I had wasted nearly an hour travelling the wrong direction down an Isan highway.  My destination was the various Khmer ruins hidden somewhere to the south.  As I was already skirting the Cambodian border, my initial misdirection gave me pause to check the vague maps I had with me.

So, cooling off with a green Fanta for the first time and by chance sitting at a table outside the petrol station that was the same question, I relaxed for a few.

I gathered from the maps that I was right at the intersection I needed to go south from.  So, back on my bike and I was off toward the border in search of the Angkorian Lost Cities of Prasat Hin Phanom Rung and Prasat Hin Muang Tam.



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 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at


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