Sukhothai Historical Park

From the Sanskrit meaning of “Dawn of Happiness”

Buddha in sukhothai park duirng sunset.
Buddha in sukhothai park during sunset.

Thailand’s most impressive World Heritage Sites constructed during the Kingdom of Sukhothai era from 1235-1438 AD. Spreading over an area of 5 km, this ruin is too big for you to walk within a few hours. Having your own transport is the most convenient and comfortable to get around. Your transport can drop you near the entrance where you can walk and explore on your own the nearby ruins. There are many scattered over a large area, some are quite well restored while some are just pile of bricks. Quite a number of the Buddha statures are said to be original.

An early morning tour or late afternoon is the best time to be there as it’s cooler and give you more choice of photo opportunities.

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Cruising on the wild side in Botswana

Chobe National Park

River cruise at Chobe National Park, Botswana
Evening river cruise at Chobe National Park, Botswana

There was a loud thud at the back of the boat follow by a loud splash of something big hitting the water. Almost at the same time we all turned our attention away from the group of hippopotamus less than 5 meters in front of us. We throw a questioning look at Innocent, our local guide but he gave us an equally innocent look and says “oh it just crocodile chasing fishes and hit our boat.” Oh great, in front of us a group of hippos lying half submerge and doesn’t look too happy at being disturb from their afternoon nap and beneath our tiny boat crocodiles are chasing fishes in wild abandon. Welcome to the Chobe River cruise.

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Explore the rugged and wild parks, or take roller coaster ride on a 4×4 at the multiple story tall sand dunes..

NamV1_DSC7051 …The sound of the crashing wave from the Atlantic Ocean against the sand dune, the rustlings of shifting sand in the desert to the calls of the wild in the National Parks are just some of the excitement you will find in Namibia. The diversity is there. The effect of colonization by the Germany is still evident in the building especially in Swakopmund with its German like township.

And a visit to the Himba tribe will take you back to the future. Or the a visit the huge Etosha National Park will brings you face to face with the wild side of Africa. Self drive into the park with Zebras and deer running by the side as the Giraffe and elephant move ever so slowly and occasional keeping an eye on you.

As for the king of the savannah, it will depend on your luck. We only saw a family of them sleeping lazily under the tall bushes sheltering themselves from the hot afternoon sun.

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