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Tháp Phú Diên: Ancient Huế’s Lost Champa Tower

Imagine the thrill of digging at the beach and finding not only shells or buried treasure, but an entire ancient temple from lost to the literal sands of time. This is the story of Tháp Phú Diên, a Cham Hindu… Continue Reading →

Ancient Chiang Mai: Top 5 Must-See Archaeology Sites

Welcome to the Lanna Kingdom Chiang Mai was, for centuries, the cultural center of the Lanna Kingdom, one of several Thai polities existing concurrently. At its height, Lanna controlled or influenced the northern areas of what is now Thailand, as… Continue Reading →

Vesali: Ancient Rakhine’s Second Capital

“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 stumble unexpectedly upon tales of a Lost City,… Continue Reading →

Ancient Lopburi: Lost Cities Travel Guide

Kim and I stepped out of the van from Bangkok 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… Continue Reading →

Ancient Champasak: Vat Tomo

Despite being in close proximity to the wondrous Vat Phou, Vat Tomo is a related Khmer Empire ruin that is often overlooked by tourists visiting the area. Indeed, upon my first visit to Champasak in 2013, I didn’t even know… 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 →

Top 5 Hotels of 2018

One of the fundamental burdens of any explorer is finding a place to rest your head, be it weary or not. In any distant land, such an inn – be it a hotel, a guest house, or even a dorm… Continue Reading →

Top 5 Hostels of 2018

One of the biggest changes from when I first started travelling and writing Paths Unwritten is a shift to preferring private rooms to hostel dorms. A large part of this is because I’m not traveling solo as often now, but… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Destinations of 2018

Since leaving China at the end of 2017, I’ve been able to embrace benefits remote working more readily. It was also the first year I was able to travel beyond China with my girlfriend, who was now living and working… Continue Reading →

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