Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Road Travel in Thailand

Leaving Australian road rules behind and never feeling safer. Before I went to Thailand I had heard stories about how insane it is to travel on the roads in Southeast Asia, but I still wasn’t quite ready for the lack of rules followed on the roads. More times than not I saw overloaded scooters, songthaews…

See Thailand with Destination Asia

Usually I prefer not to use organised tours when exploring  new place, however while I was on my very first trip to Bangkok I decided I wanted to try a day trip with Destination Asia. Flight Centre was helpful booking this before I left. They have a lot of different day trip options, but I opted…

The Ancient Siamese Capital of Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya has long been a favourite tourist attraction in Thailand. Founded in 1350 CE during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, the now UNESCO listed World Heritage Site has a long history of kingdoms, capitals, trading, and fire. On the 7th April 1767 an army from the Konabaung Dynasty, Burma, entered…

10 World Heritage Sites You Should Not Miss

Angkor Wat Located in Cambodia, this temple complex was built c.12th C CE. Built in the capital of the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II as his temple and mausoleum, this site is the largest religious monument in the world. Borobudur Temple Compounds Built during the Sailendra Dynasty, c.8th–9th C CE, this UNESCO World Heritage…

Spectacularly Photogenic Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Capricorn Caves, Australia The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest…

Thailand in 3 Weeks: Phimai & Ban Non Wat

Monday – 21st January The drive to the Maruay Garden Hotel cost 500 baht for a 45 minute drive. I was only spending an hour here but I got a feel for the hotel. There was a massive foyer, beautiful big staircase, and comfortable waiting area. To the right was the entrance to the dining…

Thailand in 3 Weeks: Bangkok

Friday – 18th January I flew Thai Airways from Brisbane and arrived 8pm local time in Bangkok. The flight was really good – I ate the low cal meals which were delicious. Thai Airways give you a huge range of options for meals when you first buy your tickets. In the airport, you should not…

Origins of Angkor Earthwatch Expedition

In early 2013 I was lucky enough to experience the site of Ban Non Wat through my university. I was using some of the artefacts found here as a part of my honours thesis so I had to go over and do some research. The time I was there was the same time as one…

Lesser Known Pyramids From Around the World

A pyramid is defined by its shape, where its outer surfaces are triangular and converge upwards. Although pyramids are predominantly associated with Egypt, the pyramid shape was first used in ancient Mesopotamia to build the mud-brick ziggurat. The pyramids shape was continued to be used by the Greeks and Romans. If you like it, you should pin it!