Ta Muen Thom
Another breathtaking site is the late 11th century temple of Ta Muen Thom, reachable through the south of Surin province. It's actually a very long drive down here but very worthwhile. The temple itself is located on the border with Cambodia and sits in dense forest, which we realized when we ran into a forest snake. Unfortunately the Khmer Rouge had badly butchered the temples carvings and sold them during the 1980's. Several items make this temple a very special one. One being the existence of a natural rock linga. Unfortunately also this temple has joined the list of disputed temples between the Cambodians and the Thai in the summer of 2008 when Khao Phra Viharn or Preah Vihear became a Cambodian World Heritage Site.