I am currently staying in Sakon Nakon, visiting my son who is teaching at a school. We decided (as usual - no planning) to go to Udon as we would not need to self inflict the malaria tablets etc... for this city. We used Tripadvisor to scan a coupel of hotels and took the plunge with the President Hotel.
OK, its not the Ritz but we found the people very helpfull, the rooms were great (no bugs at all) bathrooms were also fine and most of all the view form the window over the pool etc... was spot on.
Tip No. 1. The Tuk Tuks are a great way to get around Udon - we loved this way of travelling and it's (ahem) reaosnably safe because the speeds here are quite slow due to the volume of traffic etc... 80-100thb into the Centre. Just walk down the driveway onto the road and you will find a Tuk Tuk hovering around...
We had a meal on the other side of town at the 'Bookhouse', near 'The Park' (tip number 2. if you cant get the Tuk Tuk driver to understand where this is, get him to drop you off at the Central Plaza, then get another Tuk Tuk from there - just ask a couple of drivers (plenty of Tuk Tuks around) and one of them willl know exactly where to go.) Food here was good, lakeside setting and English widely spoken.
We also used the bus servies between SN and Udon and this was very good. Lots of stops so dont expect to get therei n a hurry but air con worked both ways and it was cheap (110thb)
Party back at the hotel (a Thai school re-union - all members were circa 47yrs old) when we returned and 'Eddie' was playing guitar with a very talented pianist / saxophonist. An hour later and we could not escape the party, my son was dragged to his feet and both of us had a great time with our new friends (inc. Eddie who made us feel very much part of the fun - thanks Eddie!)
All in all a great night away, fntastic, hotel, city and meal out. Will stay again. Thanks all !