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The Roluos Group of Temples in Angkor, Cambodia

by Dean Wickham August 30, 2013 Asia
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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 [...]

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The Champa Ruins of My Son in Vietnam

by Dean Wickham July 10, 2013 Asia
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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 [...]

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Wat Phra Ram: Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 12, 2012 Asia
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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 [...]

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

by Dean Wickham September 9, 2012 Destinations
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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.  

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Photo of the week: Roman Forum from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy

by Dean Wickham July 29, 2012 Destinations
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This week’s travel photo is of the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. In ancient Rome, Palatine Hill was where the rich and powerful lived. I can only imagine what this view must have been like 2000 years ago.

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

by Dean Wickham May 11, 2012 Asia
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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 [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Thammikarat, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham April 27, 2012 Asia
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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 [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham February 28, 2012 Asia
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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 [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham November 11, 2011 Asia
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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 [...]

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Photo of the week: A Lonely Bench in Pompeii, Italy

by Dean Wickham November 6, 2011 Destinations
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This week’s photo is of a lonely bench sitting next to an old bath or pond, in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Italy. The Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed in 79AD when the nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted. The catastrophic eruption sent huge waves of heat and ash into the city, instantly killing it’s inhabitants [...]

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