Chasing the Emerald Buddha: An Alternative Journey Through Thailand, Laos & Angkor

Chasing the Emerald Buddha: An Alternative Journey Through Thailand, Laos & Angkor


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CHASING THE EMERALD BUDDHA is a new type of travel guide which follows the path once taken by Southeast Asia’s most sacred statue. Today, the jade image is the centerpiece of Bangkok’s elaborate Grand Palace complex. But few are aware of the long, eventful journey it took to get there.

Travel through bustling Bangkok, historic Chiang Mai, tropical South Thailand, the astonishing ruins of Angkor and laid-back Luang Prabang - all while learning the amazing story that connects them all together.

This book is meant for adventurous and independent travelers with a special interest in culture, history, architecture and local legends. Whether you’re an experienced visitor to Southeast Asia or going there for the first time, Chasing the Emerald Buddha offers a completely fresh perspective on the region that no other guide book provides.

Inside You'll Find:

  • HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS to give you a feel for each place before you even get there
  • INSIDER TIPS on what to do and see, from cultural landmarks to the great outdoors
  • DETAILED MAPS for easy navigation
  • COMPREHENSIVE INFO on the region’s history, culture, religion, architecture and more
  • PRACTICAL TIPS on transport, where to stay and how to plan your trip
  • A complete, modern retelling of the CHRONICLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA which covers the statue’s eventful 2,000-year history

Featured locations include:

THAILAND: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nakhon Si Thammarat & South Thailand, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, Phimai, and more

LAOS: Luang Prabang and Vientiane

CAMBODIA: The ruins of Angkor and outpost temples such as Banteay Chhmar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998427812
Publisher: Sailingstone Press LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 862,005
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Ken Lawrence is a writer, photographer and designer with a passion for world cultures, art and literature. He's lived in several different countries spread across four continents and has explored dozens more.

He is also the author of the Japan-based travel guide 'The Murakami Pilgrimage: A Guide to the Real-Life Places of Haruki Murakami's Fiction,' available in both paperback and digital formats. You can learn more at

Furthermore, he's also written numerous guides and articles for about fascinating destinations throughout the world.

Sailingstone Travel is an online travel magazine and guide book series focusing on art, culture and outdoor adventures. We cover overlooked travel destinations around the world while also uncovering the fascinating backstories of major attractions. Learn more at

Table of Contents


  • Foreword 4
  • Using this Guide 8
  • Background Info 12

Lanna 27

  • Chiang Rai 31
  • Lampang 47
  • Chiang Mai 63

Laos 81

  • Luang Prabang 85
  • Vientiane 107

Bangkok 123

  • Thonburi 125
  • Rattanakosin 141

From India to Angkor 161

  • Emerald Buddha: Origins 163
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat 179
  • Angkor 199
  • Isaan 223

Central Thailand 229

  • Ayutthaya 233
  • Lopburi 245
  • Kamphaeng Phet 255

Afterword 270

Practical Travel Info 276

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