I mentioned that there are many, many temples in Chiang Mai. But the most famous one, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, is actually just outside the city. It’s worth the trek.
There are a ridiculous amount of temples in Chiang Mai. I don’t think you can walk more than a block or two without stumbling onto a temple. It reminds a bit of Kyoto in that way.
If you’re going to Borobudur Temple, you’re probably going to do Prambanan, too — it’s the other major temple in Yogyakarta, and another big reason why people come here in the first place. You can even buy a combined Prambanan/Borobudur ticket, so yeah, don’t fight it. You’re going to see both.
Saying “if you’re in Yogyakarta, you have to see Borobudur” is kind of like saying “if you’re in Paris, you have to see the Eiffel Tower.” Duh.
But seriously: if you’re in Yogyakarta, you have to see Borobudur. It’s amazing.
I happened to be passing by a hawker centre in Penang while a special ceremony for Chinese New Year was happening. It involved dancing and drums; when one of the proprietors noticed my interest, he came over and explained it to me.
Yes, it’s fairly grim, but checking out cemeteries while travelling is oddly compelling.
The room I’m staying in happens to have a great view of The Top, Penang’s tallest building. Apparently that building puts on an annual fireworks show for Chinese New Year.
Here’s something you should definitely do if you’re going somewhere: double-check to make sure that it’s open.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Of course I do that. I’m not a moron.”
There’s a place called Cijin Island in Kaohsiung that’s a very quick ferry ride away from the city, and it makes for a perfect day tip (or even a semi-day-trip — it’s so quick and easy to get there that you really don’t have to carve out a full day).
There’s not a whole lot to do at Lotus Pond — a big man-made body of water surrounded by colourful temples and pagodas — other than marvel at all of the pretty buildings, but it’s still absolutely worth a visit.
Why? Well, I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking. It’s an impressive place to walk around.