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.
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 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.
Though I think the Keelung night market is a compelling enough reason to visit Keelung on its own (the fact that it’s so easy to get here from Taipei makes this a no-brainer), you might want to do some other stuff while you’re here. I mean, you’re here already, you may as well.
Or you could just eat. That works too.
But if you want to walk off some of that food, there are a few interesting things around the city that you could check out.
I’ve seen a lot of impressive things over the course of this trip, but the entrance to Batu Caves — featuring a towering, 140 foot golden statue — is right up there.
I mentioned in a recent post that the under-the-radar temples and shrines in Kyoto are where it’s at; well, on the other end of the spectrum is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is famous for its seemingly endless pathways of orange gates.
I know, more cemeteries? Weird, right? Well what can I say, they’re entrancing.