Standing thousands of miles long, the Great Wall Of China is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with over 10 million visitors each year. There’s no denying that the wall is certainly spectacular (after all, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World), but what if you could see a version of it without the crowds? That’s where this other “Great Wall” comes in:
Generally called Kumbhalgarh Wall or Kumbhalgarh Fort, the “Great Wall of India” was built in the 15th century. It is a part of the hill forts of Rajasthan, an UNESCO protected site in the northwestern part of India.
Stretching 22 miles long, the “Great Wall” is the second largest wall in the world and home to about 300 ancient temples. Surrounded by lush mountains and forest, the wall is the perfect tourist attraction for those who like to go off the beaten path.
Visitors who have trekked to the wall before call it “phenomenal” and say to “go early or late for good pictures.” The best way to reach Kumbhalgarh is to bus or taxi in from the town of Udaipur city, which is about 2 hours away.
This week the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM released their 2014 Museum Index which ranks the world’s most popular museums by the amount of visitors they had. Once again the Louvre in Paris ranks as the number one museum in the world. Here is a list of the top 20 most popular museums in the world.
These museums have started to introduce various ‘Baseball Pins‘ which creates a great souvenir to take home and remember your experience. I’m sure there will be some competition to see who has collected the most…
Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi is a must visit for anyone that likes adventure.
Tiger Cave Temple is the best free attraction in all of Thailand yet many people choose not to visit it. Even those that are already in Krabi may skip it in favor of more beach time. Certainly they are missing out on a terrific experience. Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Suea is a spectacular Buddhist temple and a must visit for anyone traveling to Krabi. So what makes Tiger Cave Temple so special and different from all the other temples in Thailand? Keep reading to find out.
Photo: Monika JK
Tiger Cave Temple is relatively a new temple as it dates back to 1975. Legend has it that a tiger once lived in one of the caves here. It is only about 15 minutes away from Krabi town and about 30 minutes from Ao Nang. It can be easily reached by Songthaew, taxi or by renting a scooter. Although if you are going to rent a scooter be prepared that you will be riding on some busy highways in order to get to the temple.
The main attraction of the temple is the 1237 stairs it takes to climb to the top of the mountain. The climb up is no joke even if you are in great physical shape. You may think to yourself, “What’s the big deal, it doesn’t sound that hard”. Well when you take into account the heat, humidity and the fact that some of the steps are twice the height of normal steps you got yourself a pretty difficult climb. It may be difficult but most people can do it as long as you take breaks and drink lots of water.
The temple is open from sunrise to sunset. It is best to do the climb in the morning or late afternoon. You should allow about 30 minutes for the climb with a few stops along the way. Make sure to bring at least one bottle of water. You will need it. There is water at the top if you run out. I did this climb in June and started at 5:30pm (17:30). About half way through the climb I was completely drenched in sweat. Even in the evening the humidity was really bad.
The stairs are numbered, as to give you encouragement that you are getting close. ( It could also have a negative effect if you think there are too many to go.) Along the way you will encounter many people coming down and giving you words of encouragement and telling you that the climb is totally worth it.
You will also encounter many monkeys. These monkeys may look cute but are very unpredictable. They have been known to steal things from people and get aggressive so it’s probably best not to mess with them. On the way up I encountered probably about 20 monkeys through out the climb. The way down was a different story.
Soon enough you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are rewarded with breathtaking views.
The views stretch for miles. From here you can see Krabi Town, Krabi landscape, the sea and the karst mountains. All the hard work has paid off and it was totally worth it.
The top of the mountain is not crowded at all and very peaceful. Many people choose not to make the trek all the way up and there are some that are afraid of the monkeys.
Photo: Monika JK
The Giant Golden Buddha and Chedi at the top of the Tiger Cave Temple in Thailand are simply stunning.
I have heard that the sunset from the top of the Tiger Cave Temple mountain is spectacular but unfortunately the day I went up was cloudy so no sunset. Maybe next time. You can spend as much time at the top as you want. I spent about 45 minutes at the top taking in the sights and the views but it was now getting dark and time to head back down.
The walk down is easier and quicker but your legs definitely feel like jello at this point. When walking down I did not see any monkeys and began to wonder where did they go? Did they all go to sleep? My question would soon be answered. It seemed that all the monkeys from the mountain congregated in one place and waited for me to come down.
Photo: Monika JK
There must have been 50 monkeys in one place on the hand rails and stairs. It was super freaky and felt like a scene from “Planet of the Apes”. The darkness did not help either. I was walking very carefully trying not to step on any of their tails. (Somehow I didn’t) I imagine it would not be a pretty scene if I did. One of the monkeys did grab on to my leg and held on for a couple steps. Amazingly the monkeys remained pretty calm and let me pass. Before you know it, I was all the way down the stairs.
Tiger Cave Temple was definitely an awesome adventure and I would highly recommended it to anyone. It is one of those experiences that you will remember for a very long time. Probably more so than lounging on the beach.
Have you visited the Tiger Cave Temple? What did you think? Planning a visit? Let us know in the comments.
I first heard of Railay Beach only a few years ago, while reading other bloggers stories of the beach and seeing their amazing photos. Suddenly this beach located in Krabi province of Thailand shot close to the top of my bucket list. I made it a mission to see it, next time I was in Thailand. That time finally came in June. Since my head was filled with so many picturesque images, the expectations were super high. I was afraid that when I arrived I would be disappointed. Well I’m happy to report that I was not. Railay Beach is still extremely beautiful and I would say one of the best beaches in the world.
Railay may not be the longest beach or have the whitest sand in the world, but what makes Railay so special is the incredible natural scenery and the journey to get there. Railay is only accessible by boat. The best way to get there is by catching a longtail boat in Ao Nang. It costs 100 Baht each way. Depending on the time and season you may have to wait till there are enough people. There is 8 person minimum for the longtail to depart. Since I went in June I had to wait about 15 minutes. Be prepared to get wet while getting in and out of the boat. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes and is very scenic.
As the boat gets closer the dramatic karst limestone cliffs come into full view. At this point I was starting to feel a lot of excitement and little apprehension. I feared that the beach would not live up to my expectations and be very crowded. Incredibly it was not crowded at all and looked as beautiful as I imagined. Being there in June probably had something to do with the low amount of tourists, nevertheless it was much less crowded than Maya Bay.
Railay is much more than just Railay Beach.
The peninsula consists of three beautiful beaches: Railay, Phra Nang beach and Ton Sai beach. Phra Nang beach is accessible by the walking street from Railay, while Ton Sai is accessible through a hiking trail from Railay.
Entrance to the walking street
The path to Phra Nang Beach
There are several caves on Railay. The most famous one being the Phra Nang Cave or the Penis Cave as some call it. One legend says that the cave is a shrine dedicated to a goddess princess named Phra Nang. Today local fisherman leave offerings to her to ensure safe travels on the sea. Many of the offers take the form of male genitalia.
Railay is also home to some 0f the best rock climbing in the world. Climbers of all skill levels are welcome here. Even if you have never rock climbed in your life, this is the perfect place to start. There are many schools here that offer 1 or 3 day courses. One such climbing school is Basecamp Tonsai.
Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach is considered by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It was much more crowded than Railay Beach.
Phra Nang beach
Railay has accommodations for every budget. Ton Sai Beach with its hippie culture generally has the less expensive rooms and bungalows. There are restaurants and even convenient stores.
No need to haul beer to Railay Beach when there are convenient stores here.
Lizard on Railay Beach. Photo Monika JK
My time in Railay was way too short. Looking back I wish I stayed here as opposed to Ao Nang. There are many things I wish I could have done such as rock climbing and trekking to the blue lagoon but did not have enough time. Oh yeah there is a hidden blue lagoon in Railay and the hike to get to it is not exactly easy.
The last longtail boat to Ao Nang leaves at 6pm (18:00). Unless you are staying in Railay you will not get the chance to see brilliant blue bio luminescence light up the water at night or the fire dancing and parties that are happening on Railay Beach.
Railay is truly a paradise, a place I can’t wait to visit again and this time for much longer. So when visiting Krabi stay here and not Ao Nang.
Recently Lonely Planet named their top 500 destinations in the world. Coming in the first position was the Angkor temple complex. Surprised? Don’t be. We at at Travel Feed believe that Angkor is spectacular collection of khmer temples and ruins. Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Angkor is a marvel of human engineering and something that needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate. Here are 20 photos that prove Angkor is the best destination in the world.