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07-21-2008, 03:57 PM
Went for a ride on the Harley with the local HOG club to Ubon the eastern most point in Thailand around 650km from BKK. Followed the Cambodia border then followed the Lao border. It was a great ride and My son came with me as it was a holiday weekend. We visited a Khmar temple complex that was well preserved. Had a great weekend trip.
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Visit to Khmer (Cambodian) temples in north eastern Thailand

There are many ruins or remains of ancient Khmer (Cambodian) temples (or wats) across Thailand especially in the north eastern part.

Korat is roughly 259 km from Bangkok and there are several buses as well as trains running between the two places. If you drive your own car it would take about 4 hours.

Prasat Phanom Wan
Korat to Prasat Phanom Wan is only 20 km. Follow the highway no. 2 to the north-east for 15 km and take a right turn into a marked road which takes you another 5 km to this ruins of ancient Khmer architectural work piece.

Although most of it is in ruins the square main pagoda, multi-tiered pagoda, and the path linking the two structures are still in good shape. It is believed that this temple was built in the 15th Buddhist century (10 - 11th century current calendar). According to the inscriptions found at the site the sanctuary was used in the Hindu religion and later became a Buddhist site.

Prasat Hin Phimai
Prasat Hin Phimai is located on the same highway no. 2. Compared to the first it is a popular tourist site. To reach to Prasat Hin Phimai, track back to the highway no. 2 and drive further north-east for 20 km. You will see a sign and a right turn road that will take you 10 km to the temple.

At the entrance is a Naga bridge. There are two stone lion figures sitting on both sides at the front porch. There are 4 entering porches to the sanctuary which is around 565 meters x 1030 meters. Above each porch is a lintel of various designs. A little strange thing is that this sanctuary faces south while the others usually face east.

After passing the outer area of the sanctuary enter the inner area through one of the four porchways on the inner wall. The main tower in the center is made of white sandstone while porches and walls are made of red sandstone. The main tower is 28 meters high with a square base, a portico, stairways, and doors in all 4 directions.

According to the curvings on the stone bricks, the tower was said to be built at the end of 17th Buddhist century (11 - 12th century current calendar). These curvings are of two styles: Baphoun (1007 - 1107) and Angkor Wat (1107 - 1157). They show the stories of Hindu and Buddha.

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07-21-2008, 04:20 PM
Glad to see that architecture survived the crap of the 70-80's.....etc....I thought it was all destroyed by the idiots....

looks like a nice trip, bet you had fun....:loveletter:

07-21-2008, 04:37 PM
Great pictures. We visiting Sukhothai Thailand in 1999. :thumbs:

07-21-2008, 11:37 PM
Nice.... it seems you had a great time :beer:

07-22-2008, 02:15 AM
That looks like an interesting trip. I love the old style stone work. It looks a lot nicer than the Myan Ruins.

Kid Vette
07-22-2008, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the pics. Visited there about 7 years ago and would like to go back. Beautiful country and beautiful people. :friends: