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The temple I was searching for at maximum zoom.

The temple I was searching for at maximum zoom.

At the end of Thailand’s Death Railway, the plains carved out by the numerous rivers give way to the ranges of mountains which have historically stood as the barrier between Myanmar and Thailand.  I ended up here a few occasions, this time paralleling the railway with a motorcycle in search of an enigmatic mountain temple I had once seen in the distance.

And while there were no signs of it on this day, I settled into a hotel in the town of Nam Tok for $8.  A small ride toward the Kwae Noi River brought this abandoned housing development into view.  In the background the sun was just falling behind the mountains, giving me the chance for a good shot.

Enjoying a drink further down by the river as the sky turned into a deep purple, I soon called it a night and continued the seach the next day.

The final sunset on the river.

The final sunset on the river.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at


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