Ubon Ratchathani is a small city in Thailand. It languishes on the banks of the Mun river and stands for the royal lotus city. Rooted in Buddhist culture, Ubon has a number of Buddhist monasteries and temples with evident Lao influence. Despite of being a small city, it is quite developed and is very happening. Ubon is popular for its glowing temple and candle festival amongst all the other things.Easily reachable by a flight from any of the airports in Thailand, it is a place that is a must-visit if culture is what interests you.
Ubon Ratchathani (Ubon meaning small) is one of the four major cities in Isaan. Other three being Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. Ubon is a great place for history enthusiasts too. With a number of museums that depict their culture and others highlighting the World War, Ubon tells engaging tales.
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1. Wat Thung Si Meuang
Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Ubon Ratchathani, Wat Thung Si Meuang was a structure that was built to house the footprint of Buddha. An interesting fact about its architecture is that it has been built up on stilts in order to protect the delicate scriptures written inside from any infestations.
2. Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
Among the only national museums in the region, the Ubon Rathchathani National Museum is a great place to spend an hour appreciating the Buddha sculptures in various formats and forms and ancient rocks from Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani province.
3. Candle Festival
If you happen to visit Ubon Ratchathani in the month of July, witness the Candle Festival which is celebrated with great gusto. It is on for three months and during this time span, the monks don’t leave the temples. People abstain from drinking and all things negative. In the Thung Si Muang Park, the wax candles are exhibited which are taken as a procession the following morning.
4. Thung Si Muang Park
The park located in front of City Hall is a pleasant area to be and explore the city, interact with the locals, admire the candle statue that was erected in the honour of the King, see the statue of Phra Phatumvoraratsuriyawang and the Monument of Merit.