Luang Prabang is one of the most relaxed towns I’ve ever visited. Located on the confluence of two rivers, dotted with temples and inhabited by friendly, all the things that make for a relaxing stay. And if even this quaint town is too much – don’t worry, a boat trip on the Mekong river to visit local villages and a cave full of buddha statues are about as mellow as can be! All you have to do is enjoy the scenery and lunch!
Check out my Destination Guide Luang Prabang to plan your own, relaxing getaway from a busy world!
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I love the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, The City of Angels and Thailand’s capital. It’s a city that never stops and the crowds can be overwhelming to first-time visitors. But if you just need to get away from the crowds, fear not, there are plenty of places to escape in the heart of this city and Lumpini Park is one of the biggest and nicest places to go. You can go for a walk through the greenery, watch the sunset over the lake or watch locals exercising or playing volleyball. And then you can dive back into the city life!
Plan your own trip to Bangkok with my Destination Guide Bangkok!
I’m not a big fan of crocodiles, so I was glad to see them from a boat! That’s one of the unique things about Chobe National Park in Botswana – you can see much of the park on a boat cruise, especially elephants and crocodiles. And it’s best during sunset for a truly magic experience.
We did it as part of our tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, an adventure of a life time!
Singapore Changi Airport Jewel, Waterfall
Singapore is the perfect start for your first trip to South East Asia: It’s safe, well organized and great public transport makes it easy to get around. English is the first language, making it easy to get acclimatized. And despite being such a modern city, there is plenty of nature to admire as well: It starts already at the Singapore Changi Airport – with the largest indoor waterfall in the world in the middle of a jungle, at the heart of the new Jewel!
To plan your perfect stopover in Singapore, check out my Destination Guide Singapore!
Kok River, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Bangkok, the City of Angels, was just ranked the No1 visited city in the world, again. And once you had enough of the bustling city, you could escape to Chiang Rai, the peaceful city in Northern Thailand, near the infamous Golden Triangle, and relax with great river views like this.
Check out my Chiang Rai Guide to plan your own getaway from Bangkok!
Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots of things to see and do. And when you need to get away from the busy city, a 15km stretch of sandy beach along the Atlantic Coast is just a short ride away – you can head to Costa Caparica, enjoy a long walk along the beach, soak up the sun, splash in the waves or kick back in one of the beach clubs!
Check out my Destination Guide – Lisbon to plan your own city trip with beach time!
Orang Utan, our distant cousins with 97% shared DNA, are experts in peeling bananas – and ob Borneo you can observe that first hand and close up.
The two orang utan rehabilitation centers at Semenggoh (near Kuching) and Sepilok (near Kota Kinabalu) are great places to observe the orang utan in the semi-wild environment.
Check out my guides to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to plan your own trip to the last frontier.
If you have followed my blog, you already know that I love sunsets. And Anilao, South of the Philippine’s capital Manila, is not only a great and inexpensive place to dive, it also guarantees you beautiful sunsets every evening. I can’t remember a single visit where we didn’t have a sunset as beautiful as in this photo. Add an outrigger (banka) boat on the water and a cocktail in hand and you have a great way to end a day in Anilao!
Want to go yourself – check out my Guide to Manila to get your trip started!
Singapore is a busy, cosmopolitan city and “Nature” is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But Singapore has made big efforts to maintain forests and nature preserves or create green parks all over the island, inviting to a retreat from the busy city life. Nature is just a short train ride away, like at the Chinese Garden!
Plan your own city trip with nature breaks – Destination Guide Singapore!
Benchasiri Park, Bangkok
Bangkok, the City of Angels, is a bustling city with crowded sidewalks and gridlocked streets and “peaceful” is not the first word that comes to mind! But Bangkok has a great number of parks that give you a little break from the city. There are lakes and outdoor fitness equipment and you’ll spot runners, people exercising or couples on a date! The largest park is Lumpini, but smaller parks like Banjasiri Park in the photo or Benchakiti Park, both near Sukhumvit, are also worth a visit.
Check out my Destination Guide Bangkok to plan your own peaceful break in Bangkok and explore the map with my favorite spots!