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!
Yellowstone National Park, Bison
Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite parks in the United States – you can explore it on your own and you are going from one fantastic landscape to the next. And you can run into wildlife at any time, quite literally, as bisons and other large animals can be on or next to the roads! It’s a breathtaking experience!
Most people visiting Taiwan never make it past Taipei, the bustling capital of the country. But Taiwan has a lot more to offer and the Taroko Gorge offers amazing hikes in breathtaking nature. Fast trains make it easy and accessible, I recommend to add it to your Taiwan itinerary!
Lonely Planet is my favorite guide book to prepare for new destinations and I enjoy their publications to inspire me to visit new places! I recently reviewed the Top Countries and Top Cities to visit in 2019. If you are on a budget, don’t worry, there is a list of the Top 10 Affordable Destinations for 2019 as well – … Continue reading
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have visited. Set between two rivers and surrounded by forests, with countless temples scattered across towns and some of the most friendly people you’ll find, it makes the perfect setting for a getaway!
Check out my Guide to Luang Prabang, Laos, to plan your own getaway!
Most visitors to Taiwan stay in Taipei, the bustling, progressive capital of Taiwan. Yet most of the island is covered by rugged mountains and thick forests. The Taroko National Park on the Eastern coast of the island is a great place to explore the nature of Taiwan, with the Taroko Gorge at the heart of the park! … Continue reading
Orangutan in Sepilok, Borneo, watching those funny humans
Seeing the orangutan at the rehabilitation center of Sepilok in Northern Borneo, Malaysia, is an amazing experience. Seeing them feed, play and observe you – while you observe them – left little doubt in my mind that they are our closest cousins with 97 shared DNA.
To plan your own encounter with orangutans, check out my Destination Guide Kota Kinabalu!