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Last August we travelled in Isaan, the rural norht-east of Thailand. These parts see only a tiny, tiny bit of tourism and we found them a joy to discover.

The well preserved artwork and the rural tranquility of the Khmer ruins along the Cambodian border make them wonderful to explore.

And with only a small number of visitors, there's a big chance you will the place for yourselves. My daughter (not the one in the picture) found them a great place for a picnic, and we agreed.

Among the Khmer ruins in Isaan, Phanom Rung, the one on this picture, is probably the most impressive, and the most visited.

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Phanom Rung (Thai: ปราสาทหินพนมรุ้ง) is a Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano at 1,320 feet above sea level, in Buriram province not far from the Cambodian border.

It was built in sandstone and laterite in the 10th to 13th centuries, as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva, and symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling.

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