Is Ubon Ratchathani about to be ‘discovered’?

Way back in 2009 I blogged about a writer coming and visiting me in my little village. He writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and is often seen on TV travel shows and heard on the wireless.

You can read about that here.

As a result he wrote a book called 5 ways to carry a goat where he dedicated a chapter to his visit with me.

You can read about the book and my thoughts back in 2010 here.

Last night I saw a link to a story about Ubon Ratchathani. Being interested in all things Ubon I clicked on it and was surprised to see the same Journalist (Ben Groundwater) had written an article called “Ubon Ratchathani province: The part of Thailand tourists haven’t discovered” a rehash about his time all those years ago.

It is a short but nice read and so, wanting to blow my own trumpet a little bit, thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy.

Ubon Ratchathani province: The part of Thailand tourists haven’t discovered

Here is the writer, Ben Groundwater wondering if he should believe me how nice and smooth the local Rice Whisky is.

Here is the writer, Ben Groundwater, wondering if he should believe me how nice and smooth the local rice whisky is.

Down the hatch

Down the hatch

The aftermath!

The aftermath!

3 responses to “Is Ubon Ratchathani about to be ‘discovered’?

  1. Hans J Jensen

    Hi, it was a nice surprise to discover this page. I am investigating the feasibility of becomming a bread-baker for a living in Ubon. My wife is from there, and we plan to move there some day. I am an engineer, but as far as I can tell, it’s hard to find Engineering jobs in Thailand. I like to bake, and thought I might be able to open a small business over time. My wife is not so optimistic. She says they will only eat rice there..
    By the way, I used to live in Kununurra, back in the 90’ties when I worked for ADM, just Down the road.
    Again thanks, and kind regards
    Hans Jørgen Jensen

    • Hi Hans. So nice to hear from you – especially with your Kununurra connection. When in the 90’s where you there? Did you live in the town of Kununurra and commute daily or where you a 2 on 2 off person? I’m sure we would now mutual people – if not perhaps each other!
      With regards to bread and Ubon – your wife is ¾ correct. not many Thai people eat bread but there are some that do and they are generally the ones who have travelled overseas, have high paying jobs or are married to a westerner. Therefore your market is very limited. Peppers Bakery which I started many years ago is still going strong and does bake a fair bit of bread but there is no way they could make a living from it. They also need to do cakes and pies and a full sit down menu etc. Have you been to Peppers yet?

  2. Thailand is awesome ! They know how to adapt their culture (for the majority) and the “modernization”, this is something we don’t have in Europe i feel. Anyway, nice post ! Enjoy Siam Kingdom !

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