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Fantastic Foto Friday: More than beaches – the dramatic coast line of Phuket, Thailand!

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: See the quieter side of Bangkok!

Benjakitti Park

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Getting away from Bali’s crowds – Batur Mountain & Lake

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!

Fantastic Foto Friday: Jungle Temple Ta Phrom in Angkor, Cambodia

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Honeymoon in the Maldives

Conrad Rangali Pool

The Maldives are on of my Top 5 Romantic Getaways – and when you see the stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and experience the luxurious hotels, it’s easy to understand why so many couples plan to spend their honeymoon there!
The Conrad Maldives where this photo was taken, is one of my all-time favorite hotels for points stays and we thoroughly enjoyed it! It offers great privacy, beautiful beaches, an innovative underwater restaurant and impeccable service!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: A Quiet Corner in a Busy City: Chinese Garden, Singapore

I call Singapore “Asia for Beginners” – because it is the easiest city to visit in Asia. Some people think it is just a big city – but I have lived there: Dig a little deeper and you can find plenty of peaceful places to rest and relax, like in the Chinese Garden!
Interested to go – check out my Travel Made Easy – Getting to Singapore, and Getting around the cityWhere to Stay and What to Do in Singapore

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Fantastic Foto Friday: The largest flower on Earth – Rafflesia

Rafflesia is considered the largest single flower of any plant on Earth, at least by weight, and I took these photos in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo! It takes 6-9 months from the bud in the upper left to flower – and the bloom only lasts 2-3 days, making this a very rare sighting, before it dies in the bottom right!
It’s easy to get around Sabah, cheap to stay and the wildlife is incredible – check out the Top 5 things to do

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Private Beach near a busy city: Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, Northern Borneo, and a busy city with a population of around 500,000 people. And while most people us it as their base to explore the Orang Utans at Sepilok or the wildlife in the Danum Valley preservation area, you also can have the long, sandy beach of Tanjung Aru almost to yourself – a great place to relax after hiking Mt Kinabalu or exciting wildlife watching!
Find out more, How to find flight deals to Kota KinabaluHow to Get around Sabah &  Where to Stay and the Top Things to Do!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: History, Food & Fun in Penang, Malaysia

George Town on Penang Island is one of my favorite cities in Malaysia: The colorful, multi-culturual city offers impressive cultural sights like Kek Lok Si Temple above, historic buildings like Town Hall and Fort Cornwallis from colonial times and the food & fun of the Old Town with lots of character. Add in the sandy beaches elsewhere on the island, and you have a complete vacation just a short flight from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Hike the highest mountain on Borneo – Mt Kinabalu!

Kota Kinabalu is the capital and gateway to Sabah in Northern Borneo, home to the Orang Utan and fantastic wildlife watching at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center or in the Danum Valley preservation area, the final frontier in wildlife watching! But you can also hike up the highest mountain of Borneo, stunning Mt Kinabalu
Find out more, How to find flight deals to Kota KinabaluHow to Get around Sabah &  Where to Stay and the Top Things to Do!