The Siamese Kingdom that formed the precursor to modern Thailand was centered around Ayutthaya. In the Second Burmese Wars, soldiers from the invading Konbaung dynasty sacked and burned Ayutthaya, leaving the ruins that are today a popular attraction for sightseers visiting nearby Bangkok. The ruined temples offer an incredible insight into the religious and administrative lives of Siam. Like many archaelogical sites,
Unknown except to locals of Chiang Mai, Ob Khan National Park offers an escape into the beautiful forest of Lanna province. Although normally favorite swimming hole for locals, today I was completely alone hiking up the Mae Khan river.