Ubon Ratchathani is northeast and is bordered to the
east by the Maekong River and Laos, and to the south by Cambodia.
The provincial capital is some 630 kilometres northeast of Bangkok,
and the province covers a strong Buddhist tradition, praticularly
forest-dwelling monks, and distinctive folk culture which finds expression
in the cuisine, handicrafts and traditional events such as the Candle
Festival each July.
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
This is on Khuean Thani Road. Built in 1918, the building was once
used as the City Hall. It is regarded as the museum with the best
arrangements and displays artifacts from all districts in the province.
Within the museum are displays of prehistoric events, history, and
culture of Ubon Ratchathani natives. The Museum is open Wednesdays
through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Kaeng Tana National Park
This park can be reached on two routes. The first route is by taking
Highway No. 2222 where visitors will be presented with a beautiful
view of Kaeng Tana. On the other hand, visitors can take the route
to the National Park Office along Highway No. 217 (Phibun Mangsahan-Chong
Mek route) and turning left onto Highway No. 2173 and proceeding for
another 13 kilometers.
Pak Mun Dam
Constructed from stone and reinforced with clay soil, this dam has
a width of 17 metres and a length of 300 metres. The dam, which facilitates
agriculture and generates electricity,more...
Pha Taem National Park
This park covers an area of 140 square kilometers, where plateaus
and hills dominate the park’s landscape. There are sheer cliffs,
which resulted from earthquakes. Most trees are of the deciduous
dipterocarp forest. Irregular shaped sandstone is found scattered
throughout the area. Beautiful flowering plants grow among the rocky
ground. Travelling can be made from Khong Chiam District along Highway
No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turning right for
another 5 kilometers. Places of interest within the park are: More...
Sao Chaliang, which is 11 kilometers from Khong Chaim District on
Highway 2112 is a place that is scattered with natural mushroom-like
piles of stone slabs with a large amount of shells embedded in their
surface. The area is believed by geologists to be a long dried up
seabed (over a million years ago).
This is about 70 kilometers from the city center on Highway No.
217. Turn right at the 71-km. marker and proceed for about 500 metres.
A multi-purpose dam, it was built to generate electricity and to
facilitate agriculture acrpss a tributary of the Mun River. The
nearby forests have been turned into the park which recently has
gain an increasing amount of popularity. As an ideal recreational
area, water sports and boat trips are available.
The Candle Festival is the largest religious ceremony in Ubon Ratchathani.
It is celebrated yearly on Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist
Lent) Day in July. The ceremony is held at Thung Si Mueang and Chaturamuk
Pavillion. At night, there is entertainment to celebrate the Lent
candles. The reflection of lights on the candles creates a picturesque
effect during the festival.More...
Kaeng Sa Peu
Kaeng Sa Peu Songkarn Festival is held yearly in April. Villagers
will splash water on each other and swim in the Mun River. The festival
also features local sports and northeastern folk music.