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Many travellers opt to stay near the train and old bus station in the vicinity of Soi Sampantamit, which is probably the seediest street in Northeast Thailand. Those hoping for a more local-style scene should opt for City Centre and Nong Prajak Park area.

City centre and Nong Prajak Park area

Anyone wanting to avoid the sleazy side of Udon while staying closer to Nong Prajak Park should opt for one of the hotels in the city centre or towards the west side of town. We like the locations of these better in terms of atmosphere, but they’re also further from the Western food and other conveniences, including the trains and most buses.

Jamjuree Home
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
10/9 Benjant Rd, Udon Thani
T: (042) 241 727

Occupying a sharp modern Thai house in a quiet corner of the city, Jamjuree is our top pick in Udon Thani. It truly is a home, with the young Thai owners living here and getting up to cook breakfast for guests or perhaps join them in the on-site yoga studio. The house has only four guestrooms along with several spacious common areas that come complete with sofas, tables, terraces and free WiFi.... Read our full review of Jamjuree Home.

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Baan Rare Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
3/1 Posri Rd (across from Wat Phothisomphon), Udon Thani
T: (081) 260 1333

As an extension to the owner’s artistic furniture shop, Baan Rare has brought some style to Udon’s budget accommodation scene. The intimate guesthouse utilises a mix of faded wood, bamboo, exposed bricks and polished concrete to nail down a rustic-vintage aesthetic. While the private room that we checked out was on the small side, we really dug the hardwood accents, funky art, antique... Read our full review of Baan Rare Guesthouse.

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Prajaktra City Hostel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
106/45 Srisuk Rd, Udon Thani
T: (086) 860 4422

Located near the immigration office and a quick walk from the municipal market and Thung Si Muang, the Prajaktra City is a newish spot that doesn’t quite pull off the boutique-y theme that it tries to project. Even so, this is a very solid, clean and secure option that puts you smack in the heart of the city, even if the word “hostel” should be replaced by “inn” or “hotel” (there... Read our full review of Prajaktra City Hostel.

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Udon Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
81-89 Makkaeng Rd, Udon Thani
T: (042) 248 160

The old Udon Hotel likes to advertise the fact that it opened in 1972, even if it hasn’t changed much since then. While it’s hey day came and went a long time ago, the big box-like building is worth considering if you want to stay in the non-touristy part of town and save cash without sacrificing air-con -- or if rooms at the smaller places are all booked out. We checked out two rooms and one... Read our full review of Udon Hotel.

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Soi Sampantamit, the train station and old bus station.

Much of Udon’s accommodation is found towards the east side of town, known for its expat bars and many shopping options. It’s a very convenient and bustling area, though some travellers will be put off by the seedy element.

Asia Backpackers Udon Thani Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
299/5 Soi Fairah (off Prajak Rd), Udon Thani
T: (042) 242 959

Part of a newish franchise of hostels with a dozen locations in Thailand, Asia Backpackers Udon is worth keeping in mind if you’re on a tight budget. It occupies a brightly painted concrete shophouse-style building on an alley just off Prajak Road, putting you within an easy walk of the markets, old bus station and train station. Air-con mixed dorms are decent, with firm mattresses on wooden... Read our full review of Asia Backpackers Udon Thani Hostel.

City Inn
Backpacker - Under 600B
299/27 Soi Fairah (in the alley connecting Prajak Rd to the old bus station), Udon Thani
T: (086) 022 1228

The little City Inn is located around the corner from the old bus station, making it a very convenient option if arriving here -- or if you get stuck overnighting in Udon. The featureless white building has narrow stairs leading up to around 10 plain but squeaky clean and reasonably comfortable rooms. Expect white-tile floors and white walls with no decor, fresh white sheets on the decent spring... Read our full review of City Inn.

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The Pannarai Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
19/8 Soi Sampantamit, Udon Thani
T: (042) 344 999

The Pannarai is a fairly large hotel with bright and modern rooms to go with a decent-size pool. Some rooms overlook the pool on the quiet side of the building while others face a cluster of bars -- request poolside unless you plan to be up late. All rooms come with air-con, widescreen LCD TVs, fridges, safes, free WiFi, desks and good-size bathrooms. Deluxe versions are about the same size as... Read our full review of The Pannarai Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Udon Thani? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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