Ubon Ratchathani, Isaan
Why You Need to Visit Ubon Ratchathani
I used to think all of Thailand was firmly on the beaten path and basically everywhere I went there would feel really touristy, but then I visited Isaan. In northeast Thailand, Isaan is actually Thailand’s largest region, but it’s often ignored by visitors. The landscape isn’t quite as exciting as other parts of the country (read: rice paddies forever), but there’s still so much charm there!
Ubon Ratchathani was the last city I visited in Isaan, and I really never wanted to leave. It lies on the Mun River and has a calm, sleepy feel, while still having plenty of temples, riverside cafés and markets to keep visitors from getting bored. In fact, after just a few hours in the city Dan declared that if we were going to continue living in Thailand we should ditch Chiang Mai and move to Ubon Ratchathani instead.
A few tourists travel through Ubon Ratchathani on their way into Laos each year, but locals still seemed quite surprised to see Dan and me. I definitely felt like a guest more than a tourist in Ubon Ratchathani, which is a rare feeling to have in Thailand!
How to Get to Ubon Ratchathani
You can get a night train straight to and from Bangkok, but I recommend spending a little more time exploring the other cities and villages in Isaan.
While home to more flat rice paddies than dramatic mountains or beaches, Isaan still has tons to offer travelers who want to get away from the usual tourist spots, including my favorite bungalow guest house ever and a city that looks just like Chiang Mai except with zero tourists. You can read my complete post on my adventures through Isaan here.
Where to Stay in Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Best Place is a super clean new hotel in easy walking distance to the city center, plus it’s quite cheap. Check current rates here
What to Eat in Ubon Ratchathani
Everything! Isaan is famous for its spicy food and for good reason; it’s sooo good. There’s a night market in the center of town and I recommend just ordering one of each dish you see. No but really.
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