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Lost Cities of Thailand

Ancient Lopburi and the Monkey Temple of Lavo

Kim and I stepped out of the van a little before midnight. But, we were still 5 km from our destination. There were not a lot of options, and we ended up settling into a deal for a ride in… Continue Reading →

Ancient Lampang: Pratu Ma City Gate

Northern Thailand is full of cities that coexisted hundreds of years ago with more famous cities of the country’s past, like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai. The little-visited Lampang is one of these historic cities. And though obscure, the city… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Lost Cities of 2018

During Paths Unwritten’s history, I’ve stated several times that archaeological sites and my interest in them are a large part of why I continue traveling. During 2018, I had the pleasure of visiting archaeology sites in 9 different countries, five… Continue Reading →

3 Lost Cities You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of

These sentiments from Swedish explorer, and undoubtedly controversial figure, Sven Hedin encapsulate the air of mystery that still enshrouds our image of lost cities to this day. And while so many of these have since been found, studied, and made… Continue Reading →

Prang Ku: Angkor’s Northern Frontier

A millennium ago, the Khmer Empire ruled over most of South East Asia. The grandeur of this civilization is well-known from the splendor of their capital at Angkor, at modern-day Siem Reap in Cambodia. There, massive monuments such as the… Continue Reading →

Kamphaeng Phet and the Aranyik Forest Temples

Fresh from the dry plains of Old Sukhothai, the riverside town of Kamphaeng Phet made for a picturesque and pleasant change. Still, the reason I was here was the same. Like other neighboring towns such as Si Satchalanai and Phisanulok,… Continue Reading →

Sukhothai: Dawn of Happiness, Dawn of Thailand

Local legends tell of a Golden Age that once existed in the histories of Thailand. After throwing off the shackles of the Khmer Empire, one Thai kingdom stood strong, independent, and united. Its name was Sukhothai, the “Dawn of Happiness”… Continue Reading →

Chansen Ancient City: Inland Island of the Dvaravati

View Larger Map The fields were burning as I stepped off the 30 cent train. In front of me was a small Chinese temple and an even smaller clock tower. The train pulled away northward into the smoky flatlands, leaving… 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 →

Angkor’s Last Outpost – Prasat Muang Sing

In the grasslands of the western Thailand frontier, no more than 20 kilometers from the Myanmar border, the farthest outpost of a fallen civilization still stands.  Its city walls hug the River Kwae and house a shrine to those bodhisattvas,… Continue Reading →

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