Visit Phanom Rung, Thailand

This dramatic example of Khmer architecture stands majestically on the summit of an inactive volcano with views towards Angkor Wat and the Dongrek mountains in Cambodia.

Hindu culture

Phanom Rung was erected as a Hindu monument between the 10th and 13th centuries and later additions to the site were made during Buddhist eras.

There are many impressive design features including a spectacular approach along a 200 metre avenue of pink sandstone pillars capped with lotus-buds to an ornate five-headed naga bridge and an ascent of many steps to the main sanctuary.

The exquisitely carved buildings are aligned so that on the days of the Full Moon in April you can stand at the western entrance and see the rising sun through all fifteen doors.