Udon Thani is one of the main cities of Northeast Thailand and the latter's Isan plateau. It grew during the Vietnam war, and is primarily focused on agriculture and trade.
The region's outlying villages and rice paddies have maintained a traditional pace of life, largely unaffected by the industrialization and modernization elsewhere in the country.
The rural villages of Isan offer an interesting way to experience Thai life away from the tourist crowds.
Recommended holiday villas include:
A spacious country house with a large private swimming pool offering full catered vacations in the heart of the countryside for those wishing to discover an often unseen side of Thailand, off the beaten track. Gecko Villa has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 2-6.
A splendid Thai style villa raised on stilts and reflecting traditional Thai design, green gecko is centered around a private swimming pool and deck, nesting among trees and rice paddies in the countryside. Green Gecko offers fully catered stays with fresh Thai food, and a way to explore this regin rich in cultural, historical and natural interest.
A luxurious, Thai styled private pool villa enjoying uninterrupted views over the surrounding rice paddies. Finished in reclaimed hardwoods, terracotta tiles and local silks and cottons, this vacation rental offers stay of 3 nights or more and holidays are all-inclusive, with tasty Thai food. The villa has two en-suite bedrooms and sleeps 2-4.
Udon Thani enjoys frequent links by road, train and plane, and has a new, modern airport.