Ban Chiang Archeological Site is located in Nong Han district and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South East Asia. The site is under the town of Ban Chiang; only one of the excavation sites is open to the public and it is in the grounds of a Temple called Wat Po Si Nai.
The site was discovered in 1966 and there is evidence of prehistoric occupation from 3600BC up until around AD200. It was always thought that SE Asia was very backwards compared to China and India back in these days but the discovery of these sites and the artifacts discovered have shown a very advanced Asian Bronze Age.
Seven layers of civilization have so far been discovered at Ban Chiang and the beautiful red/ochre pottery is believed to be from the 3rd and 4th layers.
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There is also a museum with artifacts from the sites however the day we visited it was closed due to the electricity being off.Ban Chiang is about 55 kilometers from Udon Thani and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Nong Prachat Park was formerly called Nong Na Kluer and was a natural swamp before the founding of Udon Thani. The swamp and surrounding area was designated as a park and named after the town founder Major General Krom Laung Prachat Silapakom. It is now a very popular recreation park with beautiful flowers in a garden in the middle of the swamp with a bridge connecting it to land.
There are shady trees, fountains, statues, playgrounds, a clock tower and paddle boats. It is a very busy place especially on weekends with locals feeding the fish, having picnics or exercising. The Royal Palace is on the north west side of the park.
If your feeling energetic you can also hire push bikes to ride around the park. Just outside the park there are plenty of food stalls which stay open late along with massage stalls.
We enjoyed our time at the park just sitting there people watching, especially a little Thai girl and her mother who invited me to help them feed the fish.
Phu Foi Lom located in Phu Phan Noi mountain range.It's is part of the Pan Don Pa Ko National Reserved Park. This park 's popular in rare flora and fauna especially "Foi Lom" which become the name of this place.Foi Lom 's in lichen family which always found in mountain area. Nowaday, it's hard to find Foi Lom in the park.There're some activities to prevent forest focused on eco-tourism system. Apart from forest activities, you can also visit Fossils Museum and dinosaur trail. The park also provides tent service and hotel in bungalow style.
Located in Ban Chiang Archaeological Site where nominated as a World Heritage Site in December 1992. This museum exhibited the story of Ban Chiang Prehistoric period (from 4,000 to 7,500 years old) by displays artifacts which found in that area especially potteries and bronze stuffs.The museum separated to 4 buildings: 1st Bldg. for temporary exhibition and museum shop, 2nd and 3rd Bldg. for Ban Chiang story and artifacts, 4th Bldg. for contemporary lifestyle of local people.
Open : Tue-Sun 9.00-16.30 hrs.
Admission fee : 150 baht.
Nong Prajak Silpakom or Prajak Silpakom Reservoir located in the center of city. Originally,it used to be a city reservoir but now it changed to be an area of public park. And at Evening time,it 's an area for eating and massage.
This TAT office located on the side of Nong Prajak.The areas of Responsibility 're Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu and Loei. So you can find maps ,brochures and information on these provinces.
Closed on Sat and Sun.
Coming from Japan, I was naturally interested in the karaoke set-up in Udon Thani. They have a very clever booth system at the Centerpoint market where you can pre-pay any number of songs (5 baht each) and then go to your booth and sing to your heart's content. You are free to take food and drinks in as well. They had songs in various languages and this corner of the market seemed fairly popular with the locals. I didn't have a bash (lucky for them).
Open from sundown until 1am.
This building was built in 1920 AD. Originally it used as a school house of Uppathamnaree school (present named Stri Rachinuthit school) .It was constructed and dedicated to Queen Si Patcharinthra and used as school building til 1930.Then it was changed to the office of Women Cultural Promotion Office and became a property of the Ministry of Education.On 1998 AD.the province established this building as Udorn Thani Provincial Museum and exhibits the story of Udornthani such as history,archaeology,culture etc..
Its rated as Unesco's Heritage Site.
"Ban Chiang is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South-East Asia. It marks an important stage in human cultural, social and technological evolution. The site presents the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of metals." - by Unesco.
Its located about 50 kms from Udon Thani. If you are interested??? in visiting this Museum and the archaeological site.
Quite disappointing for me
The 1st open museum in Thailand. Represented the excavation site on Ban Chiang period. There’re so many buried under the Ban Chiang village. Some’ve found and some still laying under the village for future study. This museum shows how people in the past did. How they buried, things that they picked with a deathman, their pottery, their tools,…. When I visited I enjoy much to study.
On the foot of Phu Phan Mountain range
Inside the park, the archaeologists found a group of prehistoric rock painting in the shelter walls and caves. In the historic time , Dvaravati period, this place used to be a sacred area, there’re some riligious monuments which built from rock shelter surrounded by Sema (the Buddhist religious boundary). But almost monuments named from the local folklore of U-sa Barot ,the popular story in the northeastern ,Thailand.
Intersting sites :
Hor Nang U-sa,the stone landscape in a shape as tower
Wat Pho Ta , a stone shack has a boundary stones called Sema and Buddha images carved in sandstone (Dvaravati period)
Tham Wua Daeng, the cape used to be a shelter of man in prehistoric time. Still be a cave painting depicted human figures ,hands, animals and geometry signs.
Tham Phra, the carved Buddha images on sandstone in various poses.(Dvaravati period)
Pha Sadej , a viewpoint with a scenic of forest.Good site for dreaming with sunset .
Ku Nang U-sa , a stone landscape surrounded by big Semas. It ‘s assummed to be the ritual place in the former time.
When I visited I took a local bus from Rangsina market in city via Udornthani-Namsom-Nayung (bus avialable between 6.00am-6.00pm),drop at the road to park ,walk plus hichthike(take a very long time for reaching but the local people ‘re so kind) .But the easy way if you don’t have own vehicle ,just hire a tuktuk or mini bus (high price) .
There’s an information centre and park’s office on the gate.
Open daily 8.00am – 4.30pm.
Admission fees 30 baht
042-222909 A camping site’s avialable for 100 B / 2 persons.