udon thani tourist office
I have previously and quite recently posted that the UdonMap forum introduced the local Tourist Office with this March 3, 2010, thread: TAT Udon Thani (Tourist Office). The national website for the Tourism Authority of Thailand is provided within that helpful profile.
July 5, 2011, by Paphada Apimonton
BANGKOK, 5 July 2011 – Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Udon Thani office links tourism with folklore in a new package that promotes the trail of the legendary Naga, the northeast office reported last Friday.
The TAT Udon Thani office is selling the idea to mainly domestic travellers to beef up the province’s attractions in tourism. It combines five places that local people believe are related to the folklore serpent, Naga, in and around the provinces of Udon Thani and Nong Khai.
According to TAT Udon Thani office, the programme is suitable for adventure lovers because the trail takes visitors through caves and over difficult terrain to reach the sites.
Currently there are only four to five local tour companies in Udon Thani selling this package but they are counting on TAT support to build awareness, which could take at least six months of heavy promotion.
TAT backs the project by surveying the sites, building a suitable package structure, and supporting the travel agencies to promote the new tours in the market. It does not get involved directly in sales, but does set the standards and framework, while only working with reliable and authorised travel agencies to ensure quality for the end-users.
A two-day/one-night trip sells at around Bt1,000 starting in Udon Thani including the cost of transportation (in Udon Thani and Nong Khai), meals, entrance fees, and one night’s accommodation.
The trip starts from Udon Thani in Ban Phu district at Phu Phra Bat Historical Park 42 km northwest of Udon Thani. The park is famous for its pre-historic caves paintings, Lopburi Bodhisattvas, Lang Chan Buddha image, and a stupa to shelter a Buddha footprint.
However, the most well-known tourism asset is the Naga cave where local people believe the Naga sheltered. Locals claim the cave is still connected to the Mekong River through a maze of underground river channels.
The tour continues to Nong Khai province in Sangkom district to visit Tham Din Phiang Temple or Tham Sri Mongkol Temple, which is 79 km from Ban Phu district in Udon Thani. The temple houses underground caves, which people believe is yet another part of the underground channel to the Mekong River which is 20 km away. The tales weaved around the caves and temple are taken seriously by those who still believe the river is home to a giant serpent (Isan’s version of a Loch Ness style legend).
About 7 km from Tham Din Phiang Temple stands the Pha Tak Seu Temple, a vantage point for viewing the Thai-Laos border and the Mekong River in the distance.
Next stop is Pho Chai Temple in Muang district, which is 84 km away from Sangkom district. The temple houses what locals believe are Naga fossils. The remains have not been identified leading to the belief, locally, that they represent physical evidence that the river is home to a mysterious serpent.
From here the tour returns to Udon Thani’s Ban Dung district for the final stop. The district is home to the Kham Chanod forest that folklore claims is the entrance of the underworld where Naga lives and is clothed in mystery and superstition.
While the trail of the Naga has touches of a Harry Potter script, with magical forests and a mythical serpent, there are also more traditional temple attractions that remain the most popular stops on domestic tours visiting Udon Thani and Nong Khai provinces.
TAT’s Udon Thani office has also been promoting more traditional tours such as a “one trip, two countries,” itinerary for the last three years and so far there are 15 travel agents selling this route.
Udon Thani is a gateway province in Northeast Thailand on the main rail and road links to Laos, located 564km from Bangkok.
There is also a reasonably busy domestic airport 2.7km from the town centre that is used by visitors who want to continue their journey overland to Laos crossing the Mekong River at Nong Khai. The airport has 11 flights daily from Bangkok operated by Nok Air (four flights), Thai Airways (three flights), Air Asia (three flights) and Orient Thai (one flight).
Overall, the town has nearly 5,000 rooms in a range of 45 properties ranging from guest houses to three-star hotels.
Udon lies about 100 km south of Nong Khai, a border town on the Mekong River and the site of the first friendship bridge to span the river financed by a grant from the Australian government in the 90s. A train runs across the bridge to a small station about 4 km inland on the way to the Lao capital Vientiane. But most cross border travellers hail taxis or board buses to travel through the border checkpoints.
Udon is also on the State Railways of Thailand rail line linking Nong Khai to Bangkok and will be an important station on the proposed high-speed rail line that the Chinese intend to build by 2015 according to official announcements. It will start in Kunming, Yunnan province, passing through towns in Laos such as Luang Prabang and Vientiane and crossing over a second river bridge at Nong Khai to head south to Udon, Khon Khaen, Nakhon Ratchishima, and Bangkok.
udon thani tourist office
Udon Thani Immigration Office
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The new Udon Thani Immigration Office located on Posi Road in downtown Udon Thani. For more information please see the following page: http://www.udonmap.com/en/udonthani-business/public-services/local-authoritie…