Ubon Ratchathani Neighbors

Ubon Ratchathani is the largest province in Thailand and yet it is only bordered by three other provinces. From Ubon you can visit Amnat Charoen to the north, Yasothon to the northwest and Sisaket to the east. The rest of Ubon’s surroundings are made up by the Mekhong River, Laos and Cambodia.

Amnat Charoen is an hours drive to the north. It is a small province that was a district of Ubon until December 1993.

The town of Amnat is a small quiet village. If you continue north through the town you will come to Wat Dan Phra Bat. Take some time to park and look around.

You can also visit Mekhong River in Amnat Charoen. At Chanuman you will be rewarded with some beautiful scenes in certain times of the year.

Yasothon is at the northwest corner of Ubon. It too was a part of Ubon until December 1993. It is best know for the Rocket Festival held every year in May. Large rockets are launched to bring the rain to feed the rice crops.

If you are not into the lively and noisy festival you are welcome to visit Yaso anytime of the year. There are many temples in both Khmer and Lao style that you can visit and explore.

Sisaket lies to the west of Ubon. It is known for its Khmer style sanctuaries scattered around the province. If you want to learn more about the place, my friend over at Thai Pulse just published an informative article about Sisaket on his blog.

You can also travel to Laos from Ubon. Head on down to Chong Mek and you can cross over for a bit of shopping and a meal, getting a visa exemption or onward travel. There is a bus from Ubon city that goes all the way to Pakse in Laos.

This has been an overview of Ubon Ratchathani’s neighbors. If you travel to Ubon you can plan a nice day trip to any of these locations. If you are traveling to any of these destinations and want to fly you must fly into Ubon and complete your journey overland. You can travel to Sisaket by¬† train or bus from Bangkok without actually coming all the way to Ubon. There are also buses to Yaso and Amnat but by train you would have to get off in Ubon and finish by other means.

Comments

  1. Michael Hare says:

    I know all three provinces very well, but very little about their respective cities. I go weekly to Amnart for my research at the livestock station, 8 km north of the city. I enjoy my coffee at the PPT petrol station on the right hand side just out of town on the way to Mukdahan. For lunch I enjoy a great little restaurant just past Isuzu on the same road. At other times of the year I am working in villages about 10 km west of the city. Yet I hardly know the city. Seems to be only one good hotel in town.

    Yasothon province I know well because my late wife’s village was there in Amphur Ko Wang. I also had research plots in outlying districts for many years, but again I hardly know the city. I hear that with all the irrigated dry season rice in Yasothon province there is now a salt problem in the soils. Too much water brings up the salt. They could handle one wet season rice crop but not two. Don’t play with nature.

    Sisaket is an interesting place with its huge areas of fertile red soils on the way out to the Cambodian border. These soils were overlooked for many years, but the maize and cassava boom in the late 60s and 70s changed this. I used to stay in Sisaket a lot in the mid 1970s. It always lacked good hotels. Too close to Ubon.

    Ubon drivers make jokes about vehicles with Yasothon and Sisaket registration plates in the city, because these vehicles don’t seem to understand lanes and how to give way at a roundabout.

  2. Michael,

    I think whoever we are and wherever we live in the world it is human nature to be mostly only aware of our immediate surroundings. I too, am not up to speed on our neighbors but try to explore some when there.

    I have spent time in Mukdahan and Srisaket but only passed through Yasothon and Amnat. I have eaten and walked through the temple in Amnat.

    I have visited Lawrence’s site several times.

    I think not much has changed in Srisaket regarding accommodations but there are some small boutique-style resorts spring up.

  3. Michael Hare says:

    Surprising, Yasothon province cuts between Mukadahan and Amnart Charoen provinces. It is sort of unexpected when one is travelling up to Mukdahan from Amnart on the Chayangkun highway, to suddenly find yourself in Yasothon province.

    The other day I was travelling back from my seed growing village in northern Roi-Et province on highway 2116. The road is very lovely from Phon Thong through to Nong Phok and on to Loeng Nok Dha. Tree-lined with very pretty tidy villages. Also some very upmarket resorts which looked very appealing. At Loeng Nok Dha I did a right turn and drove down to Amnart to inspect my research trials there.

    North of Loeng Nok Dha is the Pu Mu Forest Park (Yasothon province but seems to be in Mukdahan province). In February 1975 I was working in Nikhom Kham Soi just up the road from Pu Mu. One of the farmers said why don’t we go up to Pu Mu and see those Americans who are there. I replied, “Why are they there”? “Listening”‘ the farmer said. Very confusing. We made the trip up the steep hill to the top of Pu Mu and suddenly we were at the gates of a military camp. The guard asked us why we were there. To chat to the Americans we replied. In a few minutes down the track came this huge American to see who we were. A very nice chap. Let us in. Took us to the canteen for a few beers and we even played some pool. The camp was indeed a listening camp with huge dishes set up pointing towards Laos.

    A few years later it all closed down and today it is a forest park. Well worth a trip when one is travelling up to Mukdahan. Nice views and lots of trees. Nearly all the buildings have been pulled down, though one can still see the foundations.

    Throughout northern Yasothon and into Northern Mukdahan province are these tall flat-topped hills. Far more appealing scenery than we find around Ubon. Another nice road to travel on is highway 2370. Turn left at Nikhom Kham Soi and travel over to Nong Sung.

  4. I love traveling through the small and little-known provinces and villages of Issan. You can travel for days and not see any other farang.

  5. It’s definitely easy to lose yourself in the country side here. But along the way can find some amazing adventures.

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