Introductions to Ubon Ratchathani

The province of Ubon Ratchathani is the easternmost province in Thailand. Ubon Ratchathani borders Laos and Cambodia, making it easily accessible from more than one country, unlike many other provinces. As the province is ranked 5th largest in Thailand, it is relatively large and is home to approximately 1,800,000 citizens.

Around 84km from the city centre of Ubon Ratchathani the famous Mekong River and the Mun River join at the ‘Maenam Song Si’ to play host to a magnificent spectacle of gleaming blue water joining to the brown water of the Mekong. Ubon Ratchathani is home to 3 national parks.

The 3 national parks: the ‘Phu Chong Na Yoi National park’, the ‘Kaeng Tana National Park’, and the ‘Pha Taem National Park’ are all important sectors for conservational and ecological research and protection. The ‘Pha Taem National Park’ maybe the smallest national park in the Ubon Ratchathani district, but it is certainly not boring. The national park is home to 4,000 year old prehistoric paintings on the cliff sides. The paintings depict the lifestyles and livelihoods of the prehistoric people of the Ubon Ratchathani district.

The climate of the province and surrounding areas is fairly constant at 25 Centigrade throughout the year. The hot weather and the surrounding water sources in the national parks causes a high level of precipitation to develop ranging from 0 to 320 mm of precipitation depending on the month of the year. The rainy season peaking in the month of August is the preferred time of year for the Thai people to visit the region.

This time of year is rather refreshing and cooling, and during this time of year many events take place in the province, such as water sport events. Infrequent storms can last for a number of days, but as these are infrequent your holiday will not be completely ruined.

The city of Ubon Ratchathani itself is called the ‘Royal Lotus City’ and is the financial and administrative centre of Ubon Ratchathani province.

Founded in the 18th century and expanded by the United States army during the 2nd World War, the now bustling city is home to so many year round events. An annual ‘candle festival’ is held every year in July to mark the beginning of the rainy season retreat in which Buddhists will retreat to a certain place in the country. The day prior to the ‘Whan Khao Phansa’ (Buddhist Lent) the candles are taken to the central park in the city and are presented in a procession. Many travellers and visitors arrive during this time of year to watch the event. It is an event not to be missed!

The city and province is home to many Buddhist retreats in the forests and mountains surrounding Ubon Ratchathani. ‘Wat Nong Pa Pong’ is the most famous Buddhist monastery and is widely available to visits and tours. There are many different temple and monastery designs, which will attract the young, the old, and the architects. The city is also home to the Catholic diocese, it also has Sikh and Muslim holy buildings.

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