The Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok is outside the main areas I recommend for visitors and suffers from split personality. The partial renovation of the hotel might leave you in a large, but outdated room in need of renovation or a modern, renovated room that’s delightful. In either case, you get great service, a big gym and pool and an ok … Continue reading
When visiting Siem Reap to see the ancient temples, Angkor Wat gets most of the attention as an overwhelmingly beautiful temple. While Angkor Thom might not have any single temple as impressive, the pure size of this ancient city complex is mind-boggling as you wander through it: From individual temples like the one above with its long causeway to the parade grounds with giant elephant statues and the huge faces staring at you from other temples, it is a grand complex far outstripping cities of the time in Europe.
Check out my Destination Guide Angkor to find out what else not to miss, where to stay and eat and how to get around – all on one page and in 5 minutes!
After a few days of fighting Bangkok traffic, touring the sites or exploring crowded malls, taking a break from the crowds seems like a great idea. But how do you escape the crowds in this busy city of more than 8 million people? You head to one of the parks that are a green oasis for a stroll, a snack … Continue reading
Jomtien is my favorite beach in the Pattaya area and if you are looking for a budget hotel right on the beach, the bbhouse is a great option. You get a modern and clean room, with a/c, fridge and a good shower with friendly service just steps from the beach and lots of restaurants, bars and shops. There are few … Continue reading
Luang Prabang in Laos is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited. Nestled on a pensinusla between two rivers, the old town is a Unesco World Heritage site and offers a great getaway with wonderful sights!
Read about my first visit many years ago and my recent return – Luang Prabang, Reloaded.
If you are in Bangkok, The City of Angels, on business or for leisure, and want a little beach time to escape from the bustle of the city, you have a few choices: The closest beach destination and most popular one is Pattaya, just 2-3 hours South of the capital. Read on to find out how to make the most … Continue reading
The Mercure Bangkok Makkasan is the latest Accor hotel to open in Bangkok, located near the Airport Rail Link (ARL) Station Makkasan, one stop from Asoke/Sukhumvit. The Mercure has the nicest rooms you’ll find in Bangkok in this price category, a nice pool and gym. But the location that sounded great on paper is terrible, forcing a long walk along … Continue reading
Bangkok is a fun city and it’s most beautiful from high above at sunset. With plenty of rooftop bars to choose from, like my favorites Octave or Vertigo, you can pick a good spot, order a drink and wait for the sun to settle over the busy city and the lights to blink all over. It’s a fantastic way to end a day in Bangkok, the City of Angels – don’t miss it!
Hong Kong is a bustling city that never stops and that is fun and exhilarating. And when it is just too much, there is an easy escape from the crowds with a short trip the relaxing beaches of Repulse Bay on the Southern side of Hong Kong island, only a short ride away! You can dig your toes into the … Continue reading
Boracay is famous for it’s soft, white sand beaches and clear warm water and has won plenty of “best island” awards. It’s the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines and has welcomed millions of visitors! I’ve been to Boracay several times and found it to have some of the finest sand, warm water and friendly locals to greet you. But … Continue reading