Ubon Ratchathani Wat Nong Bua Nan 9762

Ubon Ratchathani, in Thailand's north-eastern region, also known as Isaan, draws only a fraction of the tourists that pour into other parts of the country, but it has some great attractions, a famously intense cuisine, and Lao-speaking people who haven't been hardened by mainstream tourism.

This laid-back city along the Moon River has many attractive temples, including Wat Nong Bua with its sparkling white-and-gold replica of the pagoda that marks the site in India where the Buddha is believed to have been enlightened more than 2,500 years ago. A tuk tuk or samlor (three-wheeled bicycle with a seat in back) ride is a fun way to tour the temples.

Family-friendly cities

Urban culture for families and kids

Bangkok, home to about 11 million people—up to 20 million if you include the entire metro area—is one of Asia’s grandest megacities. The unofficial northern capital of Chiang Mai, and the smaller cities of Ubon Ratchathani, Chanthaburi and Nakhon Si Thammarat can’t compete with Bangkok in terms of size, but they have their own attractions and are well worth visiting. Here's a rundown on Thailand's best family-friendly cities, and what to do there...read more

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