Just to prove to you that I am not completely biased towards Peppers Bakery I thought I would let coffee lovers in on a little secret. There is now another place (apart from Peppers) in Ubon Ratchathani that can deliver you a caffeine hit that is just as good as back home in Australia.
The Brew Coffee has just opened in the last month on the 2nd floor at Citymall (part of Sunee). The original place is still open on the main road next door to Kubota (very close to Big C) but due to it’s location I only ever went there once. It is quite a nice little cafe.
This place however is a tiny coffee outlet amongst the chaos that can be City Mall. If you like people watching then this is the place for you! The Thai owner lived in Australia for a few years and really knows his coffee. Mixed right, correct temperature and mild beans made the two cups I had there go down a treat. Remember though that this is a tiny place for coffee and cake (which is purchased from Peppers). If you want space, food or ambiance then head to Peppers for your fix but if you find yourself at Sunee and need a caffeine hit then please do try this place.
Compared to all the neighbouring coffee outlets this place could seem expensive. Don’t scrimp on the quality though – you will regret it. A few small tables and free wifi are available.
While Andrew is living the high life in Australia, I thought I’d take 5 minutes to give you guys and girls a quick update on the new cinema that opened up here in Ubon Ratchahtnai yesterday.
After many delays yet with much joy, Ubon Ratchanthani welcomes it’s third, and newest Cinema. The new 7 theatre SF Cinema, which includes a 3D theatre and comfortable premium sofas, is now finally open for business. It’s located on the 4th floor of the City Mall, the same complex as the Sunee Hotel in situated in.
I think many would agree the SF Cinema here in Ubon is a welcome addition to the city, especially for western visitors and expats like myself, who miss being able to catch a movie with the original English soundtrack.
On opening, the ticket prices are as follows:
- Monday to Tuesday – 100b for delux, 120b for premium and 300b for the double couch.
- Wednesday – 70b for delux, 90b for premium and 300b for the double couch.
- Thursday to Sunday – 120b for delux, 140b for premium and 400b for the double couch.
It’s worth checking the SF Cinema Ubon website for movie listings and schedules, as the films in English are currently few and do not run frequently. Hopefully this will change in the future.
So what do you think? Will you be heading down there to catch a film anytime soon?
This blog entry was written by Chris who is currently working on Coconut TV – A film series that will interview independent food producers (starting in Ubon). Chris is also involved with Baan Wine; the first Wine Terrace in Ubon Ratchathani which serves many wines by the glass and imported steaks.
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During a recent trip to Ubon we stayed at our home away from home, the Sunee Grand Hotel. The hotel is part of the biggest shopping complex (City Mall) in the district of Ubon Ratchathani and downstairs next to the Siam Fish Spa is a great little hair dressers. Seerung has used them before and was happy with what they did so we decided it was time for the young ones to be shorn.
Marisah’s hair in particularly was getting harder and harder to deal with so as much as I didn’t want to loose any of her gorgeous ringlets something had to be done.
First up though was Ariya. She was as keen as mustard to get into the hot seat as she wanted to have a hair cut just like her Mum had done the previous week.
And here is a very happy girl with the finished product. She loved it but was a little worried that by the time she got to visit Grandma it would be back to being long again and that Grandma would not notice it.
Next up was Marisah and as you can see, she was not very impressed at all about having to go under the scissors.
Look at those curls!
I got called away for a bit towards the end so never got a chance to take a final photo until later that night when she was asleep. Thankfully not all the curls had been taken off and I thought it looked really good. Marisah couldn’t have cared less!
As you might have guessed we are now safely back in Australia and have settled back in somewhat. Our new house here is progressing well and we are hoping and praying that it will be ready for us to move into before the baby is born.
Spending a night in Ubon allows me to catch up with friends, food and gossip!
Two months ago I blogged about the City Mall which is building a new seven theatre complex which is going to be run by the SF group. Management told me that English movies will be regularly shown as part of the film rotations and that it was to be built where the existing small side car park on the southern side is located.
Just as we were checking out of the Sunee Hotel yesterday I noticed that the car park was now blocked off and that construction had begun. I also noticed however that some serious construction work was happening between the two towers on the side of the main road. It looks like they are going to link the two towers over the entire three floors and really expand the already huge floor space that they have. Someone told me later though that it is where the new cinema is going. If that is true then what is happened in the side car park?
It would make sense to have the cinema linking the two towers but now I am a little confused. I did not get a chance to ask management and won’t be able to before I leave so does anyone else know the full story?
In other news (not gossip this time) SK mall have announced to that they are going to spend 20 million baht ($666,000) on upgrading their current cinema, build a three story car park on the existing car park and give the entire place a much needed face lift. I say much needed as the entire place really is very depressing and given what City Mall are doing this upgrade is extra important for their survival.
Now for some shopping centre gossip. Many locals will have heard the rumours over the last few years of Central opening a new centre right next door to Big C on the main road. I heard a new twist on this and that is a new centre will indeed be build and very soon but it will not be by Central. It will be a private enterprise and will be aiming for the very high end market with all the big brand name stores that you might find in places like Paragorn in Bangkok. If this does eventuate what do you think? Is Ubon ready for this sort of place? I don’t think so. Sure there are plenty of very wealthy families in this city but they are the sort of people that will fly to Bangkok or overseas whenever the urge for some retail therapy hits them. There will be a lot of window shoppers though!
The Sunee Grand Hotel and City Mall complex is about to cement it’s place as the place to be for all things entertainment in Ubon Ratchathani with recent news of a new cinema complex to be built on it’s ever expanding site.
Construction is about to begin on the seven theatre complex where the existing small side car park on the southern side is located. It is expected to be open before the end of the year.
The good news doesn’t finish there though. It is going to be run by the experienced SF Group who are professionals when it comes to all things movies in Thailand. Management have told me that English movies will be regularly shown as part of the film rotations.
This would have to be the final nail in the coffin for the struggling Nevada complex just down the road but having a state of the art complex with more English films sure is good news for me and I am sure a lot of my readers.