Ubon Ratchatani Journals

The Royal City of the Lotus Blossom

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A travel journal to Ubon Ratchatani by SeenThat

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Quote: Ubon What? Can SeenThat even pronounce that name? Can anyone stay away of a place named the "Royal City of the Lotus Blossom?" Can any aspiring Marco Polo skip a place named the "Emerald Triangle?" Rhetoric questions. Landing there was unavoidable.

Isaan, Khorat Plateau, & Ubon Ratchathani

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Attraction | "The First Ray of Light in Thailand"

Ubon Ratchathani Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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Isaan and the Khorat PlateauIsaan is the northeast lobe in Thailand’s map; accordingly, the name is derived from a Sanskrit word that means "northeast." The political division follows here a geographical one since it occupies the Khorat Plateau, and is bordered by the Mekong River to the north and east, along the border with Laos, and the Prachinburi mountains south of Nakhon Ratchasima. To the west it is separated from Northern and Central Thailand by the Phetchabun mountain range. Cambodia lies to the southeast.The plateau is named after its biggest city...Read More

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Attractions of Ubon Ratchathani

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Attraction | "On Goodness and Buddhas"

Ubon Ratchathani Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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Small and dilapidated, Ubon provides a comfortable environment for visiting its main views. As in most Thai towns, most of these are related to religious structures. However, due to Ubon’s location near the Emerald Triangle, the temples in town feature many Laotian and Khmer characteristics; occasionally, Burmese and Vietnamese touches can also be seen.Wat Supattanaram WoraviharnLocated on Somdet Road and next to the Mun River, this is a royal temple of the third grade and the first temple of the Dharmanyutika (or Dhammayut) Sect in Isaan. Built in 1853, it features a Buddha image at the Ordination Hall. The present Ordination Hall dates back to 1936, is 20m ...Read More

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Festivals and Food

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Attraction | "Eat and Feast Today, ‘Cause Tomorrow..."

Ubon Ratchathani - Market Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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Remote places hold the promise of unique souvenirs, festivals and food. Ubon Ratchathani is not different.FestivalsIt is difficult to mention a festival related exclusively to Ubon. Songkram - the traditional Thai New Year – is held here in April or May (the event is defined according to the lunar calendar and thus varies in its date) and includes playing with water, fairs, sport contests, and a music and a beauty contest. The Flower Festival takes place every February at the Thung Kham Nam Saep Stadium. It features floral floats, and decorative and flowering plant contests.The Illuminated Boat Procession takes place every October, marking the end of th...Read More

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Traveling in Ubon

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Attraction | "Traveling in the Southeastern Corner of Thailand’s Northeast"

Chong Mek Border Cross Photo, Chong Mek, Thailand
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Despite being only about 630 kilometers away from Bangkok, Ubon feels like a much more remote place. It is one of the kingdom forgotten corners. Except for the mountainous areas of the north, few areas feel more rural. Yet, Ubon is exceptionally well connected to Bangkok and to all the main cities and towns in Isaan.By RoadIsaan – as most of ...Read More

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Khong Chiam, Chong Mek and the Emerald Triangle

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Attraction | "Thailand’s Easternmost Point"

Chong Mek Border Cross Photo, Chong Mek, Thailand
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Khong ChiamKhong Chiam is a district of the Ubon Ratchathani Province, located at the meeting point of the Mun and Mekong rivers. Its capital is the town of the same name, which is the easternmost point in Thailand. The best way of exploring the area is with a rented car.The Mun River (pronounce "moon") connects the Khao Yai National Park near Nakhon Ratchasima with the Mekong River near Khong Chiam. It flows for approximately 750km, crossing Ubon Ratchathani in its way. The Kaeng Tana and Pha Taem national parks are located along it in the Khong Chiam district....Read More

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