Thailand

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Si Satchanalai: Ruins-Hopping in an Ancient Satellite City

The part of Thailand known as the North Central Plains has a lot to offer archaeology and history lovers. It is, after all, the home of Sukhothai, widely considered to be the birthplace of Siamese culture. But about 60km away, the ruling elite also built a sister satellite city. They even connected Sukhothai and Si

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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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Wat Chang Rob Kamphaeng Phet

Touring the Forgotten Ruins of Kamphaeng Phet

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kamphaeng Phet has just about everything you’re looking for when it comes to old ruins. Extravagant ancient temples, fascinating history and a picturesque setting. But one thing it lacks, to the pleasant surprise of those who visit, are other tourists. Learn why this former outpost town dubbed the “Diamond

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Yi Peng Chiang Mai

Experiencing the Magic of Chiang Mai’s Yi Peng Festival

Looking up from the bridge, it appeared as if the sky was falling. Even in the remotest of deserts, I’d never seen a night sky so bright. These weren’t stars, however, but a special type of floating lantern called khom loi. Each year in November, thousands gather for Chiang Mai’s Yi Peng festival to watch a

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Lopburi Mahathat

A Day in Lopburi: Ruins-Hopping in Thailand’s Monkey Town

Lopburi, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, is also one of its most unique. It’s been continually inhabited for thousands of years by cultures like the Dvaravati and the Khmer. A king of Ayutthaya even took a liking to the town, moving his residence there and renovating the monuments. What makes Lopburi so different is that

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Wat Chai Wattanaram Sunset

Ayutthaya: Touring the Ruins of an Ancient Island Capital

The city of Ayutthaya, at one time, was among the most populated cities in the world. It was also one of the most luxurious and cosmopolitan, with traders and diplomats from around Europe and Asia setting up base there. But one day, that all came to a disastrous end at the hands of the powerful

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