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Travel Theme: Doors

A year ago today, I was here in Phimai, home of a grand Angkorian-Khmer temple and the end of the Dhammasala Route.  Ringing in my birthday on a street corner bar’s table full of old British expats and their Thai… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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*Due to the tumultuous political nature of this archaeological site, this post might already be outdated.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

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… Continue Reading →

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…. Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Udon Thani . . . meh

Though it certainly didn’t feel like it upon my arrival, Udon Thani is one of the largest cities in Thailand.  After having ridden through Nakhon Ratchasima (more popularly called Khorat) and Kohn Kaen on what was probably the shakiest bus… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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