Top things to do in Ubon Ratchathani

Top Choice Thai in Ubon Ratchathani

Rung Roj

An Ubon institution serving excellent food, using family recipes and only fresh ingredients. Many people swear by the ox-tongue stew. From the outside it looks more like a well-to-do house than a restaurant, and ins…
Top Choice Cafe in Ubon Ratchathani

LIFE Roaster

Local coffee enthusiast Nut has his own plantation up in Chiang Mai and he roasts his own beans in this funky and charming wooden coffee house to produce what is probably the best coffee in town. There's no food, bu…
Thai in Ubon Ratchathani

Porntip Gai Yang Wat Jaeng

It looks like a tornado has whipped through this no-frills spot, but the chefs cook up a storm of their own. This is considered by many to be Ubon's premier purveyor of gài yâhng (grilled chicken), sôm·đam (spicy gr…
Arts & Crafts in Ubon Ratchathani


Though pricey, this is the best all-round handicrafts shop in Ubon. It specialises in silks and home-decoration products; many of its products merge old methods and modern designs.
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Ban Na Meuang

This temple, also known as Wat Sa Prasan Suk, stands out from other temples in many ways. Most famously, the bòht sits on a boat: a ceramic-encrusted replica of the late King Rama IX’s royal barge Suphannahong, comp…
Cultural in Ubon Ratchathani

Candle Parade

Ubon's famous Candle Parade began during the reign of King Rama V, when the appointed governor decided the rocket festival was too dangerous. The original simple designs have since grown (with the help of internal f…
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Pa Nanachat

English is the primary language of Wat Pa Nanachat, a Western-oriented temple opened in 1975 by Ajahn Chah specifically for non-Thais. There's nothing really to see here, but visitors interested in Buddhism, if they…
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Phra That Nong Bua

This spectacular, gleaming gold-and-white chedi is sure to dazzle. It loosely resembles the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodhgaya, India (where the Buddha reached enlightenment), and inside is another beautiful golden chedi. …
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Thung Si Meuang

Built during the reign of Rama III (1824–51), Wat Thung Si Meuang has a classic hŏr đrai (Tripitaka hall) in excellent shape. Like many hŏr đrai, it rests on stilts in the middle of a pond to protect the precious sc…
Museum in Ubon Ratchathani

Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

Occupying the former city hall (built in 1918), this is a very informative museum with plenty on show, from Dvaravati-era Buddhas and 2000-year-old Dong Son bronze drums to Ubon textiles and clever little animal tra…