Intricate carving in Banteay Srei in Angkor, Cambodia

The Amazing Carvings of Banteay Srei in Angkor, Cambodia


Our second day of exploring the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia led us to the distant but popular temple of Banteay Srei. It is a small temple, its buildings looking miniature compared to the other grand structures in Angkor, but what makes it so popular is its intricate wall carvings. Banteay Srei is a 10th… Read More

Temple of Bakong in Angkor, Cambodia

The Roluos Group of Temples in Angkor, Cambodia


When we finally made it to Siem Reap to visit the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, I had no idea where to start. Should we do what most people do and just head straight to Angkor Wat? Should we visit Ta Phrom, Banteay Srei or some of the lesser visited temples first? I spent a… Read More

A temple in My Son, Vietnam

The Champa Ruins of My Son in Vietnam


Many centuries ago, the country of Vietnam was largely divided, and Central Vietnam was ruled by the Champa Kingdom, whose religion was actually Hindu. In a hidden valley surrounded by mountains, they built their most holy site - a large temple complex known as My Son. The architecturally brilliant temples were built to worship their… Read More

Archway at Wat Phra Ram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Ram: Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand


Wat Phra Ram was actually the first of the ruins that we came to when we visited the ancient Siamese Capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is certainly not as impressive as the larger ruins of Wat Mahathat and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, however it still has some interesting ruins to check out. The actual date of the… Read More

Photo of the week: Remains of a Kitchen in Pompeii, Italy


This week's travel photo is of the remains of a kitchen in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Pompeii is one of the most popular ancient Roman archaeological sites in Italy, and the ruins are surprisingly well preserved due to being covered in volcanic ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius for nearly 2000 years.  … Read More

Viharn at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen, Thailand

Temples of Thailand: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen


Wat Chedi Luang is one of the more interesting ruins in the old Lanna city of Chiang Saen, Thailand. The temple was originally built in 1291, not long after the construction of the city walls by King Saen Phu. These days, Wat Chedi Luang is still a working temple, and there are some modern structures… Read More

Viharn at Wat Thammikarat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Temples of Thailand: Wat Thammikarat, Ayutthaya


Wat Thammikarat is one of the lesser visited ruins in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is believed that it actually predates the city of Ayutthaya, with parts of it possibly dating back to the 12 century. Today it is actually a working temple, and several newer buildings have been built around the… Read More

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya


Wat Chaiwatthanaram was the last of the ruins that I explored in the ancient Siam capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand, but it was definitely the most impressive. It is actually located outside of the main island that Ayutthaya is built on, and it's towers stand tall and surprisingly well preserved on the west bank of the… Read More

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya


Built in the 15th Century, Wat Ratchaburana is one of the most well preserved ruins in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple was built by Chao Sam Phraya, who became king after his father passed away in 1424 and his two brothers, Chao Aye Phraya and Chao Yi Phraya killed each other… Read More