Abashiri Prison Museum
Abashiri Prison in Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan was a self sufficient prison farm. When a new prison was build in the 1980s buildings from the old prison were transferred to an open air museum, the Abashiri Prison Museum.
Boat to Luang Prabang
Travelling from the Thai border at Chiang Klong to Luang Prabang by the slow boat is a pleasant two day journey with an over night stop at Pak Being. [Read More...]
was the capital of the Silla dynasty. The Silla dynasty lasted 989 years, from 54BC to 935AD. They were the first to unify Korea, ruling the entire peninsula from 668AD to 935AD. Buddhism was introduced to Korea during their dynasty.
Day two is the most activity filled day in a three-day/two night tour to Halong Bay which starts in Hanoi. Activities including exploring caves, climbing to lookouts and visiting islands all occur on the second day. [Read More...]
Jeju Island Stone Park
Jeju is a volcanic island located south of the Korean peninsula. The Jeju Stone Park, due to be completed in 2020, is being set up to celebrate the island's stone based culture. [Read More...]
is a caldera lake located in northern Honshu, Japan. It has a periphery of about 46kms with an average depth of 71 meters. Its clear cold waters drain into the Oirase river. [Read More...]
Every year in the first full moon of November the Loy Krathong festival is celebrated throughout Thailand. As I have never witness this festival before it seemed appriopriate to attend it at its place of birth. [Read More...]
Lakes Mashu and Kusshiro
are caldera lakes in eastern Hokkaido, Japan. They can be visited on a one day train trip from Abashiro in the north or Kushiro in the south.
is a Shingon temple located in forested hills on the periphery of Hiroshima, Japan. Amongst the forest and moss in the temple grounds are more than 300 Buddha and jizos. A babbling brook completes the tranquil environment. [Read More...]
is a small town in the Issan region of Thailand. I am here for the Phimai Festival which is held here every November. The festival features local cuisine, dragon boat races, the korat cat show and a light and sound show of singing and dancing at Prasat Hin Phimai.
There are many treks you can go on, visiting hilltribe villages, in the Sapa area. Some are one day, many are multi-day treks. Because I havent done any treks for a number of years I choose a one-day trek. [Read More...]
is the head temple of the Joyge order of Buddhism. It is located in the Seoraksan National Park, South Korea. Built in 650AD, it is be the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in the world.
Silla Art and Science Museum
Art and science from the Silla period is on display in this museum in the Gyeongui Folk Craft Village. Village location is in the hills on the periphery of Gyeongui, South Korea. The Silla was the dynasty that first unified the Korean peninsula.
Sukothai Historical Park
is the remains of the Thai capital, Sukothai. Established in 1238 it remained the capital of the Thai Kingdom until 1378 when it was replaced by Ayutthaya. Located on flat ground in the central region of Thailand it is best explored by cycling.
Temple of Literature
was built in 1070 as a shrine to Confucius. In 1076 it became Vietnam's first University. Though originally only teaching children of the aristocracy it later allow gifted commoners to attend. It served as a centre for higher learning for 700 years. [Read More...]