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“Nice indian temple” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Phanom Rung Historical Park (Prasat Hin Phanom Rung)

Phanom Rung Historical Park (Prasat Hin Phanom Rung)
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Owner description: This historical park contains some of the country's most extensive Khmer ruins.
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“Nice indian temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Lovely location. Worth visiting when its not a public holiday(unbelievably busy)and in the morning when its cool. Shame that most the structure is a copy... the original has dissolved or been stolen. Two of my family work there and they are treated very well by the people that run it. At the end of the day its a great indian temple in a great location. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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“Tricky place to reach, but well worth the effort.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Was staying at Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) and wanted to visit this temple ruin. First of all I have to say this historical park is quite hard to reach if you intend to take just public transport. Basically you have to go to Nakhon Ratchasima's bus terminal 2 and ask around the locals, and they should direct you to the right bus to take. Unfortunately the locals there did not understand spoke English so I took quite some time finding the bus myself. The bus ride should take 1.5 to 2 hours, and you should let the bus conductor know your destination and he will inform you when to alight. The bus stop that I alighted at was literally in the middle of the road, with just a hut where a few motorbike riders wearing some uniformed vests were sitting in. You have to approach one of them (in fact they will be approaching you eagerly) to ask to go to the historical park. Depending on just Phanom Rung or if you want to include Muang Tam (I recommend visiting both since they are near), you have to bargain hard for the ride. Lonely Planet stated THB 200 for just 1 temple and THB 300 for both. But for my experience, the rider's opening price was a whopping THB 600. I took quite a while (walking away and re-bargaining) to reach a final price of THB 320 for the 2 temples, but a time limit was included (I suggest at least 30 mins each temple).
Exploration wise, both temples were amazing. Both had an enclosed "citadel" concept and an area large enough for 30 mins to 1 hour's worth of exploration. Both were also very well restored and seemed to be very "complete" compared to the ones I saw in Siem Reap (depending on your preference, I thought that the "completeness" removed the "ruin" feeling). There were also very few visitors, mostly locals if any, and you could literally be absorbed into the atmosphere.
All in all, the experience and exploration well compensated the effort for finding and reaching the place. I definitely recommend this place to temple ruin fans as they are just the few Angkorian temples to be found in Thailand.

Visited December 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

A "mini" Anchor Wat in Thailand, this temple is so well preserved and a lot less touristy than those in Cambodia. Wonderful photo opportunities abound and even the souvenirs are priced reasonably as opposed to the rip offs at so many other places. This is one of the most wonderful Khmer sites and it is a little off the beaten path. It was not crowded and on a late December afternoon it was actually cool and breezy with blue skies and fresh air. If you are a student of Khmer history and ancient religious places this is definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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“Quiet historic site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Phanom Rung Khmer Temple in Buri Ram Provence of Thailand has all the splendor, history and charm of the neighboring Seim Reap temple complexes without the crowds of tourists.
Set on top of an extinct volcano this beautiful example of Khmer architecture is a cool, quiet and majestic experience.
If you enjoy history this is the place for you! Well preserved and maintained your can experience a close look at an ancient cultural centre without the hordes of tourists.
During my visit I was able to sit in silence and enjoy the atmosphere. The magnificent relief carvings and statues of various icons are fine examples of a very ancient craft.
With its elevated position I enjoyed the views of the surrounding countryside and the cooling afternoon breezes.
Fabulous place to take photographs again without the crowds!
If you intend to visit I would suggest doing some research beforehand, it will enhance your experience.
It was well worth the trip to this generally out of the way piece of history!

Visited November 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Stunning sight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is an exceptional Khmer site older than Angkor Wat and extremely well-preserved. First, the site itself is unique. The temple is on the top of an extinct volcano that towers 250m high above the surrounding rice fields. Magnificent view from above. The ruins have been restored and kept in a very good shape. The word 'Prasat' refers to the Khmer temples, whose shape is a reminder of Mount Kailash (Mount Meru), the holy Hindi/ Buddhist mountain. 'Phnom' means mountain and 'rung' means vast. The Processional Walkway to the temple is grandiose. The Nagas are all in good shape. The temple has some beautiful friezes. Inside the main shrine you can see a white bull and the linga, which is a phallic symbol of Shiva. Built between the Xth and XIIth century AD, it is often considered as the most beautiful Khmer temple in Thailand. I found it amazing it has not been classified by UNESCO.

Visited November 2013
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