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Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

Although I spent just about all my time in Canggu while I was in Bali, I did spend a day exploring a few other places. One of them was the Monkey Forest in Ubud. It’s a pretty popular destination for when you’re in Bali. It makes sense; who wouldn’t want to see some monkeys running around? As any responsible traveller, I’ve done my research on the place after I visited it. What I found out was pretty interesting. Overall, the Monkey Forest is a good place.

Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

How to get a sacred, ancient Sak Yant tattoo in Bangkok

Sak, meaning tattoo in Thai, Yant, Thai pronunciation of yantra, is a form of yantra tattooing. It dates back over 2,000 years. Originally the tattoo was performed by Tai tribes in the region ranging from southwestern China all the way through to northwestern Vietnam. Today, it’s predominantly practiced in Thailand but also to some extent in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. In Thailand, the tattoos are performed by Buddhist monks or wicha practitioners. The tattoo is meant to provide a spell of protection, power, fortune and the like for the bearer. 

How to get a sacred, ancient Sak Yant tattoo in Bangkok

Hiking Adam's Peak for the unfit

Adam’s Peak, locally know as Sri Pada, has an interesting history. The mountain has significance in almost all major religions. In Buddhism, it’s believed to be the footprint of the Buddha. In Hinduism, it’s the footprint of Shiva. While in Islam and Christianity, it’s believes to the first footsteps of Adam on Earth. 

Many people climb the mountain as part of a pilgrimage. Some, like myself, do it as a touristic stop. The mountain is beautiful from the ground. But it provides even better views once you climb its high peak. I’m not the fittest person in the world. I was a bit timid about climbing it. But, I did just fine. Let me tell you about it.

O, I forgot to mention that I did the climb in the middle of the night to watch the 6am sunrise.

Hiking Adam's Peak for the unfit