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Udon Thani..Best hotel and airport car rental?

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Hello. I used to stay at the "Grand Choruiso" or something like that. Does anyone know if that's still the best hotel in Udon Thani and if so, what is it's current name? Rumor has it Centara took over management of it?

 

I'm also told by my partner that renting a car at the airport is no problem, "you can with ATM card". I found this remarkable, but anyhow any suggestions on which if any car rental outfit to use much appreciated. Mid size car with full insurance. 

 

Trip is for three or four nights. If there any new sites worthwhile please advise. Not interested in temples or landmarks, but something like a waterfall or car/motorcycle race scene interesting. No interest in farang bars or brothels(not farang or Thai or Laotian). Former scene easily avoided. Hopefully that's still true.. Any fine dining also of interest, not seafood or farang food. It's Udon Thani after all is said and done diba?

 

Thanks and God Bless You and OO. 

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The car rental offices at Udon airport will only accept a credit card. Debit cards or cash are not accepted. All international car rental companies work like that so they can do a transaction against damages and then a charge back if everything is in order on returning the vehicle. You can only do the charge back with a credit card.

However across from the terminal you will see a coffee shop and they run a car rental service out of there and they work in cash. Last time I was in Udon I hired a Honda City from them. I know about it because when my debit card was refused by Hertz, the young lady took me to the cafe and introduced me. No doubt she got a commission. I have 3 mobile numbers for them. I don't know if it's against forum rules to post numbers but if you pm me I'll give them to you.

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ID: 3   Posted (edited)

I don't have a credit card and have always used my debit cards in Thailand when renting cars (Sixt/Hertz). They take a large deposit against damage etc. and pay back on return so I guess Udon Thani is different.

Edited by Flustered

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Some would probably disagree but if you want to be in the thick of it Pannerai hotel is best, better than Centara in my opinion. Then again when I was staying in Udon I would just grab a room in the Irish Clock massive room overlooking the street.

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I don't have a credit card and have always used my debit cards in Thailand when renting cars (Sixt/Hertz). They take a large deposit against damage etc. and pay back on return so I guess Udon Thani is different.

From Hertz Thailand website.

 

CAN I USE MY DEBIT CARD IF I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD?

 

Hertz Thailand is requires a Credit Card for security deposit on the main driver’s credit card amount THB 10,000 for standard vehicles and rental fee when pick up a car at the counter.

 

From Sixt Thailand website.

 

* Valid credit card imprint is required at time of rental for Pre-Authorization security deposit of THB 20,000 (for small car group) and THB 50,000 (for premium car group)

 

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Some would probably disagree but if you want to be in the thick of it Pannerai hotel is best, better than Centara in my opinion. Then again when I was staying in Udon I would just grab a room in the Irish Clock massive room overlooking the street.

I stayed at the Pannerai once. Never again. The bass speakers blairing out music from the bars next door is unbearable until 2am. Daytime also.
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10 minutes ago, trd said:


I stayed at the Pannerai once. Never again. The bass speakers blairing out music from the bars next door is unbearable until 2am. Daytime also.

My old boy stayed there last month I was round everyday for a week didn't hear much in the daytime. I also thought they were pretty strict on midnight curfew these days. Also said some would disagree ;)

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Pannarai is very overrated and hugely over priced for thailand, have stayed once and never again and the buffet breakfast was very poor, best buffet is the centara, best room only hotel is The Lion King

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12 minutes ago, MINIMIGLIA said:

Pannarai is very overrated and hugely over priced for thailand, have stayed once and never again and the buffet breakfast was very poor, best buffet is the centara, best room only hotel is The Lion King

Agreed! breakfast as close to inedible as it gets, unless you enjoy processed food! small pool & very basic rooms in a dubious location!

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Doesn't help the question but despite what Hertz/Sixt print, I have never used a credit card, I do not have one. They (Phuket and Ciang Mai) have always deducted a 10,000 baht (or near) deposit from my Visa debit and then paid it back on return.

 

However, I bow to current knowledge and local experience.

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If it's any help I used Lek Car rentals last time and they didn't require a cc. From memory I paid a 5000 Baht deposit in cash. They delivered the car to the airport. It was all hassle free. Just Google the name

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4 minutes ago, magicroundabout said:

If it's any help I used Lek Car rentals last time and they didn't require a cc. From memory I paid a 5000 Baht deposit in cash. They delivered the car to the airport. It was all hassle free. Just Google the name

Should have said fully insured etc

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ID: 13   Posted (edited)

14 hours ago, CGW said:

Agreed! breakfast as close to inedible as it gets, unless you enjoy processed food! small pool & very basic rooms in a dubious location!

Maybe you could suggest a hotel in Udon with a great breakfast, not basic hotel room and a big pool cos it sure aint the centara. 

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3 hours ago, starky said:

Maybe you could suggest a hotel in Udon with a great breakfast, not basic hotel room and a big pool cos it sure aint the centara. 

The Centara buffet breakfast is fantastic, never stayed in their rooms, as they are stupid expensive .

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Maybe you could suggest a hotel in Udon with a great breakfast, not basic hotel room and a big pool cos it sure aint the centara. 

I heard Kabinburi is Good Hotel, room is small, though, food good I heard


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