Temples and Ruins

Ayutthaya – where to start!

Ayutthaya – where to start!

Just when we thought we knew Thailand pretty well we came across Ayutthaya. This stunning city of ruins, 80kms north of Bangkok was the capital of Siam(old Thailand). From 1350 until 1767, it flourished as a prosperous international trading port. Then it was invaded by the Burmese and burnt to the ground. With such a

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Plain of Jars,  Laos

Plain of Jars, Laos

With his feet tucked firmly in the ground we watch as he deftly pours molten metal into a wooden mould. After a few moments he knocks the excess from the top, unwraps the mould and removes a perfect spoon. He is quick and in a matter of minutes the pile of spoons has grown considerably.

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Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk

The all encompassing silence is broken by the sporadic chatter of a few tuk tuk drivers. I look back at them for reassurance that we are not totally alone here in this eerie spot. The smoke from their camp fire is trapped by the jungle and the smell of burning hangs in the air. We are

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The Great Wall – Mutianyu Section

The Great Wall – Mutianyu Section

I don’t know about seeing it from space but from where I am standing the Great Wall of China stretches for kilometres in both directions. Some is in good nick and open to the tramping public and some is shut in need of restoration. Regardless, it is a mighty impressive sight as it follows of

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The first rays of sunlight illuminate the scene, and the ruins reveal themselves through the mist.  The thick dark green vegetation that surrounds the site, acts as a natural frame to a tableau, which could not be more perfect. From my rocky perch on Huayna Picchu I look down on one of the most celebrated vistas in the world, the

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The Sacred Valley beyond Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley beyond Machu Picchu

There is no question about it, Machu Picchu is the glittering gem in the coronet that is Peru’s Sacred Valley. The Peruvians know it and guard it fiercely and have built a very slick tourism operation around it. And as a tourist I can only say it lives up to every expectation I held and

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Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha

He is tall, there is no doubt about it. 71 metres to be precise, he stares out imperiously over the junction of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers that he was built to calm, and interesting enough he has achieved just that. Not by his withering stare mind you, but by the fact that the

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