city lodge udonthani
The City Lodge is one of Udon Thani’s more ‘budget-priced’ businesses offering accommodation. I have never stayed there, but you can find out a considerable amount of information about the place by going to a webpage for it hosted by UdonMap — just click on the image below.
As you may surmise if you read the full forum thread that is linked to on that webpage, the business has had its travails. However, there are no complaints about the accommodation aspect.
The Lodge has plenty of mentions in other threads in the UdonMap forum — generally, quite interesting reading.
city lodge udonthani
“Dry season” Marculliver’s photos around Loei, Thailand
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Entry from: Loei, Thailand
Entry Title: “Dry season”
“so after a small week in Nongkhai preparing IT lessons for that summer camp (kids 13-17 yo), i get itchy again and feel like traveling around. First i got curious hearing about the first (and only exported?) Thai wine, Chateau de Loei, and actually enjoyed a bottle of white last month during my first stay in NK. Not cheap for Thai standards, but pretty good (though i hear the red is not up to par). So this weekend i went to Loei, the capital of the Loei province (pronounce almost like French “l’oeil”). Long trip, changing bus in Udon Thani, etc.. Alas the winery is quite far from the city of Loei, and not easy accessible. Loei city itself is fantastic if you need to buy farming and construction material, and overflashy cotton shirts. Strangely almost no temples in sight, it’s the anti-tourist town. In a way i am glad, this is a great opportunity to discover the Thailand behind the scene where people don’t speak English, and rarely see farangs. Still some must come here or rather, live here, because i find this nice coffee shop and cheapest ever shop of beautiful local fabrics. Oh and a surprising German menu and restaurant (see photo), yeah the cook is German and settled here with his Thai wife, a classic pattern totally accepted by the Thai culture–i dare say, embraced. Loei people are very nice and generous, like the hotel people offering mango, water and internet at no extra cost. This largely compensate for the blandness of the city.
Still the next day i gotta move on, i want to see the mountains, where temperatures can drop to 0 celsius, not now though, we are in the DRY season, it’s only a bit cooler. So i set off to Phu Rua, a small town by the big road, marking the entrance of a National Park. The trip is quick, as the driver zooms his high speed aircon bus across a winding landscape very similar to Laos,–just bigger road and richer houses. Phu Rua is mostly resorts and camping sites, very nice and clearly designed for Thai people. It’s low season though and i find a cheap lodge, overlooking the valley (photo). Yay mountain biking, sweating, and hiking. I find the waterfall,.. a trickle of water. Like in Laos, people burn the bushes, but apparently it’s more than just for cultivation as the lonely planet implies. Rather it seems also a way to clean up the forest and probably prevent dangerous fire (there are also pine trees at this altitude). One more thing we gotta learn from the people in this part of the world.
Back in Nongkhai, the Mekong is still super low. Did i tell you there were new islands after i got back from Laos? Actually the water level is so low that Laos is now closer to Thailand, you can hear their dogs barking and whatever they are digging in the river banks (photos).
Another border came to mind yesterday. Volunteers from all over the world arrived for the 3-day training, and Karen people involved in the refugee project also came. Ever heard about the Karen? They are this minority in Myanmar, except that in their land they are actually a majority, and they have been struggling against the Burmese junta for decades. So i meet “Sweet” (really that’s her name), asking her where she’s from she answers Karen. She will not say she’s Burmese, just Karen born in Myanmar. She lived in a small village by the Thai border, which civil war reached when she was 8 years old. The village was burned by the army and her family had no choice but jump in the river. When they found land, it was Thailand, where she stayed ever since. She dodged and refused refugee status, which eventually turned out well, since she and her son are now Thai and free to travel. The refugees (like many Thai hill tribes) are not. They are stuck in camps for many years or decades, and eventually relocated in Japan or rich western countries. Most refugees are Karen, but also Burmese and other ethnic groups from Myanmar, fleeing war …”
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Photos from this trip:
1. “Steak house”
2. “My lodge in phu rua (and my toes)”
3. “Imagine… a river”
4. “A path through ashes”
5. “Robots in loei”
6. “”clean food good taste street””
7. “Small shrine in phu rua national park”
8. “Dry dry dry”
10. “In the bamboos”
11. “Dna tree and blue pipe”
12. “Coconut is the best deal”
13. “Fruits in the bus”
14. “Low mekong in nong khai (1)”
15. “Low mekong in nong khai (2)”
16. “Low mekong in nong khai (3)”
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