Nang Rong

The Phanom Rung Hindu temple was built in the 10th to 13th centuries and dedicated to Shiva

Nang Rong (นางรอง) is a town in the Isaan region of Thailand.

Understand

Nang Rong is in no way itself a tourist destination, it is simply the nearest town to the Phanom Rung Historical Park and a convenient base for visiting the temples. That said, this perfectly normal Thai town's general lack of tourism makes it an interesting example of the elusive "real" Thailand.

Get in

The bus station has fairly frequent services to Bangkok's Mo Chit (northern) bus terminal. Buses also run south to Chantaburi via the border town of Aranyaprathet. The major towns of southern Isaan—Buriram, Korat, Si Saket, and Ubon Ratchathani—are all connected to Nang Rong by bus.

Get around

The tuk-tuk and motorbike drivers at the bus station are merciless with the few tourists that do show up and will not accept a reasonable fare for a short trip in the town. Fortunately, Nang Rong is small and if you know where you're going you can walk. Even more fortunately, in the bus station there are several boards that give information about the town and the region, one of these boards has a plan of the town with accommodation marked.

See

A discounted ticket can be bought for both sites for 150 baht.

Do

Rent a motorbike at Honey Inn and go for a country drive. The roads are in excellent condition. The drive up the hill to the temple has some brilliant viewing points. Isaan is poor and neglected region, so detour through the countryside and see rural Thailand. Arrange an early start and head out at dawn to avoid the scorching sun and tourist buses. Free maps and directions (enough to get you to the temples) are available at Honey Inn.

Buy

There's not much but there is at least a 7-Eleven.

Eat

There's a smattering of cheap, pleasant, nondescript eateries. You won't starve.

Sleep

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