Bored of staying in? Get out online

The Hornedjitef coffin and a mummified cat at the British Museum. photo courtesy of www.britishmuseum.org

People are now encouraged to avoid public spaces and keep a distance from others during the Covid-19 pandemic, so many of them opt for online activities instead.

If you have had enough of online chats, games, movies and TV series, you may feel like "going outside" by taking some virtual tours. Here are some websites including a museum, an aquarium and a national park which are worth checking out.

The British Museum provides virtual tours on its website britishmuseum.org and offers interesting content on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The museum displays about 8 million objects from various continents. It highlights artefacts which are online including a mummified cat and the coffin of the Hornedjitef mummy from Egypt. The site is well-designed, easy to use, and informative.

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, US, offers live webcams at georgiaaquarium.org/webcam. As Thailand is in a different timezone from Georgia, it is best to watch the latest video recordings instead. To watch colourful jellyfish move around in blue water is so soothing. African penguins and southern sea otters are so adorable.

You can view a number of individual species such as beluga whales, piranhas and California sea lions.

Yosemite National Park is located in California, famous among rock climbers for its granite cliffs as well as its spectacular views for photographers. The site virtualyosemite.org, created by photographer Scott Highton, takes internet surfers to see more than 200 locations in Yosemite, such as the tops of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point, in 360-degree images.

The National Museum of Natural History in the US and its website naturalhistory.si.edu are great for people interested in plants, animals and fossils, especially dinosaurs. Its dinosaur collections are wide and include both non-avian and avian species. Seeing huge skeleton dinosaurs up-close is very impressive.

Jellyfish at Georgia Aquarium. photo courtesy of www.georgiaaquarium.org

Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park. photo courtesy of virtualyosemite.org