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    Who is the temple expert on here?

    My son who is into old temples wonders what there is in in Isaan. He is going to Sukothai but would like me to drive up and meet him somewhere in Isaan.

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    So i guess he'll know about Mahathat in Sukothai.



    The best one I saw last year was a Khmer temple near Buriram, up high with superb views. Luigi has some great photos of the place

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    Phanom Rung it was called



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    Who is the temple expert on here?
    Wat do you wanna know?

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    ^ he wants to know where the best soapies are

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    On Rachadapisek. Next question?

    Need to know if there are any ruins of note in Isaan.

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    Top sights in Northeastern Thailand

    Prasat Phanom Rung. Phanom Rung Historical Park.
    Khao Yai National Park. Nakhon Ratchasima Province.
    Wat Phu Thok. Bueng Kan Province.
    Sala Kaew Ku. Nong Khai.
    Phimai Historical Park. Phimai.
    Prasat Muang Tam. Phanom Rung Historical Park.
    Red Lotus Sea. Udon Thani Province.
    Wat Pa Non Sawan. Roi Et.

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailan...stern-thailand

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    He is an archaeologist with a master's in GIS from University College so more intellectual than I am. So looks a bit more deeply into stuff (if you pardon the pun). I'm sure he can find Lonely Planet by himself.

    I told him no more than a day in a dusty Isaan village is about as much as I can take.

    So anything like the Sukothai one pictured about but in Isaan. I have sent him Phanom Rung that is about 180kms from the Trouble's family dust bowl.
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    Are you driving up from Bangkok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Wat do you wanna know?
    Our best Temple expert is our resident Fluke, he's a Temple guardian.

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    Not too many replies. I guess it's just me who came for the temples

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    One of the most atmospheric and best preserved temples in Thailand is Wat Phra That temple complex just outside Lamphang......not Esaan I know, but well worth the lengthy detour.

    Founded in the 13th century and well preserved, with mostly 14th and 15th century structures and beautifully walled and gated, this should be top of anyones list of temples to visit.

    Best early morning before the tour buses arrive, and even better with a backdrop of roiling dark grey stormclouds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    My son who is into old temples wonders what there is in in Isaan. He is going to Sukothai but would like me to drive up and meet him somewhere in Isaan.
    Ken Mays (as I recall) is an American guy who researched old temples that lived in Ayutthaya and has published books about his discoveries. Maybe AO would know how to contact him.

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    The temples up north aren't as good as in the south, hardly any abortions, meth or sodomy to speak of.

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    ++ on Ayutthaya, lots of temples. There's also a boat/river tour there. Take the tour during late afternoon, so that there's a nice breeze. I did that a few years ago (the late afternoon boat tour), then had dinner at a night market. Happy times.

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    Not Quite Isaan but on the way the Kamphaeng Phet historical park is sans pareil , If you wish to see a real ruin in Kalasin I may be open to visitors

    https://www.renown-travel.com/histor...t/temples.html

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    I might suggest that the OP perform his own alternative searches [which is not a difficult task], as there's no intelligent or practical assistance here from this bunch.

    Oh dear, whatta buncha numphies.

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    ^ did you ever find out the going rate for a short time in Surin , jeff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    did you ever find out the going rate for a short time in Surin , jeff?
    Are you inquiring about his prices or market prices?

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    Found Wat Burapha Ku Ka Sing , Amphoe Kaset Wisai, Roi Et,

    I've sent that info as a sample.

    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    once you've seen one heap of red bricks you've seen em all
    These are mostly my sentiments.

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    Don't forget Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew in Sisaket, built entirely from Chang and Heineken bottles.




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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    once you've seen one heap of red bricks you've seen em all
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    These are mostly my sentiments.
    Barbarians!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Found Wat Burapha Ku Ka Sing , Amphoe Kaset Wisai, Roi Et
    Worth a visit. Watch out for nasty aggresive monkeys.

    If you are driving up to Isaan this is worth a visit. It's just north of korat city.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phimai_Historical_Park

    This is relitively new but spectacular. Worth a look.
    https://www.renown-travel.com/temple...i-mongkol.html

    Isaan is littered with Khmer ruins. Most have been left to deteriorate unfortunately. Thais are not too keen on preserving Khmer ruins. Hard for them to admit that most of modern day Thailand was once part of the Khmer empire.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post

    Isaan is littered with Khmer ruins. Most have been left to deteriorate unfortunately. Thais are not too keen on preserving Khmer ruins. Hard for them to admit that most of modern day Thailand was once part of the Khmer empire.
    ....and to a lesser extent of influence - dress, cuisine, customs, architectural design, linguistic form, arts, etc. Strong argument could be made that a Lao/Khmer mix of influential contributions to a modern Thai cultural diaspora and the like.

    Even the most revered and honoured historical and architectural landscapes of Ayuttaya, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Lopuri, et al are quite Khmer.

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