The Buddha Statue with Diamond Eyes – Luang Pho Petch

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Buddha with Diamond Eyes at Luang Pho Petch, Sukhothai

A Diamond Eyed Buddha in Sukhothai It’s always nice to discover something not in a guidebook or map (until now). A little place called Luang Pho Petch (Luang Po Ta Petch) is one of those places. It’s located just south of the impressive Wat Si Chum along the main road. The shrine/building/temple itself is hidden behind… Continue reading more »

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 »

Photographs of the White Temple in Chiang Rai before the Earthquake

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Chiang Rai, Thailand

 White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai One of the strange things about writing a month in advance is that things can change in the blink of an earthquake. What used to be a huge and popular tourist destination can literally be wiped off the planet overnight. While not completely wiped out the White Temple… 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 »

Agnes Keith’s house in a land below the wind in Sandakan, Malaysia

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Agnes Keith

Visiting Agnes Keith’s house on a hill in Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia I first heard of the book the Land below the Wind by Agnes Newton Keith from my research when I was in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. Back in her day it was just known as commonly as North Borneo. Much like many towns or cities that someone… Continue reading more »

Fort Cornwallis, Penang: The fort that never fired a shot

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Cannon at Fort Cornwallis Penang

A second visit to the unique Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia I never had time to write about Fort Cornwallis the last time I was in Penang. So taking advantage of my one night half day stop over, I couldn’t think of a better time to write about it. If, for nothing else, its uniqueness… Continue reading more »

Visiting Wat Arun in Bangkok Thailand

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Wat Arun from the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand (click to enlarge)

Wat Arun is one of the nicer temples in Bangkok Granted I was having a bad day up until now. But things got better when I learned that the entry to Wat Arun was only about $1.50. Better yet, there was no one collecting tickets, so no charge. Late afternoon also meant that the heaving… Continue reading more »