Truly one of the most rewarding experience we have ever had. Instead of riding elephants or watching them do tricks like caged animals, you care for rescued elephants-- feeding them, bathing them, etc. These are incredible creatures and the workers at Patara understand and respect them. Must go!
Cultural Landscape of Bali: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy (Indonesia), forms a cultural landscape of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 hectares. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, Cultural Landscape of Bali: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy (Indonesia), forms a cultural landscape of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 hectares. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as subak, that dates back to the 9th century. Included in the landscape is the 18th-century Royal Temple of Pura Taman Ayun, the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island. The subak reflects the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. This philosophy was born of the cultural exchange between Bali and India over the past 2000 years and has shaped the landscape of Bali. The subak system of democratic and egalitarian farming practices has enabled the Balinese to become the most prolific rice growers in the archipelago despite the challenge of supporting a dense population. One of 26 New World Heritage Sites added in 2012!…see moresee less
Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. One of 2 World Heritage Sites in Cambodia!
Known as the City of Temples, Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Great place to get your stair workout. Try this one a few times and you will be praying in no time just to get back down!
Not only is Budapest the capital city of Hungary as well as being a favored spot for global travelers, it has the world's largest thermal cave system. So it is hot in more ways than one. Also holds an incredible amount of World Heritage Sights throughout.
the coliseum was awesome to see in person. i suggest buying tickets online in advance if you would like to avoid the very long ticket buying line. we used the rick steves audio tour to learn about the most important coliseum facts.
If you have an ecological bent this is the place for you. These supertrees actually harness solar energy and add to the terrific ambiance of this Singapore garden icon. Only the most adventurous will attempt to climb one though... the go up to about 150+ feet.