Banteay Srei – Citadel of the Women

Our final temple stop was at Bante Srei – The Citadel of the Women, a gorgeous smaller scale temple with the most ornate carving I have ever seen. It is all a lovely pink shade too being made of red sandstone. The temple was rediscovered  in 1914 and has the most intricate bas relief carvingsContinue reading “Banteay Srei – Citadel of the Women”

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." – The horror of man’s inhumanity to man

Cambodia is a beautiful country, with some of the most welcoming people with the widest smiles of any place I have visited before or since. But it is a country with a past so horrific, so recent, and so terrible that you wonder how people can ever move on. From 1975 to 1979 Cambodia wasContinue reading “"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." – The horror of man’s inhumanity to man”

Heading further back in time. South Vietnam and Cambodia

Now I am firmly in the travel zone I thought, for my own pleasure, I would go back a few years to an amazing journey in 2008 through South Vietnam and Cambodia. As it was to be my first ever experience of Asia and I was travelling alone I decided to have the hassle taken out ofContinue reading “Heading further back in time. South Vietnam and Cambodia”

Ayutthaya and endless Buddhas.

Next up was Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s old capital cities. Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, the city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Strewn with epic sized Buddhas, swaddled inContinue reading “Ayutthaya and endless Buddhas.”

Travels in Asia – Hong Kong and Thailand

After getting all nostalgic over India I’ve decided to go back in time by a year and put up my pictures of Thailand too. We travelled there in December 2009, flying into Bangkok via Hong Kong. Here’s a few snaps from the futuristic city of Hong Kong. A Blade Runner esque mix of towering highContinue reading “Travels in Asia – Hong Kong and Thailand”

The Pink City Jaipur (AKA the slightly black, grimy city!!)

So we finally arrive in Jaipur,  I am eager to spot the Palace of the Winds and visit the Amber fort, but the weather has turned against us again! Thick fog rolls in and dismal greyness descends. Plus a local dignitary has passed away meaning pretty much everywhere is closed! But later on it getsContinue reading “The Pink City Jaipur (AKA the slightly black, grimy city!!)”

Incredible India – Delhi continued

Here’s even more colourful market traders in Old Delhi We stumble across these beautiful ornate doors in one of the small back allies. Carrying on our second day in Dehli we headed to India Gate, the memorial which commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the BritishContinue reading “Incredible India – Delhi continued”