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Top Choice 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…
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 insi…
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. …
Arts & Crafts in Ubon Ratchathani

Punchard

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 Cha specifically for non-Thais. There's nothing really to see here, but visitors interested in Buddhism, if they …
Museum in Ubon Ratchathani

Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

Occupying the former city hall (built 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 traps.…
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Si Pradu

This temple's lovely, modern bòht has a soaring wing-shaped design that creates a striking scene inside. The delightful murals cover many subjects including the Jataka (past life stories of the Buddha) and feature m…
International in Ubon Ratchathani

Peppers

Peppers, popular with both fa·ràng and Thai, features a broad international menu with everything from nachos to schnitzel to pizza to đôm yam gûng and all-day breakfast. The bakery offerings, its real speciality, ar…