|Riverside promenade and the Moon River|
From the temple, I walked around the area. I sampled a local pancake from a sidewalk vendor, then proceeded to check out the local shops. This included a video store and some bakery. I was actually itching to see Wat Nong Bua, but I needed to see this area first because it might be my last chance to roam the place.
I decided to take a tuktuk to Wat Nong Bua. I have always been intrigued by this structure because of its semi-pyramidal architecture exquisitely different from the other Thai temples. It has a highly unusual white angular chedi (a term used in Thailand as alternative for the Buddhist stupa). Wat Nong Bua is a conscious replica of Mahabodhi stupa in Bodh Gaya, India, built in 1957 to commemorate the 2500 anniversary of Buddha’s death.
|Local pancake at 8 baht a piece.|
|A video store with lots of VCD's.|
|A film called "Tears in the Amazon" looked interesting, but they didn't have a copy. Why display it? :)|
|My tuktuk to Wat Nong Bua|
The whole temple ground has several other structures and temples. I shall post them in a separate, more in-depth piece so I could share the sheer beauty of Nong Bua.
|Nong Bua's main temple|
|Wat Nong Bua's side temple|
|Main temple altar is bathed in gold.|
|Candle wax sculpture preserved at a nearby building beside Wat Nong Bua.|
After Nong Bua, I walked away from the temple until I reached Nong Bua Market. Chanyangkun Road was a block away. There were commuter tuktuks plying the main road so I hailed one that took me to the Nevada Entertainment Complex (for a mere 10 baht), a shopping mall with cinemas. I checked my emails (15 baht an hour) then decided to watch a Thai movie is called “Pachrapa Chapchua” (directed by Somsing Srisopap). Movies have always been my passion, even more than my travels.
“Pachrapa Chapchua” tells the story of a lonely girl who’s turning 30 soon. Though beautiful and pleasant in manners, she is afraid to fall in love… until she meets a handsome man who’s besotted with her. Problem is, our protagonist can’t seem to shake her lovesickness and refuses to give the gentleman her full commitment. She has to admit her feelings soon before he leaves for his arduous fireman's training. Or she may lose him forever. Aww! J
What can one accomplish in half a day? A lot.
|Nevada Entertainment Complex for some cinema time. There are few cinemaplexes in Ubon (I think there are only two).|
|"Pachrapa Chapchua", a romantic comedy about a girl who's afraid to fall in love. Any Thais wanna tell me what the title means? At a cheap 80 baht, this was a nice diversion.|
|A nice looking hotel near Nevada Entertainment Complex|
|Open Market is starting at dusk. This is located at the city's Muang District just a block or two from Sri Isan Hotel.|
|Fruits galore: watermelon, jackfruit, dragonfruit, papaya, guava, pears, pineapple|
|Thai viand you can take home.|
|I bought a couple of rice cakes for the taste. I didn't taste anything. Haha. Acquired taste maybe?|
|Moon River at sundown. Rattanakosin Bridge is seen from a distance.|
|The city's riverside promenade is well lit.|
|River water rises at night losing 3-4 steps of the riverside stair.|
|Sprawling riverside covered market|
|Market after 8 PM|
My first visit in Ubon here (must-see places): http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2012/02/ubon-ratchathani-sleepless-and-hectic.html
|A fine dining restaurant and a pastry shop near Sri Isan Hotel.|
|Monks queueing at Seven-Eleven's ATM Machine.|