A guide to Southeast Asia’s less crowded Angkorian temples

Other Angkorian Temples in Southeast Asia apart from Angkor Wat Any mention of Angkorian temples usually conjures up images of Angkor Wat and the other magnificent temples found at Cambodia’s Angkor Complex which lays on the outskirts of Siem Reap. But in the period...

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Abandoned Thailand: Unfinished Hotel in Ranong

Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Thailand If you arrive into the small border town of Ranong (*) by bus you won’t fail to miss this skeleton of a building that looms down over National Highway Route 4 linking Bangkok with the country’s deep south. (*) Ranong is a short...

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Faded Grandeur and Abandoned Buildings in Savannakhet, Laos

Although often compared, the southern Lao city of Savannakhet is no Luang Prabang. There is plenty of French colonial-era architecture in the old part of town and, like Luang Prabang, the city is located on the Mekong River but that’s where the similarities end....

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Abandoned Thailand: Railway Carriages in Chumphon

Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Thailand  There isn’t a lot to do in the southern Thai town of Chumphon. For travellers, it is predominately a transit town/jumping off point for the diving Mecca of Koh Tao.  We came across these disused railway cars while wandering...

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Abandoned Vietnam: Ho Thuy Tien Water Park in Hue, Vietnam

Have you ever done your research and thought you had ‘discovered’ somewhere that you hoped nobody else knew about? That was us before we arrived in the central Vietnamese city of Hue. Ho Thuy Tien Water Park is an abandoned water-based theme park near Thien An Hill on...

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Brutalist and Modernist architecture in Southeast Asia

Kirsty and I didn’t come to Southeast Asia to specifically look for Brutalist or Modernist architecture. In fact, if I’m being honest, it didn’t really occur to either of us that the region would even have this genre of architecture. Particularly with Brutalism, it’s...

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Abandoned Thailand: Space Roller in Chiang Mai

Getting off-the-beaten-path in Thailand  Space Roller is a forsaken roller-skating rink a short distance from Chiang Mai’s main Arcade Bus Station. The entrance to the building is a little set back from the main road and, apart from a large Space Roller sign (that is...

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