Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

25

Nov
2021

Khorat Plateau

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Though one of the most infertile areas of Thailand, and home to the nation’s poorest people, the Khorat Plateau is rich in culture and historic sites from the days when the Khmer Empire held sway over the region. The people are welcoming, the cuisine fiery hot, often served with glutinous rice and raw vegetables, and the silk and cotton handicrafts are exquisite.

The vast, sandstone Khorat Plateau dominates the Northeast, a region that the Thais call Isan. The plateau, which is about 660 ft (200 m) above sea level, takes up almost a third of Thailand’s land mass and is home to about a third of the population. The uneven rainfall of the region causes both floods and droughts and permits the cultivation of only one rice crop per year. As a result there is much rural poverty. Although few tourists visit the region, there is much of historical interest to be discovered. To the north, at Ban Chiang, lies a site that has revolutionized archaeologists’ views of prehistoric Southeast Asia. The Northeast is now thought to be one of the first areas in the world where rice growing, bronze making, and silk weaving were pioneered. Silk production has flourished again since the mid-20th century, and visitors are drawn to modern-day weaving villages where a wide range of silk and cotton goods are sold. In the 9th century AD, the Khorat Plateau came under Cam bodian control, which was to endure until the end of the 13th century. It was during this period that the region’s splendid Khmer temples were built. The magnificent stone temples at Phnom Rung and Phimai, which once stood on a road linking the plateau with the Khmer capital of Angkor, have now been evocatively restored

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