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    A trip to Phanom Rung and Korat

    There are already a couple of threads on Phanom Rung so for those interested here are the links :

    http://teakdoor.com/thailands-wats-t...e-temples.html (Buriram province temples)

    http://teakdoor.com/thailands-travel...ical-park.html (Phanom Rung historical park)

    Since you can have too much of a good thing I'll try not to post too many repeat photos but there are sure to be a few.

    I had to make the trip as we had family business to attend to in Nang Rong which is the nearest town to Phanom Rung historical park.
    Arriving late afternoon we checked out a few ' resorts ' before settling on
    ' Ruan Nang Rong Resort ' . This place cost us 400 baht for the night although they also have 300 baht rooms ( no fridge ) and 500 baht rooms ( with bath )





    We managed to get a quiet room at the back of the complex which was nothing special but clean and quiet with a comfortable bed.







    Nang Rong itself is a nice little town and there is a big choice of accomodation and eateries to chose from. They have gone a bit overboard with the word
    ' resort ' though. Even short time hotels are called resorts here so don't expect too much.

    For a list of alternative accomodation :

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    So......up late the next morning it was a short drive to Phanom Rung




    These sort of places are always best seen midweek if you want to avoid the crowds.













    Great views of the plain below.




    The central prang.




    A before and after shot of the damage done by thieves.







    The inner courtyard







    The Royal walkway












    The royal pavilion is to the right as you come up from the main car park






    I tried to make an HD video of the place but it didn't come out too good. I'll have to read the manual to get the best results in future.




    After about an hour here we headed out for Korat where I wanted to check out the town and look at some property.


    We took a drive around the old part of the city and noticed this place opposite the night market. Didn't stay but the price tag of 500 baht seemed fair for the location.











    Ms Bangyai wanted to shop so we parked up and took a look at the night bazaar. Pretty feeble night market as these things go. Most people go to the Save One market outside town but it was time to eat so we sat down here.



    I wouldn't give it the thumbs up. Ms Bangyai wanted the salmon steak which was 180 baht and came without any salad or fries which had to be ordered at an addition charge of 120 baht. Not good. In a sulk I had the American fried rice for 65 baht which was lot better value.

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    Nice photos mate.A mate's missus comes from korat,she's a top girl.Never been there myself.
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    Leaving the city centre we finaly found this place for 500 baht a night including a full breakfast for 2.











    Rooms were fully equiped and very clean. Just a short walk from the hotel was a small night market where we sat people watching over a couple of Leo's at a cheap 45 baht for a big bottle. A very nice way to end the day.








    For a nightcap we ordered up two cups of tea room at a roomservice price of 20 baht. I was very impressed. No silly little half full cup with tepid water but two full mugs with hot tea.




    Luckily there was also a 7/11 out the back so I already had the biscuits.

    Next day we looked at a few places for sale but prices were hardly cheaper than Bangkok if you want to be near the city. Here's an example of what 1.8 million will get you. A 3 bedroomed bungalow on 58 dtarang wa. Nothing special but we'll go again and keep looking.




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    I've been there and its a real nice vibe walking around the well looked after grounds.

    Closest thing one will get to Angkor Wat in Thailand and some awesome architecture.

    Some nice pics there matey.

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    Thanks for that, Bangyai.

    It capture exactly what I used to like about up country Thailand (I still do, I'm just not there any more).

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    Thanks for the writeup. Looking forward to being there ourselves in two weeks time!

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    Been there a few times me self, the girlfriend seems to be hooked on the place, i like the view of the plains below, and good to see it well looked after with not too much rubbish everywhere

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    I love these photos of old Khmer temples.
    What I have never understood is why the stonemasons did not know about the arch,
    which is why the corridors are always so narrow.
    If the Romans in 100AD knew how to make stone arches like at the Pont du Gard,
    you would have thought the invention would have reached the far east by 1000AD.
    Maybe the Christians managed to suppress the heresy.
    But no. Everywhere one sees these large stone lintels over the doorways.
    They did not seem to know that stone like concrete is very weak in tension
    but very strong in compression.
    But still the stonemasons did well. What they created are very beautiful.
    Thank you for posting.
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    The Khymer's used a "Corballed" Arch; which one sees [at] many 11th century Khymer Temple structures like Angkor Wat. Basically stacked rectangular slabs of carved rock. This method also requires relatively narrow passageways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnski12 View Post
    The Khymer's used a "Corballed" Arch; which one sees [at] many 11th century Khymer Temple structures like Angkor Wat. Basically stacked rectangular slabs of carved rock. This method also requires relatively narrow passageways.
    The Khmers weren't the best engineers and didn't for example do good foundations, which is why so many of their structures have settled and collapsed. Top marks for trying though!

    Your pics of Khao Phnom Rong are superb and remarkable for the absence of people. I love the more romantic temple of Muang Tam at the bottom of the hill, surrounded by water, which offers great opportunities for the camera..

    It's so sad that the greatest jewel, Khao Phra Viharn, is indefinitely closed.

    Andrew

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    I's open. You have to go there from Cambodia, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnski12 View Post
    The Khymer's used a "Corballed" Arch; which one sees [at] many 11th century Khymer Temple structures like Angkor Wat. Basically stacked rectangular slabs of carved rock. This method also requires relatively narrow passageways.

    Like this you mean from inside the main prang. Hard to make out original work from repair but you get the idea of the false arch the Khmer used. Won't be too hard on them though as early Egyptian architecture was noticibly short of arches I seem to recall yet they still left some outstanding monuments.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Hicks View Post

    Your pics of Khao Phnom Rong are superb and remarkable for the absence of people.
    Just go to these places midweek and miss the crowds.

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    If your thinking of buying in Korat, have a look at Home Garden bypass in JOHO. Excellent housing development. We designed our home and after we finished everything, including Aluminum windows, a western kitchen, and a Thai kitchen, laundry outlet etc, the total cost was about 1.656. Financing is available.
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    Cor I,m up in sunny Scotland now mate but I can feel the heat looking at those lovely pics of yours . I just love the old weathered colours in the temples stone ,, when I get retired I shall be spending many hours recording some of these with my paint brushes
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryofthailand View Post
    If your thinking of buying in Korat, have a look at Home Garden bypass in JOHO. Excellent housing development. We designed our home and after we finished everything, including Aluminum windows, a western kitchen, and a Thai kitchen, laundry outlet etc, the total cost was about 1.656. Financing is available.
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    Thanks. I might be up there again in a couple of months and will check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pol the Pot
    I's open. You have to go there from Cambodia, that's all.
    RU sure about that? Given the petulance of the Thai side in this matter, I'd be quite happy to cross the border from Sisaket and enter Vihear from the Cambo side. I only live in Ubon.

    Phanom Rung knocks spots off PhiMai imo, because of it's elevated position and the beauty of the surrounding area- I'd like to go back and check out the surrounds more.
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    I'll check, but it was open throughout since 2008. On the days that there was shooting or the PM's wife came to do magic it was closed though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post

    Phanom Rung knocks spots off PhiMai imo, because of it's elevated position and the beauty of the surrounding area- I'd like to go back and check out the surrounds more

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    Agreed on that. Been to both and Phanom Rung is better. First time I went to Phimai 30 years back it hadn't yet had much attention from the fine arts department and there were heaps of stones lying around waiting to be rebuilt.
    Only one hotel in the town and getting anything to eat was almost impossible.

    Times change.

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    Glitch with Youtube video link. Now sorted :


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    Any idea what a rai on the main road near Tesco in Korat was going for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    Any idea what a rai on the main road near Tesco in Korat was going for?
    Sorry no but if you put the same question on this Korat Forum I'm sure someone will be able to answer :

    Forum About Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) in Isaan Thailand

    or you can try this website for selling property to give you some idea. Its in Thai but relatively easy to navigate.

    ????? ?????????? ??????????? - DDproperty.com | ??????? ?????????? ????????????? ??????? ???????????

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    wow thanks for the link to ddproperty, I've been looking for decent real estate sites but I could only find things in the touristy parts.

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    I'm a newbie,but I'm very impressed with the various stff posted on Teak door. Many thanks to all the people who make the effort to send photo's and videos
    to TD to entertain and educate all members.Great stuff, keep up the good
    work everyone. Jay551.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay551 View Post
    I'm a newbie,but I'm very impressed with the various stff posted on Teak door. Many thanks to all the people who make the effort to send photo's and videos
    to TD to entertain and educate all members.Great stuff, keep up the good
    work everyone. Jay551.

    Thanks for kind words Jay. As you say, a lot of good stuff in the archives. Take a good look in there and you will indeed find a wealth of good information.

    Oh yes, and welcome to TD.

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