Though the Phanom Rung Historical Park may not seem like an adventure in the conventional sense, the journey to this magnificent 12th century Khmer Temple, set in the relatively unexplored Isaan Region of northeastern Thailand, is as much an experience as the incredible architectural grounds themselves. The six hour ride from Bangkok to either Nakhon Ratchasima or Nang Rong reveals the beautiful scenery of the Thai countryside as travelers are transported from one population extreme to another. Then it's just a brief early morning or late afternoon cab ride to the meticulously restored and preserved ruins.
Majestically situated atop an extinct volcano near the Cambodian border, Prasat Hin Phanom Rung (its full name) was originally constructed as a Hindu Shrine dedicated to the god Shiva. Sights like its mountain-esque main tower and stone-lotus lined processional walkway give the site an almost mythic quality that is only enhanced by views of the Dangrek Mountains in the distance. Should you happen to be visiting during April, don't miss the chance to check out the Phanom Rung Festival which includes traditional ceremonies and the possibility of overnight camp-outs. You can also use your tickets for entry to the Muang Tam historical site 8km away.
Location:Buri Ram, Thailand