Visiting Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai Thailand

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

Wat Mahathat is one of Sukhothai’s best temples Completed during the 13th century Wat Mahathat served as the royal palace and administrative capital for the Sukhothai Kingdom. It still remains the largest of all the ruins in Sukhothai’s Historical Park. When visiting Wat Mahathat approaching from the front is visually impressive as the still moat waters in… Continue reading more »

Wat Jetlin (Chedlin) in Chiang Mai

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Wat Jetlin or Chedlin in Chiang Mai Thailand

My favorite Wat in Chiang Mai is Wat Jetlin There’s rarely a buddhist temple in Thailand that doesn’t have more than one name. Wat Jetlin is also known as Wat Jet Lin, Wat Chedlin and Wat Nong Chalin. I’m going to call it by the name outside the main gates: Wat Jetlin. Located on Prapokkloa Road the… Continue reading more »

How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Patan "Lalitpur" Durbar Square during sunset, Nepal

Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A… Continue reading more »

The rising cost of entry fees into heritage sites in Nepal

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Bhaktapur entrance and ticket prices

Should you pay an inflated entrance fee to a tourist area? You head down to Kathmandu’s Durbar square. The most famous heritage area among this old city’s long list of cultural charms. Old Newari buildings stand beside red bricked temples, a palace, a goddess’ house, a few places of worship and a giant public courtyard that’s an… Continue reading more »

Maya Devi Temple Lumbini – birthplace of buddha

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Maya Devi Temple Lumbini

Visiting the Maya Devi temple Lumbini birthplace of buddha There’s a separate ticket inspection booth and entrance into the Maya Devi temple area than the rest of Lumbini’s temple complex. Also a small security search but nothing too forceful. This is after all one of the most important religious sites in the world. It’s the location where Siddhārtha Gautama… Continue reading more »

Arriving into Lumbini to find a guesthouse

Monday, April 1st, 2013
Inside bus arriving into Lumbini

Getting to Lumbini the local way to find a cheap guesthouse What would Lumbini be like? It’s the birthplace of Buddha – one of the most important “religious” figures in history. Though everyone told me it was not touristy it did seem like a lot of people go there. However once there everyone pretty much leaves straight… Continue reading more »

Mandala Street Kathmandu, rebuilding an ancient city the right way …

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Mandala Street Kathmandu

Rebuilding the old world city of Kathmandu Nobody I know likes Thamel if they live in Kathmandu. It’s a clustered tourist zone. Filled with travel agents, trekking stores and over-priced souvenir shops. And it is a traffic nightmare. We all avoid it. The local government has been gridlocked in a debate about pedestrianizing the main streets… Continue reading more »