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10 hours ago, ericthai said:

Dont know about that, but very interesting. 

 

 I typically go a different route. 

I take 331 heading towards Ko Khanun (331 turns into 304 for s short distance) then turn right onto 359 heading towards Watthana Nakun, 359 runs into 33, take 33 (which goes around town) turn left on 3198 go about 20km and turn left onto 3393 heading towards Kho Khlan (about 30km) then turn left on 3486 go about 10km then turn left on to 348 stay on 348 (turn into 2120) for about 10km then turn right onto 224 only for a short distance about 1-2km turn left onto 4013 (this turns into 2117) continue until you hit 24 then turn right go about 20km turn left onto 2445 for less than 1km and then turn right onto 2208 about 30-40km then turn left onto 226.

 

I've gone both ways several times. This route is mostly 2 lanes little towns, can have some delays. Route 348 runs into some mountains areas can be very slow at times. If it's just me, one stop on the way I can make it about 6hrs, relaxed driving a few stops take about 7-8hrs.

Enjoy the trip! I'm going to follow this so if you come up with any info please update.   

 

 

Thanks Eric,

I was planning to try 331, 304, 359, 33, 348, 24, 214 but your shortcut using the 3198, 3393 & 3486 saves a big chunk, so I'll try it.

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9 hours ago, tgw said:

this village might be a recently designed settlement, the circle is a bit too perfect  -if the village was old, the circle would have been broken by new constructions and land parcels. there is also space in the middle reserved for school, police, etc. everything indicates recent planning.

 

but there are many semi-circular villages around Buriram, they seem very old, many are or were surrounded by a moat.

Buriram itself is built that way, the old city center is surrounded by a semi-circular moat.

You will find a number of smaller towns between Buriram and Korat, for example Thamen Chai.

 

I did some digging, but I found very little about these circular villages, but found a Thai academic asking the same questions about the culture who built their towns that way.

 

I suspect that the inner core is the ancient site and the outer zone has been built more recently.

 

And that the later building has been subject to modern "conformality", but to an ancient "traditional" pattern.

 

Or, looking at what could be the remains of a moat on the periphery, extensive renewal/re-development.

 

Rainfall and circular moated sites in north-east Thailand ...

"The results suggest that water storage may have been the primary purpose of the moats, enabling communities to survive dry seasons and droughts."

 

 
 
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Some Google street view images taken from the centre of the circle (dated 2014). Everything looks pretty ordinary - no ancient remains or monument.

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I think you can find many circular villages. We have one close to our village ( 14°22'09.3"N 103°08'43.8"E ). Its nothing special I'm told it was set out by the army in the 1980's.

As with most villages along the border very little happens during the day, but terrorised at night by ghosts.

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On 1/10/2020 at 11:50 AM, KhunBENQ said:

Lopburi:

 

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I see the police running in cirkels trying to catch the goldshop robber 

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This is a wheely interesting thread. Trying to get my head around it.

 The police station is unusual too.

 

 

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