Very beautiful temples were built in Siam by the Khmers of Angkor. The most magnificient lie along the road south of Isaan: Phimai, Phanom Rung and, on Cambodian territory albeit accessible solely from Thailand, the spectacular Khao Phra Wihaan.
Five rules govern the monks' learning, such as not harming living beings or not taking something that has not been offered.© Manit Larpluechai / 123RF
The temple is home to the emerald statue of Buddha which, despite its modest height of just under 30 inches, is revered by all.© Kasto / 123RF
The Aponsi statue represents a mythical creature, half woman, half lion.© Marco Toninelli / EASYVOYAGE
Buddhists revere the Three Jewels: Buddha, Sangha (monastic order), and Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).© Nattarkorn Chulanutrakul / 123RF
Every temple is adorned with superb paintings and bas-reliefs telling the story of the life of Buddha.© Theerapol Sri-in / 123RF