Bed and Breakfast Udon Thani Style

When on holiday a good nights sleep and a decent breakfast is essential to giving yourself a decent start to the day. A top class hotel should provide you with both but that all depends on your breakfast needs. An expensive mattress and silk sheets may help to wake you feeling refreshed but will breakfast be to your liking.

All too often in Thailand I find myself sitting down to breakfast in a hotel and scratching around for something I fancy to eat. An overnight stay usually presents no problem but on a longer break I find myself eating the same thing day after day, and that gets boring. Cornflakes, omelette and toast. To me hot dog sausages, ham, spicy minced pork, cakes, fruit and rice are hardly the perfect food to start the day and that is what is so often on offer in many of Thailand’s hotel breakfast buffet restaurants. They call it continental breakfast but what continent it’s from I haven’t discovered. Perhaps when it comes to food I’m a little too fickle.

On my last trip to Thailand I missed my flight home to the UK due to heavy traffic congestion when travelling from Udon Thani down to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Wonderful Wi and I travelled back up to Udon and with an unexpected five extra days of vacation ahead of us we decided to save money by booking into cheaper accommodation.

My normal budget for a hotel stay in Thailand is 1,000 baht (£20) a day and hoping to halve that figure we tried the Heritage Apartments on Srisuk Road. The apartment block was tidy, the staff friendly and as expected the rooms were basic with a small bathroom, refrigerator and satellite TV. And the cost per night was just 400 baht. Amazing value and Wilai insists we stay there next time.

I have stayed in a few apartments before in Thailand and the Heritage was as good as any I had stopped at in the past. Apartments give you the freedom to make your own arrangements when it comes to eating out whereas booking into hotels literally force feeds you into taking the breakfast your room rate generally includes. From now on when possible it’s going to be apartments for me.

With a huge saving pocketed on my accommodation budget, breakfast was easy to fill with 600 baht a day leftover. When in Udon Thani I do occasionally eat breakfast at the Irish Clock in Soi Sampantamit Road, a great English fried breakfast is served there but as a rule I like to start the day sharing breakfast with Wilai. That counts out the Irish Clock.

Nong Prajak Park (photo above) is a brisk ten minute walk from the Heritage Apartments and opposite one side of the Nong Prajak is a row of early morning outdoor breakfast stalls with ample seating spaces. The food there is very popular to both Thai and falang alike and with the beautiful backdrop of the Nong Prajak Park to savour, the whole experience is a most enjoyable one.

Nong Prajak Park has a large lake and plenty of greenery and flowers. The park is used by joggers for early morning and evening time exercise and in past years I have taken a gentle run around the outside track myself, the distance is about 2 -3 kilometres. Nowadays I prefer to sit at a breakfast table and watch other people run away their previous day’s built-up stock of body toxins.

Breakfast opposite the park in Thesa Road serves food early morning to around 9-30 am, and there’s plenty of variety available. Fried eggs, noodles, sweet Thai doughnuts and my favourite fried pork in lightly toasted bread rolls are just a few of the things which fill the morning air with their appetizing aroma.

The toasted rolls are filled with fried mince pork mixed with chopped onion and carrot, and two of them leave me feeling quite full. They are absolutely delicious and with a bowl of Thai noodles for Wilai and a cup of coffee each, the breakfast warrants me leaving a 100 baht note which includes a tip of just over 20 baht. Great food at ridiculously low prices.

On my forthcoming trip to Udon Thani I’ll be booking into the Heritage Apartments for a couple of nights and with breakfast opposite the Nong Prajak Park the combined cost to me will be just 500 baht a day. That’s excellent value even at today’s low sterling and dollar exchange rates, and if you take time to research and ask around Thailand still has plenty of quality and value on offer in all its major resorts and cities. I think this post proves exactly that.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

18 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Martyn it looks and sounds very tempting (food and apartments).

    When I visit Duens family in Samut Sakhon we do the same (I can’t stand the mozzies and no air con at their family homes).

    In fact apartments offer some of the best value in Thailand along with the street food.

    Hope you had a pleasant Easter(I forgot about it) not too long now until your next visit.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Wat Chaloemrat Prachuap Khiri Khan =-.

  2. malcolm says:

    Martyn, like you I like a little savings when I can find a good clean place to stay, but I am a resort (small or Large ) sort of a guy and I like the peace and quite that most of them afford. Ciejay is ok with any thing that is close to the food stalls and shopping. “me” BUT when it gets right down to it , whatever makes her happy is usually what we do ha ha ( where’s my pants????? ) “oh” I forgot I wear shorts here in the LOS and that makes me just half a boss.
    Great post and , I am hoping we can get up that a way this summer sometimes . as always good pics too. Take care . Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..PUKETT HERE WE COME (150 STRONG) =-.

  3. john says:

    Martyn sounds like a decent place and i like the idea of being not far from the park i used to go there every day for 4 to 5 laps takes some doing
    i will be in udon thani Saturday this week what about you
    regards john
    .-= john´s last blog thailand and udon thani on the cheap =-.

  4. Catherine says:


    I fuss about breakfasts in Thailand too. I do not like traditional Thai breakfasts because I dislike floating balls of any type – fish, tofu, whatever. And what is served for breakfast out here is more to my liking at dinner or lunch.

    When running around in Thailand, I’m not a carb person – I want my ham, tomato, and cheese omelet with spicy chilis on top. And I generally get it (to varying degrees).

    But what’s up with hotdogs instead of proper sausage? Thailand has fabulously tasty sausages on offer, but the hotels I go to drag out those bland German coctail weiners instead.

    ‘toasted rolls are filled with fried mince pork mixed with chopped onion and carrot’

    I have not had the pleasure, and boy does it sound good!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part Two =-.

  5. Hoo Don says:

    Malcolm what Thai lady doesn’t consider the proximity of food stalls or restaurants when deciding the best place to stay, I know Wilai views these things as important.

    Like you, within reason I’m happy to stay where Wilai wants to and I’ve got no problem about going some place she wants to see.

    I don’t mind noise but I try to stay away from hotels which have large clusters of falang checked in, drunken and disrespectful noise I can do without. Apartments generally attract Thai’s and more long term staying westerners making them a much safer bet.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Mike I don’t mind overhead room fans although in April time I can’t do without air con. The apartments mentioned in this post had air.

    Apartments do offer excellent value and those with a restaurant are generally cheap when it comes to food and drink. The Heritage had just opened a kitchen serving a small range of Thai and western dishes which were served outside and I’ll be interested to see how it’s faring this time.

    My trip is coming up fast. I’ll be in Thailand early May.

  7. Hoo Don says:

    John 4 to 5 laps around the Nong Prajak is quite a run, you must have had quite a few replenishing beers round the bars after that.

    I’ll be in Thailand early May and Udon from about the sixth until the eighteenth. A lot of the time will be spent in the village but I will also be checking into the Heritage for 3 – 4 days. Have fun.

  8. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine like you I always look at some of the things served for breakfast and think didn’t I see that at the dinner buffet last night. Does anyone really eat duck for breakfast, well I have in Thailand and as much as I love it then once was enough. Toast, cereal and some form of eggs is good enough for me. But not day after day.

    I absolutely detest those small sausages that are quartered on both ends, they just don’t speak breakfast to me.

  9. Camille says:

    Sounds like a nice place, it would be nice to have such a recommendation everywhere around Thailand!

    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Camille´s last blog ..7th April, 2010 =-.

  10. Boonsong says:

    An interesting post with some excellent photos. Thanks for this
    .-= Boonsong´s last blog ..An Item of Vested Interest =-.

  11. Hoo Don says:

    Camille I’m sure your island in the sun has many such places dotted amongst the more expensive ones. Perhaps you should hunt one down and we would then have at least a list if only a very small one.

  12. Hoo Don says:

    Boonsong it is very rare I get a compliment about my photos so I can only assume you’ve applied a large dollop of butter to your comment. Thanks.

    I clicked the link to your latest post and anyone reading this reply should do the same. It contains a most unusual photo.

  13. Camille says:

    For sure there are nice palces like that around Samui, although hard to find! I know of similar places just outside of Udon Thani and near Nakhon Ratchasima/Korat city center where I stayed. That makes a list of three!
    .-= Camille´s last blog ..12th April, 2010 =-.

  14. john says:

    i was thinking of stopping out of town this time sometimes the noise down town can become to much so maybe give this place a look iam just getting ready to meet a few old friends again for the second day at eddies bar in ban dung yesterday was spot on apart from eddies accidently i think using my foot to steady is self with this Cain he is using though that hurt
    .-= john´s last blog ..are journey and flight via dubai to bangkok/ udon thani =-.

  15. Siam.Rick says:

    Thanks for the apartment tip, Martyn. I will check it out when I’m up Udon way in the autumn. I plan to campaign across the northeast and north in search of a homey patch of Isaan earth. T’would be nice to catch a beer or three with you. After all, I’ll have all the time in the world after August.
    .-= Siam.Rick´s last blog ..Not the Bangkok photo album =-.

  16. Hoo Don says:

    John nice to hear you all made it safe and sound. The locals will I’m sure be glad to see you back in town and have a regular drinking bud with many hilarious travel stories to recall. Happy drinking and story hunting.

  17. Hoo Don says:

    Rick the apartments were clean and the reception staff your typical friendly souls. The price of the rooms make them an ideal base for someone planning to get out and about in the region. As far as the beer goes then hopefully I’ll be in Udon sometime around September. I’m off to Thailand early May and providing I don’t over spend then I’ll fit in my normal September trip and my usual Christmas one. The current strength of the Thai baht is another factor.

  18. Martyn sounds like a decent place and i like the idea of being not far from the park i used to go there every day for 4 to 5 laps takes some doing
    i will be in udon thani Saturday this week what about you
    regards john

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