Angkor Hot Springs, Mae Chedi Mai, Northern Thailand, August 2019

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HughieD

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Possibly the most surreal place I’ve even looked around. No real history to this place. It’s pretty modern so not that surprising. Came across it when we were driving south from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. It just loomed up to our right. It was pretty surreal to see a Khmer style temple appear out of nowhere. Stretched for time we didn’t stop. Not to worry though as we were going to be passing back this way three days later. So, on the journey home we stopped at the hot spring’s village of Mae Chedi Mai. We made a beeline for this place. Entry was dead easy, and it has taken on a real sense of curiosity for those passing through. Despite no info, reading between the lines this was going to be a luxurious spar complex tapping into the naturally hot waters of Mae Chedi Mai built in a mock Khmer style a la Angkor Wat. Clearly though something made the project stop in its tracks some time ago – maybe down to the Asian Financial Crisis perhaps. As a consequence, this rather unique place has started to split into abandonment.

The standard of craftmanship is pretty good. All the lower parts are made out of stone and concrete and are very good copies of the temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The place is surprisingly free from vandalism and graffiti.

48725193638_5631356dcb_b.jpgAngkor Springs 23 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Here’s the pipe system that runs underneath the fountains:

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This bit at the back was the furthest from being finished:

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These balustrades really are a good copy of Angkor:
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This looks more Egyptian than Khmer:

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Excellent pics Hughie! Certainly something a bit different this, looks like an interesting place to see behind the scenes
 
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