2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Day 15

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos, 16 Nov - 10 Dec 2015 (25days)
Phra That Ruang Rong, Si Saket is known as a temple of fun.
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

On day 15 in the morning we visited Phrathat Ruang Rong, Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi and Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai to the north of Si Sa Ket by taxi.

In the afternoon at 1.30pm we took the train to Buri Ram arriving at 4.20pm. Buri Ram is known as City of Stone Sanctuaries and volcanic mountains. We stayed at Kasoin Place. We had good dinner at Tee Pak2 restaurant located opposite Thanachart Bank, was strongly recommended by local.

Sleeping at Kesorn Place, Buri Ram with breakfast.

This Phra That Ruang Rong is located 8km northwest outside Si Saket.

The main building and its 49 meters high stupa is covered with paintings of tourist attractions of Si Saket province. From the top you have a panoramic view of the surroundings.






















Over-sized animal statues, the horse serves as gate, you can walk underneath its belly.


It has a large complex with an extensive museum and some eye-popping statuary.

In Si Saket Phrathat Rueang Rong's architecture is the gracefully blending of art from 4 ethnic groups, namely Lao, Suai, Khmer & Yer. The Buddha relic is housed at the top floor.



Plenty of surprising statues in the temple like a chariot drawn by two oxen.




The central feature is a 6-storey structure that gets increasingly narrow as you step upwards to a relic-enshrining spire on the rooftop, where you can take in views of the surrounding rice paddy.

The first floor displays painted series of murals, including a few showing minions of Yama, lord of death, prodding and torching the karmically challenged in a Buddhist hell realm.

A museum occupies the first and second floors.

The third floor is an image hall; a meditation room occupies the fourth floor. Relics of the lord Buddha are housed on the top floor, which also serves as a beautiful scenic viewpoint.





A larger than life elephant statue raising its trunk above life-size depictions of Thai military officers in uniform.

Another surprising statue.


Another surprising statue.


Under a pavilion in a corner of the grounds, a large Buddha is seen lying flat on his back and I think it was the only one we can recall seeing in Thailand.






The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi. It is thought that the structure was erected around the 10th Century during the reign of King Suriyaworaman, one of the great Khmer rulers. It was originally a shrine dedicated to Shiva.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.


Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai is the largest and best-preserved Khmer temple complex in Si Sa Ket. It’s main structure features three stupas on the same base made of brick and sandstone.


The huge gong next to an even bigger sculpture of Luang Phor Krueng.

Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi - The stupa was previously decorated with a Varun God (a rain god) stone lintel, sitting on a throne above three swans.
To the right of Khmer ruins, there is a platform with the imposing statue of a monk, Luang Phor Krueng in mediation.



When the temple was built in the 11th century, it was at first used for religious purposes. Two hundred years later, under the reign of King Chaya Varaman VII, it was revised, and Bayon architectural details were added.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai.

The Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai.

Located in Uthumphon Phisai 24 kilometers from Sisaket, the temple is a mixture between a ruined Baphuon style Khmer temple dating from the 11th century, the largest and most comprehensive in the Province.
Chew Leng Soon at the Khmer ruins at Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai.

The modern Wihaan and in front of the remains of the Khmer temple Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

The modern Wihaan and in front of the remains of the Khmer temple Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.




Sleeping at Kesorn Place, Buri Ram.

We had good dinner at Tee Pak2 restaurant located opposite Thanachart Bank, was strongly recommended by local in Buri Ram.




Sleeping at Kesorn Place, Buri Ram.


Click below to view:
Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)
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