Archives for November 2013

Ta Prohm-Cambodia

Ta Prohm temple inside of Angkor Thom complex was by far my favorite that we saw while we were in Siem Reap. Remember how I love trees jutting out of rocks? This was pretty much the epitome of just that. It’s even where the tree made famous by Tomb Raider stands in all its glory.

Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap Cambodia

That morning we set our alarms for 4:30am wanting to be at the temple just after five. We knew that most people would be heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise so we were hoping to have Ta Prohm all to ourselves in the perfect sunrise light. We weren’t disappointed. When we arrived, there was just one other couple with the same idea as us. Not even the guards were awake as we passed them, still groggy in their hammocks from the night shift.

We wandered through the never ending maze of crumbling walls, tree roots and the reconstruction of the walls they could still salvage. Each tree seemed even more unique than the last as we gave into our click happy fingers, racking up what felt like hundreds of photos in just a matter of hours.
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When we finally managed to pull ourselves away from the awe that we felt, we could see the tourists filling the space, fresh from seeing what I can only imagine to be yet another beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat. But I would take the silence and emptiness of Ta Prohm over that any day.

Thailand Budget

Thailand Budget

Our trip to Thailand was the longest we have taken thus far. And therefore, coming up with a Thailand budget was more difficult for us. Especially taking into account how much was on our bucket list for the country! Seriously guys, you could spend months here and still not see all of the attractions or participate in all of the adventurous activities they have to offer. To see what we did you can check out our adventures page here. Taking into account that we had activities such as visiting elephants, tigers, going rock climbing, scuba diving and zip lining, we had an idea that if we set our Thailand budget for under $5,000 we would be doing really well and it would give us plenty of leeway for all of the activities the country had to offer. So you can imagine our surprise (and excitement) when we came in way under budget! As with every trip, tickets are always the top determining factor of the budget. Luckily for us, they’re not too outrageous from Korea. You can book tickets to Thailand here.
The Thailand budget below is for 13 nights and 14 days and reflects the price for both my husband and I.

Thailand Budget

Fushimi Inari Shrine-Kyoto, Japan

If I were to pick my top three sites we’ve seen in our travels, the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto Japan would definitely make the list  So much so, we decided to visit a second time! 

fushimi inari shrine, kyoto japanQuick history lesson: It is a shinto shrine put in place in order to worship the God Inari, the God of Rice. Foxes are said to be its messengers which is why several fox statues can be seen along the trail. The large orange gateways are called toriis and there are thousands of them along the two hour trail. All of them are donations from individuals and businesses. Prices for the smaller ones start at around 5,000 us dollars while the larger ones start at around 13,000 us dollars.
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Lucky for us, it was much better weather this time around and we enjoyed hiking up into the mountain through the endless maze of toriis. We left extra early in the morning (we were there around 8am) to beat the crowds that are found so often here. But as you go deeper into the woods, the crowds thin out and you can truly appreciate the serenity of this place. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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