Though relatively unknown to most tourists, Ubon Ratchathani is a beautiful community off the beaten path of Thai tourism. The province is home to many national parks, ancient ruins, cultural and historical attractions and is known for its silk production. Ubon Ratchathani has a long Buddhist tradition upheld by forest-dwelling monks and seen in numerous ancient Buddhist temples across the province.
Ubon Ratchathani is bordered by the Mekong River, Laos, Cambodia, Yasothon, Sisaket and Amnat Charoen. It is located a little over 600 kilometers from Bangkok.
The unique culture of the province is evidenced by the silk and cotton textiles, bronze sculptures, basketry, local cuisine and traditional festivals. The province boasts a number of natural wonders including the two-colored river, prehistoric cave paintings, a 4,000 year-old rock formation as well as several national parks and waterfalls.
Much of the architectural influence comes from Laos, seen particular in the construction of the temples. The province’s official seal depicts a lotus flower and leaves floating in a pond. It symbolizes the first settlers of Nong Bua Lam Phu who sought refuge from King Siriboonsarn. The community thrived and was later named Ubon Ratchathani Srivanalai during the reign of King Rama, the first king of the Chakri Dynasty.