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Ubon Ratchathani Province

Short Facts

Name: Changwat Ubon Ratchathani
Area: About 15,745 km²
Inhabitants: About 1,800,000
Location: North-East Thailand (Isan)
Capital: Ubon Ratchathani
Neighboring provinces: Three (3): Amnat Charoen, Sisaket and Yasothon. It also borders to Cambodia and Laos.
Amphoe / Districts: Buntharik, Det Udom, Don Mot Daeng, Khemarat, Khong Chiam, Khueang Nai, Kut Khaopun, Lao Suea Kok, Muang Sam Sip, Mueang Ubon Ratchathani, Na Chaluai, Na Tan, Na Yia, Nam Khun, Nam Yuen, Phibun Mangsahan, Pho Sai, Samrong, Sawang Wirawong, Si Mueang Mai, Sirindhorn, Tan Sum, Thung Si Udom, Trakan Phuet Phon, Warin Chamrap.
Popular tourist destinations: Ubon Ratchathani National Museum, Kaeng Saphue, Kaeng Tana National Park, Phu Lon Buddhist Centre, Wat Thung Si Muang, Wat Supattanaramworawihan and Wat Nong Bua.

About Ubon Ratchathani

In Thailand's eastern parts you find the province of Ubon Ratchathani. In the province's southern parts the mountains Banthat splits Thailand from Cambodia, while the eastern border with Laos in part consists of the well-known Maekong river.

During Rama the firsts time were the area around the current Ubon Ratchathani both war-torn and unsettled. Because the people who lived in the area was not organized under a so-called leader was a reward launched to the person who could get the people together to a "thai-friendly" force. Tribal leader Thao Kham Pong took the successful challenge and was awarded the title Chao Muang (Head of the area). Having helped the ruling Thai forces, the new leader advanced and became the governor over the city that was named Ubon Ratchathani.

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Today, the area's typical food products is sticky rice and freshwater fish. The most well known is
Pla Sawai or Pla Thepo (Pla means fish in Thai) and the fish is prepared in a variety of forms. The distance to Bangkok is more than 600 kilometer and bus, train and air travel on a daily route.


Festival of Lights or Candle Festival is held in July every year. A contest in which so-called light trees will be exhibited, is the main attraction. Besides the contest works the festival as a party with a variety of activities.

Ubon Ratchathani's National Museum exhibit handicrafts and art objects from the province's early history.

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