The walkway leading to Phanom Rung
Speaking of historical places in Thailand, Ayutthaya or Sukhothai are well-known, but in the Isan region there are also many historical places. I myself started having an interest in historical places after I saw the ruins of Phimai when I was in my late twenties. Around the same time, I went aimlessly to Buriram, and I saw a picture of Phanom Rung at the reception of the hotel. It was too beautiful to pass through, so I wanted to go there. But unfortunately it was located very far from Buriram city. The hotel clerk said that if I go there, I had to spend the whole day, so I passed up on going there that time.
After a few years, I went to Buriram again. That time, I had enough time, so I chartered a motorcycle taxi for the whole day to go around Phanom Rung. It cost only 350B, but it was too far for the motorcycle taxi to get there. On top on that, that was during the hottest season in Thailand. Eventually, I could get there, but it was such a hard way, so I didn’t remember anything about it.
A few years later again, I had an opportunity to stop by Phanom Rung on my way back to Bangkok from Surin, but unfortunately that was in the middle of traveling with my family. When I was with them, I can’t take any pictures because if I take a picture, they blame me for slowing me down. That’s why I only had a disposable camera that time. It was really a waste of time.
Then just six years ago from now, I went to Khorat to see the Phimai Historical Park. But unfortunately, the day I went to Phimai was really cloudy, so I didn’t have very much fun. However, the next morning, the weather was really good, so I decided to go to the Phanom Rung Historical Park. I asked the hotel clerk if I can charter a driver, and they called a driver for me. It cost 2,500B. It was not too expensive because it took about 2 hours to go one way, and I wanted to stay there for about 3 hours, so it was the fare for almost the whole day.
I wanted to write that finally, I could take pictures of Phanom Rung Historical Park, but I guess I wrote too many unnecessary memories again, so I’m going to write about there more some other time. Those are pictures of the walkway leading to Phanom Rung. This temple was build facing eastward, so if you go there in the afternoon, it will be backlit. If you want to take pictures of these ruins from the front, you might want to go there in the morning.