City Trips

Want to feel the pulse of a new city? Experience performances, restaurants or shopping in a foreign city? Party all night? People watching? You need to go on a “City Trip” and experience what other cities are like. Check out my favorite cities around the world below:

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Melaka, Malaysia, Riverwalk

Melaka Riverwalk

Melaka is a fun, little city in Malaysia, easy to reach for a weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. There is a lot of history to see, but my favorite spot is the riverwalk. It’s well done and lined by little restaurants and bars, making it a great spot for a walk or to hang out for happy hour as the evening cools!
To plan your own getaway to Melaka, Malaysia,  check out my Destination Guide Melaka!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Modern Taipei

Taipei is a fun city – open and progressive, more so than most cities in Asia.one of the most open and progressive cities in Asia. And Taipei 101 is the icon of that modern city, the highest building in Asia at its opening, designed after the shape of bamboo! There is a lot to see in the city and it’s worth exploring!
If you are surprised too, check out my Destination Guide Taipei to find out more about this interesting city!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Provocative Art in Taipei – the progressive capital of Taiwan!

Taipei is one of the most open and progressive cities in Asia. A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) near Taipei’s Main Station will make that very clear with its thought provoking exhibits that I didn’t expect here and haven’t seen much elsewhere in Asia!
If you are surprised too, check out my Destination Guide Taipei to find out more about this interesting city!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Manila’s Modern Skyline

Manila has an interesting colonial history and is rapidly becoming a modern city. A great place to see the contrast is at Fort Santiago, the historic, Spanish colonial fortress, with a view across the Pasig River onto the skyline of the city!
To plan your own trip to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, start with my Destination Guide Manila!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Tricycle Tour in Melaka’s Old Town, Malaysia

Melaka Tricycle

I’m usually not a fan of tourist-oriented attractions, but a tricycle ride in Melaka’s Old Town, especially at night, is a fun treat: I have never, anywhere in the world, seen tricycles (or rikshas or any other public transport) seen as decorated as here. In the old days, the decoration would be elaborate flower arrangements. In 2019, they are over-the-top light shows. You can even pick a “Hello Kitty” tricycle for your tour of town.
To plan your own getaway to Melaka, Malaysia, easily reached from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!

Lonely Planet Top Countries to Visit in 2020

Need some inspiration for your vacation in 2020? Now is the time to browse, research and prepare. Lonely Planet, my favorite travel guide book, publishes lists of destinations to visit each year and the recommendations are out for 2020. The Top Country to visit in 2020 is Bhutan – find out the rest of the Top 10 and dream of … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Stunning views from the Petronas Towers Skybridge, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

I love getting a bird’s eye view of a new city and the landmark Petronas Towers in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur are a great place to get an overview of the city. The two towers are linked by a skybridge at breathtaking hights and the glass enclosure gives you great views. Just make sure you can handle the view down!
To plan your own visit to Kuala Lumpur and what else to see in the city, check out my Destination Guide Kuala Lumpur.

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Singapore – a melting pot of cultures

I call Singapore “Asia for Beginners” because you can find the vast diversity of Asia in the small city state, giving you a chance to see the architecture, religion and culture of different groups all in reach of a simple subway ride. 
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown is a great example. Once you step inside, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sight of 100s of buddha statues along the wall. It’s an amazing experience and worth a visit on your trip to Singapore.
Plan the rest of your Singapore Stopover or longer visit with my Destination Guide Singapore!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Bangkok, the most popular destination in the world, again!

Bangkok, the City of Angels, has been crowned the most popular destination in the world, again, receiving more visitors than any other city in the world. I’m sure shopping is a contributor to that success. There are so many malls throughout the city center along Sukhumvit Road, from extravagant malls like the EmQuartier above to the old-style markets, everybody will find something!
If you want to plan your own (shopping) trip to Bangkok, check out my Destination Guide Bangkok!