Ubon Ratchathani is a large city in Southern Isaan, located along the Mun River in northeastern Thailand. This city of the Royal Lotus with a 200 year history has many Buddhist Temples and Monasteries both in the city and the surrounding forests. The annual candle festival is a spectacle, with huge wax candles displayed in Thung Si Muang Park and then carried around the town. Tourists will enjoy the natural attractions that include a couple of rivers and national parks, a dam, waterfalls and caves. There is a lot to see and do, so you will need to rent a car in Ubon Ratchathani.
One of the main points of interest in Ubon is the Thung Si Muang Park, in front of the city hall. If you cannot be here during the candle festival, at least take a look at the huge yellow candle sculpture in the park, placed in a kind of a boat with an eagle at the bow and a serpent wrapped around it. Also see the Monument of Merit, dedicated by WWII soldiers to honor the kindness of the people of Ubon. The former city hall is now a museum with archeological exhibitions and local art and handicrafts. This is where you must get a car for hire in Ubon Ratchathani, in order to continue the tour. The beaches worth visiting are Hat Wat Tai which is a dry season white sand beach, and Hat Khu Due which is more popular with water sports facilities and restaurants.
There are six main temples you must visit in Ubon. Wat Thung Si Muang on Luang Road is the most popular among tourists, mostly because of its wooden tripitaka library set on stilts in the middle of a pond to keep away ants and termites. Wat Nong Bua on the city outskirts on Highway 212 is also quite unique because of its angular Chedi said to be inspired by the Bodh Gaya in India. Wat Supattanaram on the banks of the Mun River is set in tranquil surroundings and is a good place to take a break and enjoy the peace and quiet. The other must-visit Temples are Wat Maha Wanaram, Wat Tham Kuha Sawan and Wat Chaeng on Sapphasit Road.
You must see the Maenam Song Si, which is the confluence of the Mekong and Mun Rivers about 52 miles away in Khong Chiam. Nearby is the Pak Mun dam, made of stone and clay. If you head out on Highway 2222 and turn left just before Amphoe, you can explore the beauty of the cave known as Tham Heo Sin Chai, with a waterfall and a reclining Buddha behind it. Tham Muet is another cave in Ban Sa Som which has carved Buddha images. Ubon is also a great place from which to visit the Phu Chong Nayoi and Pha Taem National Parks. Pha Taem is about an hour and a half away. You will be taking Highway 2222 again, past Phibun Mangsahan. You might also use Highway 217, going past Sirindhom and Kham Khuean Kaeo to Khong Chiam and then the border with Cambodia and Laos.
All the agencies offering a car rental in Ubon Ratchathani are located around the Ubon Ratchathani Airport (UBP). To make sure your chosen vehicle is waiting and ready when you arrive in Ubon, you should compare these agencies online and book the best deal you find right now.
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