GPS = 14.3515262,103.260501

Lat/Long = 14°20'57”N, 103°16'00"E


This is the third and largest of three temples in this area along Hwy. 2407 which ends at the Cambodian border.  This temple appears to be fairly popular so you can expect to encounter dozens of Thai people taking selfies.  It's located about 200 meters to the south of Prasat Ta Muean Tot next to a stream that effectively forms the border between Cambodia and Thailand.  Soldiers and military bunkers are stationed around the entrance to the site.  Visitors have to give their temporary ID card obtained at a checkpoint along the road to a soldier at a guard booth before entering the site.  It should be noted that there was active fighting between the Thai and Cambodian forces literally inside the temple not long ago.  Google Maps indicates this site is entirely inside Cambodia but that doesn't appear to be the case when approaching from the Thai side of the border.  A tall sandstone wall surrounds the site on three sides.  There are three central stupas and a couple of other structures, including a strange lopsided tower that may have been a “face tower” with a bust of Jayavarman VII at one time.  An entrance through the wall closest to the parking lot passes through a set of antechambers.  For some reason there is no wall on the side of the site closest to the stream.  Steep laterite stairs lead down to the stream on that side of the site but the soldiers will prevent you from venturing past the bottom of the steps because you would be entering Cambodia if you did so.  Most of the structures at the site are made of sandstone since that material is found in abundance all around this area.  Many of the surfaces on the structures have typical Khmer bas relief carvings, some of which are quite complex and appear to be originals.  As with most of the larger sites in Thailand, there has been a fair amount of reconstruction but it's easy to imagine that almost every structure would have been covered with carved surfaces.  Google Maps has over 200 photos of this site.


Prasat Ta Muean Thom

(Ta Moan Thom)