Ubon Ratchathani

Ubon Ratchathani is a city in the south-east of the Isan region of Thailand. The name means "Royal Lotus City". Ubon is provincial capital of Ubon Ratchathani province and has the population of little more than 200,000.

The city sits on the northern bank of the Mun River whilst the southern bank is occupied by the suburb of Warin Chamrap, which is effectively incorporated into the city.

Ubon Ratchathani grew up fast during the World War II and had a base for American air force during the second Indochina War. Today this lively city is the trading and communications hub of eastern Isaan.

Here, off from the main hub you'll find a well-preserved Isaan community offering much to teach about the traditional region.

Due to its proximity to Laos and originally founded by men from Laos – Vientiane Kingdom, influence is evident in the architectural structure of some of the city’s religious buildings.

Ubon, as it is commonly known, is home to an eclectic mix of ethnicities, including Khmer, Laotians, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Thais, who above all else have created an excellent food scene.

Aside from the bustling provincial capital, a range of national parks, including the impressive Pha Taem National Park stretch across the province and there is an ample supply of pleasant riverside options to lose a day or two.

Every July or August, Ubon Ratchathani hosts the Candle Festival to celebrate the beginning of Buddhist Lent with a parade of huge, finely-carved wax sculptures. It is well worth a peek if you're interested in experiencing a traditional Thai festival.

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