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!
While Phnom Penh is known for it’s Royal Palace, a leisurely stroll along the river promenade at sunset will also take you past some impressive temples. Wat Ounalom in Phnom Penh’s downtown is my favorite!
To plan hour own getaway, check out my Destination Guide – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat and its famous temples are one of the most amazing historic destinations I’ve visited – and it’s one of my most recommended places to go! One of the less visited sites is Kbal Spean. At this unique site, you’ll find 1,000s of lingas carved into the riverbed for fertility and prosperity! And you’ll get to enjoy it in the cool of the forest with fewer visitors than elsewhere in Siem Reap no less! It doesn’t hurt, that Siem Reap is also the cheapest city in Asia for 5-star hotels – so, feel free to be pampered after visiting the temples!
Updated 2019: Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and the surrounding temple sights are one of the most impressive historic sights in the world and despite returning several times, I’m still awed everytime Angkor Wat unfolds its size and beauty in front of me. Read my guide to Angkor to find out why you should go, where to stay in Siem Reap, the … Continue reading