motorcycle + s.e. asia = adventure

S.E Asia motorcycle touring forums – highlighting the ultimate antidote to a humdrum existence!

Chiang Mai - Pakxe southern Laos Return: A Savannakhet Visa Run Part 2

Discussion in 'N.E. Thailand Motorcycle Trip Report Forums' started by DavidFL, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. LOEI - UDON THANI. Days 2-3.

    Continued from
    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/38771-Chiang-Mai-Pakxe-southern-Laos-amp-Return-A-Savannakhet-Visa-Run-Part-1

    The weather sounded somewhat ominous with loads of warnings about flooding & tropical storm Mangkut, about to wash the countryside away.
    I abandoned my idea plan to ride alongside the Khong to Nong Khai then down to Udon, & took the easy way out: Loei - Nong Bua Lamphu - Udon Thani.

    I also slept in & did not get away from Loei until 11.30am.
    Being a bit of a night owl at home, it takes me a few days to adjust my body clock when I first start on the road - or at least that is my excuse.

    One reason why I was slow to get up

    292451=17404-DSC_5659.

    yep feeling a bit gripey from something the night / day before.

    A Kings Hotel brekky

    292451=17405-DSC_5656.

    mediocre at best, but the coffee is ok.

    Loei - Udon via Nong Bua Lamphu was boring. Heavy overcast.
    It was a boring ride, only livened up by meeting a couple of mates

    292451=17406-DSC_5660.
    292451=17407-DSC_5663.

    at the Nong Bua Lamphu dinosaur Museum, but sadly on this day the main display was closed up because they were repairing their dinosaur. Shall I return? Probably not.

    There is also a shrine to King Naresuan the great

    292451=16722-IMG_6634.
    Built to commemorate King Naresuan the Great. who in 1574 led his army en route Nongbua Lampu to Vientiane under orders of the King of Hongsa, the kingdom of Burma which ruled Thailand at that time.


    292451=16720-IMG_6631.

    King Naresuan was a great warrior according toThai history

    292451=16721-IMG_6632.
    and as with many King Naresuan memorials there is a large collection of fighting cocks.

    Onto Udon Thani

    292451=17408-DSC_5664.

    Arrival time in Udon was 2PM.

    The place of stay was the old Charoen Sri Palace, somewhere I last stayed 18 years ago & it has hardly changed.

    292451=16723-IMG_6635.

    292451=16724-IMG_6641.

    I still like the place: value for money @ 500 baht, plus ground level rooms for easy access. But there is NO restaurant, however there is a 7-11 right next door.
    The location is for me also good - near the lake Nong Prajak

    292451=16725-IMG_6717.

    292451=16726-IMG_6718.
    & some nice open-air eating places, plus a few good Thai Pub & Restaurants.

    Part of the Udon master plan then was to have a look around town.
    And first impression is it is big, spread out, booming & somewhat difficult to navigate if you don't really know your way around town.
    I nicknamed it the "Muang Ha Yaek" the city of five-way intersections, & there are a few confusing ones.

    UDON THANI CITY ATTRACTIONS

    Makkhaeng Camp ruins

    292451=16728-IMG_6730.

    292451=16727-IMG_6719.

    A Makkhaeng Fort History.
    During Rattanakosin Period, Udon Thani was involved in the war from 1826-1828 when Prince Anuvong of Laos took rebel troops to beat Nakhon Ratchasima. They fought with the local troops led by Lady Mo (Tao Suranaree), the wife of Nakhon Ratchasrima Governor. Prince Anuvong’s troops were beaten and had to move back to Nong Bua Lam Phu where they fought with local troops and Siamese Army and finally lost. At the later period of the reign of King Mongkut, around 1868, there was a rebel of Haw, an ethnic group, in Lao Phuan Region but it was temporarily suppressed by Siamese Army.

    In 1885 during the reign of King Rama V, the Haw gathered and built up rebel troops again in Lao Phuan Region on the left side of the Mekong River and the violence was increased. As a result, King Rama V ordered Major General Prince Prachaksinlapakhom, the southern commander, and Muen Waiwornart, the northern commander, to suppress the rebel troops. At that time Udon Thani was not named but it was known as Ban Makkhaeng or Ban Dua Makkhaeng under Nong Khai Province and Lao Phuan Region. Eventually, Prince Prachaksinlapakhom led the troops to beat the rebel troops successfully.
    After that Thailand had a dispute with France, Lawsuit R. S.112 (1893), where France wanted to colonize Laos, Cambodia and the Vietnam. To preserve the country, King Rama V, sacrificed the minority part of land on the left bank of the Mekong River to the French. The treaty between the two countries was made with the condition that Siamese troops and fortifications were prohibited within a radius of 25 kilometers of the Mekong River.
    The Siamese military base in Nong Khai, the Center of Lao Phuan Region led by Major General Prince Prachaksinlapakhom, was relocated to Ban Dua Makkhaeng (the current site of Udon Thani Province), more than 50 kilometers away from the river. Ban Dua Makkhaeng was considered to be strategically located for a town because of water resources - Nong Naklua ( Nong Prachak Park) & the clean Makkhaeng canal.

    Therefore, Major General Prince Prachaksinlapakhom founded the Center of Lao Phuan Region and the military base here. It can be seen that Udon Thani Province accidentally emerged according to international politics rather than the commercial reason, transportation reason, or other reasons like other main cities in the past.

    However, the word "Udon" was named in 1807. King Rama V granted the establishment of Udon Thani at Ban Dua Makkhaeng under Udon Thani Region. The establishment ceremony was organized on April 1, 1807 by Praya Srisuriyaraja Waranuwat “ Pho Netitho”.

    The City Pillar

    292451=16729-IMG_6739.

    292451=16730-IMG_6741.

    292451=16731-IMG_6769.

    292451=16734-IMG_6742.

    292451=16735-IMG_6746.

    292451=16736-IMG_6749.

    Udon the face of the old & the new

    292451=16732-IMG_6752.

    San Chao Pu Ya Chinese shrine

    292451=16733-IMG_6755.

    Udon Thani Museum

    292451=16737-IMG_6770.

    more to come...
    & if any of you Udon guys want to add pix of the Udon Thani city attractions please do.
     
  2. Wat Phothisomphon

    293883=17409-IMG_6697.

    293883=17414-IMG_6806.

    was built in the late reign of King Rama V.

    Maha Ammat Tri Phraya Sisuriyaratchawaranuwat (Phothi Netiphothi), Lord Lieutenant of the Udon Circle persuaded the villagers of Mak Khaeng to build the temple, which was commonly called "Wat Mai."
    Later, Phra Chao Worawongthoe Krommaluang Chinnawonsiriwat, the Supreme Patriarch, Wat Ratchabophitsathitmahasimaram, named the temple as "Wat Phothisomphon," to commemorate Phraya Sisuriyaratchawaranuwat, the temple builder.

    293883=17410-IMG_6788.

    293883=17413-IMG_6804.

    Inside, there is also a museum of revered monks famous for meditation.

    293883=17412-IMG_6799.

    293883=17411-IMG_6790.
     
  3. I checked out some of the bike shops in Udon

    1. KAWASAKI UDON
    Yong Yontrakarn
    57/3-9 Thahan Road

    293884=17419-GTR-Kawa-Udon.

    293884=17416-IMG_7303.

    293884=17417-IMG_7307.

    293884=17418-IMG_7313.

    293884=17415-IMG_7300.

    2. DUCATI UDON
    491 Nittayo Road
    N17 23 50.5 E102 48 25.0

    293884=17420-GTR-Ducati-Udon.

    293884=17421-IMG_7333.

    293884=17422-IMG_7334.

    293884=17423-IMG_7337.

    293884=17424-IMG_7340.

    293884=17425-IMG_7343.

    3. HONDA BIG WING UDON
    200/2 Moo 4
    Udon Thani.
    Thailand 41000
    Tel: 081 408 3336

    293884=17426-GTR-Honda-Udon.

    293884=17427-IMG_6654.

    293884=17434-IMG_6653.

    293884=17428-IMG_6655.

    293884=17429-IMG_6658.

    293884=17430-IMG_6662.

    293884=17431-IMG_6663.

    293884=17432-IMG_6664.

    293884=17433-IMG_6671.

    4. FREE SIZE UDON

    293884=17435-GTR-FreeSizeBikeShop-Udon.

    293884=17437-IMG_6647.

    293884=17438-IMG_6648.

    293884=17436-IMG_6645.

    5. UDON BIG CYCLE

    293884=17439-IMG_6673.
    568/2 Moo 11 Ring road, Ban Nong Nakear ,
    Amphur Muang , Udorn Thani 41000
    Phone Number : (042) 347-900
    Mobile : (086) 641-9407
    Open Mon - Sat 08:00am-17.30pm
    Sun 09:00am-15.00pm
    E-Mail : [email protected]

    293884=17440-IMG_6675.

    293884=17442-IMG_6678.

    293884=17443-IMG_6692.

    293884=17441-IMG_6676.

    6. MR MOTO UDON

    293884=17444-DSC_6354.

    293884=17447-IMG_7331.

    293884=17445-IMG_7320.
    293884=17446-IMG_7322.

    In between bike shops & temples there was wining & dining...

    LABIENG PATCHANEE
    by the lake Nong Prajak
    N17 25 10.7 E102 47 04.9
    Good atmosphere,food & service.

    293884=17449-IMG_6811.

    293884=17448-DSC_5681.

    293884=17450-IMG_6812.

    293884=17452-IMG_6817.

    Drinking spot
    LANCHANG
    GPS Waypoint: N17 25 19.2 E102 46 55.0
    by the lake Nong Prajak & just 500 metres from Labieng Patchanee.

    293884=17453-IMG_6820.

    293884=17454-IMG_6827.

    293884=17455-IMG_7359.

    Not to mention Tawandang

    293884=17456-IMG_6706.

    Udon Thani was good, it was a very busy schedule, but it was time to move on....

    Oh yeah my brekky spot. The Seaside 2

    293884=17457-IMG_6734.

    293884=17458-IMG_6735.

    293884=17459-IMG_6736.

    Continued Part 3
    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/40170-Chiang-Mai-Pakxe-southern-Laos-amp-Return-A-Savannakhet-Visa-Run-Part-3
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page