Ko Kret is a kind of artificial island in the Chao Phraya river, to the north of Bangkok, Thailand, and belongs to Amphoe Pak Kret. The island is only reachable by boat, usually from the Wat Sanam Nau Pier. Most of the time, people take a boat from Nonthaburi and stop few hours in Koh Kret (boat tour break) for a bicycle ride around the island >> Click on post title to read more.
Many inscriptions on temple of the 12th century confirm the extraordinary expansion of the Khmer Kingdom during the reign of Jayavarman VII. Even if those informations may be biased, the spectacular architectural remains of the empire are a sure sign that the kingdom was very prosperous at that time >> Click on post title to read more.
The 12th century in Southeast Asia was a period of uncertainty and deep changes. At this time, the region was divided into three Kingdoms: the Kingdom of Champa along the coast of southern Vietnam, the Kingdom of Dai Viet in northern Vietnam and the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and a part of present-day Laos and Thailand >> Click on post title to read more.
The Baphuon temple was build in the middle of the 12th century during the reign of Udayadityavarman II (r. 1050-1066), it is located in Angkor Thom and dedicated to Shiva. The Baphuon is a pyramidal temple with 3 levels of galleries >> Click on post title to read more.
I’m still in Phnom Penh. The heat is suffocating since 7am. I haven’t felt that except in Egypt. During shopping time I’ve bought a wooden malefic Buddha after bitter negotiations. Then I applied for a visa to Laos. Before going to Angkor, I go to Battambang, which is Cambodia’s second largest city in the Northwest, around Tonlé Sap, the largest natural lake in Asia >> click on post title to read all the article