It was hot and humid. One of the key reasons why I did not find many tourists in the Buddha Park (also known as Xieng Khuan), an unusual yet enchanting place, located about 25km outside of the capital Vientiane on the mighty river Mekong. Before my arrival in Laos, I had already included the park in my itinerary and I was glad I made it. Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park is home to more than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues. The park has also numerous flora and fauna. This park was built in 1958 by an alleged priest-shaman called Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. This park has now become a major tourist attraction in Laos. Many consider it a holy place, which contains statues of bizarre demons, humans, and mythological creatures. Give at least one hour to this park, which you can visit by bus, tuktuk, or taxi. However, I used a bus from the Talat Sao bus station. The bus will drop you in front of the park and it will cost you only USD3. And you can return to the city by using the same bus. Inside the park, one can find small restaurants. It is advisable to bring a water bottle along with you. If you have any questions related to this park, please feel free to ask me.
Recently, I was reading an article on how photographers and Instagrammers are ruining Panjim’s famous Fontainhas, ignoring locals’ requests not to disturb them. This reminded me of my own trip to Panjim, where I saw hundreds of photographers armed with their mobiles and DSLRs creating a nuisance for local residents in the beautiful Fontainhas area. In our fun moment, we conveniently ignore that our actions might go against the culture and way of life of the locals. What kind of pleasure do people get by ignoring local people’s requests? Even a “no photography” request sign fails to deter the tourists. I myself have witnessed it. We should always respect the local people and their culture while on our trips.
As I always say the more you travel, the more you see. During a quick trip to Panjim, I encountered all these fascinating structures. Do you know why these structures exist? I have no clue. While some of these structures I spotted in the crowded markets, the other part of the capital city is also a sight to behold. I am talking about Panjim’s Latin Quarter. Brightly painted houses will take you to a by gone era. And the best part is you can explore all these places on foot. The whole idea was to get some unique images. And I am glad I was able to capture some interesting and vibrant houses in Panjim.
I am back with another article on Malaysia. This time famous Batu Caves. It is a limestone hill consist of three major caves and a number of smaller ones.
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this vibrant temple has a series of caves and cave temples. It is believed that the caves are said to be around 400 million years old.
The largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves is Cathedral Cave, which has a number of Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. One can spot two other cave temples at the foot of Batu Hill – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave . These two temples have a number of Hindu statues and paintings.
One has to climb up the 272 steps to reach the top of the caves. The famous Murugan Statue is located at the foot of the Cave. The 42.7 meter statue is the tallest statue in Malaysia.
Batu Caves is located about 73.0km away from Kuala Lumpur airport. Have you explored this vibrant place ?
A quick trip to Goa made me realize that the state is not all about beaches. While exploring some interior parts of the state, I stumbled upon these beautiful plants and leaves. Although I am unable to recognize them, I am glad I spotted them during the trip. I just wish I could have clicked more such pretty photographs of these plants. So next time when you visit Goa, try to explore a bit deeper so that you can encounter with such species.