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Top Choice Ruins in Phanom Rung Historical Park

Prasat Phanom Rung

Prasat Phanom Rung has a knock-you-dead location. Crowning the summit of a spent volcano, this sanctuary sits 200m above the paddy fields below. To the southeast you can see Cambodia’s Dongrek Mountains, and it’s in…
Top Choice National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Khao Yai National Park

Cool and lush, Khao Yai National Park is an easy escape into the primordial jungle. The 2168-sq-km park, part of a Unesco World Heritage site, spans five forest types teeming with wildlife. There are good hiking tra…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bueng Kan Province

Wat Phu Thok

With its network of rickety staircases and walkways built in, on and around a giant sandstone outcrop, Wat Phu Thok is one of the region’s wonders. The precarious paths lead past shrines and gù·đì (monk's huts) that…
Top Choice Sculpture in Nong Khai

Sala Kaew Ku

One of Thailand’s most enigmatic attractions, Sala Kaew Ku can't fail to impress. Built over 20 years by Luang Pu Boun Leua Sourirat, a mystic who died in 1996, the park features a weird and wonderful smorgasbord of…
Top Choice Historic Site in Phimai

Phimai Historical Park

Prasat Phimai is one of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand, both in its grand scale and its intricate details. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings feature many Hindu deities, and many d…
Top Choice Ruins in Phanom Rung Historical Park

Prasat Muang Tam

In the little village of Khok Meuang, the restored Khmer temple of Prasat Muang Tam is an ideal bolt-on to any visit to Phanom Rung, which is only 8km to the northwest. Dating back to the late 10th or early 11th cen…
Top Choice Lake in Udon Thani Province

Red Lotus Sea

You'll see pictures of the Red Lotus Sea (really, it's a pink water lily lake) all over Udon as it's now one of Isan's top attractions, but few Westerners make it there. You need to hire a boat (300B to 500B for up …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Roi Et

Wat Pa Non Sawan

Wat Pa Non Sawan is home to hundreds of colourful sculptures ranging from merely peculiar to ‘what the…?!’ Whether it’s the immense dragons, waving turtles, Hindu gods, gruesome scenes of hell or the lonely polar be…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Wat Lan Khuat

Officially it’s Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaeo, but these days nearly everyone calls it Wat Lan Khuat, the ‘Million Bottle Temple’. In 1982 the abbot dreamt of a þrah·sàht in heaven made of diamonds and gems. Realising that…
Top Choice Forest in Suan Hin Pha Ngam

Suan Sawan

A more adventurous destination than the famous Suan Hin Pha Ngam. The walking path through 'Heavenly Garden' requires a little climbing over rocks and through some caves and it crosses several metal walkways. At the…