Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is a major Buddhist site which represents the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. It is within the Nepal Terai, a subtropical chain of forests, marshes and grasslands, between the Indian border and Siawalik Range of the Himalayas. Lumbini has been described as the earliest Buddha shrine dating to c. 550 BCE. The site was…

Must See Rock Art from Around the World

Altamira Cave Located in northern Spain and is known to be the first prehistoric painting to be discovered dating to c.16000-11500 years ago Bhimbetka Located in central India dating to c.12000 years ago Chauvet Cave Located in the south of France dating to c.32000 years ago Cueva de las Manos Located in southern Argentina dating…

The Ancient Siamese Capital of Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya has long been a favourite tourist attraction in Thailand. Founded in 1350 CE during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, the now UNESCO listed World Heritage Site has a long history of kingdoms, capitals, trading, and fire. On the 7th April 1767 an army from the Konabaung Dynasty, Burma, entered…

10 World Heritage Sites You Should Not Miss

Angkor Wat Located in Cambodia, this temple complex was built c.12th C CE. Built in the capital of the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II as his temple and mausoleum, this site is the largest religious monument in the world. Borobudur Temple Compounds Built during the Sailendra Dynasty, c.8th–9th C CE, this UNESCO World Heritage…

Spectacularly Photogenic Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Capricorn Caves, Australia The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest…

Developing Tourism at Göbekli Tepe

Tourism is developing in the Urfa region of Turkey as interest grows to visit Göbekli Tepe. This is a c. 11000 year old site which consists of massive carved stones crafted and arranged by people around 6000 years before Stonehenge. Adding to its mystery, this site was built by people who had not yet discovered stone…

Famous Places: what the perspective

Check out these top 10 famous landmarks from the post 23 far away perspectives of famous places as seen on Distractify. Brandenburg Gate Forbidden City Great Wall of China Little Mermaid Mona Lisa Mont St Michel Niagara Falls Pyramids of Giza Sagrada Familia Taj Mahal   Source: Distractify

Thailand in 3 Weeks: Phimai & Ban Non Wat

Monday – 21st January The drive to the Maruay Garden Hotel cost 500 baht for a 45 minute drive. I was only spending an hour here but I got a feel for the hotel. There was a massive foyer, beautiful big staircase, and comfortable waiting area. To the right was the entrance to the dining…

Thailand in 3 Weeks: Bangkok

Friday – 18th January I flew Thai Airways from Brisbane and arrived 8pm local time in Bangkok. The flight was really good – I ate the low cal meals which were delicious. Thai Airways give you a huge range of options for meals when you first buy your tickets. In the airport, you should not…

Origins of Angkor Earthwatch Expedition

In early 2013 I was lucky enough to experience the site of Ban Non Wat through my university. I was using some of the artefacts found here as a part of my honours thesis so I had to go over and do some research. The time I was there was the same time as one…