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Ray's Thai Tours #11

 

We visit Prasat Muang Tam...the Low City...so named as it is on the flat plain a few kilometres  from Prasat Phanom Rung which is on a hill.

 

I like Muang Tam very much. It is a small city, surrounded by a still-intact high wall, and containing four "L" shaped reservoirs and several buildings...there is quite enough still here to allow the visitor to easily conjure up a picture of what life might have been like here 900+ years ago. Some of the intricate sandstone carvings are still in place, too.

 

Prasat Muang Tam

 

Prasat Muang Tam

 

Prasat Muang Tam

Ray's Thai Tours #11

 

We visit Prasat Muang Tam...the Low City...so named as it is on the flat plain a few kilometres  from Prasat Phanom Rung which is on a hill.

 

I like Muang Tam very much. It is a small city, surrounded by a still-intact high wall, and containing four "L" shaped reservoirs and several buildings...there is quite enough still here to allow the visitor to easily conjure up a picture of what life might have been like here 900+ years ago. Some of the intricate sandstone carvings are still in place, too.

 

Prasat Muang Tam

 

Prasat Muang Tam

 

Prasat Muang Tam

comments (19)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Aug 2017, 00:22
Superbe décor !
Ray: C'est un bel endroit, Martine.
wonderful ruins Ray... i loved your selfie with Na....petersmile
Ray: I don't normally like staged shots, Peter, but was quite happy with this one.
there's much to see in your post, Ray. those massive blocks must have been positioned using some ingenuous technique. i liked the viewpoint with the serpents and the l shaped reservoir.
Ray: This place is splendid, Ayush...it reminds me a little of Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, India, Ayush...have you been there?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2017, 04:41
These are just incredible place to visit and I think they are lucky with you to be their guide....
Ray: Something for you and Ginnie to look forward to, Astrid.
There seem to be so many of these incredible ruins all around where you live, Ray. I'd be in heaven!
Ray: We seem to be a hub for about 15 of these wonderful ancient sites, Ginnie.
A truly amazing place, Ray - I can see why you like it so much.
Ray: I will be delighted to show it off to you/Frank, Elizabeth.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 18 Aug 2017, 06:27
So beautiful!
Ray: It is a wonderful place, Anne.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2017, 06:41
Such abandoned towns have a special charme - I especially like the imaage showing you and the elegant Na.
Ray: Thank you, Philine...Alan mistook us for carvings depicting ancient royalty, or similar...
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 18 Aug 2017, 06:48
These semi-abandoned worlds are so intriguing
Ray: This city is fully abandoned, Chris, although a modern-day village has grown nearby.
It must have been quite something in its pomp Ray
Ray: I imagine it was a hive of activity, as the social/cultural centre of a quite large city, Bill.
Un lieu chargé d'histoire ...ce lieu est superbe
Bonne journée
Ray: L'un des meilleurs sites Khmer anciens, Claudine, et non loin de notre village.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 18 Aug 2017, 07:41
Good to see you and Na enjoying all this, Ray
Ray: We had a very good time showing off our places to Ben and Naomi, Lisl...you can expect similar attention when you visit.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Aug 2017, 07:53
One can only imagine what it was like in its heyday. I like the two lifesize garden figures in the bottom image.
Ray: Khmer Deities, no doubt!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Aug 2017, 08:28
Magnificent. A wonder the sandstone has survived so long Ray. There air must be fairly clean.
Ray: Some of the sandstone carving retains a lot of detail, even after 900+ years, Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Aug 2017, 12:29
The amazing thing of a place like this, is that there was an architect. Someone who knew what the end state must look like. That person had the vision to direct workers how big and what shape the next block must be. When everything is put together - voila, you have a big building complex.
Ray: Yes...you have hit the very thing that boggles my mind, Louis.

So far as is known, the Khmer didn't have written communication beyond a little bit of stone chiseling...some of these project might have lasted 100 years or more...how the heck did the plan get carried forward...broad and detailed bits!

This place really begs that question.
It's magnificent in its ruinous state so what must have it been like when whole and in use. Nice picture of you and Na.
Ray: One of the best Khmer sites, Brian, and not far from our Village.
Are there guards here or is it just open like it appears. No others around.
Ray: There is a ticket kiosk, at which a disinterested official collects small change from foreigners, Mary. We passed through a team of about 5 gardeners outside the ancient wall. Inside, we had the place to ourselves.

I am guessing there are occasional domestic tourists, and very occasional foreign tour groups, but the place is not really on the Tourist Map.
A fascinating place to visit!!
Ray: It is a brilliant site, Tom.
i have been there as a boy and i recall only brief flashes. i was strongly impressed by the towering gates and monuments there.

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