Cheap Flights To Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Ratchathani is one of the few cities of Isaan, a vast rural region located in northeastern Thailand. Ubon has a picturesque setting on the banks of the Mun River (a tributary of the Mekong) and is a short drive from two spectacular and national parks, which much like the city itself, are rarely visited by foreign tourists and therefore have managed to hold on to their authentic character.
Founded in the 18th century, Ubon (whose name means Royal Lotus City) had previously been inhabited by Khmer and Mon tribes and was later under French, Japanese, Laotian, and British influence. Today, this is a prosperous city that combines modern amenities like shopping centres, supermarkets, and comfortable hotels with traditional architecture and a lively atmosphere.
More than 20 temples are scattered all over Ubon Ratchathani. Some (like Wat Nong Bua) have clear Hindu influence, while others (like Wat Thung Si Muang) are little works of art suspended on stilts. Also, an integral part of the local culture is the Thai New Year celebrations or the renowned Ubon Candle Festival, which draws thousands of visitors every year. To top it up, the laid-back character of the city and the local population means travellers can explore Ubon's cultural heritage without any of the pressures and hassles of Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Make your travel arrangements today and get ready to discover Ubon's untapped potential.
Things To Do
Ubon Ratchathani caters to culture vultures, foodies, and anyone interested in seeing first hand what daily life in Thailand is like.
- Buddhist Architecture At Its Best
For centuries, Ubon has been a stronghold of Buddhist culture, which can be observed in the form of ornate temples mostly located along the riverside. You won't want to miss Wat Na Kwai, Wat Thung Si Muang, and the impressive Wat Phrathat Nong Bua.
Ubon is a great place to try traditional Isaan gastronomy, which is among the most flavourful and spicy food you will find in Thailand. Visit the night market to try the famous papaya salad, laarb (a zesty mince meat salad), or grab some grilled chicken and sticky rice from a street vendor.
- Discover The Talent Of Local Artisans
The village of Baan Pa Ao is located a 20-minute drive north of the city and makes for a great day trip. Here you can visit the many artisan workshops specialising in silk and brass handicrafts, and get your hands on some unique souvenirs.
Calendar Of Events
Ubon's calendar of events consists of an interesting mix of Eastern and Western traditions. The events outlined below are of special interest for travellers.
New Year's Eve: This grand event celebrated in Ubon with cultural performances, fireworks, and beautiful lantern displays.
Songkran (Thai New Year): An ancient celebration and the most eagerly awaited time of the year for Thai people. Travellers can expect live music, parades, beauty pageants, and lots of water splashing.
Candle Festival: Every July in celebration of the start of the rainy season, local artists work for weeks on carved wax sculptures which are paraded around town during the festival.