Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence is a designer, writer and travel enthusiast. He is the author of 'The Murakami Pilgrimage,' a guide book to the real-life locations featured in Haruki Murakami's novels. After a long stint living in Japan, he's now living as a nomad, exploring Asia and beyond.

Angkor Wat Reflection

Tracing the Architectural Evolution of Angkor: Part Two

In Part One, we covered the evolution of Angkorian architecture from the 9th century Roluos temples up to the refined gem of Banteay Srei. Here, we’ll cover the remainder of Khmer architectural styles, which includes masterpieces like Angkor Wat and the Bayon style temples of Jayavarman VII. If you’re looking for info on a particular …

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East Mebon Angkor

Tracing the Architectural Evolution of Angkor: Part One

Few places on earth captivate the imagination quite like Angkor. As stunning as the Angkor temples are today, you can’t help but picture what things must’ve looked like 1000 years ago as you make your way through the jungle ruins. But eventually, after seeing temple after temple, with little context or background info, it can …

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Wat Phra Mahathat Nakhon Si Thammarat

A Guide to Nakhon Si Thammarat: South Thailand’s Historical Center

Nakhon Si Thammarat doesn’t appear on most people’s itineraries – even those doing extensive stays in South Thailand. But the more you learn about Thailand’s history, mentions of this ancient city will pop up time and time again. Going by names like Ligor and Tambralinga in old records, it long functioned as the premier trading …

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Nan River Phitsanulok

A Day in Phitsanulok: Finding the Transport Hub’s Hidden Treasures

For many visitors, Phitsanulok is little more than the place you need to pass through to get to Sukhothai. But by taking a little time to get to know this former royal outpost (and briefly capital), you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised. Within a single day, you can discover places like a folk museum, a …

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Sukhothai Wat Mahathat

A Complete Guide to Sukhothai: The Birthplace of Siam

Sukhothai is one of Thailand’s most important historical and cultural sites, boasting some of the country’s most impressive ruins. The ancient temples span from the 12th to the 16th centuries and blend together a myriad of architectural styles. On top of that, Sukhothai is also the perfect getaway for scenic bike rides through the Thai countryside. In …

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