Had a lot of fun at a friend’s private party here in Ubon Ratchathani. Here are some images I shot during the event…
Had a lot of fun at a friend’s private party here in Ubon Ratchathani. Here are some images I shot during the event…
This mastermind is now sold out.
If so, this one day mastermind workshop is for you.
Idea is simple; an opportunity for 15 to 20 of us to get together to discuss and learn business growth tactics and opportunities. Sharing what’s working, what’s not working and how we can help each other with our online businesses.
Think advanced tactics and strategies on how to take our businesses to the next level, whether that’s with profit, outsourcing, sales, marketing and more.
I’ve attended a few masterminds like this in the past and I’ve always walked away with great relationships and ideas to grow my businesses. I’m going all out to make sure this mastermind is no exception.
I’ve already sold a few tickets – A ticket to a guy making a million dollars a year exporting products from Thailand, to a lady who runs an education business while traveling and to a guy building SaaS apps in the financial industry.
If you want to take your online business to the next level, this one off mastermind session is for you.
This will also be very private. No recording equipment will be allowed to insure we can all be open, share and help each other as much as possible.
I have reserved a meeting room at a serviced office in Bangkok that features a huge table we will all sit around. A great environment to network and brainstorm. Name of the hotel will be sent to attendee’s only.
You will also enjoy free wifi, a fantastic international lunch, coffee, snacks and all the meeting room facilities needed.
As there’s limited spaces of just 15 to 20 seats around the table (I’ve already sold a handful), the tickets will sell out fast and I only want those there who will really benefit from the strategies discussed. With that said, there are no refunds.
One day exclusive private mastermind session.
Want to attend?
The mastermind session will take place on 5th December, from 9am to 5pm.
Out of the 15 seats available, there’s only a handful remaining. If you want to attend, I recommend you act quickly.
I hope to see you there. It’s going to be fun.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
This mastermind has been sold out.
I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Ubon Ratchathani over the years, and with so much fragmented information online covering Ubon, I thought I’d write one guide visitors can use for reference from someone who knows the place well, as apposed to a writer who has spent two days here.
For those unfamiliar with Ubon Ratchathani, Ubon is the most eastern province in Thailand, located 600km from Bangkok. Ubon borders Cambodia to the south and Laos to the east.
While Ubon is currently experiencing very fast growth with new shopping malls, apartments and coffee shops sprouting up everywhere, you’ll still see monk’s walking along the road and guys ferrying passengers around on their rickshaw.
Ubon is one of my favourite provinces in Thailand. It’s got a very relaxed vibe and while Ubon doesn’t have any amazing sights to see compared to other provinces, it’s a nice change of scenery to elsewhere if you want to experience Thailand at a slower pace with very few tourists.
Ubon is also home to the Candle Festival – an elaborate event where temple’s all over Ubon spend months carving out candle wax into huge sculptures that ferry around for a few days. It’s an event not to be missed and see’s the whole province lift up with excitement and enjoyment.
Plane – The airport is located in the center of town and flying into Ubon is the easiest option. Air Asia, Nok Air and Thai Air all serve flights daily to and from Bangkok and if you book in advance, you can get some great deals.
Please note – At the time of writing metered taxi’s are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport terminal (due to corruption from the overcharged taxi vendors inside the terminal). Good news is that metered taxi’s often wait outside the airport gate, which involves a short 4 minute walk. Taxi’s are allowed to drop passengers off without a problem.
Bus – There are plenty of bus options to chose from, and I’ve been told the most comfortable is with the privately owned Nakhonchaiair buses. Times vary, but most travel through the night and take at least 8 hours.
Train – Trains take a little longer than the bus arriving at Ubon’s main train station which is located about 10 minutes drive from the city centre. With so many train derailments in Thailand over the recent years, I wouldn’t personally use the train!
Car – Traveling to Ubon by car is fairly straight forward. Road’s in Thailand are generally in good condition, and in the north east it’s no exception. If you are traveling from Bangkok, a stop at Phanom Rung (one of Thailand’s most beautiful Khmer monuments) on-route is a worthwhile option.
I sometimes break the 8 hour drive at about the 4 hour point in Buriram. There’s an excellent hotel on highway 24 called Akelada Hotel that’s clean and affordable (950bt per night) and comes with breakfast, a gym and swimming pool.
As with most hotels in Thailand, hotels in Ubon generally have a short life span as management don’t refurbish the rooms once they get knackered.
It’s crazy – but it’s almost like the hotel owners are happy once they’ve got their initial investment back and no longer want to run the hotel business. This is especially true for Ubon – some of the older hotels are shockingly bad.
With this in mind, it’s worth staying at the newer hotels in town. Here’s a list of hotels in Ubon which I can personally recommend:
For the quality and price ratio, the fairly new T3 hotel is my favourite hotel in Ubon. The beds are the highlight here – huge with high quality bedding you don’t often see in a hotel for this price point. T3 is also in a great location, very clean and the staff are friendly. 600bt per night.
A new hotel run by an American and he’s Thai wife, the Outside Inn features a few rooms at a fair price point (around 600bt). I’ve not stayed here personally, but I hear great reviews. The on-site restaurant serves up tasty Mexican and Thai food. If T3 is full (which is often), Outside Inn would be my second choice.
Sunee Grand Hotel
One of the biggest hotels in Ubon also features the best gym (with Yoga classes), spa and swimming pool in town. The hotel complex also has a small shopping center with a cinema. Unfortunately, while the restaurant in the lobby is one of the most attractive in the city, the food served here is very poor. A real shame. Sunee also offer’s a free airport pick up and drop off service. 1,200bt+ per night.
Tohsang Khongjiam Resort
If you are visiting Khongjiam for a night or two, which makes for a great side trip to check out the nearby waterfalls, Tohsang Khongjiam Resort is a great option. While not cheap, the hotel is well kept, features great views over the river, has a nice swimming pool and one of the best restaurants Ubon has to offer. Great for families and couples.
Ubon has a fantastic range of Asian cuisine restaurants in town. While you’ll find heaps of franchises in the shopping malls, I’ll focus on the independently run restaurants here:
Gwoi-teaw Chicken Bolan
A great lunch option. The noodles are fresh, soup is balanced and the veggies are crisp. What more can you ask for?
You can find some of the best Vietnamese food in Ubon at Indochine. During the day you can choose to dine inside with aircon or next door without aircon which features the same menu albeit a little cheaper. During the evening they open up the dinning room upstairs which features live classical Thai music.
The best Laab – minced pork with roasted rice and herbs in Thailand is found at this popular Isaan restaurant located 22km away from the city. Even with the distance, heaps of locals make the trip. If you have your own transportation and time, this is a must visit restaurant. Open from noon to 6pm.
The Chinese restaurant situated in the lobby of the Toh Seng Hotel is excellent. The highlight here is the whole Peking Duck – which starts with the crispy skin served with pancakes, followed by cooking the duck meat in two styles (you can chose from multiple options). At night there is live music.
Chow-lai Seafod Buffet
Great value seafood buffet featuring crab, whole fish, prawns, squid and stir-fried dishes. You cook most of the dishes at your table that features a grilled BBQ. Good fun. Excellent value at 369bt. Seafood is delivered daily, so you are assured it’s fresh.
A barebones restaurant featuring fresh seafood that’s bought up from Rayong province twice per week. The crab curry and whole fish are popular favourites.
One of 2 best Isaan restaurants in town. Only open during the evenings. The owner spent half a million dollars on the beautiful wood restaurant that features a live band. Menu is only in Thai, but one of the staff should be able to help. The Hor-mok-laab-bla-tong, a minced fish pancake wrapped in banana leafs is a personal favourite.
One of the newest restaurants to open in Ubon. Food is mostly central Thai, with some Isaan options. They have a live band (a common theme with evening restaurants in Ubon) and have private karaoke rooms on the upper level.
Smile features many menu items you won’t find elsewhere in Ubon, including German pork leg and good curries. You have a choice to sit outside or inside, with the live band. A firm favourite among the locals who want to treat themselves to a good night out.
On a good night, the food at this beautiful Thai restaurant can be excellent. However the food is not always consistant. If your only in town for a few days, I’d give it a pass.
TC Kitchen is a popular expat hangout. Think pies cooked regularly, along with good Indian style curries, pastries and burgers. Closed on Monday’s.
Head chef Franco is Italian, and serves up Italian favourites such good antipasti, pasta and pizza cooked in Ubon’s only wood fire oven. The bruschetta and Italian style sasuages with sautéed spinach are personal favourites. Expensive for Ubon. Open for lunch and dinner service.
As with restaurants, Ubon has no shortage of great coffee shops!
This stand alone coffee shop is one of the best places to catch up with email. Internet is reliable, good seating options and the coffee is strong. Recommended.
Best coffee in Ubon, hands down. They are often experimenting with single origon beans and care about the craft of coffee not seen elsewhere in town. They even make their own blend! Saloon also turns into my favourite bar in town from 7pm. They close early (7pm) on Saturday and Sunday.
A quirky coffee shop filled with porcelain dolls. Owners also run art schools upstairs and next door. Both are super friendly and will make you feel comfortable. They also have the best value cocktail menu in town…
If you like waffle’s and ice-cream, Moon Lover is for you. Located along the Moon River, this small dainty coffee shop has a great selection of coffee (including Nespresso), fresh blended smoothies and the best crepes and waffle’s in town. Highly recommend with you want a sweet fix.
Very popular with locals. The owner of this fairly new coffee shop went all out with the decor, interior and furnishings. A nice change to the other coffee shops in town. Features a good bar on the second level with the best range of imported beers in town, although expensive.
The best bakery in town. They use real butter in their cakes and cookies here, over the normal margarine used elsewhere. Sadly the coffee is not so good, as with the western food dishes. New owners have recently taken over Peppers, and I’m hoping they change the head chef as they can fill as much needed (good western food) opportunity in Ubon.
While most coffee shops (Saloon, Coffee Hol & Namsai) and restaurants turn into bars during the evening, here’s a few dedicated bars worth checking out:
A nice open bar located on the Moon River with great river views. Drinks are very cheap here, and is where many locals will start the night sitting outside looking over the river while drinking whiskey and soda.
Chill is also a very cheap place to drink the night away. At the time of writing they are selling cheap Thai whiskey with unlimited amount of mixers for around 300bt. This promotion is drawing in the young crowds and it’s virtually impossible to get a table after 9pm.
While Ubon has seen tens of bars come and go over the years, UBar remains a firm favourite and is always busy. Locals normally visit later on during the evening, as drinks are more expensive (45bt for a mixer).
Easily the most celebrated event of the year in Ubon. Huge wax sculptures are made in temples all over Ubon for months before being paraded around the city center with dancing and music. If you are flexible when visiting Ubon, I highly recommend checking out the Candle festival.
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
Located in one of the most beautiful houses in Ubon, in the center of town, the National Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Ubon, the people, culture and the general Isaan area. It’s free, small and can be toured in 30 minutes.
Thung Si Muang Park
This is my favourite park in Ubon. During sunset it really comes alive with locals participating in running, dancing, tai-chi, skating and other sports. It’s a great place to run, work out in the free gym (I made a short documentary film on this gym) or simply walk around and take the ambiance in. There’s also a nice temple on the same grounds.
Wat Pah Nanachat
One of the most popular temples in Ubon, not only with the locals but with celebraties who want to go into Monkhood for a while. What’s different about this temple is that most of the monk’s here are non-Thai. The temple grounds are very well kept and it’s a chance to see a temple that’s very different from the other temples in Ubon and Thailand.
Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem National Park is where Thailand first see’s the sunrise. It’s a nice spot to visit with art on the rocks which is estimated to be 3000 years old.
Walking Street / Night Market
The newly started walking street makes for a nice stroll on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. You’ll be greeted by heaps of vendors selling wares and food.
You can view the map online here.
If you have a question regarding traveling to Ubon Ratchathani, be sure to leave a comment in blow and I’ll try my best to help :)
Dare I say it, finding excellent Thai food in Thailand is pretty darn difficult. While most blogs and guide books will praise the street food from the gods above, the quality at the best of times is pretty mediocre.
The problem with street food and hole in the wall shops spread all over Thailand are not the chefs, but the ingredients (and plenty of MSG) used. Competition is fierce, which means the vendors will often use inferior ingredients in order to make a profit.
Case in point. There must be close to a million noodle shops in Thailand. Out of the hundreds I’ve visited, I can count all of the vendors who make their own noodles on one hand. Why? Because it’s expensive and time consuming to make your own noodles. When customers only want a quick fix don’t want to pay the little extra for the quality, vendors are forced to go the easy and cheaper route.
But what happens when you get the same style chefs, who are willing to charge a little more so they can use the freshest ingredients possible? Magic happens, that’s what.
And this is the case for Supanniga Eating Room – a fairly new restaurant to open up on the trendy Thong Lor road in Bangkok.
All of the dishes you’ll see below we’re pure, hearty, fun and fresh. And the good thing is, the prices are excellent value. Supanniga Eating Room is now my new favourite Thai restaurant in Bangkok. I can’t wait to visit again.
Ka lum tod man bla – Fried Chinese cabbage with fish sauce from Trad province. 120฿
Ka praw nue lai – Stir-fried beef slices with Thai basil and chilli. 150฿
Yum Tua Puu – Wing bean salad with prawns, fried shallots and soft boild egg. One of my favourites. 160฿
Moo cha muang – Stewed pork with Thai herbs and cha muang leaves. Divine. 170฿
Bua loi – Pumpkin balls in hot coconut broth and Thai tea panna cotta. Delicious.
A must try.
Supanniga Eating Room
Thong Lor Road. Next to 8 Thonglor building.