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Wat Arun Prangs

Chasing the Emerald Buddha: Part Three

Part Three of this chronicle takes us from Laos back again to Thailand. Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew, the current home of the Emerald Buddha, is the most visited temple in the entire country. But not many visitors realize that it’s not the first temple the venerated statue sat in upon its return to Siam. The

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Street Art Bangkok

Street Art: Bangkok

Bangkok is slowly emerging as a mecca for street art in Asia. Like in many other parts of the region, the art form has long been looked down upon and misunderstood by locals. But as the quality of the art work continues to improve, in addition to semi-regular events helping promote public art, Bangkok residents

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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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Erawan Museum Ceiling

Stepping Inside the Erawan Museum’s Three-Headed Elephant

The unassuming suburb of Samut Prakan, about 30 kilometers outside of Bangkok, is home to one of Central Thailand’s most unique and awe-inspiring attractions. Visible even from the highway is a 29-meter bronze elephant which towers over its surroundings. Not only is the 250-ton elephant massive, but it also has three heads. And to top

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Doi Tung Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens

Doi Tung’s Gardens Help Color Over a Morbid Past

Overlooking the mountains of neighboring Myanmar, Doi Tung’s Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens are home to a gorgeous array of plants and flowers from around the world. The well-kept gardens also act as a refuge for those eager to escape the stifling heat of central Chiang Rai. Walking amongst the sculpted landscape, it’s hard to

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