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!
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!
If you are looking to escape from the hustel and bustle of Sydney, Australia, you can head to the Chinese Garden at Darling Harbor. As soon as you leave the crowds of the city behind and step through the doors of the Chinese Friendship Garden, peace settles around you and you can enjoy the beautifully designed and maintained garden to … Continue reading
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!
Kuala Lumpur is not a city I fell in love with on first sight, yet I found myself coming back regularly. It is a modern city in the heart of South East Asia and has become a low-cost carrier hub, making Kuala Lumpur a springboard to explore the region. Enjoy the food, sights and shopping while you are there – … Continue reading
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!
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. Those plans led to a neat grid of streets in the center of Adelaide, surrounded by a ring of parks. While that plan never quite worked out, it left a compact … Continue reading
Merdeka Square or Independence Square lies at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was known as the “pedang” and used as a cricket green. On August 31st, 1957, the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time here, marking Malaysia’s independence from Great Britain!
KL has become a great springboard to explore South East Asia, as the hub of AirAsia – check out my recommendations for the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a fun city – and it has a long history you can explore in the historic buildings around town, like the red-brick St Anne Bernardine church. It’s worth a walking tour of Vilnius to see this and other beautiful buildings!
My Baltic Explorer trip brought me to Krakow, one of the most popular cities to visit in Poland, and steeped in history. And part of the reason to visit was a trip to the Memorial and Auschwitz Museum for the holocaust at the concentration camp Auschwitz/Birkenau. It remembers one of the darkest periods of mankind’s history and it should be … Continue reading