Ubon Ratchathani, often referred to Ubon, is the prime city in Thailand, located to the north eastern region of the country and earns accolades from tourists all over the world for its serenity , liveliest music, spicy food and ambient environment. Surrounded by picturesque locations of Mun River and green pastures on one side and historical monuments on the other, Ubon is a memorable delight to visit. The name ‘Royal Lotus City’ aptly suits Ubon, as a royal elegance is displayed throughout the region. While you cannot afford to miss any single element of your stay here, it is essential to hire the services of the best travel agency.
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The history of Ubon Ratchathani takes us back to 18th century when Thao Kham Pung, the first ruler, founded this area while escaping from King Sirubunsan of Vientiane. It was made a province in 1792. In 1899 Northeaster Monthon supervised this region which is when it was named as Isaan and this is the reason Ubon is also called as Isaan even today. Ubon was the largest province for many years until 1972, when it was split into smaller provinces. During the World War II, there was a dominant presence of the Japanese, followed by US, Australia and Britain forces which resulted in a population explosion. However, Ubon Ratchathani did not lose its elegance and today, it still depicts a vivid picture, combining Buddhist practices and ancient culture and heritage of Khmer era.
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The city, going by the name Ubon, is actually called Amphur Muang and is the eastern tip of Thailand on the Korat plateau. Ubon is surrounded by Amnat Charoen province on the north, Cambodia on the south, Laos on the east and Yasothon and Sisaket provinces on the west. The distance from the capital city Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani is approximately 650 kilometers towards northeast. Most of the area is covered with forests which is why we see many national parks and botanical gardens all over the place.
The population of Ubon Ratchathani is not very high but expanding at a rapid pace. With two universities and hundreds of colleges and schools, students are migrating to the city from the nearby areas to pursue academics. In addition, there are several people settled in the city owing to their jobs or business ventures. The main income for the city comes from agriculture. While travelling through the province you would experience a delight of watching greenery everywhere which is not very common in today’s urbanizing trends. Ubon Ratchathani is the central hub for the transportation of the whole province. Ubon International Airport was once accommodating international flights. Today, it has turned into a domestic airport. There are several trains and buses, operating between Ubon and other parts of the country. You can find diversified groups of people from Japan, Vietnam and western countries, settled in Ubon Ratchathani. However, the culture, language and food depict Isaan to the maximum extent.
With people practicing Buddhism to the core, you see hundreds of temples and monuments, depicting the religious beliefs and the artistic vividness of the people. The Ubon candle festival which marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent is celebrated here with high regards. Another important festival is the popular Ubon festival observed on the full moon day sometime in July.
Ubon Ratchathani is a place of versatility comprising of temples, monuments, parks and botanical gardens. Tourism, if managed in the right way, can earn a huge income for the city. People, tired of beaches and resorts can enjoy a different holistic experience, during the stay at this city. There are historically significant temples, nationalized parks, botanical gardens and waterfalls which leave you poised on choosing the tour itinerary.
The Thung Si Muang Park is centrally located in the city and is famous for the bright yellow candle sculpture of 22 meters long, along with other statues and monuments within the park, depicting Isaan art styles and culture. Another important historic piece of art is the statute of Phra Phatumvoraratsuriyawang, honoring the founder of Ubon Ratchathani. There is a monument of Merit, erected in remembrance of the kindness shown by Ubon public during the Second World War. This is the most famous park which demands your visit.
The temples seen in Ubon Ratchathani depict a historic angle with an artistic and religious architecture. Wat Nong Bua is a famous temple which hosts the white angular chedi, resembling the Bodhi Stupa in India. This stupa was built in 1957 and incorporates modern architecture. Wat Pah Nanachat is the international Forest Monastery which hosts a wide range of Buddhist monks from other parts of the world. Wat Nong Pah Pong is another forest monastery with 70 odd monks, stupas and museums displaying the Isaan heritage and culture. Wat Thung Si Muang is another popular temple in Ubon Ratchathani which gains its accolades for its marvelous wooden sculpture hall.
The magnificence of Ubon Ratchathani is actually seen in the natural greenery and amusing waterfalls. There are several waterfalls in and around Ubon namely, Soi Sawan waterfalls, Saeng Chan waterfalls and Thung Na Muang waterfalls, showering a splendid bliss to the visitors. Pha Taem Cave paintings are not worth missing. These cave paintings date back 3000 years and are a delight to watch. Lan Hin Wild Flower Fields is a beautiful place which hosts wild flowers. Visiting this flower field after the rains can enthrall you with a splendid experience.
Ubon Ratchathani is a diversified city offering everything right from green earth bed to splashing waterfalls, historic monuments to architectural elegant temples and much more. The only drawback with the city is that you need ample time to enjoy the entire magnificence offered by the city and only Travel Isaan is one agency which has expertise in designing your tour in Thailand, optimizing your time at the very best.