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5 Things to do Around Krabi Town

Krabi town is a popular hub for tourists who want to stay somewhere relatively cheap but closer to the beautiful islands of southern Thailand. Compared to Phuket, Krabi is more laid back and inexpensive but also offers several attractions in and around the town.

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If you’ve had enough of the islands and staying in Krabi town, here are some things that you can do.

5. Krabi Food Night Market

A big night market usually happens every Saturday but a smaller one with great selection of food pops up near the ferry pier to Railay. There are stalls with different inexpensive dishes which is a great place to test your tummy for Thai food. Prepare to be filled up for the evening.

4. Visit Wat Kaew Temple

This is a temple in the centre of Krabi town. The white façade with blue roof will attract your attention but make sure to visit inside this large complex. It is a wonderful place to relax and pass the time especially if you’re caught in a downpour. It is just across the popular Vogue Mall.

3.  See Khao Kanab Nam

Walk along the river and you can see people taking pictures of a big black crab. Behind it is the symbol of Krabi; a silhouette of two karst rocks situated next to each other.  Hire a long tail boat to take you from the pier to the rocks where you can walk up some stairs to the top.

2. Visit Wat Tam Seua (Tiger Temple)

Technically not in Krabi town, but a short 3 km away is a Buddhist temple known for tiger paw prints, tall Buddha statues, panoramic view of Krabi and strenuous 1272 small steps to the summit. It rises to about 600 meters (2,000 feet) with monkeys roaming around the stairs and temple. Be prepared to sweat and don’t forget to bring bottled water. Songtaews ply the way from Krabi town for about 50 Baht per trip.

1.  Drive and Enjoy the Emerald Pool and Blue Lagoon

Locals call this place “Sra Morakot” which means Emerald pool. It is located just an hour away from Krabi town, this is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The Emerald pool or pond is fresh and cool with the water supplied from natural streams coming from the hill. It is part of a national park so they require an entrance fee for both locals 20 THB and 200 THB for tourists.

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So if you’re in Krabi town for a short stay, check out these places and you’ll surely add more fun experiences than just islands hopping. Bonus activity: take a boat to Railay for a day and enjoy one of the most peaceful and stunning sunsets in Krabi.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Krabi, Thailand

 

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10 Temples to Visit in Bagan

Bagan is a fascinating place that lures many to see one of the world’s greatest archeological sites. Located on the banks of Ayeyarwady River in Central Myanmar (Burma), Bagan is a vast plain, partly covered of palm and tamarind tree with silver-grey distant mountains as its background. From the plain’s green spots, a dozen, hundreds or thousands of temples rise. Their silhouettes are beautiful, haunting and other-worldly. Originally 4,450 temples were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, however, only 2,230 of them survived.

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To explore all of them would be a long and tedious feat; however, just seeing 10 of them will give you a glimpse of the amazing place that is Bagan.

10. Gaw Daw Palin Phaya (Temple)

This is the 2nd tallest temple in Bagan. It features pointed arches and vaulted that looks good from the outside. However, its exterior is more impressive than its interior design. Inside are highly decorated ceilings with white-washed corridors and traces of formerly impressive murals  can be seen behind the heads of Buddha statues.

9. Shwe Gu Gyi Temple

This is a temple that boasts fantastic views of the surrounding temples of Bagan’s plains. Taking a steep and narrow stairs take you to a veranda where you can see different views from each side. It is also a good alternative sunset watching spot because it is less crowded and has almost as nice view of the river and temples.

8. Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu which also means “omniscience” is the tallest temple in Bagan. It is known for its impressive brickwork covered in white stucco and stone pavements. Take a closer look at its brick masonry because of its intricacy that one cannot put a knife blade between the bricks. Its white façade looks beautiful which is actually the most interesting part of the temple.

7. Manuha Paya

This temple will surprise you with the Buddhas inside the small temples. They looked too large for their enclosures. It feels cramped and uncomfortable inside which is said to represent the stress and lack of comfort of King Manuha who was held captive in Bagan and built this temple to represent his displeasure. This temple is one of the first places that Aung San Suu Kyi visited when she was released from prison.

6. Gubyaukgyi Temple

Visit this “cave temple” for its interesting Indian-style spire and intricate murals that are blissfully preserved by not allowing photographs to be taken. UNESCO restored the paintings on the wall so bring a torch to clearly see the colored illustrations. A really nice stop if you’re biking along the highway. This is one of my personal favorites as well.

5. Dhamma Yangyi Temple

The largest of all temples in Bagan but comes with an eerie story which makes it more fascinating. Locals consider this temple as the ghost temple because of stories that the work on the temple had to be so perfect that if a worker leaves even a really small gap in between the bricks, his arm has to be cut on one of the stones. The guide mentioned that it is the only temple with two Buddhas sitting side by side as well.

4. Shwe Zigon Pagoda

It is considered one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bagan. It resembles the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and it is also covered in gold. Make sure to visit in the morning as the floor can get really hot in midday.

3. Shwesandaw Temple

This is the temple to be for sunrise. Be prepared for a very steep climb but well worth the view for there are hundreds of other pagodas and stuppas in sight from the top. Come early and enjoy the fascinating view of Bagan.

2. Sulamani Guphaya Temple

This is my favorite temple in Bagan because of its fantastic exterior, stunning frescoes and beautiful murals. It is a photographer’s heaven and the place has a very relaxing feeling. It is a temple that should not be missed!

1. Ananda Temple

The most beautiful temple in Bagan stands out for its unique architectural style. It is one of the most visited and well preserved as well. Its murals, frescos, paintings and overall design give you the feeling of awe and wonder. It is simply stunning.

Take a whole day to explore these temples then another day to bike around. Enjoy the smaller ones and feel the ambiance of the entire place. It is one of the places that will make you feel in awe of history and past civilizations.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Bagan

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Sacred Containers

Walk of Content

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I saw these young monks walking back from their traditional alms round with their unusual containers of food. Instead of small bowls, they had these bigger basins filled with food. Looking at how solemn they walked back to the temple was a lovely sight.

Taken near a temple in Mandalay, Myanmar. This is an entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Containers

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Snapshots of memories

 

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Best Travel Moment : Wedding Surprise at a Music Festival

elPadawan of elPadawan – Around Prague shared this lovely travel moment.

I was lucky enough (and nervous) to be chosen by a couple of friends to shoot their afternoon wedding portraits session. We had planned to take pictures in a lovely little park, in Prague, called Kampa. But on wedding day, what we didn’t foresee was that the park would actually be crowded by a big music festival. Walking around, we got noticed by the band on the main stage, who shouted “Mazel Tov!”, then changed their song list to play a wedding tune in their honor. That’s a first dance that they’ll remember all their life!

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I’d love to have this kind of reception for my wedding! How fun would it be to have so many people enjoying and a band playing. Thanks for sharing this fun and lovely moment, elPadawan! :) – Angie

Best Travel Moment is an ongoing feature about interesting and memorable travel stories and moments a person experienced. This is to inspire and share our experiences with everyone who would like to read and remember what it feels like to have a moment frozen in our memories.

If you want to share and be featured, check a sample here. 

Cheers to memorable travel moments!

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Best Travel Moment

 

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Best Travel Moment : Hammock After Hiking as the Sun Goes Down

Tom Shepard of Klimbing Korean Mountains shared this wonderful moment.

Being ESL teachers in South Korea, my wife and I caught the hiking bug almost immediately upon arrival here 14 months ago.  The mountains are seemingly endless, and the trails have led us up to peaks in 11 of the 16 mountainous national parks, with plans to visit the remaining five within the next few months.  While on the trails, we experience several wonderful moments in nature. Sometimes it’s on a quiet, misty trail by ourselves as we hike through the woods or along a rugged coastal trail.  Other times, the moment is captured while sharing coffee, treats and laughs with complete Korean strangers we meet on the summit.  Looking out from atop a summit and seeing ripples of peaks is certainly a special moment, too.  Each hike is unique, and each one has its unforgettable moments.

Although these moments while hiking are pretty darn good (and very plentiful here in Korea), the best travel moment is actually after the hike concludes.  The best moment is when the tent is pitched behind me, and from my view in the hammock I can see that coals on the grill are glowing and ready for some marinated meat.  The sun is dipping towards the now-glowing horizon and islands in the distance are quickly becoming fascinating silhouettes.  In one hand is an ice-cold beer, which is well deserved after the day’s trek up and down the mountains.  The other hand is wrapped around my adventurous wife, who’s not just swinging with me in this double-hammock, but who’s also been with me every step of the 330km+ we’ve hiked in Korea so far.  When her beer bottle taps mine in a celebratory “cheers” fashion, the best travel moment is created and complete, and it’s moments like these I’ll remember forever.

Living abroad in the same country for over a year can naturally cause expats (myself included) to slowly become a bit lazy and less adventuresome, and over time it’s more comfortable to stay in than to get out and explore the diverse cultures and nature at your fingertips.  By creating and chasing a goal like visiting every national park, it motivates both my wife and I to never become stagnant or complacent with our travels and adventures within Korea.  We’ll remain heavy on the throttle, continuing to hike and camp every chance we get, thus creating more opportunities to have another ‘best travel moment’ every time we find ourselves swinging in the hammock with a sunset beer in hand after a rewarding day on the trails and summits.

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Life is composed of best moments; the sun dipping, an ice-cold beer and an adventurous wife seem like the perfect combination indeed! Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment and amazing photo, Tom! – Angie 

Best Travel Moment is an ongoing feature about interesting and memorable travel stories and moments a person experienced. This is to inspire and share our experiences with everyone who would like to read and remember what it feels like to have a moment frozen in our memories.

If you want to share and be featured, check a sample here. 

Cheers to memorable travel moments!

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Best Travel Moment

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Contrasts

Beauty and Madness

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Taken from a rooftop restaurant in Agra, India. This view shows the contrast of the walled beauty Taj Mahal and the madness reality of the life outside.

This is an entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Contrasts.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Agra, Snapshots of memories

 

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