The site of this prehistoric civilization lies just 50 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Udon Thani. At Thailand’s first open museum at Wat Po Si Nai in the modern village, the Fine Arts Department has retained the conditions of the archeological excavations where the pots first became known. Read more
Sam Pan Boak, is known as the Grand Canyon of Thailand and has the biggest rock reef in the Mae Khong River It is a place to witness life on the Mae Khong River bank. If you are a tourist in Ubon or if you live in Ubon it is a nice place to visit and spend a day exploring and enjoying nature. Read more
Located on the banks of the great river Khong, Khong Chiam, in the east of the country, is a secret home to miraculous lofty mountains and streams. For those who love the gentle light of morning sunshine, this is an ideal place that allows you to be the first to experience the rising sun. Read more
Wat Supatnaramworaviharn is at the bank of the scenic Mun River, Chaipoom province which is very easy to access. There is a lot of fascinating architecture at this temple such as the big stupa that combines architecture of Thai, Western and Khmer. Inside the temple are many styles of important Buddha images some in the Sukothai, Ayudhya and Khmer style. Around the temple, there is boundary marker made from sandstone. Read more
This temple was formerly called Wat Sri Thong. The temple grounds are full of trees that make the atmosphere very shady. The hall is believed to imitate the one at Wat Benjamaborpit in Bangkok. Inside the hall, there is a Pra Kaew Busarakum and a Buddha image that made with topaz. According to the legend, this Buddha image was brought from Vientiane, Laos. Read more
In Wat Prataat Nongbua, you will find a huge exquisite golden chedi which is held sacred by all Ubon Rachatani people and is regarded as a symbol of the province, reflecting the faith and reverence of Ubon Buddhists. The chedi, which is called Prataat Chedi Sri Mahapo and shares some resemblance to “Sikara” of Pihan District, India, is the principle chedi of the temple at 56-meters in height and with traditional stucco decoration by skilled Ubon artisans. Read more
Ban Chiang: Dazzling Prehistory
The world already knows of Thailand’s third major contribution to world culture, Ban Chiang pottery. A vast collection of these pots has now been found both at Ban Chiang and at other nearby sites in northeast Thailand and have been displayed throughout the world. Their bold collections are not only wonderful in themselves, showing a highly developed artistic sense, but they may well be the oldest pottery designs in the world.
The site of this prehistoric civilization lies just 50 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Udon Thani. At Thailand’s first open museum at Wat Po Si Nai in the modern village, the Fine Arts Department has retained the conditions of the archeological excavations where the pots first became known. They were buried along with other items as part of the ancient civilization’s funeral rites. The site has unearthed a huge profusion and astonishing range of pottery. Although the typical Ban Chiang decorative style consisted of bold red lines on an ochre background, one can only begin to appreciate the amazing creativity of those ancient artisans when one realizes that pot after pot is different.
In a sense, the civilization produced thousands of unique artifacts with some of the designs evincing a highly developed creative art. A fish, for instance, is located in ripples of water - except that the ripples themselves are angular and scaled, fish within water. If you now drop down the hill and turn left, you will come to the Ban Chiang National Museum. This provides a formal presentation of Ban Chiang, placing it quite properly in its prehistoric perspective. It is well laid out and gives you a wonderful sense of the place. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is a mere 20 baht. You will of course see here much more than pots. The tools and utensils that went along with the Ban Chiang culture are on display, as are stone tools and depictions of ancient hominids that reach right back to the beginnings of prehistory in the area.