The Ubon Ratchathani Province shares a border with Laos and Cambodia, giving the cities and townships within its region a melting pot of cultures and fascinating history. The capital city of Ubon Ratchathani boasts revered Buddhist temples and engaging museums, while the rest of the province is blessed with natural spoils along the Mekong River.
Things to do in Ubon Ratchanthani
Known as the “Emerald Triangle”, the verdant jungle around the borders of Cambodia, Thailand and Laos reveals a vibrant array of wildlife, rivers and waterfalls. Visit Pha Taem National Park to climb up a challenging mountain peak while admiring cascading waterfalls and unique rock formations. Alternatively, head to Kaeng Tana National Park, which is known for its riverside parks, scenic hiking trails and wild pigs.
Don’t forget to spend time in the capital of Ubon Ratchathani, where you can soak up rich Buddhist traditions at sacred temples, including Wat Jaeng, Wat Maha Wanaram and Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram. Most of these feature elaborate Asian architecture, gilded exteriors and priceless religious relics.
History lovers can visit the Ubon Ratchathani National Museum to discover more about the region through historical artefacts, traditional clothing and ancient sculptures. There are also stunning temples in the surrounding region, such as Wat Nong Pah Pong, the main monastery of the Venerable Ajahn Chah.
Are you visiting the province with your family? Treat the whole gang to a day at Zoo Ubon Ratchathani, where you ride golf carts past enclosures home to tigers, zebra and turtles. Afterwards, visit Thong Lor Vista Waterpark to let the kids zip down water slides and swim in sun-drenched pools.
Getting around Ubon Ratchanthani
Ubon Ratchathani Province is best accessed by flying into Ubon Ratchathani International Airport, about five kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani. You can explore the city on foot or by using taxis, buses and tuk-tuks, while trains from Ubon Ratchathani Railway Station and buses access most of the province.