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!
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.
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!
Tainan is the oldest city of Taiwan and was its capital for more than 2 centuries. From the early forts built by the Dutch East India Company to the rule by Chinese Koxinga and Qing Dynasty, Tainan has a turbulent history and there is a lot to see in the city today, making it a great destination for anybody who wants to learn more about Taiwan! And it’s only a short trip by HighSpeedRail from the modern capital Taipei!
Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis and probably the last thing most people think of is a sandy beach! But, if you want to escape from the hustle of the big city, you only have to take a bus for a short ride across Hong Kong island to Repulse Bay and you can stick your toes into the sand, look out over the ocean or enjoy lunch or drinks in one of the restaurants lining the beach. It’s the most relaxed place I’ve found on the island and it’s worth the trip!
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite destinations in Northern California for a summer getaway or a ski trip in winter! Robin got up very early to catch this great photo of the sun rising over Lake Tahoe on a trip to the North Shore during winter! If a photo like this doesn’t make you want to visit Lake Tahoe, I don’t know what will – it’s a beautiful nature destination and a great place to relax or have fun skiing or snowboarding!
Robin has more, equally captivating photos on Robin’s Photo Site. You can view them, order photos or create photo products on the site!
Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia
The more visitors the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia receive, the more the tours and guides seem to focus on the most popular ones, like Angkor Wat or the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, but if you want to see some impressive temples without the crowds, try to start the day early and go further to see the Citadel of the Women Banteay Srei, a smaller yet beautiful example of early Angkor Architecture!
To make the most out of your visit, I suggest to avoid the tour groups and crowds by going on your own. It’s easy – check out my Tips for getting around Angkor and Best Places to Stay in Angkor!
The best known animal representing Australia might be the Kangaroo, but the cutest by far is the Koala bear. It’s easy to see them – they don’t move much – so check them out, for example in Sydney‘s excellent zoo!
Bondi Beach, Sydney
What makes Sydney special to me is the combination of a vibrant city with fantastic beaches and sunny weather, giving you a chance for fun and relaxation in one trip! What makes it even better is that Sydney’s Eastern Beaches are connected by a beautiful coastal walk, so you can check them out and pick your personal favorite for the day! Which one is yours?
Sydney might have the stunning harbor views with the bridge and opera house, but Melbourne has some interesting sights on its own. You’ll have to look a little closer, but the street art all around the city is pretty amazing and I found myself wondering aimlessly and taking photos in the little neighborhoods – a great way to spend a leisurely day!