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Chongqing City Gates: Ancient Tongyuanmen and Dongshuimen

For hundreds of years, Chongqing stood as an important wharf and outpost in the west of Chinese territory. Straddling the intersection of the Jialing River into the important eastward Yangtze River, it was a valuable strategic location. Evidence of defensive… 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 →

Weekly Reblog #30: Trespassing…For Science

Tresspassing…For Science | Middle Savagery “This is a uniquely urban solution, as I realize that many sites are out in underpopulated landscapes. Sadly, most buildings are closed off to the public, even more so if you have a camera. Ideally… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Tempting

One of the coolest things about the massive temples of Bagan in Myanmar is that they are quite unlike most ancient structures.  Most ancient structures are not remotely intact.  And most intact ones don’t have passages.  The monuments of Bagan… 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 →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Just a small ways upstream from the former Myanmar capital of Mandalay are the ruins of the Mingun Paya.  Set to be the largest Buddhist stupa in the world when construction began in 1790, no stupa to this day would… Continue Reading →

Lopburi: A Town Travel Guide

    Lopburi is a much bigger town than most foreigners will ever see or realize, since most of the sights worth seeing are within the bounds of the Old City. This is fine with me, and with most visitors,… 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 →

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