Ubud art Market – Shopper’s haven

Whether you’re an artist, art enthusiast, or just a tourist looking for something new and exciting to do in Bali, visit the Ubud Art Market. Give the beaches, temples and wellness activities a break and head over here to sample a different side to Bali. As there are many places to stay in Ubud, choose an accommodation option which will give you a well rounded holiday experience in Bali such as COMO Shambhala.

Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, the art market is located right opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace that’s open every day for its visitors. However the art market is not just about art, a casual stroll through the market and you will find plenty of things to buy, from colourful silk scarves, hand woven bags, baskets, hate, lightweight shirts, kites and plenty of other hand crafted goods. The Art Market is centrally located around the villages that produce these goods such as Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payagan and Peliatan and in central Ubud which makes it a great place to go shopping for local souvenirs and handicrafts. The Ubud Art Market is said to hold a larger variety of items as compared to other markets in Bali with products like wood carvings, woven baskets, Moroccan style oil lamps, bohemian satin skirts, quilt stitched batik camisoles can be found at the Ubud Art market.

Bargaining during your shopping trip is somewhat expected here and sometimes even encouraged, however do it politely. The market can be visited from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening, but some stalls tend to stay open well in to the night. Once you get here, you will notice that the art market is divided in to two main sections. The main art market is location on the western side, while the market that holds the more traditional items is located on the eastern side.

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Thailand’s Largest National Park – Kaeng Krachan – A walk through the wild side

Giant Centipede in Kaeng Krachan national park, thailand

Giant Centipede in Kaeng Krachan national park | By Tontantravel via Flickr | (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

Thailand is rich in a variety of things which attracts people from all around the world to explore and experience. With around 102 national parks and 21 marine national parks, the Kaen Krachan is Thailand’s largest national park.

Kaeng Krachan National Park was named as a national park in June 1981 and covers an area of 2914 km square and is known to be the largest national park in Thailand.

This national park covers the rainforest section of the north and south part of Thailand and is also a part of the Western Forest Complex which covers an area of 18 730 sq kilometres across 19 protected sites between Myanmar and Thailand.

The national park is famous for its broad and diverse range of wildlife which includes elephants, deer, gibbons, tigers, leopards, dusky langurs, boars and wild cattle.

If you need some online assistance when planning your Thailand vacation, guests have a wide variety of online media sites to such as The Vacation Gateway which will give them with ample information about their destination, including popular attractions, restaurants, things to do, etc.

The park is also known to overlap biozones for birds, which includes about 400 types of birds from hornbills, pheasants etc.

While visiting the park, some of the most iconic things to see is the Thor Thip waterfall, the Pala U waterfall, Wiman cav and Hanuman Plain to name a few.

A trek through the national park is a definite must for the adventurous type visiting Thailand, as it is a significant ecological area, which makes activities like trekking, fun and exciting.

The ideal season to visit the park is between the months of November to February where the climate is cool and dry. However, it should be noted that the weather also depends on what type of animals can be seen at the park.

The rainy period is also known to be the animals’ most common mating season amongst the flourish forest.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

Pilgrimage to Kande Viharaya Temple – Hallowed Shrine on a Hill

Thousands of Buddhist devotees make a pilgrimage to the Kande Viharaya Temple in Aluthgama ,Sri Lanka which is greatly venerated by them. Kande Viharaya Temple is so called because it stands on a hill in Kaluwamodera, Aluthgama, a short distance away from the main Colombo- Galle Road. Some call it the Bentota Kande Viharaya as it is close to the town of Bentota, a major tourist hub. The term Resort Bentota refers to a variety of accommodation and if you are looking for comfort and aqua sports then AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa would be a good choice.

Kande Viharaya Temple was founded by the Venerable Karapagala Dewamitta Thera in 1734 and plays an important role in socio-cultural and religious activities of the country. It became a refuge for the victims of the Tsunami in December 2004 and a memorial for them is found in the chambers below the 160 feet statue of the sitting Buddha, the globe’s tallest. The outer chamber has life size statues of Sri Lankan Kings. The inner chamber has Buddha statues and paintings depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. The entrance to this temple is modern having been built in 2009 and has a thorana modeled on the one in Sanchi, India.

The original stupa erected by the venerable Udugama Chandrasara in the year 2327 of the Buddhist era was very small. A larger stupa enclosing the original stupa was built in the year 2479 of the Buddhist era by the venerable Pothuwila Saranatissa Thera. The stupa is 27 feet high and is dome shaped .A row of lotus petals run above the basal rings and around the dome. Intricate designs embellish the Hatharas Kotuwa and the Devatha Kotuwa. The Relic Chamber is the oldest building and houses the sacred Buddha Relics and the relics of Arahath Seevali. A moonstone lies at the entrance to the relic chamber. A Bo Tree, 09 Devales and the Khettarama Pirivena established by the Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera are part of the temple complex.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.