The Pagodas of Chongqing

  A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it is actually an extension… 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 →

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 →

Travel Theme: Short

Since I’ll be returning there soon and this weekend is the celebration of Loi Krathong in Thailand, I figured an image from my expedition to the ruins of Sukhothai would be appropriate. The holiday, according to mostly-disproved popular legend, is… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Big

45 minutes due west of Bangkok is the Phra Pathom Chedi. Located in the town of Nakhon Pathom, this chedi or stupa is often claimed as the biggest in the world. Whether or not this is true might be up… 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 →

The Ruins of Lembah Bujang: Lore of the Dragon Valley

“undoubted relics of a Hindoo colony, with ruins of temples . . . mutilated images . . .” – James Low Less than an hour in Malaysia and I was left on the side of the major highway that runs… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

To the Mountaintop Temple: Wat Doi Suthep

“A willful man will have his way . . .” -sign on the path up Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep So it probably wasn’t the smartest idea to rent and ride a motorbike up a mountainside when I have never ridden… Continue Reading →

Chiang Mai Walks in Pictures

The best way to scope out a new city?  Walk it.  And all the better if you can make it an arbitrary path. Chiang Mai has an interesting design.  The center, old city is a large square, surrounded by a… Continue Reading →

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