The Reclining Buddha and Massage School at Wat Pho

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Topping every Bangkok must-see list is the Wat Pho reclining Buddha which is the largest in Thailand at 46 meters in length, but only the third largest in the entire world. Located very near the Grand Palace, there’s no excuse to not stop in and marvel at this wonder. We found it to be a relaxing attraction simply to walk … Read More

Uluwatu and the Kecak Fire Dance

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Of the thousands of temples on Bali, six are considered the main “directional temples” which provide spiritual balance for the island. Of these six, only one is also a “sea temple” which surrounds the perimeter and provides spiritual protection for the island. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a most auspicious site, perched on a steep 70 meter sea cliff, offering stunning views. And … Read More

Standing in the Gates of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang

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The first time I saw a photo of a Balinese candi bentar was on Pinterest, and my first thought was, “That can’t be real.” The photo I had seen was from Pura Lempuyang, which is known as the Gate of Heaven. It’s the only gate which looks out toward the next mountaintop with nothing but sky and clouds beyond it, evoking a surreal and truly heavenly … Read More

Kom Ombo Temple and the Sacred Crocodiles

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On the third day of our Nile River Cruise we visited the Horus Temple at Edfu early in the day and the Temple at Kom Ombo in evening. The sunset made Kom Ombo a breathtaking sight to behold, turning it into one of the highlights of the trip. The site is actually host to two temples, one dedicated to Harwer … Read More

Temple of Horus at Edfu

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The Horus Temple at Edfu is an incredibly well-preserved example of Egyptian architecture. It was built during the Ptolemaic period, with a starting construction date of 237 BC making it “only” 2200 years old, which is fairly young compared to some of the other ancient sites in Egypt. Edfu is a small town on the west bank of the Nile, … Read More