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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ubon Ratchathani

Punchard

Though pricey, this is the best all-round handicrafts shop in Ubon. Specialises in silks and home-decoration products. Many of its products are a merging of old methods and designs with modern items. The shop is a g…
Top Choice International in Ubon Ratchathani

Peppers Restaurant, Bakery & Cafe

Peppers, popular with both fa·ràng and Thai, features a broad international menu with everything from nachos to schnitzel to pub pies to đôm yam gûng and all-day breakfast. The bakery offerings, its real speciality,…
Top Choice Thai in Ubon Ratchathani

Rung Roj

It's surprising the prices are so low at this upmarket-looking establishment. It's an Ubon institution serving excellent food using family recipes and only fresh ingredients. From the outside it looks more like a we…
Buddhist Temple in Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Pa Nanachat

English is the primary language at Wat Pa Nanachat, a Western-oriented wát opened in 1975 specifically for non-Thais. There's nothing really to see here, but visitors, if they dress and act respectfully, are welcome…
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 Thung Si Meuang

Built during the reign of Rama III (1824–51), with a classic hŏr đrai (Tripitaka hall) in excellent shape. Like many hŏr đrai, it rests on tall, angled stilts in the middle of a pond to protect the precious scriptur…
Museum in Ubon Ratchathani

Ubonnithat Culture Display

The museum in the lower level of the strikingly designed Ubon Ratchathani Art & Culture Centre at Rajabhat University contains a lot more cultural references than the National Museum. There are some relatively r…
Museum in Ubon Ratchathani

Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

Occupying the former city hall, this is a very informative museum with plenty on show, from Dvaravati-era Buddhist ordination-precinct stones and a 2500-year-old Dong Son bronze drum to Ubon textiles. The museum's m…
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…
Thai in Ubon Ratchathani

Night Market

Though it's smaller than you'd expect, Ubon's city-centre night market makes an excellent dining destination, especially when paired with the weekend Walking Street Market. Vendors sell Thai, Isan and Vietnamese foo…