Ban Chiang Archaeological Site (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Ban Chiang is an archaeological site located in Nong Han district, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. This archaeological site is considered to be cultural property of outstanding universal value and was nominated as a World Heritage Site in December 1992. Ban Chiang National Museum located at Ban Chiang, Tambon Ban Chiang, Amphoe Nong Han, is comprised of two parts. The first part stores antiques. Inside the building, old artefacts, ancient Ban Chiang culture, tools and utensils that showcase ancient technology and surroundings, as well as earthenware pots from 4,000 to 7,500 years old, are displayed. The second part is an open museum in the compound of Wat Po Si Nai. The Fine Arts Department has retained the conditions of archaeological excavations to illustrate how earthenware pots and other items were buried along with the dead. Ban Chiang National Museum is considered the first open museum in Thailand. As for the Ban Chiang earthenware pots, they are known world-wide because Ban Chiang was the origin of a pre-historic civilization. Archaeologists believe the designs on Ban Chiang earthenware are the oldest pot designs in the world.
The City Pillar Shrine (San Lak Muang)
Located in the Tung Sri Muang field, in middle of the city, The City Pillar Shrine or San Lak Muang was established in 1999. The place is where the city's guardian deity is believed to reside. Built in contemporary Isan style of architecture, the compound also houses God Wetsuwan, the provinces protecting God (as depicted in the provincial seal), along with the city pillar which is highly respected by the townspeople.
This district, which is 42 kilometers north-west of Udon Thani, has an unusual mix of pre-historic cave paintings, fantastic geological formations and Buddhist shrines. The area has been declared Phu Phra Bat Historical Park where nature-loving trekkers may take a hike around the area, which takes around two hours.
Phu Foi Lom
Phu Foi Lom is an eco-tourism tourist destination which provides unique soft-adventurous activities for nature lovers. With an area of approximately 192,356 rai of Phu Phan Noi mountain range, Phu Foi Lom is part of the Pan Don Pa Ko National Reserved Park. Rare flora and fauna can be spotted here. As the place boasts diverse ecological systems, tourists can enjoy trekking along the provided trails. Phu Foi Lom is located approximately 35 kilometres from Udon Thanis town.
Erawan Cave (Tham Erawan)
Erawan Cave or Tham Erawan is a large cave high up on the side of a limestone mountain at the back of Wat Tham Erawan. This temple is two kilometres north of a turn-off between Km. 31 and 32 markers on Route 210 - near the village of Ban Hong Phu Thawng, west of the town of Na Klang.
Chao Pu - Chao Ya Chinese Spirit Shrine
This large and beautiful Chinese spirit shrine is located on Nittayo Road behind the train station near Nong Bua Market. Here, there is a small garden beside a lotus pond. Two Chinese pavilions stand in the pond, serving as a view point in pleasant and shady surroundings. The golden dragon of 99 meter long, to be used during the Thung Si Mueang annual fair in December, is also kept here.