Tag : history

Why I Didn’t Love Hoi An

Anna
I had high hopes for historic Hoi An described as “Vietnam’s most atmospheric and picturesque town” but was sorely disappointed. The graceful, riverside town of Hoi An was once a major trading port attracting merchants from all over the world who influenced the grand and varied architecture. Hoi An’s UNESCO listed......

Meandering through Malacca

Anna
Meandering through Malacca Old Malacca: Wafts of joss stick smoke from an elaborate, ancient Chinese temple mingles with the smell of sandalwood and a rhythmic banging of drums from a Hindu temple. As the drums reach a crescendo, the hypnotic call to prayer drifts out from the mosque. As I......

Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai

Anna
Chiang Mai wears it’s heritage as capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom with pride. It is a relaxed, culturally rich city, sprinkled with over 300 elaborate, golden temples and saffron robed monks; surrounded by jungle and mountains where hill tribe communities still reside. The jewel of Chiang Mai’s temples is......

Sukhothai – The Birthplace of Siam

Anna
The ancient ruined city of Old Sukhothai is believed to be the capital of the first kingdom of Siam (Thailand) and is the ideal place to start learning about Thai history and culture. Sukhothai was founded by King Ramkhamhaeng in the first half of the 13th century, but the exact......

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