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Ubon Ratchathani

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  • An introduction to Ubon Ratchathani’s temples
    4 stars

    Ubon’s wats aren’t quite as awe-inspiring as those of Bangkok or Chiang Mai, but together they’re an intriguing collection with some highly unusual attributes. ... read more

  • Wat Thung Si Muang
    3.5 stars

    If you can only visit one wat in Ubon and you don’t feel like going too far out of the way, beautiful Wat Thung Si Muang is probably the best choice. Displaying a mix of Lao, Burmese and Thai artistic styles, Wat Thung Si Muang was built in the early 1800s to house a replica of the Buddha’s ... read more

  • Wat Nong Bua
    4 stars

    Located in Ubon city’s northern reaches but well worth the effort to reach, Wat Phra That Nong Bua features the only depiction of the Mahabodhi temple in Northeast Thailand. Built in 1957, it’s a Thai-style replica of the ancient stone pagoda that stands at the place where the Buddha is ... read more

  • Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram (Wat Si Thong)
    3.5 stars

    Built in 1855 and alternately known as Wat Si Thong, easy-to-find Wat Si Ubon features an ordination hall that mimics Bangkok’s famous Wat Benchamabophit. While you won’t find block after block of marble here, you will get a chance to glimpse a sacred Buddha image, Phra Kaew Butsarakham, which ... read more

  • Wat Chaeng
    3 stars

    The main attraction at Wat Chaeng is not the large and unimpressive wihaan up front, but rather a small wooden hall shrouded in trees out back. Built in the early 1900s, the dark-wood structure is fronted by one-of-a-kind crocodile guardian statues made from white stucco. The structure is best ... read more

  • Wat Maha Wanaram (Wat Pa Yai)
    3.5 stars

    Affectionately called Wat Pa Yai, the somewhat gaudy Wat Maha Wannaram was established in 1807 by Ubon’s second ruler. It’s regarded as the principal wat in Ubon, containing one of the province’s most sacred Buddha images. The large and striking stucco image, Phrachao Yai In Paeng, was ... read more

  • Wat Supattanaram
    2.5 stars

    Located along a scenic bend in the Moon River, Wat Suppattanaram Worawihan is one of Ubon’s largest and most active temples. While the main attraction for travellers is a bulky and architecturally distinctive ordination hall, the sweeping river views and fish-feeding opportunities seem to be the ... read more

  • Wat Si Phradu
    3.5 stars

    Along with a proud tradition of creating floats for the annual Candle Festival, the often-overlooked Wat Si Phradu boasts one of the more architecturally interesting buildings found in any of Ubon’s temples. Guarded by a colourful pair of yaksha demon-giants, the large modern Lao-style wihaan ... read more

  • Wat Burapharam
    3 stars

    Set in a quiet corner of the city’s eastern reaches, Wat Burapha is a forest meditation temple with a more tranquil atmosphere than most of Ubon’s wats. After being founded in the early 20th century, it was frequented by the late Ajahn Sao, a forest monk partly credited with revitalising the ... read more

  • Wat Tai Prachao Yai Ong Tue
    3 stars

    Wat Tai Prachao Yai Ong Tue makes for a dizzying walk through the wild world of Hindu/Buddhist iconography. During our visit to nearby Wat Si Phradu, a German expat enthusiastically told us that Wat Tai Prachao Yai Ong Tue (or Wat Tai for short) was “the most beautiful temple of your life”. ... read more

  • Wat Nong Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat
    3.5 stars

    The founder of two of the area's best-known forest monasteries, Wat Nong Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat, was also the inspiration for a global meditation movement. ... read more


  • Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
    3.5 stars

    While many Thai cities have their own provincial museums, Ubon’s is particularly comprehensive and compelling. History buffs should be sure to start their explorations here. The attractive European-style brick-and-cement building was constructed in 1918 and served as Ubon’s city hall for ... read more

Public parks and zoos

  • Thung Si Muang Park
    3.5 stars

    Just after sunset, Thung Si Muang buzzes with hundreds of locals jogging, playing basketball and joining in group aerobics or ballroom dancing. Once used for cultivating the rice served to Ubon’s leadership, Thung Si Muang became a public park around the turn of the 20th century. The broad ... read more

General activities

  • Hae Thian (Candle Festival)
    4.5 stars

    Throughout Thailand and other Theravada Buddhist countries, communities have long gathered to offer requisites, including candles, to monks as they embark on the rains retreat, or Khao Phansa. Ubon turns this Asanha Bucha ceremony into a two-day Candle Festival, or Hae Thian, complete with a parade ... read more

Cultural areas

  • Baan Pa Ao brass and silk village
    4 stars

    The families of Baan Pa Ao have hand-crafted beautiful brass and silk products for five generations. Not a tacky made-for-tourism attraction like some of Thailand's craft villages, this is an opportunity to watch the artists at work as you soak up the rur ... read more

Day trips

  • Phibun Mangsahan
    3.5 stars

    Follow the Moon River 45 kilometres east from Ubon city and you’ll reach Phibun Mangsahan, a small but bustling city known for its river rapids and steamed sala bao buns. Drawing almost no foreign travellers, it makes for a fun stop, if only for lunch, on the way to Khong Chiam and Pha Taem ... read more

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