Thailand

Thonburi Canal

A Weekend in Thonburi: The Temples & Canals of a Former Capital

After the destruction of Ayutthaya and before the founding of Bangkok, the city of Thonburi functioned for a short time as the Siamese capital. Today, Thonburi is merely a suburb of its younger brother. After getting absorbed by Bangkok’s relentless urban sprawl, ‘Thonburi’ now vaguely refers to the general area west of the Chao Phraya

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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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