Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival Schedule

The Annual Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani is about two weeks away. The activities are much more than just the parade and eating.

It is a celebration of Thai Buddhist Lent that consist of many traditions. I found the schedule on a Thai website all in Thai. I got my wife to help translate it and below is the complete schedule of event for Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2009.

The following was translated from a post on http://www.guideubon.com:



Details and Activities


June 7, 2009

14.00 – 15.00

Annoucement for International Wax sculpture No. 4 J. Nontaburi

June 15 – July 6, 2009

From 10 am.

Community visiting activity to see local people making candle Burapa-temple, Sipradoo-temple, Toongsimuang-temple, Mahawanaram-temple

Tawanghin-temple, Pratat Nongbua-temple, Nong-plapak-temple

Chaimongkon-temple, Sutadnaram-temple, and Ban-kampoon

June 15 – July 31, 2009

From 7am.

Photo of Ubon Candle Festival Exhibition 2008-2009 Ubon International Airport

June 23 – July 7, 2009

July 8-31, 2009

From 10 am.

Watch artist from 9 country sculping was: Hungary,

Romania, Berus(?) and artist from Ubon: Mr. Tawatchai Homtong

Ubon Museum

July 1, 2009

19.00 – 20.00

Opening ceremony for International wax sculpture No.4 In front of Ubon-rat-ta-na-ram-temple on Up-pa-rat Road (opposite Ubon museum)

July 1-7, 2009

10.00 – 20.00

Making wax to recall Thai culture (?) activity Ubon Museum

July 1-8, 2009

10.00 – 22.00

Showing and selling OTOP product – cheap food from 4 regions of Thailand Ubon City office

July 1-8,2009

10.00 – 20.00

Art Camp show Ubon Museum

July 1-8, 2009

Meditation Project “Budhist length in candle”(?) Ubon Garden House – Warin District (Ban-suan-Ubon)

July 1-15, 2009

13.30 – 17.00

Apply for photos contest of Ubon Candel festival 2009 At Cultural Center – Rajabhat Ubon

July 1-31, 2009

10.00 – 21.00

-Cultural show

-cooking show and selling food

Ubon Museum

July 2-8, 2009

09.00 – 19.00

wax sculpture show Toongsimuang Hall

July 3-5, 2009

16.00 – 19.00

a tom-tom contest (?) Ubon City Office

July 4

15.30 – 17.00

Royal Candle ceremony Ubon City office, Luang-temple,

Supattanaram-temple, Toongsimung

July 4

14.00 – 18.00


-Riding bicycle visit Candle making communities

-militaryband show (1,000 people)




Ubon Museum, Toongsimuang

July 4

18.00 – 19.00

19.00 – 20.30

– Spirit Encouraging ceremony with the Royal candle

– Meditation activity

Toongsimuang Hall

July 4-7

13.30 – 17.00

Candle making communities tour

June 8, July 4-7 = 259 Bt for tickets

Burapa, Sipradoo, Toongsimuang, Tawanghin, Mahawanaram, Sutad, Chaimongkon, Nongbua, Nongplapak – TEMPLE (and Ban-kam-poon)

July 5-6

19.30 – 21.00 -Light and sound show – Toongsimung Temple (Free)

July 6

17.00 – 23.00

19.00 – 24.00

– Traditional Candle candidates

– Beauty contest for Candle parade

– Beauty contest for Candel Festival

– Keang-sa-pue, Piboon-mangsahan District

-Toongsimuang park

July 7

08.00 – 13.00

09.00 – 17.00


19.00 – 20.00

– Traditional Candel parade

-Clothe making show

-All candle from all temple showing

-Asarnha Bucha Day Activities

-Streets in Piboon

– Ban-kam-poon (100 bt ticket)

-streets around Anuban Ubon Primary school

-Si-ubon-rattanaram, Supat, Mahawanaram, Nongbua, Toongsimuang Temple

July 7-8

19.00 – 21.00 Light & sounds show Up-pa-rat Road, in front of Si-ubon-rattanaram Temple (opposite Ubon Museum)

July 8

08.30 – 12.00

11.00 – 12.00

18.00 – 19.00

– Parade

– Award for the winner

– Upparat Road – Chayangkul Road

July 9-16

10.00 Painting exhibition Ubon Museum

July 9-30

Daily Candle winner & 2nd + 3rd place showing Toongsimuang

July 13-19

10.00 – 18.00 Art from artist around I-san and Thailand show Ubon Musuem

July 17-19

10.00 – 21.00 Thai 5 regions tour Festival Ubon city office

July 20-26

(Twice daily)

2pm & 7pm

Art & cultural show from China, Malaysia, philipines, Laos, Indonesia, Thai, Cambodia, Vietnam, UAE Theater at Cultural center, Rajabhat Ubon

– Students = 20 bt

– People 100 bt.

July 30

17.00 – 20.00 Awards for the photo contest winner Theater at Cultural center, Rajabhat Ubon

July 27-31



Academics talk Ubon Museum

Hope this helps so you can better enjoy Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2009.


  1. Darwin,

    Thanks for the schedule for the Candle Festival events. I’ve been here two years and have been to the festivities three times…Once while visiting before I moved here!

    I’m planning on being “sick” the Friday before the parade so I can get to Ubon with my girlfriend! Haven’t missed a Candle Festival yet…and we absolutely have to try out that new Korean BBQ that you mentioned in one of your recent posts…I believe the name was Anyoung. WE LOVE FOOD!!

    Take care and thanks again,

  2. Guy,
    No problem. Yes the restaurant name is Anyong. Enjoy the Festival.

  3. Hi Darwin
    First thank you for all the info. My name is doron, I’m traveling in Asia now. I’m in Pakse- Laos planing to cross to Thailand (Ubon) soon. I heard about the festival and it sounds amazing.
    I have a few questions: when do you think it’s the best dates to be in Ubon for the festival? How difficult it is and how expensive is to find a place to sleep in thouse days, and does it coast money to be in the festival?
    unfortunatly I’m traveling in low budget andhave only two weeks visa for all Thailand.

    Thanks a lot for you help

    Doron (doron_shilgi@hotmail.com/ shilgi.d@gmail.com)

  4. Doron,

    Thanks for the kind comment and welcome to Ubon. The Candle Festival is to celebrate and kick off Buddhist Lent which is determined by the full moon in July. This year the parade will be on July 8th so best days would be now through July 9th.
    You can participate in most activities for no cost. The parade is free except for VIP viewing seats. Room rates range from 160TB to 11,000TB so its up to your budget and availability. If you get your food from the street vendors or small shops you can eat for under 200TB per day.

    Transportation on the local mini-buses is 10TB.

    Enjoy the festival.

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