Thailand: Prasat Hin Phimai

If there is one thing you will never run out seeing anywhere across Thailand, that is finding incredible temples of various kinds.

My recent trip to the Land of Smiles gave me an opportunity to visit one of its northeastern provinces, Nakhon Ratchasima. Upon googling, I have learned that place is home to Thailand’s largest Khmer temples – the Phimai Historical Park or Prasat Hin Phimai.

With over 1,000 meters length and an almost 600 meters width, this rectangular complex houses some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture in the country.

My colleague from Thailand who accompanied me in this quick visit said that the reason why these temples are unique is that they were constructed as a Buddhist temple, even if the Khmer people who built it were Hindu.

Basing it on how it looks like, Phimai’s temple style resembles that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and maybe bit of Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As a travel enthusiast who has a soft spot for ruins, I can not help but be amazed while I walked around its complex. You can feel how much history is embedded among the seemingly fragile walls. I found myself musing and wanting to stay longer.

It was a short visit at this side of Thailand but definitely something I will always remember. True enough, there is beauty in everything… Something ruined included.

Don’t be wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy.

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