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Song Si (Two Colours) | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Probably my favourite Phad Krapow Khung/Shrimp/Prawns in Udon Thani. It was this dish that got me coming back to this place regularly.

The first thing that got me into this place was simply its location, as it sits just below my condo, and so I thought I’d check it out on one of my lazy “stay at home – Netflix” nights. I just wanted somewhere close to home where I could grab a good thai meal in a “take home” bag.

Being a “stay at home movie night” and all, I had opted for the Phad Krapow – it’s kinda like Thai version of the pizza really, but a lot healthier. It’s that kinda dish that pleases you every time, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… and it always hits the spot.

So I knew the dish I wanted, I knew where to get it…now I just had to go out and get it!

I figured I’d go for the seafood Phad Krapow for my first test of this place (Shrimp/Khung to be exact). This isn’t the wisest choice in Udon Thani when trying out a retaurant for the first time as it’s always hit or miss with the seafood. It’s not like Hua Hin, that sits on the beach and delivers quality fresh seafood 80% of the time, in fact I think the closest beach is a good 10 hours drive away! So finding Fresh and quality seafood isn’t always easy…and judging a restaurants quality based on a seafood dish isn’t really fare in this part of the country…but hey…I was willing to give it a shot!

The first mouthful of this dish had me going “Wow!” The flavour of the sauce was…well…unique. For those who are familiar with Thai food, you’ll know that you can order the same dish from a dozern different restaurants, and although the flavour is “let’s say” a Phad Krapow flavour, each chef has there own taste or “twist”. The other thing that impressed me about my meal was the quality of shrimp/khung, they were quite big and very fresh! So that was it, I was sold on this placce…they’d already made a lasting first impression that would keep me coming back for more.

I’ve mixed it up a bit since my first visit by trying a number of other dishes including the Phad Krapow chicken (which surprisingly wasn’t that good, but still edible). All their other dishes however have been pretty impressive. For example, here’s a list of other meals I’ve tried here that have also been impressive and keep me coming back for more.

  • Som Tam – Tam Thai (Papaya Salad – Thai Style – also one of my favourites in Udon Thani)
  • Nua Tort (Deep fried beef)
  • Khung Sot (Raw Shrimp) with fresh garlic and chilli on top

One thing to note is that from my experience they only speak Thai here, so you may either want to bring a Thai friend along with you, or sharpen up on your Thai (or at least memorise a few of your favourite dishes in Thai) as you might find it a little difficult to order here otherwise.

The restaurant itself is pretty large in size, and very rarely more than half full. That’s not because of the quality of food though, I think it’s more to do with them not being well known, or even searchable on the internet. I’ve tried searching these guys on Facebook, Google, and Google Maps….NOTHING!!! So unless you know where to go, and have been referred to this place by a friend…or…reading this blog….it’s unlikely you’ll ever end up here.

The place is also quite large…so to fill this place up would mean having a good 50 or so guests. There’s a few different seating options to choose from, including a private room/function type dining area which seats around 15 or so people…this is where I sit most of the time (being VIP and all :-)). Then there’s the main area that has around 6-7 different table, and an outdoor area with a 2-3 tables.

The restaurant has airconditionaing as well, and the tables are well spaced out so you get that feeling of privacy even though you’re in a public dining area.

What are the prices like?

Around ฿50 for Thai salads like the Som Tam, and ฿80-140 for a stri fry (depending on whether you get meat or seafood – seafood being the more expensive option). Then they have the more speciality Thai dishes like your grilled fish and fresh salmon, and the prices will go up again. But what I can say is that it’s value for money here…I definitely feel like I got more than I paid for every time I dine here.

Where are they located?

Corner of Watthananuwong Road & Udon Dutsadi Soi 2, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

OK, so like I said, there’s no Google Maps link for these guys, so I’m going to include my own. You can either click on the link below or see the Google map located further down this blog post.

GOOGLE MAP

Opening Hours

Every day: 16:00 – 22:00

Facebook Page

No Facebook page to share sorry 🙁

What to Expect
  • 7/10
    Location - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ambiance - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Quality - 10/10
8.5/10

Best Coffee in Udon Thani | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Udon Thani has a good number of coffee options, but finding the best isn’t always easy, particularly if you’re just visiting and staying around the central city area. Here you can find the quality you’ll get Bangkok, but at half the price…it’s a lot like Chiang Mai really…Quality coffee at half the price you pay in Bangkok.

Chiang Mai is an awesome place for coffee, maybe one of the best in Thailand (in my opinion), and I spent a good 2 years or more there taste testing all the gorgeous coffee around the city (and yes, well priced too), but Udon Thani has it’s own coffee culture going on and well matched to the popular Chiang Mai.

OK, so there’s not as much cafe’s around town in Udon Thani as you’ll find Chiang Mai, but it doesn’t mean you won’t find the same quality and price…there’s just a little less of it…so you have to look a little harder.

The big difference I find between Chiang Mai and Udon Thani isn’t necessarily the number of coffee joints around town, but their location. You can go on a tourist walk around Chiang Mai (thinking Nimmanheiman road and Loi Kroh road here) and you’ll find a heap of good coffee shops/cafes on your stroll, but in Udon Thani…your casual stroll won’t offer you much in terms of good coffee…you gotta go a little further.

The best coffee joints in Udon Thani, you aint gonna find in the main tourist area…nope…you’re gonna have to go local. By “Local” I mean the areas that mainly only those who live here tend to hang out at. Makes sense really…the artisans don’t need a main strip with neon lights out the front begging people to come in, they love (and they’re good at) what they do, and so if you’re pushing out a quality coffee (or anything for that matteer ) it doesn’t take long for the word to get out and location is no longer important.

That’s the way it is here in Udon Thani! Most of my favourite coffee shops here you won’t find on your normal “touristy” walk around the city. They’re mostly off the beaten track and unless you know what you’re looking for, you probably won’t find them.

So that’s what I want to share on this blog post. My top 5 coffee shops in Udon Thani that you won’t find on your normal tourist track. So who are they?

NOTE: I’m no coffee or food coneseur, this is only my opinion.

Oh….and by the way, these cafe’s aren’t in order of preference. Dose is my favourite 🙂

Thai Tune Coffee Bar

Thai Tune is definitely up there on my “favourites” list, probably up the top actually. Why?

  • Well priced – 60 baht for a cappuccino
  • Quality! Their coffee is awesome! And maybe matched by other cafe’s around town, but I wouldn’t say “beaten”…here you get the best coffee
  • Ambiance and space – The place itself has a huge area for dining and a really relaxed vibe going on. A Number of seating option including your normal table and chairs, but also your thai style cushion dining so you can lay down, stretch out, and take it easy for a while. There is also a great garden area/courtyard outside if you want to separate yourself from the indoor crowd.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 21:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

Dose Espresso

These guys were one of my first stops in Udon Thani….and yeah….maybe I’m a little biased on these guys because they promote the whole “Australian Coffee” thing a lot. But let’s face it, Australia does make a bangin coffee and coming from a city renowned for their coffee culture (Melbourne), it feels a little warm when walking into this place 🙂 But Biased or not, these guys definitely won’t dissapoint when bringing you a warm (or cold) cup of coffee. In fact, the whole experience here does feel a little like sitting back home in Port Melbourne…just without the beach. So here’s what I love about these guys.

  • Price – well priced coffee at 65 baht for a cappuccino
  • They open early (7:00am)
  • Quality – They actually roast their own coffee and so it’s always fresh and strong. I often buy my coffee beans from these guys as well.

They would be up the top there with Thai Tune cafe, and one advantage they have over Thai Tune is they roast their own coffee and number of different blends for you to buy and take home. I buy my coffee beans from these guys most of the time.

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 17:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

Option Coffee Bar

OK, so with these guys you gotta expect a little bit of Bangkok in terms of prices, quality, and ambiance. One minute you’re on a busy, messy road of Udon Thani, and the next minute you’re stepping into a little bit of heaven. The place seriously makes you feel like you just stepped off the road in Thong Lo or Ekkamai. And it’s not just about the coffee here, their food menu is pretty incredible…or “different” might be the word. They have a selection of food here that you won’t find anywhere else around town and it’s quality food as well, and well priced!

But back to the coffee! Again, these guys aren’t beaten by anyone around town, their coffee is matched with the best you’ll find in Udon Thani (and Bangkok for that matter). Here’s what I love about these guys.

  • Quality
  • Ambiance and space
  • Staff and funkiness

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

UD Coffee Bar

Here’s one that you deffinitely won’t find driving around town, in fact the place is so hidden, it’s what makes it one of my favourites. You come here and you’re gonna have peace and quite for your time spent. If you’re looking for a place with a good coffee and to simply relax on your own or with a friend without being interupted, this is a good choice. It’s got a lot of seating options (all mainly surrounded with gardens and courtyards) that make you feel really relaxed. It’s off all the main roads of Udon Thani so it’s unlikely you’re gonna be interupted by another foreigner wanting to talk about “home”…we juist exscaped that eight? However I do see foreigners here sometimes, but they generally live here and what you’d call “local”, so they won’t interupt you.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

Marvin Coffee Roaster

I love these guys, mainly because they roast their own coffee, but also because they sit alongside one of my favourite places in Udon Thani ie. Nong Prajak Park. So I can go for my morning walk or run around the lake and then stop at these guys joint for a quality coffee. They’ve also got a great selection of food available including a more recent “healthy menu” which promotes healthy and light meals. So here’s what I like about these guys:

  • Great location being right next to Nong Prajak lake/park
  • Great prices
  • Good WiFi
  • Good food options and cheap prices
  • Roaster as well as a cafe, so you can buy some coffee beans to go home as well.

Opening Hours: 7:30 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

OK, so that’s it folks! I could have written more about all of these places, but if you check out my blog, I think you’ll find I’ve written an indivual post about all of these guys…so check it out!

Option Coffee Bar | Udon Thani | Thailand

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I was expecting angels to greet me at the door when looking into this place. It reminded me of one those scenes in a movie that depicts heaven (Grease comes to mind)…it’s very white, bright, pure, clean…a lot of perfection!! It definitely has a different vibe to most other cafe’s around town. From the chairs & tables upstairs, bar/counter, walls, staircase…it’s all so white, except for the coffee machine which is chrome, but then….well…that just reflects the white. You certainly get a bright, pure and clean feel when hanging out in this place.

What actually got me into Option Coffee Bar was a post I saw on Facebook of their food, it looked pretty amazing, especially their beef and noodle dish…that’s the photo that grabbed me. There were also some pics of awesome toasted sandwiches, and these seem to be a bit of a hit as I saw a number of people ordering them….Strangely enough though, I’ve still not yet tried the food here, I come mainly for the coffee…which is up there with the best.

At 90 baht for a coffee, you’ve hit Bangkok prices, and although being in Udon Thani, the place does make you feel like you’re in Bangkok (at least for the time you’re in the pearly gates). The decor, design, quality of coffee, quality of food…it really is above average and much like you’d find in a quality cafe in Thong Lo or Ekkamai. It’s unique and brave!  Dishes coming out of the kitchen that you’re most likely only gonna see here…so I won’t complain about the prices here. They’ve stepped out of the box and come up with their own “thing”. Nice work!

The place is made of two floors, the ground floor which has the main bar/counter area, and around 4 tables seating aprox 8-10 people (10 if you want to squish up close to your friends :-)). Then you have the second floor which has more seating options including a bench with stools that look over the first/groundf floor. The spiral staircase leading up to the second floor is kinda cool, although it is a little tight, so perhaps watch your step as I’ve heard a few people have a little stumble on their way up…quite funny actually 🙂

So back to the quality of coffee, as this is why I come to this cafe (for now anyway). When looking at the selection of coffee on the menu and the prices alongside, I was initially a little shocked…as they really are all around 90 baht which is quite a hike up from most other cafes around here. But don’t let this put you off, at the end of the day it is only 90 baht, and you’d pay this in Bangkok anyway, so it’s definitely worth the try. OK, if you’re not a coffee lover, maybe you’re happy just to find another local cafe selling 35 baht coffees with Tesco quality beans….but if you love a bangin coffee, then definitely give these guys a try. They would definitely be up the top of my list for good coffee’s in Udon Thani, and when you combine this with the quality and uniqueness of the food options here (not to forget the vibe and ambiance of the place as well), it could just be one of the best cafe’s around town…but I can’t comment on the food yet as I haven’t tried it.

One other thing I’ll mention that makes this place great, is that it’s out of the main touristy area, so you get a very local feel about the place…don’t expect to see a heap of foreigners in here!

Anyway, definitely a place worth checking out. Take a look at the photos below too where I have some snaps of the menu and prices as well.

I don’t take credit for the food photos as these are photos of their menu.

What are the prices like?

฿90 for a cappucino. Around ฿130 for a quality toatsed sandwich and around ฿200 for their more specialty dishes. Not bad right?

Where are they located?

156, 19 Udondutsadi Rd, Mak Khaeng Sub-district, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Probably best to check the map I’ve provided below for the location as it’s not an easy place to describe the directions.

Opening Hours

Every day: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Price - 7/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee - 10/10
8.3/10

Khuntong Coffee | คุณทองCoffee | Udon Thani | Thailand

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It’s been a week of nice views and relaxed vibes with the cafe hopping this week. I’ve been drawn to the Nong Prajak park for some recreational time, which is normally a nice walk around the lake of an evening or morning. Taking it slow and easy you notice a few of ther restaurants and cafes that have the prime lake front location, however you wouldn’t find them easily from any of the main roads. So I took some notes on same of the cafe’s I thought had a great view and checked them out on the map to come back and visit them outside of my recreational hours.

This place was one of them, in fact I’m pretty sure it’s only just opened up it’s doors as I have walked this park before and never noticed this little gem, What grabbed me the most was the layout of the place, the decor and the views over the lake. First glance I could see there was a nice outdoor balcony/terrace with a large seating area, and an egg type swing chair for lounging back to relax back in and take in the views. There’s also a hammock that sits outside over the ground if you really want to lap it up. It also had a rather large indoor area as well, all closed off (so I was assuming all airconditioned – and now I can say it is). The other thing that grabbed my attention of this place was the name “Khuntong COFFEE” :-)…so I assumed this was their specialty and so I could enjoy a good coffee here as well.

Well when walking into the place, the ambiance and vibe was what I expected…relaxed, chill, airy and a little co-worky as well. There was a room to the side with a large table (boardroom style table) which looked like they hold presentations/workshops here…so it could be a bit of a co-working hot-spot as well….but couldn’t be sure. Some people were playing Jenga on the other side of the room, so there’s also some games for you to play here as well (rather than spend your time with your friends/partner/family looking at your phone the whole time :-))

I really loved this place, even just as a social space to hang out with friends, or to relax on your own if you want to just chill for an hour or more. It doesn’t have a single “rushed” feel to the place, it really is somewhere that’s worth coming to spend more than 30 minutes….it would seem a waste to run in and out of this place so quickly.

So the coffee wasn’t my prefferred coffee…but it will be for some. I would say my cappuccino was more like the coffee I would get in Paris (French style), which, is nothing against French coffee, it’s just I find the coffee there lacks the thick foam and creaminess you get from say an Australian cappuccino. I know a lot of my Northern European friends love this style of coffee…but each to their own right? So for a French style coffee, it could be just perfect, and I can say that it’s not made from a cheap home coffee machine either or low quality beans…they have all the professional grade cafe equipment for making a good coffee, and the glavour was of a good quality and strong…just not my preferred style that’s all. The other thing I always have to remind myself too is that a “coffee” shop here in Thailand, isn’t always about the cappuccino, latte’s, macchiatos etc…it’s often more about the cold/iced coffee’s as they seem to be the most popular thing here…and I’ve yet to try one of these, so that will be my next choice (I plan to visit here quite a bit).

There is food on the menu as well, including a heap of desserts and some popular Thai dishes like your Phad Krapow. The menu I looked at was all in Thai, so couldn’t say exactly what dish was what…but the prices all looked pretty reasonable, around 50-70 baht for a dish. I would recommend to check out their facebook page for photos of food and other drinks (there’s a link at the bottom of this blog).

Anyway, for me this place has a lot to offer just with it’s size, location and ample seating areas (including games to play like Jenga). This alone makes this place a top place for me to come sit and get some stuff done on the notebook, or simply sit and chill with friends for an hour or so, or simply on your own to enjoy the peace and quite with the beautiful views.

I will be back to this place for sure, next time to try an iced coffee/latte as it looks like this might be their specialty.

 

What are the prices like?

Around ฿50 for a cappucino…nuff said right?

Where are they located?

61/47 Ban Non, Makkeng Road, Muang, Udon Thani 41000

If you’re coming around the top end of the lake (north/east side), it’s almost directly opposite the Beyond Cafe there. You will see a driveway/parking area in on the river side with an old Thai style two story restaurant/cafe area. I’m not sure if I’ve described that too well…so good luck! 🙂 But you can always use the map below for an accurate location.

Opening Hours

Every day: 7:00am – 5:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 5/10
    Coffee - 5/10
8.8/10

UD Coffee Bar | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Another one of my coffee favourites in Udon Thani, although I probably have to link this place to Good Days Cafe, as I believe it’s owned by the same people. As I just went to add a link to “The Good Days Cafe”, I realised I don’t have a post for this one yet….what the?!?!?! That will be the next one coming up, as these guys are truely towards the top of my list for both food and coffee. Anyway…back to UD Coffee Bar.

So if you’ve seen my facebook posts on Good Days Cafe (which there’s been quite a few), they have a signature coffee (or cappuccino). It’s a white mug, on a wooden plate/board, with a glass of water, and their small little brownie that comes with every coffee. Anyway, I haven’t seen this anywhere else…except here…and it’s EXACTLY the same!

Anyway, perhaps it was coincidence, but I’d say it’s all under the same umbrella, but either way, I wasn’t fussed, the coffee was awesome, well priced, so there was nothing to complain about. It wasn’t until a few visits later that I saw the owner of Good Days Cafe walk in to talk to some of the staff here at UD Coffee Bar when I was now almost certain it was the same owner/management. But this doesn’t mean you get same experience, infact quite different.

UD Coffee Bar is well out of the main city and touristy area, and it doesn’t focus on food as much as Good Days Cafe. It’s in a much quieter street, and you won’t find it full of tourists like you will Good Days Cafe (not that that’s a bad thing…just sayin). So you get a more local feel when you’re in this place, and there’s a lot more greenery around too…some nice gardens to look out into, or even have sit in, which you don’t get in the Good Days Cafe. So for me, there’s a time for this place, and ONLY this place…as it has it’s own unique vibe and culture to it, and definitely different to most of the other cafe’s around town.

The other good thing being out of the main touristy means cheaper rent, therefor cheaper prices…so you’ll pay less when having a drink or a bite to eat at these places…well most of the time.

I don’t come here for food, so I can’t comment on that yet, but there are a few food options here if your stomache is grumbling.

If you’re looking for a coffee somewhere that’s a little less touristy, something with a peaceful vibe and surrounding (greenery / gardens), then definitely check out this place…the photos I took aren’t that good for this place and don’t do it justice…so you’ll just have to pay a visit to get the real picture.

What are the prices like?

Around ฿50 for a cappucino…nuff said right?

Where are they located?

97/9 Phon Phisai, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000.

It’s not on any main street you’d pass by if you’re visiting Udon Thani, and what makes this place different from the others…it’s more local, peaceful and quiet..the kinda place you can sit back and just chill for an hour or so without being smothered by other passer by’ers.

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Every day: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Coffee - 8/10
8.5/10

Just Follow the Goat X Wanna Drink | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Bit of long name to remember for this cafe (“JUST FOLLOW THE GOAT X WANNA DRINK”), perhaps they wanted enough text to cover the huge billboard style front which literally covers the whole first floor of the building, so it’s pretty hard to miss this cafe if you’re driving past.

I was a little dissapointing driving past this place at first as it was one of my “go to” craft beer houses had been taken over by a cafe. That’s what this place used to be, a craft beer house (at least a year or so ago). But it wasn’t all sad news, as these new cafe owners have done an amazing job converting this place into a stunning woody/country style, yet modern cafe with HEAPS of space.

The outside and entrance is also very impressive and inviting with the bright and soft aqua colour window frames, yellow lamps, outdoor garden and dining area. It was this front view that got me interested and keen to pop inside and check it out.

Once you walk in, you should find it’s got a really quiet / peaceful vibe to the place and is very homey and comfortable the warm and wooden decor that makes it feel like a country lodge. I was pretty much the only person in the cafe on this day, so that would have had a bit to do with the whole “peaceful”, “quiet” vibe I got from my vist, but it’s so well spaced out, that you could choose yourself a dining table/section and be well away from other people dining in the cafe (table and chairs are really spaced out and quiet a distance from each other).

Walking up to the counter I saw the quality coffee machine and page/sheet of all the coffees available, so I was pretty sure I hit another gem for a good coffee. But what grabbed my attention more, were a couple of stand up promotional menus featuring a Kapow Burrito, and an Angel Hair pasta dish…both looked incredibly delicious. I was eating light today, so a salad or something similar was more what I was after, so I ordered my cappuccino and took the full menu over to my table to take a look at the other food options they had so I could know what my options were for my next visit.

The menu has a good range of options to choose from, and isn’t to overwhelming so you can quickly decide what you’re ordering, and get down to the main purpose of your visit…eating (well for most people that would be the case). I found a couple of salad options on the menu, including a chicken salad for 95 Baht which I ordered soon after taking my seat.

The coffee came out first, and it comes out on a little metal tray, with a glass of warm water, and a sweet type biscuit. The look/appearance of the cappuccino was a little plain, however the taste and texture of the foam was pretty spot on. Overall I was pretty happy with my coffee and will be coming back here for  some more coffees in the future.

The chicken salad wasn’t my preferred style of chicken. I generally only eaty Chicken breast, as I like the meat to be more try and meaty, rather than moist, slimy…or “slobbery” is the word I generally use. I believe the chicken was thigh, but it was still quality meat on the chicken so I was still able to eat it. I have to say the portion was quite small, so if you’re rather hungry, I wouldn’t suggest ordering this alone. The dish is however only 95 baht, so the portion, quality and price are well matched.

A couple of days later I cam to try the Spring Rolls and the OTHER chicken salad they had, which WAS breast chicken, and very good too! So I take back what I said in the previous paragraph, because the breast chicken salad is available on the menu, I just ordered the wrong one 🙂

There’s a heap of other options on the menu to choose from as well, here is some of my favourites.

  • Quesadillas (a number of variations to choose from)
  • Pasta
  • Buritto
  • FRENCH FRIES (topped with cheese and crispy bacon).

What are the prices like?

Around ฿100-฿120 a meal.

฿60 for a hot cappuccino or other coffee.

Where are they located?

Just Follow the Goat X Wanna Drink | 102/2 Phon Phisai, Mak Khaeng, Muang, Udon Thani 41000

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Monday: 8: 00-17:00

Tuesday: CLOSED

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Food Quality - 7.5/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Coffee - 7/10
7.7/10

Thai Tune Coffee Bar | Udon Thani | Thailand

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These guys are in my top 5 coffee joints in Udon Thani, and with a name like “coffee bar” you’d normally expect nothing less than average right? Sadly that’s not always the case…however these guys live up to the name. The coffee here is truely exceptional, and you’ll figure that out just from walking in the front door. The selection of roasted coffee beans on the front counter, a dedicated page on the menu for their different types of coffee and the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans as you walk in the door. If you’re not feeling like a coffee before arriving, you probably will after a good couple of minutes taking in the smell of the freshly ground coffee’s being poured out by the barista.

It’s the coffee that I remember about this place, and it’s still one of the main reasons I visit this place most mornings.

This place was the first cafe stop on my first visit to Udon Thani back in May 2018. You can view the blog post Here. Not bad landing at this place for my first coffee in Udon Thani! But with a name like “Coffee Bar”, you would want the coffee to be at least average…and these guys a WELL above average.

What I noticed in my more recent visits to this cafe is their large selection of food on the menu. I’m not sure if this menu existed on my first visit here…maybe it did and I was just thirsty for my coffee, so I never looked, but either way, it’s only something I recently noticed.

For those looking for Western dishes, I wouldn’t say this is “must” visit, however there are western dishes on here like the “club sandwich”.

What I found more impressive about this menu was the common range of Thai dishes on here that had a little twist to them…in that they’re cooked or prepared in a way you might not be so used to. For example the “Gang Kiew Wan Gai” or “Thai Green Curry with Chicken” which is served with a fillet of crispy fried chicken. Then there’s also your familiar dishes like the “Phad Krapow”, which is prepared much like you’re probably used to, but using quality breast chicken, a good portion, and great flavour. I can’t speak for the whole menu on offer at Thai Tune Coffee Bar, but from what I have tasted, the food is really impressive, well priced, and good portions. Her’s what I have tasted so far.

  • Phad Krapow
  • Tuna Salad
  • Gang Kiew Wan Gai
  • And of course…many coffee’s

The club sandwich is definitely on the list to try and a number of other dishes as well.

So yeah, for me this place is all about the coffee, but having seen and tried their recent food menu, I’d also receommend coming here to check out there food menu.

Here’s what I love about Thai Tune Coffee Bar in short.

  • Quality and well priced coffee
  • Cute outdoor court yard
  • Comfortable seating options and aircondioned
  • Large variety of food and coffee options
  • Opens at 9am

What are the prices like?

Around ฿100-฿120 a meal.

฿60 for a hot cappuccino or other coffee.

Where are they located?

212 214 Prajak Sillapakhom Road, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Everyday: 8: 00-21: 00

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee - 10/10
8.4/10

T-Time Cafe & Restaurant | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Another cafe in Udon Thani serving up a great coffee, delicious food and a VERY inviting space to chill out while you sit back and enjoy whatever you’re ordering.

If you’re not aware of this places existance, then you’ll probably never find it…unless you’re a local. It’s not on any of the common streets you might be strolling down while visiting or touring Udon Thani, and that can be a good thing. Being out of the hustle and bustle of the main city centre, they’ve been able to build this place on a good block of land that’s away from all the traffic, making it quiet, peaceful and giving it the space it needs for its large dining space, with an outdoor garden that’s clearly visibly while dining inside with it’s green/glass house style building.

The place isn’t what I’d call hidden, in fact it stands out quite well from the street, but it’s just not a main street of Udon Thani, so you won’t find it on a common stroll.

Words that came to mind when walking in to this place were light, airy, spacious, organic, healthy, bliss….it’s really welcoming! Features that make this place so…well all those words I just mentioned…are the large glass windows/walls that allow you see out into the garden and greenery, giving it that greenhouse feel. There’s a large indoor area designed to seat at least 30 people and the all the tables are nicely spaced out. Outside there’s a terrace/patio that runs around the cafe with a few tables and chairs should you choose to sit out in the garden area.

I started my morning with a coffee…first things first! I had no expectations on this place, as I literally came across it while searching for another cafe (which I’m still yet to find), and after riding around blocks and blocks, I still couldn’t find it, and then I passed this place. So I had no idea what the quality of coffee or food was like, I’d read no reviews, seen no photos, it was a complete “hit or miss” type moment.

The menu looked pretty impressive, there was a good selection of coffee’s and teas to choose from, so that was positive, and then a heap of food options as well if I was feeling hungry after. The menu has a good selection of Thai dishes available, and a few options for those looking for a western Breakfast. The owner and staff were friendly enough to let me taste test a fish and chips option they will be adding to the menu soon as well (you can see in photos below)….and WOW…that’s something to wait for! The fish batter was so airy/fluffy/pillowy (whatever you call it, but you know what I mean)…but from what I tasted, it’s definitely worthy of being on the menu!

Prices were really good – around 100 baht for a quality phad krapow with a fried egg.

My girfriend and I have been here a few times now, at least once a week we visit here, so we’ve tried a few things on their menu now including

  • Coffee
  • Pinacolada Mocktail
  • Phad Krapow (Chicken and Pork)
  • Tom Yum Khung
  • Fish and Chips (sampler)

Without writing too many paragraphs more on this place – here’s what I love about T-Time Cafe in short.

  • Quiet and peaceful location
  • Outdoor garden and hanging plants that give it that organic oasis feel
  • Good prices
  • Great Coffee and Food
  • Opens at 9am (OK, not super early, but still not bad, I don’t think they would be getting any customers out in this location if they opened earlier)

What are the prices like?

Around ฿80-฿120 a meal.

Where are they located?

96 Pracha Uthit Road, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani 41000

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday: 9: 00–17: 00
Saturday: Closed

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Coffee - 8/10
8.4/10

Thaiban Cafe | Khao Suan Kwang | Khon Kaen – Udon Thani | Thailand

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What a hidden gem this place is…and it really is “hidden”! Unless you were heading to the Khon Kaen zoo, you’d probably never know this place existed (unless you did a Facebook search or you’re reading this post :-)).

That’s exactly how I found this place actually…on my way to Khon Kaen Zoo! I wasn’t too keen on the zoo, the weather was WAY too hot, and walking round all day in it, wasn’t on my list, however it does have (what looks to be) a great waterpark inside…and so a few of us thought we’d spend the in the water park to keep cool in the hot weather.

Driving up to Zoo you’ll drive past this place…and it will stand out, as it’s the most modern and inviting place in the whole area. At first glance I was like “wow, check out this place…I never new this was here”. The place looked awesome from the outside, really modern, well designed…it just had “that look” of a great café (if you know what I mean). Initially I thought it was probably just one of those sweet/dessert cafes that serves sweet toast etc. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a great coffee or some familiar western dishes out this way cause I was certain I would’ve heard of them otherwise.

So a late lunch after the waterpark was decided! We were heading here.

Well lunch came around pretty quickly, in about 10 minutes actually, as when we got to the Zoo, we found out the waterpark was closed for renovations. So that was that! We certainly weren’t walking around the zoo in this hear, so back in the car and off to check out this new café.

Just parking the car in the car park you can see these guys have really prime piece of land for this area…it’s very open sits up a little higher than the land around it, so have almost a perfect 360 view around the place. The views, peace and quiet of the location is enough alone to come and spend some time here.

So anyway, it was time to head inside and see what sweet toast, sweet drinks or bingsu they had on offer. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a few standup promotional menus with big photos of Pizza, French Fries, Cappuccinos and other western comfort goodies. So now I was REALLY confused as to why I had never heard of this place…I mean it’s literally the only place with this much farang (foreign) food within a 30KM radius! I remained skeptical right up until I could taste the food and coffee for myself, as it just seemed weird to have such a great looking café, airconditioned, great views, and serving out some of my favourite western dishes next door to our little village.

Well it WAS ALL quality…Drinks and Food! I’m even starting to order extra food to take home with me (frozen / premade meals) to eat at home!

So anyway, this first visit was over 8 months ago. It’s only now I’m writing this post as the blog has been pretty quiet over the Covid-19 period and living on the farm.

This place is my number #1 local café! By “local”, I’m actually meaning between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. I’ve been to most of the towns that sit between Udon Thani and Khon Kaen, and there’s some quality food and coffee coming out of these small towns, but none of them tick all the boxes like this place does. Here’s a quick look at what makes this place such a great and comfortable place to visit.

  • Good Wifi
  • Great, modern, spacious design with large windows that look out to the countryside
  • Airconditioned
  • Thai and Western Food (Homemade pizzas and pies too!)
  • Great prices
  • Really nice outdoor area with nice views

I love the design of this place, both inside and out. The inside has that modern industrial ‘look and feel’ to it, with black painted steel, red brick, and cement rendered walls (raw concrete look, not painted or coloured cement). So yeah, the colours are a little dark, but that matches nicely with the huge glass windows on all sides that let all the light in and brighten the place up.

There’s probably enough tables and chairs to sit around 15 people.

The outdoor area is really inviting…I find myself out there a lot! Even on the hot days, there’s something draggin me outside to sit along one of the benches that overlook the countryside, and then 20 mins later I find myself sweating and wondering what the hell I’m doing outside…but there’s a good number of fans outside you can turn on to cool you down a little, and like I said, it’s just real inviting and got great views.

So the food and coffee…

Let’s start with the coffee, as that always comes first for me, and many times I come here just for that! The coffee is awesome, and easily the best (alongside one other coffee I like in Khumpurapee “Kim’s Cafe”) I can find between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

The food is great, and CHEAP too! But CHEAP certainly isn’t reflected in the quality, in fact it’s the opposite! I love my shrimp/prawns, and since leaving Hua Hin it can be difficult to find quality shrimp out in the country (sometimes you’re lucky to find shrimp at all). When I ordered my Phad Kapow with EXTRA shrimp, I was pretty impressed with the serving and quality of shrimp…definitely not common to find this quality in the country towns. So that dish alone (along with the coffee) was enough to  convince me that this place could be my second home.

I think whatever you’re after whether it be food, a coffee, a cool drink or even a beer…you’ll this place is a MUST stop if you find yourself out this way.

What are the prices like?

Around ฿60- ฿100 for a general Thai dish.

Where are they located?

If you’re heading North (to Udon Thani), you take a RIGHT into Khao Suan Kwang (literally on the border of Khon Kaen and Udon Thani)…follow that road all the way down to the railway. At the end (the railway), take LEFT….follow that road all the way to the end, and you end up alongside the railway crossing…take a RIGHT (across the railway)….and follow that road about another 200 meters and you’ll see the café on your left side.

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00
Monday: Closed

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9.3/10

Bann Hao cafe’ | Cafe – Bar – Bistro | Khao Suan Kwang | Khon Kaen – Udon Thani | Thailand

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This was a nice little surprise! New cafe in Khao Suan Kwang with a modern, bright, spacious dining area both inside and out and a good selection of food and drinks. We were actually on our way to our favourite cafe in this area called “Thaiban Cafe” (blog post coming soon) when we passed this new place, which must have been open for only a week or two.

I’m mostly drawn into new cafes and restaurants when they stand out, look inviting and you can see effort and attention in the overall design, layout and appearance of cafe. It makes sense really – if they put that much effort into the building itself, they’re generally gonna do the same with whatever is coming out of the kitchen as well (Ok…not all….but most). So decision was made. We stopped short of our usual trip to Thaiban Cafe to checkout out Baan Hao Cafe & Bistro.

You naturally start winding down as soon as soon as you open the door to this place. It’s walls are large glass windows that allow you to see all the farm land and nature around outside…very nice views! The window walls and high ceilings is what makes this place so spacious and bright…but not not too bright or glary, with the wood and black colours used for the interior and furnishings, it tones the place down a little and gives it a chill vibe. It’s also well airconditioned inside so it’s a great place to escape the Udon Thani heat as well.

There’s a good selection of seating options both inside and out, including couches and coffee tables (which is what we chose), wooden benches and stools that run along the window / glass walls, and proper square dining tables and chairs as well. Outside there’s also a large number of seats and tables available, so it’s highly unlikely you wouldn’t ever find a seat in this place, or even your preferred seat. The traffic passing through here is very minimal, in fact I think the maximum number of people I’ve ever seen in a cafe around here at the same time is no more than 10, and that’s also around the lunch time period. On Weekends it will probably be busier as you get the crowds going to/coming from Khon Kaen Zoo (it’s about 5 km further down the road).

They offer pretty much everything to fill your hunger/thirst including Thai meals, coffee, tea, smoothies and beer/spirits (yes there’s a small bar as well). There’s also a nice acoustic guitar standing in one of the corners…I forgot to ask them if the guests could pick it up and have a bit of a strum…will have to ask them next time.

Prices are very reasonable, but that’s nothing special in this area. I think most places around this area never top 100 baht for a meal unless you order something special, for example I ordered the Phad Krapow with Shrimp and then asked for Extra Shrimp (10 to be exact), and my meal came to about 100 baht.

I have to say the shrimp weren’t the best I’ve had, but that’s also to be expected here. Having spent a lot of time in Hua Hin (on the seaside) I was pretty spoilt with my selection of quality seafood. Here however (in the Country), seafood isn’t as common, and often when you do find it, the quality isn’t as good as the bigger cities. This is mainly due to the fact that to get quality seafood, the price would need to go up, and a lot of people either don’t have the budget to spending 150 baht or more on a single meal every day, or they just simply see it as over priced, particularly when you get get a great Phad Khrapow Chicken or Pork here for around 35 baht. Anyway, The dish was still really tasty (as far as a phad krapow goes), and it was well worth what I paid for it…had I paid Hua Hin or Bangkok prices, I probably would have been a little dissapoitned. My partner had the Phad Krapow Seafood (includes calamari as well as shrimp) and the calamari was really good, so perhaps I should have ordered that one.

Here’s a few key features about this place

  • Great ambiance and seating options – Making you feel welcome and comfortable
  • Good WiFi
  • Has coffee and food AND beer so I know I don’t need to go anywhere else once arriving here
  • Great views and very peaceful

Anyway, it’s not a 5 start restaurant, but they don’t pose to be, and with the cheap prices you couldn’t expect 5 star quality either. The prices were around 60 – 70 baht a dish.

All in all, it’s great to have seen and visited this place, and I’ll definitely be coming back. I’m going to give this place a pretty good rating…mainly because it ticks all boxes (in a “pass” kinda way…not “exceptional”.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The style of the cafe – modern but yet great country views (like a modern country house)
  • Prices – definitely on the cheap side
  • Selection of Food/Drinks – Food and drinks including coffee and beer

What are the prices like?

Around ฿60- ฿70 a meal.

Where are they located?

Turn off the main road that links Khon Kaen and Udon Thani in Khao Suan Kwang towards the Khon Kaen Zoo. About half a kilometer down on your left…there it is!

139 หมู่ 11, 40280 Ban Khao Suan Kwang, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Opening Hours

No information sorry.

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9.3/10

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