Bob has sent me a few more photos as well as some video footage.
This photo he took at the intersection of Chayangkun (main road) and Sapphasit Road in 1967.
Bob mentioned that “the young people in Ubon don’t remember the days of the 2-lane asphalt main road. There was dirt on the sides and many vendors put up blankets as awnings to keep out the dust and the sun.”
On a visit in 2001 he took another photo from the same position. Bit of a difference over 34 years!
I was also very excited to receive a video taken in 1968. I will let Bob explain.
“I’m sending you a video I took from the 9th floor of the Ubon Hotel in 1968. In the late 60s, the Ubon Hotel was the best hotel in Ubon and the restaurant on the 9th floor was the “in” place to go late at night. I used an 8mm camera and later converted the 8mm to VHS video. I generated a .WMV file from the video and to keep the file size small, I had to reduce the quality of the video. The video shows the traffic in front of the Ubon Hotel as it intersected with Chayangkun Road. As you can see, there weren’t any enforced traffic rules and everyone did their own thing.”
The history of the Ubon hotel has been mentioned once before on my blog by long term resident Michael Hare. You can see that blog here.
I was unable to upload the video direct to my blog so ended up having to host it on You Tube.