The Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, are more than 400 Million years old and have had a temple inside for more than 100 years. The combination of natural history and religious importance makes them an interesting tourist attraction and one of the most unusual sights in Kuala Lumpur, worth the 30 minute trip from the city center!
Kuala Lumpur is easy to reach and inexpensive to visit – check out the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
Even if you haven’t been to the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia, you might have seen the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, with huge trees overgrowing the century old temples, courtesy of Angelina Jolie’s movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” from 2000.
And if you didn’t like the movie, it’s still worth visiting Angkor Wat – seeing this old city that had a population of 1 Million people when London only had 50,000 is fascinating and seeing the jungle reclaim its space is a powerful impression!
Merdeka Square or Independence Square lies at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was known as the “pedang” and used as a cricket green. On August 31st, 1957, the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time here, marking Malaysia’s independence from Great Britain!
KL has become a great springboard to explore South East Asia, as the hub of AirAsia – check out my recommendations for the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a fun city – and it has a long history you can explore in the historic buildings around town, like the red-brick St Anne Bernardine church. It’s worth a walking tour of Vilnius to see this and other beautiful buildings!
My Baltic Explorer trip brought me to Krakow, one of the most popular cities to visit in Poland, and steeped in history. And part of the reason to visit was a trip to the Memorial and Auschwitz Museum for the holocaust at the concentration camp Auschwitz/Birkenau. It remembers one of the darkest periods of mankind’s history and it should be … Continue reading
Jakarta and Bali get all the attention from foreign visitors to Indonesia – but my favorite city in Indonesia and one of the most underrated historic destinations is Yogyakarta with the incredible temples of Borobudur – and without the crowds you’ll find in Angkor Wat or even Bagan!
Angkor Wat is one of the most fascinating historic destinations – so much so that I have returned a few times to visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, just to keep approaching the majestic temple of Angkor Wat via the long causeway and past the reflecting pools with the amazing temple’s mirror image!
I have lived in Southern Germany and later traveled there a lot on business – and Heidelberg became my favorite city to stay during those trips. With it’s historic old town with cobblestone streets and narrow alleys, the big castle overlooking the town and plenty of restaurants and bars, with a mix of tourists and locals, business travelers and students, … Continue reading
If you haven’t had enough history in Lisbon, Europe’s most underrated capital, or just want to enjoy the cooler mountains, Sintra is a great getaway from Lisbon, easy to do as a day-trip. And Pena Palace was my favorite sight on the trip, with it’s different styles from different ages all combined into one castle that looks like straight out of a Disney fairy tale!
Washington D.C., the capital of the United States of America, is one of the top 10 destinations for foreign visitors – and rightfully so. You can not only see the seat of power and historic monuments, but a stunning selection of museums, many of them free to visit! While the beaches and amusement parks elsewhere might be more popular, if … Continue reading