12 Best Things To Do in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Ubon Ratchathani is situated by Mekong River located in Northeast (Esan) of Thailand. The Emerald Triangle where three regions meet, Ubon – Laos – Cambodia. From geological advantage, Ubon offers beautiful places await to explore such as Pha Taem National Park, Sam Phan Bok, Wat Tham Khuha Sawan, and the cultural heritage that has been passed on from generations to generations as Hand-woven cotton cloth has been one of the well known products and popular souvenir from Ubon Ratchathani

Things To Do in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

1. Sam Phan Bok

The Grand Canyon of Thailand is located in Pho Sai district, Ubon Ratchathani. The place had been developed over millions years ago. The Mekong Grand Canyon is one of the nature wonder that can be noticed during the dry season


Sam Phan Bok (Sam Phan = 3000) and Bok (holes) that was created from swirling water eroded sandstone rocks into unique shapes. The beautiful rocks shape that can be expected to see at ‘3000 Bok Lake’ such as the Micky Mouse, Dog and Bird Shape. One of the highlight is the emerald pool that you could’t afford to miss!


*The weather can be very hot during the day, better prepare sunscreen / cap / sunglasses


Sam Phan Bok Ubon Ratchathani Thailand
Sam Phan Bok Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

2. Pha Taem National Park

A unique geographic (the large cliff) represented the history of an ancient paintings on the rocks that located right by Mekong River has been one of the popular national park in Thailand


Pha Taem (อุทยานแห่งชาติผาแต้ม)also offers the nature loop trial approximately 4km that will take around 2hrs to complete. The trial will allow you to explore more than 300 paintings on the stone wall with difference shapes such as people, animals, utensils, symbols, and human palms

Sao Chaliang Ubon Ratchathani Thailand


Being one of the most beautiful place to watch sunrise in Thailand, locals usually camping in the national park during New Year festival and celebrate their new beginning with a beautiful scenery right by Thai-Laos border


Tips: Entrance Fee Thai Child 20THB/Adult 40THB, Foreigner Child 100THB/Adult 200THB, Open Daily 05.00-18.00


Pha Taem National Park Ubon Ratchathani Thailand
Pha Taem National Park Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

3. Sao Chaliang

One of the highlight in Ubon Ratchathani tourist attractions that has the shape of stone slabs in mushroom shape aged more than millions years

The natural sandstone
 (เสาเฉลียง)formed in a height of 20m that had been corroded by nature (wind and rain), draws travelers to explore the uniqueness of the twin mushroom-shape


Tips: Entrance Fee Thai Child 20THB/Adult 40THB, Foreigner Child 100THB/Adult 200THB, Open Daily 05.00-18.00

Sao Chaliang Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

4. Visit Thai-Laos Border

The Memory Cafe (ความทรงจำคาเฟ่) located near Pha Taem National Park, right by Mekong river. The restaurant is famous among locals and can be busy especially on weekends


The view overlook Laos landscape that has a wide Mekong river acted as the border between two countries. In dry season, we can walk through the small sand island to the middle of the river


Thai Laos Border Ubon Ratchathani Thailand
Ubon Ratchathani Thailand Travel Guide
Thai Laos Border Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

5. Tohsang Cotton Village

A home of sustainable cotton textile that located in Hong Chiam district by Mekong River overlook Thai-Laos Border


The small producer of Tohsang Cotton Village (หมู่บ้านฝ้าย ทอแสง) has a vision to help locals improve their income by sourcing the material from natural resources ; sustainable local farming, hand-dye natural color cotton, traditional hand spun and woven

Thai Laos Border Ubon Ratchathani Thailand


The place has a workshop of cotton making-process from start to finish. The finished products sale in a cafe upstair, along with food and drinks. Take a sip and appreciate the view of Thai-Laos border. If you want to learn more about the authentic cotton making, I would highly recommend Tohsang Cotton Village


Tohsaeng Cotton Village Ubon Ratchathani Thailand
Tohsaeng Cotton Village Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

6. Huai Luang Waterfall

the biggest waterfall in Northeast Thailand (45m height) is located in Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูจอง-นายอย) covered three border of Ubon, Laos and Kingdom of Cambodia, known as the Emerald Triangle

To reach Hui Luang Waterfall (น้ำตกห้วยหลวง), you need to take 300 stair steps through the nature trail to reach the waterfall that has been one of the local’s favorite, you can expect to see people swim and picnic around the waterfall

Tips: Entrance Fee Thai Child 20THB/Adult 40THB, Foreigner Child 100THB/Adult 200THB, Open Daily 08.30-16.30

Huai Luang Waterfall Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

7. Wat Sirindhornwararam

Phu Prao Temple (วัดภูพร้าว) located in Chong Mek, on top of Phu Prao (Prao Hill) has the viewpoint that overlook Mekong river and Thai-Laos border crossing point

The glowing temple (วัดสิรินธรวรารามภูพร้าว)is the name known by most travelers, has been one of the tourist top destination in Ubon Ratchathani. The Ubosot will illuminate at night, the beautiful trees and flowers shape on the ground had been painted in illuminated colors that will shine brightly in the dark

Wat Sirindhornwararam Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

8. Pha Mor E Daeng

The Khao Phra Wihan National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาพระวิหาร) is a home of a famous Khao Phra Wihan Temple that located right in-between Thai and Cambodia border


Pha Mor E Daeng Cliff (ผามออีแดง)situated 500m from Cambodia plain, has the stair along the cliff that allow you to explore the ancient sculpture on the stone wall that aged more than 1,500 years old


The panoramic viewpoint overlook Cambodia landscape, locals usually
come in the morning for sunrise and expected to see the sea of clouds early in the morning (good chance if it was raining the day before)


Entrance fee Thai child 20THB, Adult 40THB. Foreigner Child 100THB, Adult 200THB. Open Daily 05.00 – 16.00


*Pha Mor E Daeng is located in Si Sa Ket Province, has the border next to Ubon Ratchathani (travelers usually make a trip to Pha Mor E Dang when visited Ubon Ratchathani)

Pha Mor E Daeng Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

Book Hotel in Ubon Ratchathani


9. Tung Sri Muang

City center is where locals are gathering, you can also find the museum and the signature big candle sculpture that used in temple during raining season (July) known as The Candle Festival or Khao Phansa (one of the important festival for Thai Buddhism)


Nearby Attractions: Chao Phra Prathum Worarat Suriyawong (Chao Khamphong) Monument and Public Park, Thung Sri Muang Night Market, Wat Thung Si Mueang


On daily basis, locals usually went to Tung Sri Muang (ทุ่งศรีเมือง) for exercise, it can be crowded in the morning and evening. The area surrounded by local restaurants and street food that will give your stomach a big smile


Tung Sri Muang Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

10. Ubon Ratchathani Zoo

The opened zoo has the area of 1,217 Rai in the exhibition area of the zoo, the animals were released freely allow us to observed their cuteness closer!


The zoo has a wide-range of animals from Mammal (Hog Badger, Giraffe, Otter, Hog Deer, Nyala, Lemur), Reptile (Snake, Caiman, Crocodile), Avian (Hornbill, Cockatoo, Macaw), and Aquatic Animals


Tiger Ubon Ratchathani Zoo Thailand


It’s a nice way to spend weekends with family or friends walking around, using tram or golf cart observing the cutie little friends here


Tips: Entrance fee Child 10THB / Adult 25THB, Golf Car 200THB/Hour, Open Daily 08.30-16.30


Flamingo Ubon Ratchathani Zoo Thailand
Deer Ubon Ratchathani Zoo Thailand

11. Northeastern Botanical Garden

Dong Fah Huan Botanical Garden (สวนพฤกษศาสตร์ ดงฟ้าห่วน) located next to Ubon Ratchathani Zoo, in the conserved forest area of 1,540 Rai allow you to explore difference kind of flora and fauna


The place is perfect for sunset, a peaceful forest with some of the big trees surrounded the area, beautiful flower gardens that will unwind your day nicely


Ubon Ratchathani Thailand Travel Guide
Ubon Ratchathani Thailand Travel Guide

12. Lotus Flowers Field

Buana Cafe (บัวนา คาเฟ่) located in Warin Chamrap District near Ubon Ratchthani town. The place has a walk way through the Lotus Field that will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Food and beverage also available in the cafe on the shore


The lotus flowers field has been popular recently in Thailand, some of the provinces made it as a highlight to attracts more travelers to the city (Ex. Udonthani, Mae Hong Son, Nakorn Sawan, Ayutthaya, ..)

ทุ่งดอกบัว บ้านท่าลาด Ubon Ratchathani Thailand
ทุ่งดอกบัว บ้านท่าลาด Ubon Ratchathani Thailand

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