter of 2012.
The 13,000-square-metre open-air UD Town Mall houses more than 90 retail tenants, while the 10,000-square-metre UD Bazaar night market has around 200 small tenants. Both are located on a 24-rai plot close to the railway station in the centre of Udon Thani.
Worapol Weerachatyanukul, managing director of Udon Plaza, said UD Bazaar would be converted into a day market to better complement UD Town.
“The move is also in line with our strategy to cope with more intense competition driven by CentralPlaza Udon Thani, which will be relaunched in the near future,” he said. Worapol added that the new UD Bazaar lifestyle market would be officially opened on December 18.
Worapol said the company expected rent revenues from UD Town to increase from Bt120 million this year to Bt200 million next year, up 70 per cent year on year.
UD Town attracts 3,000 cars and 4,000 motorcycles a day on weekdays and up to 4,500 cars and 5,000 motorcycles a day at the weekend.
“We also expect our traffic to increase by 50 per cent next year,” Worapol said.
Opening in December last year and costing Bt600 million, UD Town is expected to break even within six years.
Orodsa Ritthikan, marketing director of Udon Plaza, said the company set up an ‘event marketing’ department in August. The new unit provided marketing consultancy, media brokerage and planning and event organisation for the company as well as external clients.
Investors from Laos and other provinces, including Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Sri Thammarat, had approached the company for management contracts to operate new open-air malls, said Orodsa.
Udon Plaza has a three-year business plan to diversify its portfolio into offices and hotels.
The company’s first four-and-a-half-star hotel will open within the next few years on 10-rai about 50 metres from UD Town.
Requiring investment of about Bt100 million, the hotel will consist of two buildings with 80 rooms each.
“We are in the process of adjusting the design for the new hotel, which will serve greater numbers of tourists coming to Udon Thani,” said Worapol.
He said about 2.2 million Thai and foreign tourists visited the northeastern city every year.
There are about seven or eight three- and four-star hotels in Udon Thani with more than 3,000 rooms altogether. Their current occupancy rates average between 90 per cent and 100 per cent.
“We also plan to invest Bt30 million to open a new three-floor office building on the existing plot located by UD Town by the end of next year,” said Pitak Ponghirancharoen, the company’s assistant managing director.
He said the 3,000-square-metre 30-unit office building would serve Udon Plaza itself and its affiliated company TIS Telecom, which is the DTAC distributor for Thailand’s upper northeast. The two companies have more than 120 employees altogether. Pitak said the first and second floors of the office building, accounting for 70 per cent of total retail space, would be allocated to retail tenants.
I chose to publish the article here because The Nation website seems to be infrequently accessible. Whether that is in general, or just a peculiarity of access that vexes me, I cannot say. What I am trying to say is that I do not know if “Udon Thani Night Bazaar” is a correct name; or if it is simply a generic reference to a night market. If the latter, then clearly the potential venue broadens. By way of example, here is an excerpt from a contributor to TripAdvisor:
Avoid all Falang western areas and enjoy where the Thais go……just a walk or short motor scooter away, next to the Railroad Station is the new Udon Town Plaza, magical open food bazaar and entertainment area…..incredible inexpensive food and great atmosphere. Next to, just across Prosi road is an older night bazaar area, Center Pointe which has its own charm. As an extension to Udon Town Plaza many brand new restaurants, Sushi, Steak, Chicken, Swenson’s and a fabulous all you can eat Buffet Oi Shi’s high end, not your regular buffet. There’s even a new McDonalds and Wawee Coffee and another Thai Coffee Bakery Restaurant.
I will say no more on the subject, and merely offer these further websites for your reference:
Besides temples, you can spend time with your family at the Udonthani Zoo, Doi Inthanon National Park, Dao Cave, the Night Bazaar, Sirikit Botanical Gardens and Phrathat Doi Suthep. Udonthani is also popular for its …
Publish Date: 01/08/2012 5:46
When I’m feeling a bit down in the mouth here in the UK, I pick myself up by thinking about some other location I’d like to be. More often than not I imagine I’m with Wonderful Wi at our village home in Udon Thani Province.
Publish Date: 07/26/2010 1:16
Udon Thani was a cool city, with the best food night bazaar I’ve seen so far, which even had live music. It doesn’t really have anything in the way of tourism and there is very little English spoken. I believe there is one tourist …
Publish Date: 12/27/2011 23:42
udon thani night bazaar
Modern Dog Concert part two UD Bazaar Udon Thani, Thailand
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Modern Dog Concert at UD Night Bazzar Udon Thani Thailand