Udon Thani, a northeastern province covering an area of 11,730 square kilometers, is a prime business center of I-San. Located
564 kilometers from Bangkok, it the world heritage site for the prehistoric culture of Ban Chiang.
Udon Thani is probably best known for its archaeological wonders, paramount among them the hamlet of Ban Chiang where the world's
first Bronze Age civilization is believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago.
Udon Thani borders Nong Khai to the north, Khon Kaen to the south, Sakon Nakhon to the east and Nongbualamphu and Loei to the
west. The province is located on a plateau which is approximately 187 metres above sea level. Most of its areas are covered with
rice fields, forests and hills, with the Phu Pan mountain ranges and the Songkhram River are the provinces 2 main natural
The locals are mainly engaged in agricultural activities, with particular rising in wholesale and retail trading
activities. That is why Udon Thani is an agricultural market hub or neighboring provinces.
Udon Thani's provincial
seal depicts God Wetsuwan, King of the giants and keeper of the Northern Heavenly Gate.
The Vietnam War
transformed the sleepy provincial city of Udon Thani into a booming support center for a nearby American airbase. Since the
withdrawal of American troops in 1976, it has continued to grow as an industrial and commercial center within the
Today, Udon Thani is the transportation and communications hub of the upper Northeast with several tourist
destinations and facilities.
Thani is divided into the following districts: Muang, Kumphawapi, Nong Han, Phen, Ban Phue, Ban Dung, Si That, Nam Som, Nong
Wua So, Kut Chap, Non Sa-at, Wang Sam Mo, Chai Wan, Nong Saeng, Sang Khom, Thung Fon, Na Yung, Phibun Rak, Ku Kaeo and,