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Ayutthaya: A Tale of Two Temples

There was a time when Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, a population of almost a million had made the city the most important trading post in Asia. Merchants from India, China, South East Asia and even Europe ...

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Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by Train

The ticket cost around 800THB - a second class, air-conditioned sleeper carriage for the 680km journey from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. After yesterday's morning with the monks at Wat Phra Singh, I'd said an emotional farewell to my trusty red devil before I was back in the back of another songthaew ...

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A Morning at Wat Phra Singh

Nothing good can come of waking up late when you’re travelling. I'm sure of it. Get up at 08:00, get there by 09:00, and by the time you've had chance to wish you'd woken up earlier, the sun's burning a hole in your back and the place is crawling with tourists.

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Hong Kong

Food

Ten of the Best

Hong Kong Outdoors

Amah Rock, Lion Rock Country Park

Amah Rock (望夫石), located close to Tai Wai on the New Territories side of the Lion Rock Tunnel, is another of Hong Kong's geological curiosities with a story.

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One day it’ll just be the buildings and plants

It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.

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Big Buddha at Sunset, Lantau

Here he is again. Fresh out of Lightroom. And I’m rather bloody pleased with this one. Taken a few months ago when I was still in Hong Kong, ticking off photos from my list of those that still needed taking, now he’s sitting pretty in my Hong Kong Portfolio. Check it out!

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China

Thailand

Books

The Party by Richard McGregor

When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...

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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...

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Tiananmen Moon by Philip J Cunningham

With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.

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