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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*Due to the tumultuous political nature of this archaeological site, this post might already be outdated.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…

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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…

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…