Photo: Classic architecture, Khong Chiam.

Things to see and do

Sam Phan Bok
Near the town of Song Khon

They call it the “Grand Canyon of Siam” and some have even compared it to the surface of the moon: a continuous current of rock notched with 3,000 holes, known in the Lao/Isaan language as Sam Phan Bok. Though difficult to reach in a distant corner of Ubon Ratchathani province, the other-worldly landscape and Mekong River scenery make it worth the ... Read more about Sam Phan Bok .

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Pha Taem National Park
T: (045) 252 581

Vantage point for Thailand’s earliest sunrise, a vast shale cliff overlooks the forested hills of Laos stretching beyond the Mekong River. On its base, a long series of paintings hint at what life was like here some 3,000 years ago. Also containing strange rock formations, fantastic waterfalls and fields of wildflowers, Pha Taem National Park packs a lot into its 340 square ... Read more about Pha Taem National Park .

Kaeng Tana National Park
T: (045) 406 887

Kaeng Tana National Park is a mildly pleasant place to go for a hike or enjoy a picnic alongside the Moon River. The namesake rapids are a result of large rocks that protrude during the dry months, including a sandstone boulder with a cement marker placed here during the French colonial era. The rapids can be accessed from either side of the Moon, where two footbridges take visitors to Don ... Read more about Kaeng Tana National Park .

Wat Tham Kuha Sawan

Wat Tham Kuha Sawan was established when the late Forest Tradition monk, Luang Phor Khamkhaning Chulamani, discovered a small cave in the hillside to be suitable for meditation in the mid 1970s. More of a rock shelf than deep cavern, the cave now contains several Buddha images to go with a view over Khong Chiam’s rusty rooftops and the Mekong River beyond. The temple’s most noticeable ... Read more about Wat Tham Kuha Sawan .

Sirindhorn Reservoir

Head south out of Khong Chiam for 15 km and you’ll reach a crossroads. A left takes you to the border crossing and market in Chong Mek, while a right shoots to the northern shore of the massive Sirindhorn Reservoir. If you thought that lounging on a beach was out of the question in Ubon province, think again. One of Northeast Thailand’s largest bodies of water, Sirindhorn stretches north ... Read more about Sirindhorn Reservoir .

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