Every year Lonely Planet, my favorite travel guides, publishes a list of top destinations to visit. The countries and cities Lonely Planet selects are usually beautiful places that are just making it (back) onto traveler’s lists, yet before they become mainstream and the tour buses arrive. That always makes for an intriguing list to check out and find inspiration for … Continue reading
Wroclaw has a long history and it shows in the beautifully restored historic buildings all around town. One of my favorite sights is from the bank of the Oder river towards the church island with its skyline of churches – it’s a sight to behold!
Check out my Perfect Weekend Itinerary Wroclaw to plan your own cultural getaway!
Luang Prabang is one of the most serene places I have been to and watching the alms giving ceremony one of my most humbling experiences: The monks of the temples in Luang Prabang receive food every morning at sunrise from the villagers and one of the young monks was sharing what we was giving with a street kid how had nothing – while I was taking photos with a digital camera probably worth enough to feed a whole lot of them…
Check out my Mini Guide Luang Prabang to plan your own trip!
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is often bypassed by travelers – but it’s worth to stop and see the rich history of Phnom Penh, from ancient Khmer artifacts to the Royal Palace built during the French colonial history!
Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was little more than a few huts in the sand just 100 years ago – and has grown to a shiny city of skyscrapers since. No building conveys that rags-to-riches story better than the fascinating Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with its white domes, moorish gateways and millions of Swarowski crystals – it’s a must-see even on the shortest stopover visit!
Angkor Wat and the lost cities of the Khmer are one of the most fascinating historic destinations in the world with more still to discover. You can visit the temples, some being reclaimed by the jungle, from the city of Siem Reap, Cambodia. See the best of what to expect in Angkor in 60 seconds! … Continue reading
Luang Prabang is one of the most relaxed cities and its Buddhist heritage might just contribute to it. There are countless temples all over the old town and the monks and novices will collect alms every morning in town. Wat Xieng Thon is one of the most famous, best restored and most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang and well worth the visit! Check out my Mini Guide Luang Prabang to find out more!
Manila is one of the few cities were you can explore its colonial history. Fort Santiago is a fortress built by the Spanish that has survived the centuries and is a great place to learn more about the city’s history and Rizal, the hero of the countries independence war.
To find out more about Manila, how to get there & around or where to best stay, read my Mini-Guide Manila!
When visiting Siem Reap to see the ancient temples, Angkor Wat gets most of the attention as an overwhelmingly beautiful temple. While Angkor Thom might not have any single temple as impressive, the pure size of this ancient city complex is mind-boggling as you wander through it: From individual temples like the one above with its long causeway to the parade grounds with giant elephant statues and the huge faces staring at you from other temples, it is a grand complex far outstripping cities of the time in Europe.
Check out my Destination Guide Angkor to find out what else not to miss, where to stay and eat and how to get around – all on one page and in 5 minutes!
Tainan is the oldest city of Taiwan and was its capital for more than 2 centuries. From the early forts built by the Dutch East India Company to the rule by Chinese Koxinga and Qing Dynasty, Tainan has a turbulent history and there is a lot to see in the city today, making it a great destination for anybody who wants to learn more about Taiwan! And it’s only a short trip by HighSpeedRail from the modern capital Taipei!