Photo: This minor site probably served as a stop off for travellers heading from Angkor to Phimai.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan

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Receiving far less attention than its big sister up in Phimai, Prasat Hin Phanom Wan is an ancient Khmer sanctuary located in a tranquil spot near Khorat city. Believed to hail from the 11th century, the minor site probably served as a stop off for travellers heading from Angkor to Phimai.

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Rimmed by a square-shaped laterite wall with four gorupa entrances, the main sandstone structure includes a corridor with circular rivets in the window pillars that mimic the graceful style found in Phimai. While it was originally a Hindu sanctuary, several stone Buddha images that were added later look haunting when sunlight flows inside.

Its free of charge and usually empty of visitors; why not spin by? Photo taken in or around Prasat Hin Phanom Wan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand by David Luekens.

Its free of charge and usually empty of visitors; why not spin by? Photo: David Luekens

The centerpiece is a large prang with multiple tiers rising to a lotus-shaped finial. Nearly all of this structure appears to have been added during fairly recent restorations -- clean white stone, as opposed to the original brown or red, makes it easy to see which blocks are original. Only shadows of detail can be seen on a few lintels and ornaments placed around some of the doorways.

Details, details. Photo taken in or around Prasat Hin Phanom Wan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand by David Luekens.

Details, details. Photo: David Luekens

While it’s not nearly impressive as Phimai or Phanom Rung, Phanom Wan is free of charge and usually empty of visitors. The complex sprawls beside a forest and near some large lotus ponds in the tiny village of Ban Makha, making for a serene ... Travelfish members only (Around 100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Prasat Hin Phanom Wan is located 18 km northeast of downtown Khorat. Take Route 2 north out of town and look for white signs pointing right (southeast) a couple of km after passing the junction with Highway 204. From here it’s a straight five-km cruise to the complex, which is located across the road from Wat Nong Chok. It’s also possible to take a back way here from the south of Khorat via Highway 226, followed by a left turn.

Alternately you could head to Bus Terminal 1 in Khorat and catch a songthaew to Wat Long Tong and then take a motorbike taxi to the ruins. Expect to pay around 400 baht for a round trip by taxi or tuk tuk from Khorat.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan
18 km northeast of downtown Khorat, Nakhon Ratchasima province

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