On the Road 2014: Nong Khai and Udon Thani

I’m having three weeks off work and about a week traveling in Thailand. Most of them I haven’t been for a very long time.

From Bangkok, I flew to Udon Thani Airport to meet my brother, which came on another flight from Don Muang Airport. We drove a rent car to Nong Khai to visit our father and stay the night in motel rooms he booked for us.

Good Night, Nong Khai
Original posted on Instagram, Good Night, Nong Khai

In morning, I got a chance to run and explore the small district by the Mekong River called Si Chiang Mai.

Morning Jog by the Mekong River
Original posted on Instagram, Morning Jog by the Mekong River

The End of Siam
Original posted on Instagram, the End of Siam

While we were driving to see the father’s land, the weather was so nice with light rain. It made the rice paddy scenery so serene.

Rice Paddy and Farmers in Action
Original posted on Instagram, Rice Paddy and Farmers in Action

After we spend sometime with father, we drove back to Udon Thani. My brother dropped me off at a shopping mall where I hope to find a spot to wind down by myself and to get my way to the next stop, Phitsanulok.

Luckily, there was a bus station at the mall but it was in the evening. So have hours to kill. Hanging out in the shopping mall was not an ideal for me. It was pretty much the same as any mall in Bangkok.

I'm stuck in Udon Thani for hours and walking in a shopping mall isn't part of the plan
Original posted on Instagram, I’m stuck in Udon Thani for hours and walking in a shopping mall isn’t part of the plan

There was a local street market which was much more interesting, especially, a Ferris wheel ride that hasn’t changed at all.

Local Market Is More Appealing
Original posted on Instagram, Local Market Is More Appealing


Original posted on Instagram, Ferris View

Then I spent half of the night on a coach. It arrived Phitsanulok around 1.30 am. My friend, a childhood friend, picked me up and took me a small hotel I could stay for a couple of nights.

Night Ride from Udon Thani to Phitsanulok
Original posted on Instagram, Night Ride from Udon Thani to Phitsanulok

My first two nights were remarkable already.