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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

Settled among the largest banyan tree in the country of Thailand stood this small picnic table. A place for relaxing amidst the eerie entangled branches and draping vines. As strange a locale as it was, many locals sat here together taking in what little light from the setting sun broke through this dark canopy. Like…

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Preah Vihear: Ruins Victim to Conflict

*Due to the tumultuous political nature of this archaeological site, this post might already be outdated. View Larger Map It’s one of those mornings.  Slightly hung-over and it is raining.  It shouldn’t be raining.  It’s the hot season in the driest part of Thailand.  “You picked a good day to go,” a Thai woman says…

Contrast  Straddling the Cambodia border, atop of the extinct volcano of Phanom Rung, is one of the most magnificent Angkorian structures outside of Cambodia . . . To this day, Buddhist pilgrims come and honor this site, a symbol of the religion from which their stems.

Travel Theme: Contrast

Straddling the Cambodia border, atop of the extinct volcano of Phanom Rung, is one of the most magnificent Angkorian structures outside of Cambodia.  Prasat Phanom Rung is a temple dedicated to Shiva and on a major pilgrimage route stemming from Angkor Wat to Phimai in Thailand. To this day, Buddhist pilgrims come and honor this…

The Dvaravati Chedi in Roi Et, Thailand.  © South East Asian Kingdoms

Weekly Reblog #15: The Dvaravati Chedi of Roi Et

  The Dvaravati Chedi of Roi Et | South East Asian Kingdoms “The town of Roi Et has never attracted more than the odd traveller passing through but for the art history fan or Dvaravati relic-hunter, it has one treasure. On the grounds of a wat called Wat Neua there is a most unusual chedi“ – South East…

Green  I had wasted nearly an hour travelling the wrong direction down an Isan highway.  My destination was the various Khmer ruins hidden somewhere to the south.  As I was already skirting the Cambodian border, my initial misdirection gave me pause . . .

Travel Theme: Green

I had wasted nearly an hour travelling the wrong direction down an Isan highway.  My destination was the various Khmer ruins hidden somewhere to the south.  As I was already skirting the Cambodian border, my initial misdirection gave me pause to check the vague maps I had with me. So, cooling off with a green…

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Pasts Forgotten in Isan – Ban Chiang, Thailand

“The objects found at Ban Chieng . . . all of them beautifully made, and bear witness to an advanced civilization that has completely vanished.” – David Hatcher Childress It’s amazing how things can just come together and work out sometimes. I was initially planning on renting a motorbike in Udon Thani and taking it…

I had dreamt of seeing these fabled and elaborate ruins for years. Their story truly does have all the elements of one of the great Indiana Jones-explorer era tales.

Phanom Rung and the Great Motorbike Adventure

The Khmer Empire, a Hindu civilization that existed in Cambodia around 800-1200, though recent by archaeological standards, created some of the most spectacular ruins that still exist today. From their center at Angkor Wat, they expanded outward as far north as Isan and as west almost to the Burma border. After their decline, many of…

Nang Rong: A Detour

“. . . With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Angkor ruins dot the entire area surrounding the Cambodia border, but there was one in particular that I wanted to see: Prasat Phanom Rung.  One of the largest in Thailand, this Hindu-Khmer monument…

Elephants Aren’t the Only Wild Animals in Surin

“Sometimes the cure for restlessness is rest.” Colleen Wainwright It was a new thing everyday.  And I loved that feeling.  A new challenge, setback, adventure, sight.  Everything new.  It had been a long time since I could appreciate that feeling.  Today, it was the motorbike. In Surin, the day of the of the actual Elephant…