Ubon Ratchathani Information:
Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Khon Kaen), also known as
the "big four of Isan". The city is on the Mun River in the south-east
of the Isan region of Thailand.
It is known as Ubon for short. The name means "Royal Lotus City".
Ubon grew extensively during World War II when
Japanese forces brought in prisoners of war by rail from Kanchanaburi.
One legacy of this is a monument in the city's central
Thung Si Meuang Park erected by British prisoners of war
in gratitude to the citizens of Ubon for assisting them.
During the Vietnam war, United States armed forces constructed
the in-town ´Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base´,
which is now also a dual-use commercial airport.
"Ubon" is best known for its annual Candle Festival, held in July
to mark the beginning of the rainy season retreat for Buddhists,
Wan Khao Phansa, also called Buddhist Lent.
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