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A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

Story by Ron Emmons (March 2020)

Join Rough Guide author and photographer, Ron Emmons on a leisurely walk through the fascinating streets of northern Thailand’s ancient capital, Chiang Mai.

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THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

Story by Ron Emmons (April 2020)

Massive and minute, gleaming and battered, obese and wasting away - the many faces of Buddha in Thailand reflect the diversity of this ancient religion. Yet for most Thais, Buddhism is more than a religion - it is a way of life.

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EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

Story by Ron Emmons (February 2020)

Rough Guide author and photographer, Ron Emmons takes a look at one of Bangkok’s most beloved temples, the enigmatic Temple of Dawn.

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The Splendours Of Phimai

The Splendours Of Phimai

A Classical Khmer Gem of Northeast Thailand

Perhaps the best-preserved, and certainly the most famous Khmer temple complex in Thailand may be found at the small town of Phimai, fifty-nine kilometres north-east of Khorat, on a turning off National Highway 2 to Khon Kaen. In classical times the site was directly linked by road to Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire. Indeed, there are clear indications that Phimai was the main religious and administrative centre to the north-west.

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Samui Mood

Samui Mood

The Samui Mood

Once upon a time, there was an enchanting island which lazed away the days in the Gulf of Siam. Its mountain flanks bristled with coconut palms and its waters teemed with fish, providing a natural livelihood for the people of the island. One day, an adventurous backpacker arrived on a fisherman’s boat and promptly became enchanted. Some time later, his friends showed up, and the same thing happened. Years passed, and, things being what they are, word got around. These days this enchantment is known as the Samui mood.

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Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Celebrating The Age-Old Yee Peng Festival of Northern Thailand

Yee Peng is a northern Thai term signifying the full moon of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. In Chiang Mai, Yee Peng is celebrated as a religious holiday. Throughout the region temples are full as people make merit, whilst monks give special sermons and recite religious texts. Traditionally, scrolls illustrating these texts were hung outside the temples to help explain the monks’ readings, and in some small villages of the north this custom is still followed.

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Coffee

Coffee

The Rich History Of Coffee

For lo! the board with cups and spoons is crowned,
the berries crackle and the mill turns round;
On shining altars of Japan they raise
The silver lamp; the fiery spirits blaze:
From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide,
While China’s earth receives the smoking tide.

- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Canto III (1714)

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Timur’s Legacy

Timur’s Legacy

The Architecture Of Samarkand

Timur, better known in the West as Tamerlane from his nickname Timur-i-leng or “Timur the Lame”, was the last of the great nomadic warriors to sweep out of Central Asia and shake the world. As befits a man styled “World Conqueror”, we know a lot about him - and not all of it good. In 1336, at Shakhrisabz in present-day Uzbekistan, the wife of a minor chief of the Mongol Barlas clan gave birth to a son with blood-filled palms, a sure omen that the infant was predestined to cause the death of many.

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