the fabulous paige who is off gallivanting and enjoying europe asked me if i wanted to write her “wanderlust wednesday” post while she was gone. “of course”, i replied! you see, my case of wanderlust is quite serious, as i truly want to visit every corner of the world. so, i could write a post on my wanderlust-y places every day. hehe.
and there are so many different kinds of trips that i want to take, all of them with a different purpose or meaning: like, a historical trip to old places so i can learn more about the world. or a relaxing trip to some place tropical and warm. or a wilderness trip filled with hiking and camping and nature and sunsets.
but, one of the most intriguing trips i want to take is a pilgrimage. of course, i actually think of traveling of a spiritual experience in and of itself. but, to take a pilgrimage to holy, sacred, spiritual places would be incredible. think ashrams in india or temples in china or ancient ruins in south america. think about the great pyramids in egypt or mythological places in greece or jerusalem, the heart of three different religions.
i just imagine that a trip like any one of those would be inspirational, transforming, powerful, and empowering. so, today, i’d like to share with you some crazy awesome places that i ran across that seem to fit this style of traveling. and the amazing thing is that these, for me at least, count as spiritual and wilderness/nature trips. two for one!
apparently there are buddhist temples located in caves. of course, we usually think of holy places reaching up to the sky, but these are buried deep within the earth. perhaps to reflect the practice of meditation, of going within… because you literally go within the earth to visit these holy caves.
Phraya Nakhon Cave: Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand
Datdawtaung Cave: Mandalay region, Myanmar
Khao Luang Cave Temple: Phetburi, Thailand
Yathae Pyan Cave: Kayin state, Myanmar
Wat Tham Erawan: Nong Bua Lamphu province, Thailand
i can hardly believe these places exist! but, how amazing would it be to visit them?
namaste. – liz