Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

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Photos by MJ Klein and Hui-chen

Recently, Hui-chen and I went to Ubon Ratchathani to visit our long-time blogger friend Brunty.  In our last article I broke down our trip into a summation and this article is the first point of the summary.

Driving Under A Statue of A Giant, 3-Headed Elephant

I want to begin by telling what happened when we arrived in Ubon.  After a grueling 5+ hour ride on what Brunty calls “a cattle car” we arrived at the bus station.  Brunty and Noot came and picked us up.  I had talked with Brunty beforehand via email about our impending visit and he found us a really nice room for only 400b per night.  We stayed there for 2 nights and it was just great.  Also, Brunty offered himself to be our personal taxi service, and we cannot thank him enough.  All I had to do was send him a text message and he would arrive no less than 15 minutes later.  If only the local services were as good!

We checked into our room and went to the food court in Tesco for some quick fare.  Then we went to Brunty’s home and had some drinks and relaxed a bit after our long bus ride.  Brunty invited his friend Barry to join us, and we had a great time chatting about old music and bands.  I don’t know what’s going on with my batteries lately, but when we got to Ubon, both my video camera and still camera batteries were dead.  I got only a couple of shots in the food court and then nothing for the entire evening.  Brunty has written an excellent article about the first night’s events and fortunately he got some great photos.  We were drinking amaretto (which I haven’t had for ages!) and after much conversation we went to a place called The Terrace. I just hope that Barry and I didn’t bore Brunty to death as we talked about music that existed before he did!  In the photos of me at The Terrace, I am soaking wet due to the rain.

If you haven’t seen Brunty’s article, you must give it a read!

The next day was gorgeous.  I sent Brunty a text message and we were off.

First order of business was food.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

This is Brunty and Noot checking out the menu at the nana coffee & steak restaurant.  Again, Brunty’s photos of the food are a lot better than mine, and he wrote in detail about the place, so I recommend you read his article.

After lunch we took a drive out to a temple that Brunty described as the biggest and most interesting in Ubon Ratchathani.  He wasn’t exaggerating!

The name of this temple is Wat Bab Na Muang.  Please note that the photographs in this section are geotagged and so is this article.  You may click on the link at the top of this article to view it on our map page.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

The sky was threatening all along the way to the temple, but it never rained.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

We turned down this road and I got a “wtf?” look on my face!

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

As we approached closer, a shape emerged.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

This 3-headed elephant is the gate to the temple!

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

As I shot photos through the front windshield of his car, Brunty drove right under the elephant and onto the temple grounds!

Once inside, Hui-chen took over the photography while I shot video (to be presented later).

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Hui-chen took some detail shots of the temple wall near the entrance.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

Next we turned our attention to this massive structure inside the gate.

Ubon Ratchathani, Part One

This is a replica of a royal barge.  There are too many photographs to present here, but you should take a look at them on our flickr album.  The details are impressive!  We’ll be adding photos to this set as we go along.

For those of you who enjoy looking at sites in Google Earth, plug these coordinates in and have fun: +15° 15′ 43.94″, +104° 52′ 26.14″

Next part in the series is entitled “A Dead Abbot In A Glass Case.”  You won’t want to miss it!

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9 comments

  1. Very interesting report. I have eaten at the same restaurant! I had forgotten the name but I remembered it was in front of Big Buy.

    What was the name of the place you stayed at…sounds like a great deal at 400 Baht.

  2. 3 headed elephant is quite interesting. Great pictures and report MJ. You chose a perfect time for traveling abroad as Taiwan received fair bit of rain recently. That replica looks quite impressive and a great subject to photograph. Looking forward for more photos and rest of the story.

    Ashishs last blog post..Hao Jiu Bu Jian

  3. Great post and great temple. I just booked flights to Thailand for 2 weeks over CNY so your posts are coming at the right time, although I probably won’t be heading to Ubon Ratchatani.

    If you guys are ever in my area of Taiwan, I’ll have to take you to the Thai temple here – it’s pretty impressive.

    cfimagess last blog post..Kinmen’s Military Bunkers

  4. Very cool. Great post as usual MJ. I remember when we went to Thailand, we were told it was good luck to walk under an elephant. So when we went to this place where they had elephant shows, people would run into the field when the show ended to lay down on the ground in a line to have the elephants walk over them. Pretty crazy stuff if you ask me. I can just see one of the elephants being in an extremely bad mood one of these day and loses it then goes on to not obey the handler and just step the shit out of a few of those annoying tourists.

    andress last blog post..bushman’s blogtoberfest

    1. andres » i am with you on the laying down for elephants to walk over – i don’t need that kind of luck! there is another kind of luck coming in the next installment – the kind of luck one gets when seeing the dead!

  5. And what’s with the name “Nana”? I remember this bar in Bangkok called “Nana Plaza” and then there was another restaurant we went to in Pattaya that was called “Nana” something as well.

    andress last blog post..bushman’s blogtoberfest

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