Phra Pathom Chedi, or “the first Stupa” is located about 50km outside of Bangkok in Nakhon Pathom. It is the tallest Stupa in the world, dating back to the 4th century. Learn the colorful history of this Buddhist site here.
These charismatic statues are among several that encircle the Stupa at its base.
I recently visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a conservation workshop on saving the Eastern Sarus Cranes and the wetlands they need to survive in southeast Asia. One evening our group visited a temple near the hotel and we met this little female long-tailed macaque. She and her sister were digging into the fruit found inside lotus flowers, originally brought to the temple as offerings.
The previous photo of the “school bus” on the streets of Delhi is the anomaly. This is what the traffic is really like, especially on the streets of Old Delhi, a walled city within a city. The 2016 census estimates a population of 18.6 million people, which has risen by nearly a million in just two short years. Perhaps you can see the concentration necessary to navigate such a scene in the eyes of my friend – a resident of India’s capital. He prefers to drive out of the city whenever possible.