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Ubon Ratchathani

Things to see and do

  • Candle Festival
    4.5 stars

    Although it’s usually at the end of July or early August, be sure to check the Thai calender to clarify exact dates before planning a visit. This is a four-day long national holiday weekend in Thailand, and Ubon Ratchathani is the place to be celebrating. It's a favourite among Thais, and hotels ... read more

  • Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
    3.5 stars

    Built in 1918, this building was originally Ubon’s City Hall but now serves as a museum, providing a comprehensive overview of Isaan’s development in geography, history, culture architecture, art and religion. Each room of this rectangle wooden building represents a period of time in the ... read more

  • Wat Thung Si Muang
    3.5 stars

    This wat was built during the reign of Rama III and is considered to demonstrate a blend of Lao and Rattanakosin architecture. The chapel walls are adorned with murals from the era of Rama II. The most unique aspect of the wat is the Scripture Hall, which sits at the centre of small pond on ... read more

  • Wat Nong Pa Pong
    4 stars

    Once an abandoned temple, Ajarn Chah initiated a project to turn it into a meditation site until it became an official monastery in 1954. The atmosphere is unlike typical Thai wats; the extensive grounds are so peaceful that it’s easy for even the least spiritual of people to lose hours wandering ... read more

  • Wat Chaeng
    2.5 stars

    Known for its elegantly carved wooden gables, Wat Chaeng also has some rather unusual guardians in the form of large fanged concrete crocodiles on the front steps. The temple property serves as home to a decent-sized daytime market every Wednesday, causing slightly dilapidated grounds from the ... read more

  • Wat Supattanaram
    2.5 stars

    The bot was built in 1920 and shows an interesting mix of three distinct styles: a Khmer influenced base, a German midsection and Thai styled roof. Designed by a highway engineer, it seems they couldn't quite stop themselves from using loads of concrete. Note the grinning temple lions at the ... read more

  • Wat Pah Nanachat
    3 stars

    English is the primary spoken language of the wat, although most foreign monks speak Thai and are highly respected by all monks. With advanced written permission, lay people may stay for periods of time, which is popular for Westerners wanting to practise meditation -- though some prior experience ... read more

  • Thung Si Muang Park
    3.5 stars

    Located directly in the centre of town, this public park offers pleasurable surroundings if you’re looking to kill time at no cost. In the park, you’ll find several monuments of importance: a memorial of the founder of Ubon,Chao Khampong, a monument of merit to recognise the people of Ubon, ... read more

  • Wat Maha Wanaram (Wat Pa Yai)
    3 stars

    It was originally a religious centre for meditation practices until it was upgraded to a monastery under its second abbot. The wat contains the Phra Chao Yai In Paeng, a highly revered Buddha image built by the first abbot. Thais gather from all over to make merit on the stucco statue built in ... read more

  • Wat Nong Bua
    3.5 stars

    It is definitely worth a trip to see a wat which dares to be different and a songthaew out to it is certainly cheaper than a trip to India.

    To get there, take songthaew number 3 or 10 north on Chayangkum Road for a few kilometres until you see the signposted turn-off on your left.

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

    The Buddha image, Phra Kaew Busarakha, is made of topaz and is believed to be the largest single piece of topaz in Thailand and the most important statue of the province. The Buddha was brought to Thailand from Vientiane in Laos at the same time as the Emerald Buddha. During the annual Songkhan ... read more

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