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 →

Roi Et: A Town Travel Guide

  As far as Isan (Northeastern Thailand) towns go, Roi Et is an exceptionally attractive one. It’s name translates literally as One Hundred One, though this is a corruption of an antiquated way of writing 11, as the old city… Continue Reading →

Ban Chiang: Isaan’s Forgotten Past

< p style=”text-align: center;”>“The objects found at Ban Chieng . . . all of them beautifully made, and bear witness to an advanced civilization that has completely vanished.” – David Hatcher Childress It’s amazing how things can just come together… Continue Reading →

Udon Thani . . . meh

Though it certainly didn’t feel like it upon my arrival, Udon Thani is one of the largest cities in Thailand.  After having ridden through Nakhon Ratchasima (more popularly called Khorat) and Kohn Kaen on what was probably the shakiest bus… Continue Reading →

Phanom Rung and the Great Motorbike Adventure

The Khmer Empire, a Hindu civilization that existed in Cambodia around 800-1200, though recent by archaeological standards, created some of the most spectacular ruins that still exist today. From their center at Angkor Wat, they expanded outward as far north… Continue Reading →

Nang Rong: A Detour

“. . . With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Angkor ruins dot the entire area surrounding the Cambodia border, but there was one in particular that I… Continue Reading →

Elephants, Troubles, and the World’s Biggest Buffet: Surin’s Elephant Round-up

“If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” – Seneca Nothing like getting off an overnight bus at 7:00 am (where I hardly got any sleep) and then hopping on a motorcycle taxi,… Continue Reading →

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