Uttaradit Travel Guide
The capital of the province of the same name, Uttaradit is a town in the northern region of Thailand and a destination that has seen some of the country’s earliest historic events.
Uttaradit began life as a town called Bang Pho Tha It. It was through the successes of its port that the reigning monarch of the time (King Rama V) decided it was worthy of provincial status. The name Uttaradit literally means ‘port of the north’.
The town is by no means a major visitor destination, so the local charm and tradition have yet to be diluted by the influence of the tourist dollar. This is to its advantage, making it an ideal place for anyone wishing to visit the north yet escape the crowds synonymous with cities such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Sukhothai.
Getting There & Away
There are bus services leaving daily from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Bus Station for Uttaradit (8 hours) as well as regular train services from Hualamphong Station to Lampang (9 hours), from where you can transfer to Uttaradit by bus (2 hours). Suvarnabhumi Airport is the major international gateway into Thailand but Uttaradit’s small domestic airport is a convenient entry point.
Things to Do
- Lamnam Nan National Park
Covering a whopping 246,895 acres, this vast natural expanse is home to a rich and diverse selection of flora and fauna.
- Wat Thamma Thipatai
An eye-catching buddhist temple illustrating the beauty of the style of the late ayutthaya period.