Whilst travelling I always try to keep an open mind. However in Malaysia earlier this year I discovered keeping an open mind is not always possible.
My original plan for Malaysia was lounging on white sandy beaches, however this plan quickly strayed.
One unpredicted stop was that of Ipoh.
Not knowing about Ipoh, I turned to my trusty Lonely Planet for ideas on how to spend a day there. The cave temples outside the city received good reviews on trip advisor and seemed like the perfect way to spend the afternoon.
When arriving at Sam Pho Tong temple, we were met by stray dogs and beggars. The ponds containing the terrapin around the temple, were dirty and worn. It was surprising to see other tourists visiting these remotes and run-done temples.
This experience is an example that not everything goes exactly to plan and what others may find interesting might not be exciting for another. But travel is about the gaining of knowledge through new experience and cultures. And although my visit to Ipoh was unexpected and unnecessary, I will always remember the cave grottoes.