Updated 2020: The ibis Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 (formerly ibis Nana) is one of the cheapest Accor Hotels in Bangkok and conveniently close to the all-important BTS Skytrain. You get standard ibis rooms with additional amenities, a full breakfast and good service for a bargain price. It’s not ideal for families though, as the ibis Sukhumvit 4 is located in the … Continue reading
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!
The Sofitel So Bangkok offers bold luxury designed by Christian Lacroix with stylish rooms, great views, great, casual service and a full set of amenities including an infinity pool, gym and rooftop bar & restaurant. It’s all geared towards young & hip travelers and a fun place to stay in Bangkok at reasonable prices. I will stay again in the … Continue reading
Chiang Rai first became known as the entry point to the “Golden Triangle” between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, but today is a wonderful city to visit for his peace & quiet along the river, beautiful mountains and stunning temples.
This Golden Temple is part of the White Temple (confusing, i know) and one of the most impressive sights for any visit to Chiang Rai. To plan your own getaway to Chiang Rai, check out my Weekend Itinerary Chiang Rai!
Melaka is home to important historic sights, with landmarks from Portugese, Dutch and British colonial times. Throw in ever-present Chinese and Arab traders and you get an early melting pot, resulting in a unique mix you won’t find anywhere else in Asia. You’ll also find those ethnic roots in the food scene, with the vibrant night market on Jonkers Street … Continue reading
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!
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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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!
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Bangkok is a fascinating and lively city. If you have seen the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun and want to still learn more about the history of Thailand, you can do an easy day trip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam that was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, leading to Bangkok becoming the capital. Start your visit with Wat Phra Si Sanphet – the “Temple of the Holy, Splendid Omniscient”.
You can plan your trip to Bangkok and all the sights to see with my Destination Guide Bangkok!
Rice fields around Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An is known for the most instagrammable old town in Vietnam, the shops and restaurants and 30km of beaches stretching all the way to Da Nang. When I think of a relaxing getaway, my mind usually wanders to beaches or mountain vistas, but I find the huge rice fields, gently moving in the wind just as calming to look out over. You can explore the rice fields around Hoi An on a bicycle and getaway from the tourists in town in less than 10 minutes!
Plan your own relaxing getaway with my Destination Guide – Hoi An!