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Udon Thani Thailand recent history


Udon thani first marked its name when in the Bangkok era’s history when anuwong staged an uprising and marched the Laotian’s troops down to nakhon Ratchasrima the then governor and wife lady mo where forced to more there forces back to Nongbua lampoo not far from today’s city of udon thani which was named ban mak kaeng Udon thani was originally a military base used buy prince prachack to stamp out the minority uprising in a north eastern state known as lao puan
ban mak-kaeng changed from a rural hub to the large modern city of udon thani our northern city Udon province is well known for the world heritage site at ban chiang which is the oldest bronze age settlement found to date situated 85 km outside udon which today as many large markets filled with agricultural produce

Issan and udon thani city itself received a massive boost in the 1960.s when the united states built with the Thai government the udon royal Thai air force base
Udon_Thani_International_Airport as a joint-force military base During the Vietnam War the base was a front-line facility of the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1964 through 1976. The USAF forces at Udorn were under the command of the United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Thirteenth Air Force (13th AF). Udorn was the location for TACAN station Channel 31 and was referenced by that identifier in voice communications during air missions.

Udorn RTAFB was also the Asian Headquarters for Air America an American passenger and cargo airline covertly owned and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It supplied and supported covert operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War

The U.S. turned the base over to the Thai military in 1976, but there were three significant after effects of the base's US presence. First, a number of the natives in the area were paid well and learned English, which helped them become more marketable to the outside world (a significant percentage of the more educated group now work in the Middle East oilfields). Second, the base created ties, including a US Consulate in Udon which was closed in 1995, and a VFW (veterans of foreign wars) Post. Finally, the base and the consulate caused the city to be viewed as a regional hub, and this impression has continued.

In recent years the province has received international attention due to the discovery of a large potash deposit in the area and some anticipate that the region will become a major exporter of the mineral. Beginning the mining process of gaining licensure has been substantially delayed due to public opposition to the mine. Many of the villagers who live directly above the proposed mine site have expressed concern that the company and its Environmental Impact Assessment have not adequately addressed concerns of salinization of groundwater and soil or land subsidence. Both would threaten the economic stability of local communities that rely primarily on income derived from rice farming

Udon Thani issan Expat blog
A personnel prospective on life in udon thani issan and Thailand the ups and downs of expat life
The blog was opened up to to give a voice to those of us who are fed up with the local forums who censor any story that does not make them money this includes removing links to other stories you will find many links on expat udon thani and feel free to comment and join in the banter

Udon Thani website
this udon thani website ofers free adverts to all reputable udon thani places of interest when you visit you find really usefull links about udon thani the reader you get the no b/s stories made up buy some locals to promote there own interests which other local websites seem to be doing
anyway udon thani needs a real voice so what the hack

Thai expat info
Thai expat info is a large collection of local information from dozens of websites from all over issan and Thailand bookmark this site drop back and keep up with whats really going on for expats around Thailand these stories you wont find on the bbc our cnn enjoy the site i do

Issan Guides
issan guides is a random collection of posts about places hotels transport in issan north east Thailand its a new blog which is getting constantly updated and excepts reviews and stories from anybody so if you have a story review a photo with a story submit to Issan Guides and have your say they welcome it

Ban Dung blog
ban dung issan blog focus on a beutifull corner of issan 1 hour outside of Udon Thani
a small town with a super chilled out bunch of local expats some say village life is boreing but scarth the surface and who knows what you will find

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this blog on udon thani was built to try to provide readers like myself honest unbiased info on general life in udon thani and the province of issan i have also placed links to other blogs which is something that i feel is very important i can not hold a monopoly on udon thani as some websites try to i hope you find this blog usefull if you do link back to me and forward onto your friends
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expat udon thani is and always will support all other issan Thailand based blogs in providing usefull content to all of you out there regards john

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