Snapshot Sunday: Marveling at Bagan’s Ancient Temples

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They may not be as well-known as Angkor Wat or the Machu Picchu, but the Temples of Bagan make up one of the world’s best archaeological sites. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, just over 2,000 of the original 4,000 structures survive today. Very few of them are regularly visited, so you can hire a bike and marvel at their antiquity without a tour group in sight.

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Snapshot Sunday: Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn

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Bangkok’s Wat Arun, also called The Temple of Dawn, is a Buddhist temple and one of the city’s best-known landmarks. The temple’s towers are supported by rows of demons and monkeys that act as its guardians. Another distinctive feature is the fine china that studs the outer walls. These shards of porcelain were first used as ballast on ships that came to Bangkok from China in the nineteenth century, and found a new home on the temple’s facade.

Snapshot Sunday: Just Another Perfect Beach

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Ton Sai is a sweet little bay that draws rock climbers, backpackers, and hippies seeking out happy shakes. Most people just pass by on long tail boats, but it’s definitely worth the 20-minute trek from nearby Rai Leh to dig your toes in the sand and escape the commercialism for an afternoon.

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Snapshot Sunday: Searching for Thailand’s Best Beaches

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Just south of Koh Lanta is Koh Ngai, a tiny island with clean beaches and stunning views of karst outcroppings that dot the Andaman Sea. The beach itself has pristine, powdery white sand and thousands of crabs scuttling about. Unfortunately, all the jellyfish washed up on shore have made us a little hesitant to venture into the water.

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Snapshot Sunday: The View from Our Balcony

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand uses an alternative name for low season: Green season. The frequent rain means it is indeed green on the Koh Lanta this time of year, as you can see by our jungle of a front yard. Thankfully the showers only last for an hour or two most days, and it’s quiet – a great place to work on projects and go swimming off of empty beaches.

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