Ubon Ratchathani Attractions, Attractions in Ubon Ratchathani, what to do in Ubon Ratchathani, Ubon Ratchathani Sightseeing

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Historic Building
Prasat Ban Ben
Location: Amphoe Thung Si Udom
Prasat Ban Phen is a Khmer site of a small size. It is comprised of 3 brick prangs standing on the separate bases. In 1990, the Fine Arts Department restored the site and found lintels engraved with 9 gods and Indra on the Erawan elephant. It can be speculated that the engrave of the lintel originated around the end of 15th Buddhist century to 16th Buddhist century.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am – 04.30 pm.
Admission: Free
How to get there: It is on Dej Udom – Nam Yuen route, located 63 km from Ubon Ratchathani town centre. Take Highway No.2192 until the Highway 2214, turn right onto that Highway which is before the centre of Amphoe Si Udom.
Hotels: Hotels in Ubon Ratchathani
Religious site
Wat Supattanaram
Location: Amphoe Muang
This is a royal temple of the Dhammayut Sect in the northeast. The temple, built in 1853 on the bank of the Mun River surrounded by beautiful and tranquil scenery. There is a Thai-Chinese-European style ordination hall, which houses the principal serene Buddha image of the temple.
Wat Nong Bua (Nong Bua Temple)
Location: Amphoe Muang
This is the only temple in this province that has a rectangular Chedi, which is an imitation of Chedi Buddhakhaya of India. The temple is located on the outskirts of Ubon Ratchathani on Highway No. 212 (Ubon-Amnat Charoen). At the 3-km. marker on the highway, turn into a side road and proceed for 800 metres to the temple.
Wat Chaeng (Chaeng Temple)
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Chaeng, on Sapphasit Road in the municipal area, has one of the oldest ordination halls in the province that is well preserved and illustrates the perfect northeastern style.
Wat Thung Si Muang (Thung Si Muang Temple)
Location: Amphoe Muang
Thung Si Muang Temple The temple is on Luang Road in the municipal area. Built during the reign of King Rama III, it has a beautiful ordination hall in the northeastern architectural style with some influence from Bangkok. Its scripture hall, showing the most beautiful and perfect northeastern architectural style, is located in the middle of a pond. Mural paintings in this temple show the civilization and cultures of the people of Ubon Ratchathani over 200 year ago.
Wat Tham Khuha Sawan
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
This temple is on Highway No. 222 about 6 kilometres before reaching Khong Chiam District. The temple was built in 1978 by Luang Pu Kam Khaning Chula Mani and was his residence and place of meditation during his lifetime. Despite the fact that he passed away many years ago, his body remains in perfect condition. Along the route to the temple are numerous scenic spots for visitors to admire the beauty of the Mekong River and the Laotian border.
Wat Buraparam
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Buraparam in Amphoe Muang, was once the residence of many famous monks in the field of meditation such as Achan Sithachayaseno, Achan Man Purittatathera, Achan Li Thammatharo, Achan Saokantasilo, and Achan Sing Kantayakamo. At present, their statues, carved from stones from various rivers, are kept here for the people to pay respect to.
Wat Supattanaramworawihan
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Supattanaramworawihan a royal temple and the temple of the Dharmayuthi Sect in the Northeast, was built in 1853 by Phra Prom Ratchawongsa (Phra Upart Ku Thong), who was Governor of Ubon Ratchathani during the reign of King Rama IV of the Chakri Dynasty. The temple is on the bank of the Mun River, surrounded by beautiful and tranquil scenery. Two life-like lions stand in front of the Tha-Chinese-European styled ordination hall which houses the principal serene Buddha image of the temple.
Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram (Wat Si Thong)
Location: Amphoe Muang
is a royal temple on Uparat Road beside the city Hall. The ordination hall is in the same style as the Marbel Temple in Bangkok. The Topaz Buddha image, the town's sacred image brought from Si Sattanakanahut, Laos, is kept here.
Wat Ban Na Muang
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Ban Na Muang in Ban Na Muanghas a very beautiful ordination hall built of ceramics in the shape of the Suphannahong Royal Barge. Achan Bun Mi, the abbot, is very much respected by the local people and those of the nearby provinces. Wat Ban Na Muang
Wat Maha Wanaram
Location: Amphoe Muang
located on Sappasit Road, is an ancient temple of the city. Its former name was Wat Luang Mani Choti Sisawat; later on, the name was changed to Wat Pa Yai and then to its present name. The holy Buddha image much revered by the people of Ubon Ratchathani and nearby provinces is "Phra Chao Yai Indra Plang". There is also a stone engraved tablet interred behind the pedestal of the Buddha image.
Wat Chaeng
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Chaeng is on Sappasit Road in the municipal area. Its well-preserved ordination hall, in perfect northeastern style, is one of the oldest ordination halls in the province.
Wat Nong Bua
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Nong Bua
Wat Nong Bua is on the outskirts of Ubon Ratchathani on Highway 212 Ubon-Amnat Charoen. At the third kilometre of the highway, there is an 800 metre side road leading to the temple. It is the only temple in this province that has a rectangular chedi built in an imitation of Chedi Buddhakhaya.
Wat Nong Pa Phong
Location: Amphoe Warm Chamrap
Wat Nong Pa Phong is a meditation center. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. It is in Amphoe Warm Chamrap on Highway 2178 about 6 kilometres from the city. The ordination hall is an all white building of applied Thai style architecture. Inside is a wax image of Phra Achan Luang Pu Cha, a famous meditation monk who founded the temple and is much revered by everyone.
Wat Pa Nanachat
Location: Amphoe Warm Chamrap
is also a meditation center like Wat Nong Pa Phong. Many foreigners have been ordained here and reside at this temple. It is in Tambon Bung Wai, Amphoe Warin Chamrap, about 12 kilometres from the city. Travel along Highway 24, turn left to Amphoe Kanthararom, Si Sa Ket Province (Highway 226). There will be a sign to point the way to the temple, which is about 1 kilometre off the dirt road.
Wat Phu Khao Kaeo
Location: Amphoe Phibun Mangsahan
is on the slope of a hill in Phibun Mangsahan along Highway 217. It is 43 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani. Inside the temple grounds is a beautiful ordination hall built entirely from ceramics. Inside the hall are replicas of all the Buddha relics found in Thailand.
Museum
Ban Kan Lueang Archaeological Site
Location: Amphoe Muang
This is situated in Wat Ban Kan Lueang, 3 kilometres from the town along Highway No. 212. Turn right onto Highway No. 2050 and proceed for 2 kilometres. In 1992, the Fine Arts Department excavated the site. Discoveries include artifacts, implements, ornaments, beads, pottery and iron axes. It is believed that this settlement dates back at least 2,000 years.
Park & National Park
Wat Nong Pa Phong Kaeng Tana National Park
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
This park can be reached on two routes. The first route is by taking Highway No. 2222 where visitors will be presented with a beautiful view of Kaeng Tana. On the other hand, visitors can take the route to the National Park Office along Highway No. 217 (Phibun Mangsahan-Chong Mek route) and turning left onto Highway No. 2173 and proceeding for another 13 kilometres.
Admission Fee : Adult 100 Baht Child 50 Baht

Attractions in the park include :
Kaeng Tana: is the biggest cataract in the middle of the Mun River. The cataract itself is a big stone platform lying across the Mun River, causing the water which flows through Kaeng Tana to take the form of beautiful waterfalls.

Don Tana: is a sand bar of 450 metres in width and 700 metres in length that emerges and splits the Mun River into two branches. To the north, lies a sandy beach, which is an ideal place for recreation. Generally viewed covering the whole area is dry evergreen forest. There are big trees providing shade, and growing naturally among them are some teak trees. Now, visitor can reach Don Tana by walking across a suspension bridge.

Kaeng Khanwhe: is a cataract which is approximately 1 kilometre long and 300 metres wide. there is a sandy beach which has large and small stones scattered sink holes and jagged rocks prevail. The large amount of water in December running fiercely against the rocks creates a picturesque scene.

Tat Ton Waterfall: is on Highway 2173, which is about 6 kilometre off Highway 217. This beautiful waterfall is created from Tat Ton Brook flowing past a stone platform and plunging onto the pain forming a basil large enough to swim in. The water is cool and clear. The area is surrounded by forest and flowering shrubs.
There is accommodation for tourists at the park, and prior reservation is needed by contacting Tel. 5790529,5794842.

Heo Sin Chai Cave: is on Highway 2222, about 7 kilometres before reaching Amphoe Khong Chiam, turn left for about 2 kilometres. It is on the same route as Kaeng Tana. The cave is a Buddhist center with a beautiful reclining Buddha image. This center is famous for its strict discipline. It is hill around the temple with many big rocks, trees, and beautiful flowers. Besides there is also a waterfall cascading down the cliff to the area in front of the reclining Buddha image making the place very cool and beautiful.

Wat Tham Khu Ha Sawan: is on Highway 222 about 6 kilometre before reaching Khong Chiam District. The temple was built in 1978 by Luang Pu Kam Khaning Chula Mani. It was his residence and place o meditation while he was still alive. Despite the fact that he passed away many years ago, his body remains in perfect condition, so his disciples keep it in glass coffin to worship it. There are scenic spots for tourists to admire the beauty of the Mae Khong River and the Laotian border.

The Bi-coloured River: or the Mun River's alluvium is the place where two rivers join: the Brown Mae Khong and the Blue Mun River. It is located in Khong Chiam District about 84 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathan city center.

Pakmun Dam: is constructed from stone reinforced with clay soi across the Mun River at Ban Huawhe in Amphoe Khong Chiam. With a width of 17 metres and a length of 300 metres, the dam facilitates agriculture and generates electricity. It is located approximately 75 kilometres from town, or about 6 kilometres far from the area where the Mekong River meets the Mun River. It is possible to travel along the top of the dam wall as a short cut from Amphoe Khong Chiam to Amphoe Sirinthon without driving back to Amphoe Phibun Mangsahan. In addition, cruising along the beautiful Mun River is possible from the end of the dam to the so-called bicoloured river, where the Mun River joins with the Mekong River. Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem National Park
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
This park covers an area of 140 square kilometers, where plateaus and hills dominate the parks landscape. There are sheer cliffs, which resulted from earthquakes. Most trees are of the deciduous dipterocarp forest. Irregular shaped sandstone is found scattered throughout the area. Beautiful flowering plants grow among the rocky ground. Travelling can be made from Khong Chiam District along Highway No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turning right for another 5 kilometers.

Pha Taem and Pha Kham are located near the national park headquarters. On the cliffs surface are numerous prehistoric cave paintings dating back 3,000-4,000 years ago that offer insight into the way of life that existed during the pre-historic days and reflect the ancient lifestyle of the people who once lived in the area. These painting depict scenes of fishing, rice farming, figures of people, animals, hands and geometric designs. It should be noted that the most extensive site for cave paintings in the country is that of Pha Taem.

Address: Huay Pai, Khong Chiam, Ubon Ratchathani 34220
Tel: 045 318 026, 045 246 332 – 3
How to get there: Take Highway No.217 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre then take Highway No.2222 to Amphoe Khong Chiam. Continue to Highway No.2134 (Khong Chiam-Khem Marat Rd) then turn right to Highway No.2112 for about 15 km. The road leading to the east will take you 5 km to the National Park Office located in Nong Phue Noi Village.

Sao Chaliang Places of interest within the park are :
Sao Chaliang: is on Highway 2112, about 11 kilometres from the office on the route to Pha Taem. Sao Chaliang is a natural formation of rocks sitting one upon another forming a mushroom-like shape. Fossils of sea shells, pebbles, and sand grains can be seen in big stone slabs believe that about a million years ago this area must have been a sea bed.

Pha Taem and Pha Mon: are on Highway 2112 about 98 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani, about 3 kilometres further from Sao Chaliang in Tambon Nong Phua Noi. Pha Taem and Pha Mon are two steep cliffs overlooking the Mekong river with a clear view of Laos on the other side. On the cliffs' surface, there are prehistoric paintings dating back to 3,000-4,000 years ago reflecting the ancient way of life of the people who once lived in the area, such as Buk fishing (Buk is a species of large scaleless fish found in the Mekong river), and rice farming. Figures of people, animals, hands, and geometric designs were also depicted.

Tham Mut: is in Ban Sa Som on Highway 2112, turning left and continuing for about 15 kilometres to Ban Thung Na Muang. This is a cave some 4 metres wide and 6 metres high. Inside there are many carved Buddha images, indicating that it used to be a place for religious ceremonies. Soi Sawan Waterfall

Soi Sawan Waterfall: on Highway 2112, is 30 kilometres from Khong Chiam District. It is a big waterfall cascading from two sides of steep cliffs about 20 metres high. It resembles a necklace. The water is plentiful all year round. The area is surrounded with trees and various kinds of flowers.

Thung Na Muang Waterfall: is on Highway 2112 about 12 kilometres from Soi Sawan Waterfall. It is a beautiful medium - sized fall and is near the road. The water cascades down the rocks; the highest level is about 25 metres. The area is full of blossoming plants.

Saengchan Waterfall (Ru Waterfall): This waterfall is only 1 kilometre from Thung Na Muang Waterfall. This is a very beautiful waterfall with a special characteristic of its own the small stream of water cascades down the face of the cliff through an opening in the rock resembling a hole. Visitors viewing the waterfall at noon when the sunlight shines through the hole will be presented with a view of the cascading water similar to that of the full moon shining onto the world. Travelling can be made from Highway No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turning right to the waterfall.
Thung Si Muang
Location: Amphoe Muang
This is a wide open ground in the middle of the city very much like Sanam Luang in Bangkok. It was formerly reserved as a place for the governor (Chao Muang) to perform a rice growing ceremony. Later, King Rama V abolished to the ceremony to keep it as a recreation and festival celebration area for the townspeople. A city pillar shrine is located to the south of the field.
Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park
Location: Amphoe Na Chaluai
This was declared as a national park on 1 June 1987. Covering an area of 687 sq. km over mountainous areas in Ubon Ratchathani, the park is where borders of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia meet. To get superb view of the three countries, visitors are recommended to take hiking trails which lead on to the high plateau. The best view can be seen from the cliffs at Pha Pheung. Interesting attractions include: the 40-metre Bak Tew Yai waterfall, which is located approximately 4 kms from the park office, rock formations at Phlan Yaw and a group of springs in the forest at Bo Nam Sap. Sam Phan Bok
Natural Attractions
Khu Kua Beach
Location: Amphoe Muang
Khu Kua Beach is a large sandy beach about 12 kilometres from the city, is located on the bank of the Mun River. There are many food stalls along the beach to provide services to tourists.
Wat Tai Beach
Location: Amphoe Muang
Wat Tai Beach is a sandy islet in the middle of the Mun River, located at the end of the town near The Provincial Electricity Authority of Ubon Ratchathani. During the dry season, the islet is covered with shady green tree. It is used as a recreational area for the people especially in the evenings when people come for picnics and swimming.
Kaeng Saphue
Location: Amphoe Phibun Mangsahan
Kaeng Saphue, which is the most beautiful cataract in Ubon Ratchthani, is in the Mun River near the Phibun Mangsahan District Office, about 45 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani City center, on the left-hand side of Highway No. 217. This beautiful cataract of natural rocks is visible for half the year during the dry season.
The Sirindhom Dam
Location: Amphoe Sirindhom
is another important multi-purpose dam in the Northeast. It blocks Lam Dom Noi in Phibun Mangsahan District (about 70 kilometres from the city center) on Highway 217. Turn right at Kilometre 71 for about 500 metres. The area is a plain with a thicket on the hills surrounding the reservoir. Guest houses are available for visitors.
Bo Nam bun (Bun Spring)
Location: Amphoe Sirindhom
is on Highway 217 about 700 metres from Sirindhom Dam. It is similar to a hot spring in terms of its appearance, but the water from this spring is of normal temperature and the water comes up from the ground. It was discovered by a monk who was on a pilgrimage, and so a religious center, called Wat Nam Bun, was established.
Huai Sai Yai Waterfal (Kaeng I Khieo)
Location: Amphoe Buntharik
is a very beautiful, newly-discovered waterfall. It is bout 19 kilometres from the district center.
Sam Phan Bok
Location: Pho Sai District
Sam Phan Bok is a group rock under Mekong River, which appears only after the flood season. Sam Phan Bok means 3,000 holes which were created by the force of nature in different shapes and sizes. It makes Sam Phan Bok a grand canyon of Thailand. The scene is stunning, mystic and fantastic for photography opportunity. The best time to visit is during January to May.

How to get there: take Highway No.2050 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre which heads towards northeast, pass Amphoe Trakan Phutphon untl reaching Amphoe Pho Sai. The distance is approximately 110 km.
Other Attractions
Ban Pa Ao
Location: Amphoe Muang
This village is situated at Tambon Nong Khon, 18 kilometres from the city on Highway No. 23. At the 273-km. marker, turn right and travel along the track for another 3 kilometres. This village is one of the oldest villages in Ubon Ratchathani. According to history, the villagers migrated from Vientiane, Laos during the reign of King Siri Bun San. The village is over 200 years old and has a special identity of its own which has been handed down from generation to generation by its ancestors, such as the craft of making bronzeware and weaving beautiful silk.
Ban Tha Khong Lek
Location: Amphoe Warm Chamrap
is on Highway 226 (Ubon-Si Sa Ket Route) about 3 kilometres from the district center (next to Warin Chamrap School). This village make clay pots. The clay, taken from the Mun River, is thoroughly mixed with chaff and other kinds of material. The whole process in interestingly done by hand.
Lion Pulpit at Ban Chi Thuan
Located in a sermon hall of Wat Si Nuan Saeng Sawang Arom, the pulpit was elaborately crafted in the form of a lion upholding a tower. This Vietnamese-style pulpit was built in 1925 by a Vietnamese artist. The site is located approximately 26 kilometres from the district town. To get there, travel along Highway No. 23 (Ubon Ratchathani Yasothon) for approximately 24 kilometres. Upon reaching the 268-km. marker, turn left to the village and proceed for another 5 kilometres.
Chong Mek Bonier
Location: Amphoe Sirindhom
the boundary between Thailand and Laos marks the end of Highway 217, which is 89 kilometres long. This highway will be connected to a 38 kilometre road in Laos leading to Pak Sae, which is a part of the Asian Highway.
Ban Pa Ao
Location: Amphoe Muang
Ban Pa Aois situated at Tambon Nong Khon, 18 kilometres from the city on Highway 23. At kilometre marker 273, turn right and travel along a laterite track for another 3 kilometres. It is one of the oldest villages in Ubon Ratchathani. According to history, the villagers migrated from Vientiane, Laos during the reign of King Siri Bun San. They gradually moved from Nong-Bua Lamphu, Nakhon Khuan Khan Kap Kaco, Bua Ban, ect. until they reached Ban Pa Ao. Therefore, the village is over 200 years old and has a special identity of its own which has been handed down from its ancestors; the craft of making bronze ware and weaving beautiful silk.
Ban Kan Luang
Location: Amphoe Muang
Archaeological Site is situated in Wat Ban Kan Luang, 3 kilometres from the town along Highway 212 Turn right onto Highway 2050 for 2 kilometres the site was excavated by the Fine Arts Department in 1992. Discoveries include artifacts, implements, ornaments, beads, pottery and iron axes. It is believed that this settlement dates back at least 2,000 years.
The National Museum
Location: Amphoe Muang
The National Museum at Ubon Ratchathani is on Khuan Thani Road. It is a one-storey Panya style building built in 1918. It was once used as the City Hall. Later, it was offered to the Department of Fine Arts to be used as the National Museum of the city. It is known as the museum with the best arrangement and display of artifacts from all districts in the province. Inside, there are displays of prehistoric events, history, and cultures of the natives of Ubon Ratchathani. The Museum is open every day from 09:00-16:00 hrs., except Mondays, Tuesdays, and holidays.
Kaeng Saphue
Location: Amphoe Phibun Mangsahan
is the most beautiful cataract in Ubon Ratchathani. The word "Saphue" means "a serpent". It is in the Mun River near the district office of Phibun Mangsahan, about 45 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani city center, on the left-hand side of Highway 217. This beautiful cataract of natural rocks can be seen for half the year during the dry season. During the rainy season. It is covered with water. Their Majesties the King and Queen have twice visited this place. There is a summer pavilion for visitors to rest and admire the scenery.
Phu Lon Buddhist Centre
Location: Amphoe Si Muang Mai
is in Tambon Song Yang, about 20 kilometres from Amphoe Si Muang Mai. It is a small hill with trees and rocks. There is a cave built by Phra Achan Man Phuritatthathera; it is very tranquil and suitable for relaxation and meditation.
Phu Chong-Na Yoi National Park
Location: Amphoe Na Chaluai
is about 4 kilometres from the district center. It has many shady trees and many kinds of flowers. There is also a waterfall and pool for swimming, as well as a cave through which one can walk. At night, one can go out to watch wildlife such as tigers and deer. Accommodation is available.
Huai Luang Waterfall (Tham Bak Teo Waterfall)
Location: Amphoe Na Chaluai
is in Ban Kaeng Ruang about 20 kilometres from the district center. The water plunges from a very steep cliff onto the stone platform causing a thunderous sound that harmonizes with that from the trees and leaves, like the music from the Pong Lang, a local musical instrument.
Pak Mun Dam
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
Constructed from stone and reinforced with clay soil, this dam has a width of 17 metres and a length of 300 metres. The dam, which facilitates agriculture and generates electricity, is located approximately 75 kilometres from town, or about 6 kilometres from the area where the Mekong River meets the Mun River. It is possible to travel along the top of the dam wall as a short cut from Khong Chiam District to Amphoe Sirinthon without driving back to Phibun Mangsahan District. Cruising along the beautiful Mun River is possible from the end of the dam to the Bicolored River, where the Mun River joins with the Mekong River.
Tham Heo Sin Chai
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
This cave is on Highway No. 2222, about 7 kilometres before reaching Amphoe (district) Khong Chiam, turn left and proceed for about 2 kilometres. This cave, which is on the same route as Kaeng Tana, is a Buddhist center with a beautiful reclining Buddha image.

In addition, there is a waterfall cascading down the cliff to the area in front of the reclining Buddha image making the place very cool and beautiful.
Maenam Song Si
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
Maenam Song Si or the Bi-colored River or the Mun Rivers alluvium, is the place where two rivers join: the brown Mekong River and the blue Mun River. It is located in Khong Chiam District, about 84 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathai City centre. Visitors can hire a boat from Khong Chiam district to see the alluvium.
Namtok Tat Ton
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
This waterfall is on Highway No. 2173, which is about 6 kilometres off Highway No. 217. This beautiful waterfall is created from Tat Ton Brook flowing past a stone platform and plunging onto the plain forming a basin large enough to swim in that is surrounded by flowering shrubs and forests in the shady area.
Saeng Chan Waterfall
Location: Khong Chiam District
This waterfall is only 1 kilometre from Thung Na Muang Waterfall. This is a very beautiful waterfall with a special characteristic of its own the small stream of water cascades down the face of the cliff through an opening in the rock resembling a hole. Visitors viewing the waterfall at noon when the sunlight shines through the hole will be presented with a view of the cascading water similar to that of the full moon shining onto the world. Travelling can be made from Highway No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turning right to the waterfall.
Khong Chiam District
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam
The Khong Chiam district overlooks the Mekhong River and is located 80 kilometres from Ubon Ratchathani. Boat rental services are available here to go to Kaeng Tana cataract and to go sightseeing at Mae Nam Song Si or the bicolor river where the Mekhong and Mun Rivers meet.