Positioned on the Mun River, Ubon Ratchathani is well-known for its strong Buddhist traditions, showcased through its forest monastery and temples. Along with the famous annual Candle Festival, Ubon Ratchathani offers an off-the-beaten-path vibe, from its family-run Thai restaurants to its surrounding nature attractions.
Things to do in Ubon Ratchathani
Temples and other religious structures abound within Ubon Ratchathani, including the towering golden pyramid of Wat Phrathat Nong Bua. You can also drive 20 minutes to the Buddhist forest monastery Wat Nong Pah Pong or visit Wat Thung Si Mueang to see its wooden library on stilts in a small lake.
Looking for some peace and quiet? Head to Thung Si Muang Ubon, a central park with magnificent statues and monuments. It’s a short stroll from Ubon Ratchathani’s town centre, where you’ll find a range of locally-run restaurants serving family recipes in cosy settings. Indochina Restaurant serves a mix of Indonesian and Chinese cuisines, while Phonphip Isan Food provides a takeaway menu of local delicacies.
Learn about the local history at the Ubonratchathani National Museum, where you can admire a wide range of artefacts from the Nan Province, including traditional clothing, ancient furniture and wooden carvings. Combine the museum with a visit to the 3D Gallery Ubon, which boasts a wealth of 3D artwork that is perfect for unique photos.
If you’re on a family holiday, treat the kids to a day at The Splash Ubon, a waterpark with inflatable slides and climbing structures. Venture slightly out of town to reach the Ubon Ratchathani Zoo, where you can see tigers, tortoises, deer and zebras while riding around in golf carts.
Getting around Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Ratchathani is easily reached by flying into Ubon Ratchathani Airport or catching a train from Bangkok. The best ways to get around town are using tuk-tuks, songthaews or hire vehicles.