EXPERIENCE ART IN PARADISE

Have you ever thought, “How would I look on the cover of TIME magazine?”,  “How would it be to drink water alongside a Giraffe?” . Well, questions like these can be answered by being a part of the many installations at Art in Paradise.  Art in Paradise is one of a kind illusion art museum situated in Pattaya, Thailand. Shin Jae Yeoul, a Korean artist is the museum director. He along with other Korean artists have collaborated and revamped an old rundown building into a spectacular journey.

Art in Paradise is about 5800 square meters in area and the expenditure to build this was approximately 50 million Baht. The building is divided into separate rooms; each themed room has a range of 3D illusion paintings. Some of the many themes are, Underwater World, Classic Paintings, and Landscapes. There are markings on the floor in front of each installation indicating the best possible camera angle to take the picture.

This is a great place to come to with family, friends or on a date, you will leave with amusing memories captured on your camera. It would take you around two hours to get through the entire museum. There is no fixed time that you need to spend with a particular painting. Your imagination is the limit! Through well thought shading and placement of shadows and lighting on each painting, the images look spectacularly believable.

The entrance fee for foreign nationals is 500 Baht (Adult) and 300 Baht (Child). For Thai citizens it is 150 Baht. Art in Paradise is located on Pattaya 2nd Road in North Pattaya. It is open on all days from 9:00 A.M. – 9 P.M.

 Art in Paradise is a unique art gallery experience that makes the viewer part of the art.

TRAVEL MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON

Before I started travelling, I was someone who would think twice before engaging in a conversation with a stranger. Now, after a few short trips that has completely changed. Travel is a wonderful teacher! It’s only when you get out of your comfort zone that you realize what you are capable of. For instance, during my travels in Sikkim, my friend and I gelled really well with our driver. We stayed the night at his friend’s house (a complete stranger!) after being caught up in a landslide. Travel makes everyone a more amazing person.

So what does travel bring out in you? Let me highlight a few qualities:

 

Open mindedness

We’ve always been told  as kids, “Don’t talk to strangers”. I would say, “Do the exact opposite! When on the road, talk to as many people as possible. Travel definitely breaks stereotypes. By talking to people you will make new friends, learn about different cultures and most importantly, realize that the world does not always judge you. You will stop being conscious of every move you make. You will empathize better. A friend for a lifetime might just be a “Hey” away.

 

Being minimalistic

When you travel you will realize how little you really need to survive. You will meet people who own much less than you but are very content and happy with their lives. Once you are back home you will start valuing the small things in life, the experiences. And of course you will spend most of your time trying to figure out a way to escape again!

 

Adapting to change

You will face landslides, floods, delays, unruly co-travelers – the list goes on. After a while, you get used to such situations and you deal with them like a champ. You become more patient and calm, qualities that will stand you in good stead all your life.

 

Better at socializing

When you travel alone or with friends to new destinations, meeting and interacting with people is a given. You talk to strangers for directions, for information, or just for the heck of it!  Even if you are an introvert, over time, you start enjoying this. You also get adept at small talk and master the quickest way to get to know a person. You will find engaging in a conversation will be much easier than the time you felt nervous to say “Hi” to a mutual friend.

 

Following your heart

Often we think a hundred times before doing anything and later regret not doing it. I was at Khaosan Road in Bangkok, where I came across a street vendor selling fried scorpions. I was dithering with the usual ‘should-I-shouldn’t-I’, but I knew I might never get such an opportunity again, so I just went ahead and ate a SCORPION! When you travel, you will face many situations that will make you think twice. Do as your heart says as there might not be a next time.

 

Knowledgeable

You will speak to a myriad of people, experience different cultures, visit exotic places. You will know how different people are and the way people behave. This knowledge is hardly attained through books. Only travel will teach you this.

Travel simply makes you a happier person. You will be more confident, outgoing and witty. You can either sit at home and just think about going to your dream destination or you can just pack and leave. It’s all about being there. The choice is yours.