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Ray's Thai Tours #13

Prasat Phanom Rung is the Palace on the hill just a few kilometres NW of Muang Tam, to which I introduced you a couple of days back.

 

It is very tourist-oriented, with quite a lot of souvenir stalls on the walk from the large buspark to the steps and promenade to the main buildings. Phanom Rung has been extensively renovated, and the result is an impressive site. There are enough of the original, ornately carved, sandstone blocks to illustrate what a wondrous place this must have been 900+ years ago. Despite the possibility of being caught in a writhing mass of selfie-stick wielding tour groups, it is worth a visit.

 

Ben and Naomi interacted with the locals.

 

 Phanom Rung

Phanom Rung

Ray's Thai Tours #13

Prasat Phanom Rung is the Palace on the hill just a few kilometres NW of Muang Tam, to which I introduced you a couple of days back.

 

It is very tourist-oriented, with quite a lot of souvenir stalls on the walk from the large buspark to the steps and promenade to the main buildings. Phanom Rung has been extensively renovated, and the result is an impressive site. There are enough of the original, ornately carved, sandstone blocks to illustrate what a wondrous place this must have been 900+ years ago. Despite the possibility of being caught in a writhing mass of selfie-stick wielding tour groups, it is worth a visit.

 

Ben and Naomi interacted with the locals.

 

 Phanom Rung

Phanom Rung

comments (11)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2017, 00:43
Wonderful interactions make the photos work!
Ray: I normally steer well away from shots like this, Beth, but felt they worked this time. Thank you for your encouraging comment.
Great photo's of "the kids", Ray!
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth. It was an excellent visit.
i am quite fascinated by the pieces on the lintel and above it, Ray.
Ray: There is a lot of elaborate carving on the Phanom Rung antiquities, Ayush.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Aug 2017, 07:04
Ben & Naomi were luck to have the services of such an elevated guide as yourself
Ray: It is easy to offer assistance to folks who are genuinely interested in the subject matter, Chris.

When are you planning to visit? smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Aug 2017, 07:07
a gorgeous palace - and the statues are welcoming Ben and Naomi (a beauty).
Ray: It is a lovely place, Philine, although not on my list of favourites.
Quel plaisir de decouvrir de tels endroits ou l'histoire passée est encore bien présente
Merci
Ray: L'histoire du Royaume Khmer avancé, il y a 1000 ans, est mal documentée, Claudine, mais notre maison est entourée d'un site comme celui-ci.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Aug 2017, 07:23
You could make a fine living by becoming a Tour Guide. In between cultural stops, your could play the Underpant song on the coach.
Ray: Tour Guiding is a protected occupation in Thailand, Alan...licenses available only to Thai Natives.
There is a place for selfie sticks...but it is painful
Ray: Yes...no bicycle riding after that surgical procedure, Bill.
Interacting with the natives is becoming a family tradition.
Ray: In my opinion, Mary, an important aspect of Tourism.
One just wonders how they managed to build such places 900+ years ago.
Ray: This thought comes to me every time I visit a place like this, Brian.
That building seems to be in a remarkable state of preservation!
Ray: There has been some preservation work done, Tom, but the carved stones are all originals.

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