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Playing tourist in Ubon Ratchathani

Before we knew it, my brother and his families time in the village had come to an end. We had planned a few days in Ubon Ratchathani before they started their long trip back to Australia.

We took the long way back to Ubon via the Chong Mek border crossing with Laos and lunch at Sirindhorn Dam. I have been there so many times I have lost count but this was the first time my wife had accompanied me. It was great showing her around plus we took a few minutes to check out the accommodation options that are available in the hope that next year we will be able to stay for a few days.

We had tried to book rooms again at T3 House but they were full, as were Sunee Grand so we ended up taking four rooms at Pan House.

The next two days saw my wife and Sister in Law off shopping while my brother and I took care of the seven kids. Unfortunately some sickness with Jacob and then later my niece Abigail but a little dampener on things but we still managed to have a lot of fun.

I took my brother on a 10km run around the old town centre, complete with dozens of hungry dogs before finishing with a traditional Thai breakfast. We took the kids shopping, ten pin bowling and swimming. We ate out at various restaurants and managed some time painting and playing at Tung Sri Muang Park.

Suddenly departure time was upon us and we were waving farewell to them at the airport as they flew out to Bangkok and onto Australia. It was a fabulous time with them, even if there was so much we did not end up getting to do. I guess there is always next time! I will leave you with some photos from the last few days.

Walking along the bridge road to check out the Hydro at Sirindhorn Dam.

Walking along the bridge road to check out the Hydro at Sirindhorn Dam.

Looking down on the Hydro Plant.

Looking down on the Hydro Plant.

This is what we could see.

This is what we could see.

There was time to walk through the beautiful gardens at the lake while heading to a fabulous lunch at the restaurant.

There was time to walk through the beautiful gardens at the lake while heading to a fabulous lunch at the restaurant.

It really is quite an oasis.

It really is quite an oasis.

Painting at Tung Sri Muang Park.

Painting at Tung Sri Muang Park.

Jacob hanging around with his Uncle Paul.

Jacob hanging around with his Uncle Paul.

Jacob pretending he was going to sleep with his cousin Rebekah.

Jacob pretending he was going to sleep with his cousin Rebekah.


Back in Ubon Ratchathani

After a great three days in Bangkok with family it was time to head to Ubon. Both girls had been sick the day before and while Marisah was a lot better Ariya was still under the weather. The taxi ride wasn’t much fun for her and just as we pulled into Don Muang airport her stomach gave way.

As I had most of the luggage (5 bags) it was quite an effort trying to deal with Ariya plus get us through the night mare that is the Don Muang bag scan and check in system. Eventually we were on our flight and made it to Ubon with only one more vomit!

Due to the girls sickness Seerung and I had decided it would be best if we rested up the night in Ubon before she came and picked us up the following morning.We caught a taxi to the T3 hotel and took our usual connecting rooms on the 4th floor. Both girls had a sleep that afternoon and when the woke they were feeling much better so we went out for an early dinner before heading back to the hotel. More sleep and by the morning we were raring to go.

After waking we packed our bags before walking down to a favourite coffee shop of ours, Balcony Kiss. Unfortunately the coffee had changed and so had the food (there was none) but we still enjoyed the cool morning sitting outside with my coffee and the girls juice. I walked down the street a little and found some kebabs and sticky rice for us all to much on for breakfast.

After a long wait eventually Seerung showed up with the car and Jacob and a nice mini reunion was had! It was then back to T3 to pick up the bags and check out then onto Central for some shopping before heading home to the village.

It is always a great feeling being back in my tojo ute pick-up making the drive over the rough dirt roads back to my second home. It was lovely to see everyone again and to notice that once again my in laws had done an excellent job looking after the house and garden.

The next few days were spent catching up with all the rellies as well as settling into the slower pace that is Village life. Before too long though it was time to head back to Ubon to pick up my brother and his family for part two of their time with us.


Fly direct from Ubon Ratchathani to Chiang Mai

It has been many years since flights from Ubon Ratchathani have flown to anywhere else apart from Bangkok so there was a lot of excitement when late last year Air Asia began a service linking Ubon Ratchathani and Phuket.

The excitement continued when almost six months ago rumours started circulating that Air Asia were going to start up another route, this time between Ubon Ratchathani and Chiang Mai.

It was over 18 months ago when I blogged about this route being started by Nakhon Chiangmai Air which obviously never eventuated.

Well this rumour thankfully has!

The inaugural flight is on November 16, 2011. There will be three flights a week which is the same amount on the Phuket route.

Flights will be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will depart Chiang Mai (CNX) at 7.20am and arrive in Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) at 8.35am. The return flight will leave Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) at 9am and arrive in Chiang Mai at 10.10am.

Tickets are on sale now and there is a pretty good opening sale to be had. Just 590 baht ($20) from CNX to UBP all inclusive. From UBP to CNX the sale price is 1036 baht ($35). Don’t worry if you miss the sale price as for an loaf of bread and a bottle of milk extra the regular fare will not break the bank! Just 1266 baht ($42) leaving Ubon and 1320 baht ($44) leaving Chiang Mai.

This really is great news for the majority of people in Ubon. For Thai locals, expats and tourists alike, Ubon is slowly getting on the map.

*EDIT* As of February 2013 Air Asia have cancelled this route. :(

Three flights per day between Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani on Nok Air.

It would appear that Nok Air are set to increase their flights between Bangkok and Ubon Ratchatani from two to three per day. Starting April 9 their new schedule looks like this.

Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok (Don Mueang)

Dep Arr
07:45 08:50 DD9311
12:40 13:45 DD9315
19:55 21:00 DD9319

Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Ubon Ratchathani

Dep Arr
06:10 07:15 DD9310
12:20 13:25 DD9314
18:20 19:25 DD9318

This brings to a total of six flights per day between Bangkok and Ubon with possible news of flights between Ubon and Chiang Mai to begin soon.

The schedule for the other four flights per day are:

Air Asia

Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
Dep Arr
09:00 10:10 FD3321
20.25 21.30 FD3322 (starts June 1, 2010)

Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
Dep Arr
07:25 08:30 FD3320
18.50 19.55 FD 3323 (starts June 1, 2010)

Thai Airways

Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
Dep Arr
15:30 16:35 TD 23

Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
Dep Arr
13:40 14:45 TD 22

Fourth airline for Ubon Ratchathani

A new airline is expected to start servicing Ubon Ratchathani within the next few months.

Nakhon Chiangmai Air has received approval from The Department of Civil Aviation to begin flights as soon as possible between Chiang Mai and Ubon as well as other regional centres including Udon Thani, Phitsanulok and Nakhon Ratchasima with plans to add Burma at a later stage.

Nakhon Chiangmai Air will use Chiang Mai International Airport as its hub and will fly the French made ATR-72 which is what Laos Airlines currently use.

From two airlines just a month or so ago it quickly became three with Nok Air arriving and now it seems that it may become four! This will be a welcome relief for many locals and visitors as the three current airlines only fly to Bangkok.

I am sure like most things here in Thailand this announcement will not be the end of it and I will keep you updated with further news as it comes to hand.