Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, was planned to be the capital of Australia, settled by free immigrants and not convicts like the bigger cities Sydney and Melbourne. While that plan never quite worked out, you have a very walk-able city with historic buildings like the Glenelg Townhall, a pedestrian mall and nice parks. Or you can enjoy the surrounding wine country or head out for a road trip on the Great Ocean Road!
Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it was love on first sight for me – and the stunning harbor views with the iconic bridge – the locals say: hahhbahhh bridge – are a big wow factor for anybody visiting for the first time!
And I’m still stunned every time I see it on my many return visits, feeling compelled to take one more photo! I recommend to go and take your own photos, it’s worth it!
What makes Etosha National Park so unique is that the wildlife watching is focused on the water holes the animals come to in this very dry park, so you can sit quietly and watch the animals, without having to rush around in a jeep like on other safaris. And it’s especially beautiful and peaceful at sunset – it’s a sight I’ll never forget!
If you want to get away from crazy, busy Manila and find some peace & quiet in nature, Taal Lake & Volcano is your best bet – you can get stunning views over the lake from hotels like Taal Vista or restaurants on the crater rim, take a boat trip across the lake or hike on the island to yet another crater rim – with another lake and island!
If you are coming to Kuala Lumpur to shop, Bukit Bintang should be your destination: From glizzy high-end malls to outdoor food markets and six floors of gadgets for geeks, there is everything you need within walking distance.
Find out more in my shopping guide for KL and the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
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!
Most people come to Phuket for its sandy beaches, warm water and sunny weather. Many look forward to great food and fun nightlife. But one of the most impressive sights Phuket has to offer is the impressive coast line in Phang-nga National Park with the dramatic limestone cliffs dropping into the ocean! So, if you spend your vacation on Phuket, make sure to take a tour of the beautiful nature surrounding it!
Bangkok, the City of Angels, is known and loved for its busy markets and malls, historic sights, great food and buzzing nightlife. But if you look a little, you can also find the quieter side, with nice parks like Banjakitti above. If you need a break from the crowds, check it out in the early evening when the temperatures are most pleasant!
Bali can get very busy during the dry season from June to August and if you want to get away from the crowds to enjoy nature, head North to Lake Batur. With Mount Batur on one side and even higher Mount Agung on the other, you get some dramatic views. If you really want to get away, you can join a group or hire a mountain guide to take you to the top of these mountains for even better views!
Excited about visiting Bali? Check out my tips for Getting Around Bali, the Best Places to Stay and other Things To Do for more!
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!