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Feb 27, 2007 - Phimai, Thailand

Phimai Feb 27-28th Phimai Temple (prasat) - was built around 1000 AD. It predates Angkor Wat (in Cambodia) by approx. 100 years and some say this temple was used as a model for the Angkor site. The city is neat as they've built themselves around the temple, keeping it centered in the city. We rented bikes for the day and explored the parks, market and back streets. Virtually no "whities" in town and very limited English spoken. Onward to Khon Kaen on the 1st ... then westward. Babs and Bones

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Mar 17, 2006 - The story of my Swiss Army Knife...

A lot of you will know my love for big Swiss Army Knives - and also my latest, the XXLT General, with lighter and all. Just to make sure: Forget Leathermen, they're for wankers! I got my first Victorinox for my 12th birthday. Since then almost not a single day has passed without me having a pocket knive in the left pocket of my pants. Up till now, I've had nine different ones - during the last years usually the biggest one available. For some people, they have become my trademark - a lot of them not remembering my name but the size of my...

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May 25, 2005 - Khao Yai National Park

There was much discussion between Danny and I as to whether or not we should splash the cash and hire a guide to show us around Khao Yai National Park. In the end we took a tour from our GH and headed off into the jungle with our guide En, a driver and another traveller Martin. I am certain that without En's sharp eyes and extensive knowledge we would have seen nothing but trees. Although we didn't see anything really big - a very rare Clouded Leopard had been spotted the night before we did see plenty of creepy crawlies, lizards, beautiful...

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May 24, 2005 - Phanom Rung

Another day of Khmer style temple exploring. Even after the splendour of Phimai, Phanom Rung was somehow more appealing. This was probably down to the relief's and carvings which show intricate stories from Hindu legends, which we both enjoyed reading and trying to decipher in the images themselves. The entrance to Phanom Rung was magnificent. A long walkway comprised of rising steps and a series of naga bridges. When we entered the main temple compound it looked very similar to Phimai although this time all of the structures were built of...

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May 23, 2005 - Phimai

It was like being back at Angkor today exploring the ruins of Phimai. A Khmer built temple from the 12th century in NE Thailand which was as good as some of the temples at the old Khmer capital itself. We both thoroughly enjoyed walking around the extensive ruins and it gave me a proper temple hit which I have been craving. I was really looking forward to Phimai and it didn't disappoint at all. We crossed the first of three naga bridges and entered the main temple grounds where there stood an exquisite white sandstone main prasat flanked...

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May 22, 2005 - Back to Thailand

Today we got up early in order to cross the border with plenty of time to spare. The Thai Laos Friendship Bridge was another informal affair which felt more like a ferry terminal than a land border. Accross the border we used the last of our kip to pay for a bus to the Thai side to find that there were no money changers/exchaange bureaus/ ATMs to be seen. Lukily for us a kindly Thai lady placed us on a tuk tuk to the nearest ATM. My mouth hit the floor when she insisted on giving us the cash to pay for the driver - there is no arguing with...

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Feb 14, 2005 - Phi Mai

We visit the Phimai Stone Castle. One of the most important Mahayana Buddhist temple in Thailand, dating to about 1000 years ago. Prasat Hin Phimai is one of the biggest and most important religious sanctuaries found in Thailand. It was built around the 11th - 12th century C.E., and additions were made during the 13th century C.E. The ancient city of Phimai is located in the current Phimay city. The old town walls measure 565m by 1030m and are rectangular in shape. It is beliveable that Phimai is an ancient town that exisyed since the time...

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