When my parents came over, we wanted to take them somewhere where they hadn’t been. This was their fourth visit to the kingdom. We decided to take them to Buriram. Buriram means the ‘city of happiness.’ Buriram is located at the southern end of the Khorat plateau. This area is also home to some extinct volcanoes. 

I knew very little of the place except that the Khmer Empire was once dominant in this area and it was this fact that attracted us to this area. I knew my parents were interested in history too.

So, after Christmas, we set off. The flight from Don Mueang took around about an hour. We’d hired a car to make travelling around much more accessible. We had from the 26 December to the 30 December to make the most of it.

Prasat Phanom Rung

My mum, dad, wife (Annie) and myself.

The first place we visited was Prasat Phanom Rung. The complex was built between the 10th and the 13th centuries. This is a Hindu Khmer Empire temple.

Prasat Phnom Rung

This looked like an almost complete complex. The exquisite architecture was almost still complete. Many of the lintels were in excellent condition, so were the nagas.

The front of the temple

The temperature was too hot for my parents. They were both 77 years old. They for most of our tour they stayed in the shade. Both were not too clever on their legs. We had purchased a wheelchair for my mum. My dad reluctantly walked around before either the temperature got too much for him or before his legs began to ache.

Annie and I
Looking through the doorways.

There was certainly lots to see there. Ruins, like all ruins, are fascinating to see. Many of the places where I imagined the windows to have been had all been bricked up. Much of the stonework looked to be balancing there precariously.

The Gardens
The Allee Processionelle

I took my photographs, as usual, trying to get a fantastic viewpoint. The Allee Processionelle was excellent and so was the Escalier inferieur. Thailand had really done a grand job attempting to preserve these ruins as they had done.

The stonework
The lintels
A nagas

The Prasat Muang Tam  

We visited this temple on the same day as the previous one. We knew the time would be tight.

Prasat Muang Tam

The Prasat Muang Tam temple complex was built in the Khleang and Baphuon styles, in the 10th and early 11th century. Shiva and Vishnu were worshipped there.

The front of the temple

To me, this was more interesting than the previous ancient temple, precisely because it was what I was expecting.

A beautiful view of some ornate lintels

Again, I attempted to get photographs, trying to get everything central and balanced. With archways after archways, this was quite easy to achieve.

A beautiful courtyard

The ruins could be quite haunting at times. It was hard to perceive what these temples might have actually looked like in their day.

Annie enjoying herself

Annie (my wife) always took a great photograph. Again, like Prasat Phanom Rung temple complex, the lintels were in excellent condition considering their age.

A room with a view

Khao Phra Angkhan

Khao Kradong Volcano Forest Park

Later we travelled to Khao Phra Angkhan. Khao Phra Angkhan is the site of an extinct volcano. It was this reason that attracted us to this place. I knew, like many people know that there are no active volcanoes in Thailand.

Part of the Wat Khao Anghan

At this site, there was the attractive Wat Khao Angkhan. This was a delightful 50-year-old red-clay building with an ordination hall which has a khmer style gateway leading up to a Sri Lankan style bell-shaped chedis.

Large seated Buddha images.

The complex is surrounded by large seated Buddha images.

We arrived here. Yes, it was a quiet place. The Wat Khao Angkhan itself was a beautiful building. My dad was tired by this time. My mum was still eager to look around.

This is probably my best picture

Again, I went off in an attempt to take some extraordinary photography. After wandering around the temple, I went off to look at the crater. Where I presumed it should have been was just a small looking pond.

The crator of the exstinct volcano

There was a footbridge there, made out of cables. This swayed from side to side as you walked on it. The views from up there were excellent. They would have been better if it had not been for the haze, or was that smog.

The footbridge

Later, just before we headed back to our resort, we went to see traditional silk weaving. This was interesting, especially when I come from the part of the world-famous for its weaving.

A traditional thai weaver
Thai woven textiles
Annie buying silks

There is not much really that can beat Huddersfield Fine Worsteds. The weaving here was slow and cumbersome. The weaver confirmed that she got 300 baht (£6) a week for her work. My dad bought a silk shirt which looked nice on him. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any in my size.

The video of the temple complexes at Buri Ram