Pattaya is the closest and most convenient beach destination from Bangkok, The City of Angels! But, it also has a reputation for its raunchy nightlife. If you want to escape for a weekend from bustling Bangkok or add a few beach days to your trip exploring the country, without getting stuck among girlie bars, drinking and loud music, check out my guide … Continue reading
Taipei is one of the most open and progressive cities in Asia. A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) near Taipei’s Main Station will make that very clear with its thought provoking exhibits that I didn’t expect here and haven’t seen much elsewhere in Asia!
If you are surprised too, check out my Destination Guide Taipei to find out more about this interesting city!
The Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya is an upscale city hotel, between South Pattaya and Jomtien, a short walk from the beach. You get a small room with upscale finishes and fast internet, as well as professional service and a very good breakfast. You’ll have a nice rooftop pool, but are not oceanfront. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a beach … Continue reading
While most visitors to Taiwan focus on Taipei, Taiwan has some amazing wilderness to explore. The mountains across the island are steep, the forests dense and the mountain streams crystal clear. My favorite place to hike is Taroko Gorge, a short high-speed train ride from Taipei, Taiwan. It’s a great nature getaway from the busy city and worth a side trip!
But it all starts in Taipei, so check out my Destination Guide Taipei to plan your own trip to Taiwan!
The Heritage Beach Resort has a prime beachfront location on Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, just a short ride from Bangkok! It offers full resort benefits, including a multi-level pool area, big gym and spa, as well as a restaurant, making this one of the best places for a relaxing beach getaway from busy Bangkok and resort experience. The room is huge … Continue reading
Melaka Fort Afomosa
Melaka in Malaysia has an interesting colonial history, with the Portuguese, Dutch and British each in control of the important harbor for 150 years. Throw in the presence of Chinese, Arab and Indian traders and you get a veritable melting pot with hundreds of years of history. Fort Afomosa sits on the hill above the city and offers great views over the city and glimpses into the past!
To plan your own getaway, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!
Taipei, the Capital of Taiwan, is an interesting city few people have on their travel radar. It has a turbulent, rich history that is well documented and today is one of the most open & progressive cities in Asia. My first trip to Taipei was a convenient stop-over from the US to South East Asia – and I have returned … Continue reading
Nha Trang in South Central Vietnam is blessed with endless beaches. You can walk for miles along the boardwalk or sandy shore and enjoy the view out over the warm see. You’ll find some quirky spots like “Happy Beach” along the way – first time I saw a piano right on the beach walk! And that beach is available on a budget, with prices for 4- and 5-star hotels under $100 – what’s not to like?
Check out my Destination Guide Nha Trang to plan your own beach getaway.
Manila has an interesting colonial history and is rapidly becoming a modern city. A great place to see the contrast is at Fort Santiago, the historic, Spanish colonial fortress, with a view across the Pasig River onto the skyline of the city!
To plan your own trip to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, start with my Destination Guide Manila!
Updated 2020: Getting around Phuket is a hassle and one of the reasons I rather visit (or recommend) other islands in Thailand. Pretty much any land transport available exposes you to one scam or another, resulting in some of the highest taxi prices you’ll pay anywhere in Asia, including some of the most expensive cities on the planet, like Singapore … Continue reading