Prasat Phanom Rung ,The Phanom Rung stone fortress is a Khmer temple set on the rim of an extinct volcano, some 60-km. south of Buriram in Isan province. Prasat Phanom Rung is the biggest, most impressive Khmer temple in Thailand, which was built in the 12th century and took 17 years to restore – a complex work which was administered by the Thai government. It was first open to the public in 1988. Personally, I haven’t visited Angkor in Cambodia, but a friend who accompanied me to Prasat Phanom Rung and previously visited Angkor temples, confirmed that indeed, the site is very impressive.
4 times during the year – the sun’s rays of light pass through the temples’ 15 openings, and if possible, you should plan your visit according to the following dates and hours – during the sunrise, on April 3rd – 5th and
September 8th – 10th; during the sunset, on March 5-7 and October 5-7. Additionally, on the first Saturday of every April, a local festival is held on site. It includes lovely dancing, fireworks and a light-and-sound show.
Driving from Bangkok to Phanom Rung takes about 6 hours and you can include Khorat, Prasat Hin Phimai and Sarasburi in your trip to the area. During our visit, we met a nice group of Thai women who also came to explore the area, and as it turned out, they too came from Bangkok, where they live right next to us. We also saw an extravagant golden Chicken