Ban Pa-ao & Ubon Ratchathani

After an extremely satisfying buffet breakfast at the Tohsang Khongjiam Resort & Spa, we set out for the Ban Pa Ao Silk Weaving & Brass making Village.

Located about 12 miles north of Ubon Ratchathani City, Ban Pa-ao has a long history as one of the premier handicrafts villages in all of Thailand. Today, it is one of the last villages that still uses the “Lost Wax” technique of molding brass vessels and ornaments. In addition to some more modern designs, the village metal workers have preserved ancient patterns like the Ban Chaing pattern originally produced in Lao.
  Lost Wax Brass Bell Ban Chaing pattern

While we did not take advantage of it, visitors can spend more time in the village and get hands on experience in the technique through a home-stay overnight service.

When we arrived in the village, we first went to a local silk weaving workshop, another handicraft the village is well known for producing. From there, we moved on to the brass works facility where we were shown how a form is covered with wax and then that is covered with a mixture of buffalo dung and mud. Then hot molten brass is poured into the mold. As the hot metal moves through the form, the wax melts and the void that it leaves is filled with brass. Once cooled, the dung and mud covering is broken away and the remaining brass pieces are trimmed and polished.

In addition to the traditional shapes and patterns, the workshop also works on pieces commissioned by builders and designers. In the small shop at the facility we found some drawer handles that had been made in the shape of elephant heads that we couldn’t leave the village without buying.

  Ban Pa Ao Weavers Buying Ban Pa Ao Silk
We also managed to find a few nice pieces in the silk showroom to bring home as well.

From the village, our next stop was in Ubon Ratchathani City where we had a great Vietnamese lunch at Indochine Restaurant and Pub. This is a beautifully rambling romantic restaurant and everything we ate was terrific at very reasonable prices. There are rooms next to rooms underneath other rooms; all filled with teak furnishings. Lunch time is full of activity and we found ourselves sharing a table with what we think was a local couple.
  Indochine Restaurant exterior Indochine Restaurant Decorations

After lunch we checked into the Tohsang Ubon Hotel and took a nap so we would be fresh for the Illuminated Boat Procession that night


  1. Merve says:

    I have always wentad to compare Chiang Mai to Ubon as it is the heat in Ubon that will always hold us back from retiring there one day. Chiang Mai is about the only cooler option so while the lower night time temps in your graph were welcomed, I was surprised how warm during the day it still gets there. You used to live there didn’t you? What are you thoughts on it compared to Ubon?

    • Roshan says:

      Thanks a lot for the new hotel I need to check out. What made you choice Ubon?I went wild in that stnraoiaty store loaded up two baskets didn’t look at any prices, lots of little craft things as well as paper, glue, scissors, staplers, books etc etc and the total was 1,200 baht ($40)

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