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*Due to the tumultuous political nature of this archaeological site, this post might already be outdated.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

Curves  Another highlight of my recent time in Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the largest intact structure from the original city.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

  Another highlight of my recent time in Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the largest intact structure from the original city. The wat (Buddhist temple) served as a private chapel for the ruling family of the Siam nation. These three, very large, exceptionally curved stupas served as the centerpiece monuments of the temple.  Each…

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…

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.

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.  It’s city walls hug the River Kwae and house a shrine to those bodhisattvas, the benevolent enlightened ones who put off their own release from the wheels of eternal…