Ubon Ratchathani

“Located in the Isaan province, Ubon Ratchathani is the furthest east city in Thailand. Ubon is around 600kms from Bangkok, and travellers either choose to make the journey by road or rail, although flying is an option too, a one-hour flight with four departures daily from Bangkok. Ubon is close to the borders with Cambodia and Laos, making international travel possible.

The journey by bus takes around 10 hours, and there are around 10 daily departures from Mochit bus terminal along with five daily rail services from Bangkok, taking around 11 hours. A popular option is to catch the sleeper train and travel overnight. Online booking is possible.

It is easy to get to Pakse in neighbouring Laos from Ubon. Buses leave from Ubon’s bus station and will cross the border with you. The international bus waits at the immigration centre at Chong Mek whilst you obtain your visa on arrival, and then continues to Pakse. From Ubon it is also possible to travel to many other Isaan cities such as Buriram, Khon Kaen, and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).

The main bus terminal of Ubon is located just northwest of the city. It is a large complex with some food vendors and a Big C super centre across the road. There are also several ATMs here, or if you’re heading into Laos you could change your currency at the bank.

To get into town from the bus station between 6:00 and 18:00 six regular songthaew routes are available; check with your driver where you are headed before you board. Otherwise you can use a tuk-tuk.

The train station is on the south side of town, below the Mun River. Songthaew 2 connects with the rest of Ubon, or you can always get a tuk-tuk.”