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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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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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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Laos: The Best-Laid Plans and All That

27 November to 7 December 2011 After leaving the north of Laos it was our intention to have a couple of lazy days in the lovely town of Luang Prabang in the centre of the country and then take a slow boat down the Mekong to the capital, Vientiane which is just a hop,...

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From China into Laos

19 to 27 November 2011 From Dali it was time start the journey towards the border with Laos, our next destination.  We debated and discussed but in the end the backpacker inside us persuaded us that a 15 hour overnight bus journey for £20 was an all-round better...

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