Ubon history

I am just a new comer to Ubon Ratchathani but back during the Vietnam War there was a large contingent of foreigners working as soldiers based in Ubon. The airforce base in the centre of town was a hive of activity as a never ending stream of planes used the base to refuel and reload with bombs before returning to the front line.

Some of these soldiers have discovered my blog and very generously have given their time and shared their photos and videos with me and therefore you, the reader.

Although these blog posts will be part of my daily ramblings I thought I would post the links on this page to make it easy for the reader who isn’t interested in my personal life but of old time Ubon Ratchathani.

There are also other photos and information from readers who either lived in Ubon a long time ago or are still living there now. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Uppalisan road during the 1960’s.

Dry times in 1969

Prices in Ubon during the 1960’s

Video and photos of down town Ubon during the 1960’s

Old theatres in Ubon Ratchathani

Pappayon Theatre, Ubon Ratchathani

Some history of old hotels in Ubon Ratchathani.

Some history of bowling alleys in Ubon Ratchathani.


The King of Thailand visits Ubon Ratchathani in 1968.

A dry Mekong and a 1960′s barber shop in Ubon Ratchathani.

View from the Ubon hotel in 1968.

Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War.

Before and now: A photo of the Shell petrol station in down town Ubon 40 years apart.

Ubon, then and now.

One response to “Ubon history

  1. Hi my name is Meaghan, my real Thai name is Ura.

    I am adopted from Thailand Ubon Ratchathani, in 1976 by an Australian family in Melbourne.

    I was born in the year of 1975, which now makes me 39 yrs old.

    I’m half Thai/Afro-American.

    A friend of mine showed me your blog and a Thai lady I met had mentioned there is an army base in Ubon from the war in Vietnam.
    Hence reason why I’m writing this!

    My Australian family, have mentioned that my natural father would have been a soldier, In Vietnam and that a lot of them lived in The neighbouring countries after the war finished.

    A lady called Prejuab, helped my aust family to adopt me, but on my birth certificate, there is not my Thai mothers maiden name or any name of my father, making it impossible to find her and I’m sure my father has no idea, I exist.
    Yes I’m happy and god willing, been blessed.

    Although I now have 3 children aged 17, 15 and 5 and I feel that I owe it to them to try harder to find my real parents.

    I am aware that there were a lot of mixed raced babies left in Thailand /Vietnam after the Vietnam war and know that some people may have no idea, about children they may have had, therefore I understand that I need to tread cautiously and to not have any expectations.
    If any one knows how I can start looking into this please email me or let me know.

    Kind Regards,


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