passport, your daly medecine and money :o)
one thing I learned was that "why bring clothers", you only need bring one bag with clothers for about 3 days. Clothers you can buy very cheap. I did bring my walkingboots and a pair of I did bring my medicine for astma and alergic, before I go I did visit hospital for vaccine bring camera, it is very cheao to develope in Thailand, I gave the local store one film every day almost :o) have no idea about camping in Ubon, and the only beach I was at was the SOAY waterfall and there was very warm
Baan Kan Lueng Archaeological site and open museum
Situated in Ban Kan Lueng temple. Baan Kan Lueng Archaeological site is one important site where found some interesting artifact especially big potteries which contains relics. It means the pre-historic people in this area used 2 steps in cremation. In 1992, the Fine Arts Department excavated this site. It believed that this settlement dated back at least 2,000 years.
Don Thaat temple
This temple was built by one famous monk who dedicated his life in meditation line of Buddhism. His name is Ajarn Sao Kantaselo. Inside this temple,there 's a Chedi and museum where contains relic of Ajarn Sao and some stuffs from his life. In the same area,there's Ajarn Sao's house with some places related to his meditation life.
a not-so-discovered almost border town
This is the closest city to the Souternmost border with Laos -and the place you will get to if you take the train from Bangkok. Although I didn't travel very much in Thailand, it is a very different Thailand than you'll find in the North. When I was there, don't think there was a single other tourist in the entire city. It was a great introduction to the East, as it was one of my first stops - put me in a great position to meet local people and to get a feel for what Thailand is actually like.
It's a really picturesque town at the border of a river - the town itself is very eastern, actually - and I don't find them very picturesque at all. But the river is beautiful, peaceful - and there are several villages right outside the city (walking distance) and the neighborhood where the train arrives which is on the other side of the river (don't remember the name - sorry!) is actually quite lovely. An interesting memory is trying to chat with someone - when she didnt really speak english and I did not speak Thai - and using her daughter's english learning book and pointing to words to make ourselves understood.
totally recommend going - there's lots to see outside of town - most of which I didn't take enough advantage of, but its a great area and interesting to explore.
"where to stay - eat"
Lonely Planet recommended a guest house that sounded great - when I got there it was dusty, looked closed - and dirty. Looked like it totally had great potential but that no one had stayed there in months - and if people were there and that was the way that it looked when people did stay there, I didnt want to stay there. So, I went to the next choice -the Tokyo Hotel in town. Reasonable prices and ok room - but not very warm and welcoming. And I guess although I loved that there were no tourists in town, would have been nice to have some tourists in the guest house to chat with at the end of the day. Yes, I want the impossible. Anyway - not very much more to recommend. However, regarding eating - there's a few different options that I found. Wasn't too impressed with most of the places in the lonely planet. And didn't find anything appetizing in the regular market (although the night market in town had some great options) but I ate great veggie food (and not expensive) in a nice restaurant near the river. But my most memorable was finding these great raft restaurants - there's a whole row of them. To get to them - you cross the river towards the side of the neighborhood where the train leaves you (again - don't remember the name) and you walk down the stairs of the bridge so you are at the river's edge. Turn left and start walking on the road by the river's edge. from the road, you only see the sign of the restaurant but when you go closer, you will see that there are steps down to the river itself and there are rafts on the river - some are big rafts for the whole restaurant and others are small rafts so that you can have a raft for yourself and whoever you are eating with. They bring you food to the raft and you just relax and enjoy the meal.Probably my most memorable memory from the city!
"what to do"
There's not a huge amount "to do" in Ubon. They have an incredible museum with some real world-treasures (cause not so far from the city there is a cave where they found prehistoric relics) - but its just this little dusty museum and you can't believe those things are there. I basically just walked around and discovered the town and its environs - saw some wats, visited the nearby villages and chatted with people - nothing very extravagant. but it was great to hang out there for a while on my way to laos.
Wat Tham Khu Ha Sawan - Lower Level
"Cave on Lower Level"
The "cave" on the lower level is more a rock overhang with one covered open-air room and a more enclosed room in the back. Both rooms overlook the Mekong River. It is a quiet, venerated place. Please be sure to remove your shoes before entering.
Doors to the monks' quarters in the back room. Who knows how far the cave goes back behind these doors.
"Buddha Images in Back Room"
There are several Buddha images in the back room. You can see a high level view of the Mae Khong out the windows.
"Image of Famous Monk"
Many wats have images of famous monks that have lived there. This may be an image of Luang Pu Kam Khaning Chula Mani in the back room. It is covered in gold leaf.
"Another Famous Monk"
This image was just outside the back room. It may be another image of Luang Pu Kam Khaning Chula Mani.
"Final Resting Place"
This altar in the back room may be the final resting place of Luang Pu Kam Khaning Chula Mani. although he died several years ago, his remains are supposed to be so well preserved that his body is kept inside the glass case.
"Looking Into the Back Room"
There are many Buddha images and shrines in both rooms. This one is at the end of the six large Buddha images before entering the back room. You can see the doors to the monks' quarters in the background.
"Three Times for Good Luck"
Ring the gong three times for good luck as you leave the lower level. It reverberates in the room and over the valley.