Located only 130 kilometers away from Bangkok, this is the most popular destination for the locals and foreigners alike. In order to escape the busy life of Bangkok, I took a weekend tour to the city. There are many places to relax and spend some quality time with your family. Moreover, it is also filled with a rich history of World War II. Here are some of the exciting things that you can do when you are in Kanchanaburi.
Visit Death Railway Bridge
This is the most popular attraction in the city. It gained popularity after the movie had been filmed here. I came to learn that the bridge was made in Japan at Java. It had been brought over by them during World War II. The prisoners of the war used to be stationed here. It served as an important rail link between Burma and Thailand.
Enjoy a Train Journey
Even though the train journeys are pretty slow, I took a ride to catch the natural beauty and the wildlife of the country. The train leaves from Bangkok and is a great way to travel when you are not in a rush. Sit back and catch a glimpse of the ever-changing scenery through the window.
Drop-in an Elephant World
I have visited several elephant parks in Thailand but I have to say that this park is much different than the others. Here, you will find elephants that are abused, old, or sick. They were used previously for some kind of entertainment or work. This is an NGO and the money which is earned is recycled into the scheme. I spent the day working for the elephants and this is what you do in here. You will get to feed them, prepare their food, wash them, and also play with them.
Take a flight from Seoul to Jeju to enjoy the wide range of natural attractions that this island offers. Jeju is just half an hour from Seoul. The attractive waterfalls, clean and clear beaches, lava tube caves, and many more natural wonders left me spellbound.
Attractions in Jeju
Hallasan National Park
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and my trip to this wonderful natural park was memorable. It is very picturesque and houses over 1800 varieties of flora and over 4000 species of animals. If you are an adventurist, then you can even hike the Hallasan Mountains.
This is another landmark and popular waterfall that you should not miss on your visit to Jeju Island. It is the only waterfall in Asia that flows directly into the ocean. To0 get the breathtaking and dazzling visuals of the sea, you need to get on top of the cliff to get access to the observatory.
This cliff was formed from the lava that erupted from the Hallasan Mountain. This lava flowed into the Jungmun Sea. It is a visual treat for your eyes and I liked the work of the stone pillars along the coast.
If you are in a romantic mood and would like to turn horny at night, then this adult theme park must not be missed. There are plenty of huge sculptures of male reproductive organs and erotic scenes spread all over the park. You need to be 20 years of age or more to gain access to this park.
Iho Tewoo Beach
This is a beach very close to Jeju city. It is a natural beauty that has an attractive slope to it. There are a lot of activities that you can do here as a tourist like fishing, surfing, etc. The horse-shaped lighthouses are a landmark sight.
Iloilo is a city I discovered that had urban comforts, scaled-down as compared to Manila, the capital of the country. It is, however, the largest city in the Panay region. What is characteristic of this place is the people here, known as Ilonggo. This is something my friend who owns Alaska Back Care Center had told me about. I was fascinated by what he shared and really got me intrigued & excited to visit and learn more.
People here are connected to the history of the place as well as stay invested in future developments as well. Hence, the community here follows distinct traditions and customs that reflect in their lifestyles, retail as well as in their food. It is an old city that is by the Iloilo River. Over time it has developed its areas, for instance, the vibrant complex called Smallville or the Mandurriao district, the business park area called Megaworld and the riverside boulevard or Esplanade area.
Places to Visit
There are several places that one can visit here with a local tour. I went sightseeing that covered several places such as Miagao church, built around 1787 which has pyramidal towers and is an old church building.Casa Mariquit is an old historic building that has a grandiose design, owned by the prominent Philippines VP in 1803.
My tour also stopped by BulabogPuti, a national park which covers 847 hectares of forest area; there are about dozens of caves here which is a delight for spelunkers.A must visit is also at Museo Iloilo; here indigenous people of the Ati tribe have their weavings and other handicrafts on display.
SM City as several themed restaurants at the different malls among which I explored several. Wawa is a heritage restaurant here with Spanish and Chinese dishes of heritage value. The breakthrough restaurant is an open-air eatery where one can select fresh seafood for cooking. These are some of the several places to visit and local cuisine to explore while you are here.