Visit the Khmer Ruins @ Panom Wan

Here are some aerial views of Wat Panom Wan, stunning and quiet ancient Khmer ruins only 15km northeast of Korat city.

Prasat Phanom Wan was built during the 10-11th century. Initially it was a temple for Shiva, but it is now full of Buddha images and there is a large Buddha statue in the main chamber that is well kept. The temple is very similar to the one in Phimai, but there are far fewer visitors (if any) and there is no entrance fee. The lawns are well kept and can be walked on when it has not been raining heavily.

It's a very pleasant half day trip from Korat city and is quite easy to find by motorbike or car. An hour or looking around taking photos should be long enough. The temple has been renovated and offers a good opportunity to take photos without having lots of people in the background. The main building is a replica or Angkor and Phimai, with the similar tall decorated tower rising up in the Isan countryside. There are several other Khmer ruins in the area that are worth trying to find too.

When you are done with the heat and taking photos, there is also a very nice Isan restaurant just a few minutes drive away on the side of a large pond called So Jeng.

Panom Wan info

Directions: Head past Joho flyover on Highway 2 and turn right down some country lanes. All in all about 25 minute drive. GPS coordinates below are better than any directions I could give.

Open: People are most often there from 9:00am until 10:00pm according to Google. 11:00am-1:00pm is the busiest time.

GPS coordinates: 15.029494, 102.194146

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