Once again Bob has gone to the trouble to convert his old footage into the digital age and send these two great videos to me for your viewing pleasure!
About the first bit of footage Bob says “I took this video in 1968 from the 9th floor of the Ubon Hotel. I was facing south and you can catch a brief view of the Mun river. You can also see a house girl washing dishes and a samlow riding by the Lotus Restaurant. The Lotus Restaurant was air-conditioned and served delicious steak dinners for 30 baht ($1.50 USD).”
“I also took this video in 1968 from the 9th floor of the Ubon Hotel and I was facing north. Can you tell much change between 1968 and now?”
For anyone who has visited Ubon I think you would agree with me by saying the looking South, Ubon Ratchathani seems to have been stuck in some kind of time warp as noticing any changes is extremely difficult. Looking north however is a different story. The park, government compounds, temples etc have all undergone dramatic change. Thanks again Bob for giving us another brief look back in time.
Following on from our previous post about old theatres and bowling alleys in Ubon Ratchathani it is now time for the third and final instalment – old hotels.
Once again, I have just cut and pasted this information in its entirety from Michael.
Ubon Hotel otherwise known as the 9 storey hotel.
Ubon Hotel In the 1960s the best in town. Lots of action. Also called the 9 storey hotel. Had a terrific nightclub on the 9th floor.
Ratchathani hotel. Has always been a good hotel Very clean and well run. Has just been refurnished. I like solar panels on the roof for heating hotwater. The restaurant underneath has always been first class. I often eat there these days. Great food. In the 1960s it had great bands.
Chio Kee Restaurant
When I used to stay there in the 1970s I always had breakfast at Chio Kee restaurant a few metres down the road. They still serve good breakfasts and lunches. Try their American fried rice. A real GI serving.
Pathumrat Hotel Side entrance
The Pathumrat Hotel opened in 1975 just as the American airbase closed. It used to have a tremendous nightclub on the 5th floor. Here is the side entrance that we used to get up. On the way to the Long beach massage palour.
Now I feel my age.
I had better have a cup of cocoa and take a nap.
Not much info sorry as I didn’t actually stay here and I only had my phone camera on me when I checked it out.
It is the accomadation out the back of the Wrong Way Cafe. it isn’t owned by them but you can book through them if you like.
The rooms are 350 baht and actually look half decent.
The good thing for you is that you can park your car directly out the front of your room although you need to get there early as the place it seems is quite popular and you either cant get a car park or dont plan on leaving to early in the morning as you might be parked in.