This impressive site, located on the top of an extinct volcano, is out of the way but worth the time and trouble to visit. The site is one of the most northern sites of the Khmer "empire" and is the finest example of the Kymer architecture in Thailand. It has been meticulously renovated (or rebuilt) and is rich and ornate and big. Be prepared for many steps that slowly reveal the treasure at the peak. This monument to Shiva was built between the 10th & 13th centuries.
Although the site is popular with foreign and local tourists, it is far from crowded and is a photographer's dream come true. There was no problem at all waiting briefly for tourist-free shots throughout the complex. The ruin itself is spectacular, in total as well as in the details. We have visited numerous sites in the Angkor Wat area, and this site is certainly in the ball park of many of those.
On the day of our visit, we encountered a large photo shoot of young men and women dressed in classical dress. It was quite spectacular and helped us to imagine the splendor that once existed there. Well worth the visit, but do carry water as it gets very warm and because it is so spectacular, short visits are virtually impossible. Highly recommended.
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