Candle Festival Temple Tour of Ubon

Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani

TRAVEL DATE: 23-25 July 2015
DESTINATION: Ubon Ratchathani Province

Some of the biggest and most beautiful festivals in Thailand take place at the start and finish of the three month long Buddhist Rains Retreat. The start is called Khao Phansa and it is usually celebrated by donating beautifully carved candles to temples. One of the best places to see this is in Ubon Ratchathani in Northeastern Thailand. Towards the end of July, I teamed up with the guys from iTravel Channel to see some of the preparations for this festival at temples in Ubon. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:


Ubon Ratchathani Airport,ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติอุบลราชธานี,15.247056 104.871169
Sam Chai Coffee,สามชัยกาแฟ,15.232393 104.864833
Lai Thong Hotel,โรงแรมลายทอง,15.233686 104.868002
Pha Taem National Park,อุทยานแห่งชาติผาแต้ม,15.449649 105.581175
Two Colour River,แม่น้ำสองสี,15.315817 105.503698
Pae Araya Restaurant,xxx,15.319079 105.500214
Wat Phra That Nong Bua,วัดพระธาตุหนองบัว,15.263392 104.839517
Feeling Club & Restaurant,ฟิลลิ่งคลับ แอนด์ เรสเตอรองค์,15.261992 104.838392
Wat Sri Pradoo,วัดศรีประดู่,15.235999 104.874956
Som Tam Jinda,ส้มตำจินดา,15.233362 104.868179
Wat Sri Ubon Rattanaram,วัดศรีอุบลรัตนาราม,15.227850 104.855839
Thung Si Muang,ทุ่งศรีเมือง,15.229813 104.857298
City Pillar Shrine,ศาลหลักเมือง,115.228335 104.857776
Wat That Suan Tan,วัดธาตุสวนตาล,15.286292 104.663401
Rice Field Bridge,สะพานข้ามทุ่งนา,15.288734 104.659637
Walking Street,ถนนคนเดินอุบลราชธานี,15.229402 104.859666
Wat Thung Si Muang,วัดทุ่งศรีเมือง,15.230270 104.861061
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum,พิพิธภัณฑ์สถานแห่งชาติอุบลราชธานี,15.227698 104.857738
Wat Klang Noodle Shop,ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหมูอบ วัดกลาง,15.225824 104.864190


Located on the banks of the Mun River, Ubon Ratchathani is a large, provincial capital city whose history dates back around two centuries. Located in the lower region of Northeastern Thailand, Ubon Ratchathani province features plateaus and mountain ranges with the Mun River running through the middle. Sandstone cliffs along the Mekong River serve as a natural border between Thailand and Laos. This region, where Ubon Ratchathani borders both Cambodia and Laos and the Mekong flows into Cambodia has been coined “the Emerald Triangle” in recognition of its magnificent green landscapes.


GETTING THERE: Ubon Ratchathani is 629 kilometers from Bangkok and is located in the lower region of Northeastern Thailand. As a major provincial capital and transportation hub for the region, Ubon Ratchathani can easily be reached via private car, bus, train, or plane. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi, and tuk tuk.

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