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!
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
The orangutans share 97% of our human DNA, making them our close relatives, and the best place to see them is on Borneo. You can see them in the wild at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center, where orphaned or injured orangutans are rehabilitated and released into the wild! It’s a fantastic experience and easier than most adventures to see exotic wildlife.
Check out my Guide to Kuching to plan your own wildlife adventure to Borneo!
Borneo is called the “last frontier” and it has the wildlife to prove it! The proboscis monkeys are only found on Borneo. And while they are hard to find, they are easy to identify with the pronounced nose. They love the leaves of certain trees and thanks to our knowledgeable guides, we were able to spot them several times in Bako National Park.
Check out my Guide to Kuching to plan your own wildlife adventure on Borneo!
If you want to explore the last frontier and see the wildlife of Borneo, Kuching, the capital of Sarawak in the South of Borneo, is a great base. You can see orang utans, unique proboscis or silver leaf monkeys or explore Borneo’s culture at the traditional longhouses. And it’s easier to do as an independent traveler than most exotic wildlife … Continue reading
Sweet Orange WarungTrail near Ubud
Your first impression of Ubud is likely to be traffic gridlock and tourist crowds. But what brings most return visitors back to Ubud is the beautiful nature that’s just a short walk away, the serene environment and the calming influence it has no you!
To avoid the crowds and plan your own relaxing getaway, read my Destination Guide Ubud!
Giraffes are one of my favorite animals in Africa – they are so tall, yet look so fragile. They can run really fast, but graze so slowly – they might as well have invented Slow Food! And when you get a closer look, they are quite cute!
We spotted this one in Chobe National Park in Botswana on our tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, an adventure of a life time!
Long Set Lagoon
While the islands of Cambodia have received a lot of interest and unleashed a wave of backpackers onto their shores, they are still a remote destination that takes a little effort to get to and that see far fewer visitors than their Thai neighbors – and you can still find peace and quiet without having to walk far, like this lagoon behind Long Set Beach on Koh Rong, my favorite on my list of Best Beaches in Cambodia!
Luang Prabang is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to, with a leisurely pace and friendly locals to make life easy. And if you want to get out of the heat, the Tat Kuang Si waterfalls make for a refreshing day trip!
Find out more places to enjoy in Luang Prabang, places to stay or eat and travel tips in my Destination Guide Luang Prabang!