Photo: The grand approach to Phanom Rung.

Eat and meet

This is not a standout food destination, but those who don’t mind eating at street stalls and hole-in-the-wall shops will do just fine.

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Nang Rong is one town where you’ll be hard-pressed not to venture into the realm of street food, simply because there isn’t much else available. In the late afternoons and evenings, several vendors set up just south of Highway 24 along Highway 348 to sell the standard noodle soup, grilled meats on sticks and Isaan sausages. You’ll also find several open-fronted spots along Highway 24 that specialise in som tam (green papaya salad) with gai yang (grilled chicken) and sticky rice, or whip up made-to-order dishes like krapao muu (wok-fried chopped pork with holy basil, chillies and garlic). Another favourite is khao ka muu, braised pork shanks with rice, which is served by a number of eateries in town.

If you head south out of Honey Inn and take the second left, you’ll find a simple noodle shop with an open-sided dining area overlooking a large lotus pond. Honey Inn itself is also a fine option for a home-cooked Thai meal. Otherwise you could try the air-con restaurants at Akelada or Phanomrungburi hotels, both serving mostly Thai food but with a few Western options. At Phanom Rung Historical Park, a cluster of restaurants set up across the road to satiate the mostly Thai tourists with the usual mix of Isaan food, noodles and made-to-order Chinese-Thai dishes. Most of these have English menus and will be happy to toss you up a plate of pad Thai.

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