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Dana Biosphere Reserve: Jordan’s Wild Side Dana Biosphere is a wild, rugged and picturesque part of Jordan that many people miss, yet it's an ideal balance to the...

Dana Biosphere Reserve, Tafilah Governorate, Jordan

Around the Czech Republic in 22 Photos You're invited to take a photo tour around the Czech Republic with these 22 images, all captured during our 3-week road...

Czechia

Surprising Photos from Iraqi Kurdistan Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Here's a photo tour of Kurdistan - hardly the war-torn desert wasteland you might imagine from news reports. Read more

Kurdistan Region

These Photos of Nan Lian Garden Will Inspire You to Visit Hong Kong Golden Pagoda in Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong, China Nan Lian Garden is a place of beauty and peace in hectic Hong Kong. It's also a perfect Tang Dynasty garden that screams...

Nan Lian Garden, Fung Tak Road, Hong Kong

How to Photograph Thaipusam at Batu Caves Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia If you're attending Thaipusam at Batu Caves, these tips on how to photograph the Hindu festival will help you capture th...

Batu Caves Selangor Malaysia

Fountains and Squares in Madrid: A Photo Essay Fountains and Squares in Madrid - Ap Photo Essay A bus tour of Madrid reveals a few of the many beautiful fountains and squares to be found in Spain's capital city. Read...

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Venice is Where I Found my New Travel Partner Venice is Where I Found My New Travel Partner Dear Luke and Leia, I know this will be strange for you two grandchildren to read, but Venice is where I found my new tr...

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Am I Really in Rome for Two Days? Am I Really in Rome for Two Days? Where to start when way too many sites are unfairly distributed to just one glorious city? Am I really in Rome for two d...

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Why Do I Have to Go to Paris? Why Do I Have To Go To Paris So I ask; why do I have to go to Paris? I don’t speak the language. I don’t really like France. The only good thing abou...

Paris, France

Investigating Our Family Roots: Kinsale, Cobh and Blarney Kinsale, Irish family roots On our 2-week road trip through Ireland, we explore Kinsale, Cobh and Blarney while Dan tracks his Irish family roots. R...

Cobh, Ireland

Our 15 Best Instagram Travel Photos from 2015 15 best images from our As We Saw It Instagram account, based on likes from our followers. (Have you followed us yet?) R...

Strolling Through Casco Viejo in Panama Strolling Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama Strolling through Casco Viejo's brick paved streets makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time where life was much...

Casco Viejo, Panama

Postcard from Panama: Day Trip to Isla Grande A Day Trip To Isla Grande A day trip to Isla Grande, a Caribbean island on the north coast of Panama that is popular day trip from Panama City. Re...

Isla Grande, Colón Province, Panama

Get Lost in Venice, Italy Get lost in Venice back streets and canals Escape the tourist crowds of Venice: Seek to get lost and lose yourself among its winding back streets and narrow canals...

Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Can You See Many Birds in Panama? Birding in Panama Panama is a bird mecca. People try to see how many varieties they can find. Here are some of the birds and other animals...

Pipeline Road, Corregimiento de Cristóbal, Colón Province, Panama

How to Prepare to Photograph Rothenburg How to Prepare to Photograph Rothenburg A photographer shares his tips on how to photograph Rothenburg, Germany (or any other town) while traveling. Read more

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Layover in London: Cruise on the Thames River cruise on the Thames What to do with free time during a layover in London? Why not take a river cruise on the Thames from Westminster to Gree...

Greenwich, England, United Kingdom

Layover in London: A Quick Sightseeing Tour A layover in London includes a quick sightseeing tour and a view of the city from above on the London Eye. Read more

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour: See It From the Water Get a unique perspective of a unique city by taking an Amsterdam canal cruise. It's #1 of the best things to do. Read mo...

Amsterdam Canal Cruises, Stadhouderskade, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cades Cove in the Smokies: An Autumn Color Story Full moon over Cades Cove, Tennessee A stunning Cade's Cove photo essay from America's Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Read more

Cades Cove, Blount County, TN, United States

Postcard from Boquete Panama A river runs through the valley of Boquete Panama Boquete, tucked snugly in Panama's mountains, is a popular expat community. It's well known for its annual coffee and fl...

Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama

When Koblenz Hosted the Germany National Flower Show Koblenz Flower Show Photos and article about Germany's biannual national flower show, held in Koblenz in 2011. Read more

Koblenz, Germany

Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro, Panama Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro For a truly memorable Panama adventure, snorkeling in Bocas del Toro is a must-do. Read these tips before you go. Read m...

Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Enjoying the Panama International Air Show The Panama International Air Show, at Panama Pacifico International Airport, is a fun day for all ages. Read more

Aeropuerto Internacional Panama Pacifico, Panamá Oeste, Panama

Postcard from the Pearl Islands Isla Contadora in the Pearl Islands A photo essay from a getaway to the Pearl Islands in Panama. See where the hit television series "Survivor" was filmed....

Photos from Cuenca Ecuador: 13 Colonial Balconies Balcony Walk in old town Cuenca, Ecuador Amazing architectural details can be found in Cuenca's colonial balconies: such as eye-popping color and intricate wroug...

Banco Pichincha, Cuenca, Ecuador

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How to Photograph Thaipusam at Batu Caves

Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As one of the Kuala Lumpur's top attractions, you should make it a point to visit Batu Caves while you're in town. However, there is one time of year when the site is especially popular, and that's when Tamil Hindus go there to celebrate Thaipusam.

Batu Caves had long been on our “must visit” list, and the festival was a perfect reason to go. We find it hard to resist a cultural experience like that. It's loud, colorful, and festive. But you'll need a strong stomach for the experience and we'll explain why down below.

For us, the biggest question was, how do you photograph a site you've never visited before, especially with more than one million people in attendance?

This following the challenge of getting up at 4:00 a.m., only to learn the hard way that the MRT subway doesn't run that early in Kuala Lumpur. Time for Plan B: Find an Uber driver who is awake that early and willing to take us to the city's outskirts.

It took a while, but we managed.

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