12/2010 - Thailand, Ubon Ratchathani and surroundings

3-days trip to Thailand visiting the city of Ubon Ratchathani and its surroundings which the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, the site of Pha taem with the “Cave of the oxen” ( Tham Wua ) and the ” cave of  people ” (Tham Khon ), the Khmer temple in Baphoun -style called Wat Sa Pand Kham Yai . Finally, the Buddhist temple of the Mahayana Bhuddismsect.

After the visit in Laos, we passed from Thailand to return to Italy via Bangkok .

We took the opportunity to visit the city of Ubon Ratchathani and, in particular, its important surroundings. We began by visiting the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park located in the highest part of a hill from which we could enjoy great views of the below Mekong River.

The main feature of the park is its rock formations similar to mushrooms comparable to the “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia.

In the lower part of the park (Pha taem), in two places called “cave of the oxen” (Tham Wua) and “cave of people” (Tham Khon), we could admire numerous cave paintings that date back to over six thousand years ago.

We made a visit to the big Khmer temple , dating back to the 11th century , built in  Baphoun -style , whose name is Wat Sa Kham Yai Pand .

The complex consists of six buildings , including the main sanctuary .

Around the thirteenth century it was built the Buddhist temple belonging to the Mahayana Bhuddism sect.

It is a beautiful building , particularly the offering Hall. Next to the temple there is the monastery of the monks. I would like to draw the attention of my readers to the monk who was knitting.