Kohk Mah Noi Phu Phra Bat

Peeling Back Layers of Time at Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

As I began my walk along the rocky trail, I couldn’t hear anything but the sounds of the birds. It had been a long journey to get here, requiring both a shared and private taxi through small-town Udon Thani province. Arriving at the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, I was surprised to encounter such a

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Phra That Lanong Mural

Nong Khai: More Than Just a Border Town

Nong Khai tends to be a place that people merely pass through. Just across the river from Vientiane, Laos, the town is perhaps most known for its bridge and its immigration checkpoint. Foreign visitors, most of whom are making visa runs, rarely stick around for more than a night. But something about the mythical “birthplace

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Sala Keoku

Exploring the Surreal Sculpture Parks of Bunleua Sulilat

Entering the park, I gaped in awe at the towering, monolithic structures surrounding me. There weren’t only Buddhas, but giant Hindu deities and characters from the Indian epics as well. Not to mention a whole lot of other strange beings I couldn’t recognize. The idea for this otherworldly sculpture park came from a man named

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Lampang Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

A Weekend in Lampang: Lanna’s Hidden Gem

Not a whole lot of visitors to Thailand have heard of Lampang, even if it’s just a 90 minute drive from Chiang Mai. Once home to a thriving teak trade in the 19th and 20th centuries, the city has been in a slump ever since that industry dried up. Some locals even blame the whole thing on a

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Emerald Buddha Chiang Rai

Chasing the Emerald Buddha: Part One

Battles have been fought over it. Multiple temples have been named after it. Chronicles detailing the history of its journeys have been found on ancient palm leaf manuscripts in numerous languages. Today, it’s revered as the protector of an entire nation and a symbol of a powerful dynasty. Despite being a carving of only 66

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Loh Samah Bay Ko Phi Phi

Krabi & Ko Phi Phi: Searching for the Perfect Beach

Thailand’s pristine, white sandy beaches attract millions of tourists every year. Many come with fantasies of swimming in the calm, turquoise waters in peace and seclusion. But do such places really still exist in Thailand? Surely the scenes on the postcards can still be found somewhere, right? Craving a dip in the ocean, I decided

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