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The ancient Swayambunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) is Kathmandu‘s most important Buddhist shrine.The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point.
I was roaming around the temple with my tourist guide and suddenly He asked me to wear this dress and take a photo with the Stupa on my background.
We rented this costume and my tour guide doesn’t want me to shell out money to pay for the costume rent. I insisted to pay Him but he doesn’t want to take it. I was so lucky to have these people around me during my stay in Nepal. I’ve met beautiful person who are willing to help those tourist / jet-setter like me.
Highlights of my visit to Swayambhunath Stupa:
- I would recommend you to climb the full 365 steps to the top.- you’ll enjoy watching those monkeys on the way up to Stupa, also you can see vendors selling some stuffs.
- The Stupa offers great views over Kathmandu, especially in the early evening.To catch the Tibetan pilgrims, you will need to arrive before 9am.
- You can roam around the Stupa at the very top.
- Enjoy the fresh air and the view of Kathmandu from the top.
Facts: Monkeys live to the north-west of the complex; they are said to be holy because they grew out of head lice living in the bodhisattva (enlightened person) Manjusri’s long hair!
Beware as some of them will grab your bag and steal your food. Look what happened to my ice cream Lol.. I was shocked and freaked out ahaha it was so funny as this little monkey stole my ice cream and I can’t do anything but to share it or else he might run after me Lol.
I am lucky to have this spacious room to stay on my 2 nights in Siem Reap. Unfortunately, I’ve been travelling solo that time so this room was all mine lol.! I found this Guesthouse online and If I remember I’ve booked only for one single bed, as obviously I am traveling solo. The good news was when I arrived in the guesthouse the owner asked me to stay in this room without any additional charge. (Oh thank you!)
Oh Btw, you’ll meet a lot people with a kind heart along the way and that’s for sure!! Unfortunately, you will come across those disrespectful and jerks too, so be careful.
This guesthouse will not cost you arm and leg. I recommend this to those who would like to travel solo, couple or wether you’re traveling as a group.
Check out their website for more infos. — http://www.bousavyguesthouse.com/
This was the first-ever out of the country I have visited in 2013. And guess what, this was my first-ever solo travel that i really enjoyed without companionship. I was 23 years old when I first visited this beautiful country of Cambodia.
This obscure country is worth visiting especially for those who are fond of visiting temples. Cambodia has a massive stone temples to offer. The picture you can see behind me was the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Visitors are allowed to visit only the throne hall.
And if you would like to go & see what’s there inside, you have to remember these things:
- Be aware ladies, there is a strict dress code, regarding how much skin you can show, No Shorts or skirts are allowed. Don’t show your beautiful and smooth legs Lol!
- You better cover yourself or you can either wear a short/skirt below the knee.
- No Picture taking allowed. (I’m not really sure if they are allowing it now as this was 3 years ago.)
- It is also not allowed to wear any hats and backpacks.
- It is always best to search online beforehand and see what are the do’s and dont’s of those particular tourist spots you would like to visit.
Those are the things you can consider while visiting this place. But as I’ve said earlier, you better check beforehand to make sure you know the rules, and you will not screw up your travel while visiting some tourist attraction.
As you can see on the picture, I’m showing off my skin and I wasn’t able to enter the Palace WaaaHHhh…!Lesson learned.
So always be aware about the Do’s and Dont’s of the places you’re going to visit so you will not miss all the fun!..