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!
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Ko Samui is one of the most popular beach getaways in Thailand. You can head to the lively beach of Chaweng or retreat to a luxury hotel to be pampered in a peaceful hideaway, like at the beautiful InterContinental Ko Samui with stunning views like above!
During my first trip to the white powdery beaches of Boracay, we stayed at Fridays, the original Boracay destination hotel, and had a magical experience. 15 years later, much has changed on Boracay, but White Beach is still amazing and we chose Fridays again to show friends from the US the island experience – and it didn’t disappoint! … Continue reading
Phuket is the most popular beach destination in Thailand with more than 6 million visitors per year and some buzzing beach towns – but despite the crowds, you can still find peaceful beaches around the island, from quiet luxury resorts to remote little beaches, you’ll have plenty of choices to find your favorite beach!
I came to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, for the unspoiled nature and incredible nightlife – but was looking for a peaceful beach to relax. And the nicest beach is also easy to reach and almost deserted: Tanjung Aru Beach is 20 minutes by car from town, near the airport and you get beautiful sunsets to boot – what’s not to like? … Continue reading
Puerto Galera is the closest “white beach” to Manila, with the island feel that’s harder to find on the beaches of Luzon and has been a favorite for weekend trips for decades. With low-cost airlines, it has become much more affordable to go to the many other islands in the Philippines and there is a lot of competition – but … Continue reading
Most visitors to Phuket, the most popular island in Thailand, never leave their hotel or beach town. If you want to get away from the tourist crowds for an evening out on town with a more local feel, head to Chillva Market – a mostly local Thai crowd is doing some shopping, hanging out with friends, listening to live bands … Continue reading
Phuket is the most popular beach destination in Thailand – it’s easy to get to, is very inexpensive and has a lot of activities night and day, bringing in the tourist crowds. The naughty nightlife and cheap prices bring in the crowds – and also turn of others in search for a quieter, more “Thai” beach vacation. But thanks to … Continue reading
I consider Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, one of the most underrated cities in Europe. And if you want to combine it with a beach getaway, you can be in charming Cascais in less then an hour to hang out on the beach, enjoy the beautiful palace above, the fortress or the pedestrian area with its many restaurants and stores!
I’m a city person and I enjoyed everyone of my visits to Boston – and I also enjoy getting away from the city for a relaxing weekend. On my most recent trip to the East Coast of the United States, we planned a road-trip along the Maine coastline to the North-East of Boston, a combination of the easy & close … Continue reading