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Ubon Ratchathani

Country
Thailand
State
Ubol Rojthani
City
Ubon Ratchathani
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

The grandly named Ubon Ratchathani International Airport (IATA: UBP), (ICAO: VTUU) in reality serves only flights to Bangkok. Thai Airways has one daily non-stop flight between Bangkok and Ubon and return. Air Asia has one daily non-stop flight between Bangkok and Ubon and return. NokAir has three daily non-stop flights between Bangkok Don Muaeng Airport and Ubon and return. Flight time is 50 minutes in Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircraft.

By bus

Buses to Bangkok take 10 hours (due to stops) and arrive near the BTS station known as Mochit or Morchit Mai, in the north part of the city. The Nakhon Chai Air private bus company also has frequent, well-maintained buses that ply the route and also leave from the Ubon bus terminal, but arrive at their own private terminal in Bangkok, near the main Mochit terminal.

By train

Daily trains connect with Bangkok and stop at all the southern Isaan provincial capitals (Si Saket, Surin, Buriram, and Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat). The station is to the south of the city on the opposite side of the Mun River in Warin Chamrap; buses 2 and 6 connect to the center.

Key places to visit
Thung Si Muang Park, Wat Nong Bua, Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Thung Si Muang, Wat Nong Pah Pong


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Places to Visit

Thung Si Muang Park

Located at the center of town in front of City Hall, this pleasant little park has several points of interest:
 A bright yellow elaborately carved candle sculpture, completed in 2000, standing 22 meters tall and dedicated to the King, showcases Isaan art styles and has become the symbol of the city. The candle is placed on a junk, with a garuda eagle at the bow and a naga serpent around it.
 A statue of Phra Phatumvoraratsuriyawang commemorates the tersely named founder of the town.
 A Monument of Merit has been erected by former World War II POWs to commemorate the kindness of the people of Ubon.

Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua (off Chanyangkun Rd, past the BKS station) is a highly unusual large white angular chedi, said to be a copy of the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodh Gaya, India. Quite stunning in appearance, but the decorations seem rather modern and with reason - the structure was built only in 1957 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Buddha's death.

Wat Pah Nanachat

Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) is a famous forest meditation temple with more than 20 foreign/western monks from all over the world. If you come before 08:00 AM you can join in the morning meal, and maybe speak to a monk afterwards. You can take a red song-thaew (public shuttle bus/truck) from Warin Chamrab to Wat Pah Nanachat for about 10 bah

Wat Thung Si Muang

'Wat Thung Si Muang' (Luang Rd) is primarily notable for its wooden scripture hall (hor trai), on stilts above a pond to stop ants and termites. The monastery itself was built in the reign of Rama III (1824-51) to house a replica of Buddha's footprint. The Ayutthaya-style bot is currently (2004) being repaired.

Wat Nong Pah Pong

Wat Nong Pah Pong is the forest monastery of the late venerable Ajahn Chah, one of the most famous meditation masters in Thailand in recent times. About 70 monks live here, and there is a small museum and a stupa (or chedi) with the relics of Ajahn Chah to visit. A few foreign monks live here, also.

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