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Phrae Muang Phi: Phrae’s Ghost City

  Sticking with the theme of random whims and legends, I headed north from Bangkok to the town of Phrae. Overall, it was mostly un-noteworthy except for a scene from a fringed postcard I came across in the back alleys of Bangkok one night. It showed what appeared to be artificial constructs, but like nothing…

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Phrae and the Temple of the Industrial Buddha

On the outskirts of the Northern Thailand town of Phrae are a number of fairly remote and beautiful temples dotting the countryside. One in particular stood out though, not because it was overly attractive, but because its scale stood out over the surrounding fields. But, it strangely seemed as if had simply been walked away…

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Travel Theme: Architecture

On a recent long weekend to the Western Thailand border town of Sangkhlaburi, I got a showcase of an intriguing intermingling of architectural styles. Sangkhlaburi is actually 3 towns. There is the modern Thai town, which has a more rustic feel than most, but still is recognizably Thai. Then there is the Mon (Burmese) town…

Travel Theme: Escape

Leaving our passports with the Thai authorities, we were on a bridge over a stream in a literal no man’s land . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

An escape.  Or rather, an attempted escape. On a trip completely paid for by my employer, I was shuttled off to the north of Thailand for a long weekend.  The highlight of the trip for me was to be in range of the Golden Triangle and the Burma border crossing at Mae Sai.  Everywhere else…

Beyond  While the ruins of Sukhothai are very well known among travelers of Thailand, around it existed several satellite cities, which are lesser known . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

While the ruins of Sukhothai are very well known among travelers of Thailand, around it existed several satellite cities, which are lesser known.  Among these is Kamphaeng Phet, a fairly pleasant riverside town built directly alongside the old Sukhothai-style ruins. Like Sukhothai, these are divided into different areas.  One section of temples and monuments are…

Into the Northern Mountains: Chiang Mai Trek – Day 2

← Day One   A preluded apology: I took many, many pictures of the following events. However, somewhere in between riding in the truck back to Chiang Mai and returning to Julie Guest House, I lost it along with all the photographs. So, no pics to go along with all of this. Sorry. Being awoken…

Into the Northern Mountains: Chiang Mai Trek – Day 1

Day Two →   A preluded apology: I took many, many pictures of the following events. However, somewhere in between riding in the truck back to Chiang Mai and returning to Julie Guest House, I lost it along with all the photographs. So, no pics to go along with all of this. Sorry. One thing…

The Eightfold Path Underground – the Forest Tunnels of Wat Umong

“With each day passing, what have you been doing?” – Buddha quote at Wat Umong At the base of Doi Suthep is another temple that is unlike any others I have seen in Thailand.  Taking a left off of the road that goes up to Wat Doi Suthep, and then passing some winding roads through…