Originally Posted by Plateau
Heading to Udon Thani for a couple nights. Anyone have suggestions as far as hotels/food/clubs?
There are a few hotels around Central Plaza, which has the biggest food court-biggest mall in the city. The Charoensri hotel (or Centara hotel now I believe) as stated in the previous post is one of the classier hotels in town, with a 259baht lunch buffet and swimming pool, gym, etc.. Also a breakfast buffet..(price?) It is centrally located and can walk to beer bars/eateries in the area. How are you traveling? Bus/Air.
I'll say Udon Thani is a city that is very Thai/Issan and the few expat areas here seem to just be providing western amenities i.e. food/coffee shops/bookstores. I stayed at the Irish Clock one night last week- which I would recommend, it has good rooms/nice comfortable beds starting at 850baht/night. .free internet, decent Thai/Western food..Guiness on tap, etc..the street has the largest concentration of beer bars with ladies (if that is what your looking for) in the city also. The night market down the street has the widest variety of local thai food/shopping also. All can be accessed in minutes on foot.
Other than that it seems most of the nightlife caters to Thais. A majority of the foreigners are older gents, with the occasional younger backpackers passing through to or from Vientiane. IMO UT is a better option for variety to stay if in the area than Nong Khai. It's an hour to the Laos border from here via bus.
This is not a city to polish a young western ego as Phuket/Bagkok can provide. It's primarily a passing through point to Vientiane for visa runs or a place to relax and mix with the real Issan-city style. It's relatively boring comparative to BKK/Phuket actually. But is close to my GF home ..and cheap.
Myself, I'm staying at Ruy Suk Guesthouse- a regular room is 350baht/night with free WiFi and renting a motorbike 3000baht/month to dash around the city. I've been here a week and will be staying around Udon Thani for the next month.. PM if you want to meet up for a coffee, or more info...