Thailand

Wat Hua Nong Wiang Kum Kam Chiang Mai

Exploring Wiang Kum Kam: The Lost City of Chiang Mai

Not many people who visit Chiang Mai are aware that the city has its own set of ruins, known as Wiang Kum Kam. While not comparable to the glorious ancient capitals of Sukhothai or Ayutthaya, Wiang Kum Kam couldn’t be easier to explore. The ruins are a quick ride from Chiang Mai’s city center, cost

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Phra That Haripunchai

A Day in Lamphun: Deep in the Heart of Haripunchai

Lamphun is easily one of Thailand’s most historically significant cities. Before the establishment of the Lanna Kingdom, another kingdom called Haripunchai had long been the dominant force in Northern Thailand. Established in the 7th century by a queen from Lopburi, Haripunchai was a major cultural center where religion and the arts thrived for centuries. For

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Wat Phra Kaew Chofa

An Introduction to Thai Temples

Traveling through Thailand, it’s easy to get the impression that just about every tourist attraction is some kind of temple. There are, after all, over 30,000 of them. But if you haven’t grown up in the culture, it can be difficult to tell exactly what you’re looking at when visiting a wat complex. Thai temples

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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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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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