Tagged: temple

Borobudur

Borobudur: Java’s enigmatic giant

Borobudur Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world; this huge stone temple was constructed three hundred years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and stands enigmatic under the shadow of smoking volcanoes in central Java. The construction began in AD 750, and...

Java, Prambanan, Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta: a Temple and a Volcano!

Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, So the lure of Borobudur was too much, Java had been on my must-go list for a while, this huge temple just had to be seen with my own eyes. Yet Borobudur would have to wait, I would build up to it...

Yangon

Golden Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar. Travel plans often change, it’s the natural evolution of a long trip. You set out with a loose itinerary that unravels the further along you get. Other travellers rave about a destination, you spot something in a guidebook you thought you knew inside...

Tomb-raiding the rest of Angkor in photos

Over the last few weeks I’ve taken you through some of the most incredible ancient temples in the world, the Temples of Angkor. I’ll conclude the series with a photo journey through the rest of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park that we explored,...

Beng Mealea, Jungle Temple

Beng Mealea is a Angkorian temple lost in the jungle that has engulfed it. Jungle roots have dislodged the ancient architecture turning much of the temple into a jumble of stones while long vines hang enticingly across ruined corridors. Constructed in the 12th century it...

Banteay Srei and the river of a thousand lingas

Banteay Srei is exquisite, a 10th century temple that is 35 kilometres out from Siem Reap and the main Angkor temples. Its Khmer name, Banteay Srei, translates as the Citadel of Women, the intricate carvings and detail is thought so fine that only women, with...

Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor really do have to be seen to be believed, their number and scale are larger than you could ever imagine. They are detailed with breathtaking carvings, bas reliefs that tell the story of their history and the people who built them, and...

A tuk-tuk tour around the Battambang countryside

There’s more to visiting Battambang than the Bamboo Train and the colonial architecture, hire a tuk-tuk or rent a motorbike and go exploring! We opted for a tuk-tuk and hired it out for the day, our first port of call being the aforementioned bamboo train,...

Tra Vinh, Khmer Culture in the Mekong Delta

Cycling around the countryside surrounding Tra Vinh in Southern Vietnam and you’d be forgiven for thinking you had suddenly been transported to Cambodia such is the proliferation of Khmer culture. Dotted around the farmland are Khmer temples, architectural legacies left over from the great Khmer...

Exploring Beijing, from a palace to the streets

Our favourite site in Beijing was definitely the Summer Palace, we spent a sunny day exploring this fabulous royal park and found it far more absorbing than the Forbidden City. Maybe it was the glittering lake or the leafy parkland, whatever it was we thoroughly...