Lost Cities

“. . . where there was not a soul to be found
and where there were no roads,
perhaps there
could I discover traces
of some ancient civilization.”
– Sven Hedin

Is Gunung Padang Evidence of the World’s Oldest Civilization?

World’s oldest civilization? No.   For years now, the mysterious mountaintop monument of Gunung Padang has been one of the most-cited evidences of a grand prehistoric civilization forgotten to time. The proponents of this range from well-known names like Graham… 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 →

Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve… 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 →

Travel Theme: Ancient

  Ancient sites are a big reason of why I love to travel.  Unfortunately, in SE Asia, while there are plenty of old sites, there are not too many ancient sites.  Most of the ruins of Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia… Continue Reading →

Ancient Lopburi and the Monkey Temple of Lavo

View Larger Map 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… 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 →

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… Continue Reading →

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