Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”, is Thailand’s second city and a great place to escape to from bustling Bangkok. It’s a little calmer and cooler, set in the Northern mountains of Thailand. One place you shouldn’t miss is Wat Phratat Doi Suthep temple. The buddhist temple sits on top of Doi Suthep mountain and offers stunning views over the valley and the city.
Do plan your own trip to Chiang Mai, the Rose of the North, for a weekend getaway (or more), check out my Chiang Mai Guide with things to see and places to stay and eat!
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Chiang Rai first became known as the entry point to the “Golden Triangle” between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, but today is a wonderful city to visit for his peace & quiet along the river, beautiful mountains and stunning temples.
This Golden Temple is part of the White Temple (confusing, i know) and one of the most impressive sights for any visit to Chiang Rai. To plan your own getaway to Chiang Rai, check out my Weekend Itinerary Chiang Rai!
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Bangkok is a fascinating and lively city. If you have seen the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun and want to still learn more about the history of Thailand, you can do an easy day trip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam that was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, leading to Bangkok becoming the capital. Start your visit with Wat Phra Si Sanphet – the “Temple of the Holy, Splendid Omniscient”.
You can plan your trip to Bangkok and all the sights to see with my Destination Guide Bangkok!
Bali is popular for its fantastic beaches- but there is more to discover, like the history of temples like Pura Besakih above. They are only a short ride away and well worth the trip
Check out my Guide to the Best Places to Stay on Bali to start planning your own Bali getaway!
Lisbon is a beautiful city and the old fortress Castelo de Sao Jorge is a great place to see it from. It sits on the hill above the city with 360 views. It’s a good place to start your tour of the city and a stoll through the old town at the foot of the castel or a ride in the historic tram should be part of your trip.
Plan your own trip to Lisbon with my Destination Guide Lisbon and find the best places to stay or eat and what to see & do!
Sarawak Museum Kuching, Borneo
Borneo has a history for its headhunters, but today the best place to see those skulls and learn about their history is the Museum in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. You’ll also learn about the longhouses that hold a whole village and the amazing flaura and fauna of the region! That makes it well worth a visit!
Check out my Destination Guide Kuching to plan your own trip!
Poznan in Western Poland had a long history and the city has managed to bring it into the modern day: This old brewery tower is now part of a modern mall, making for a great backdrop do your meal!
To plan your own weekend getaway, check out my Perfect Weekend Itinerary: Poznan!
Wroclaw in Poland has a turbulent history and has emerged as a colorful city that’s beautifully restored and vibrant. And while I enjoyed the beautifully restored old town and church island the most, there is a modern side to Wroclaw, too. It’s easy to explore with a walk through the compact city!
If you want to go an a city getaway for a weekend to enjoy a vibrant, walkable city without the price tag of popular Western European cities, check out my Weekend Guide to Wroclaw to plan your own getaway!
Bratislava Opera House
Bratislava, Slovakia, is one of the overlooked cities in central Europe. It has a rich history, offers great food and lots to see & do at prices that are a fraction of what you’ll pay in popular Vienna or Prague. So, If you are looking for a historic city to explore that not everybody has been to – check out my Weekend Guide Bratislava for some inspiration and planning tips!