Jomtien Beach Sunset
Jomtien Beach, just South of (in)famous Pattaya, is the closest beach getaway from Bangkok. You’ll get all the sand, sun, warm waters and gorgeous sunsets you’d expect from a tropical beach, and all at a budget price.
Check out my Destination Guide Pattaya/Jomtien to plan your own beach getaway from Bangkok!
Some restaurants have a wow effect and some just win you over with great food and service over time. Koku, a Japanese restaurant in Salcedo Village in Manila’s financial district of Makati is the latter: We found ourselves going back over and over, so it’s long overdue that I write a review, so you can add it to your list … Continue reading
Pattaya is the closest and most convenient beach destination from Bangkok, The City of Angels! But, it also has a reputation for its raunchy nightlife. If you want to escape for a weekend from bustling Bangkok or add a few beach days to your trip exploring the country, without getting stuck among girlie bars, drinking and loud music, check out my guide … Continue reading
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!
The Chocolate Factory Pattaya in the Phratamnak neighborhood is a great place to have a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion: It’s set on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean and facing the sunset. You get good food and service at reasonable prices and have a chance to take home some chocolates for an extra-dessert afterwards. If you … Continue reading
The Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya is an upscale city hotel, between South Pattaya and Jomtien, a short walk from the beach. You get a small room with upscale finishes and fast internet, as well as professional service and a very good breakfast. You’ll have a nice rooftop pool, but are not oceanfront. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a beach … Continue reading
While most visitors to Taiwan focus on Taipei, Taiwan has some amazing wilderness to explore. The mountains across the island are steep, the forests dense and the mountain streams crystal clear. My favorite place to hike is Taroko Gorge, a short high-speed train ride from Taipei, Taiwan. It’s a great nature getaway from the busy city and worth a side trip!
But it all starts in Taipei, so check out my Destination Guide Taipei to plan your own trip to Taiwan!
Singapore Airlines made their award sales “Spontaneous Escapes” a permanent feature of the program earlier this year and they continue offering great deals for last-minute award trips. Until February 29, 2020 you can book last-minute award flights in March 2020 for 30% off, with tickets available in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class flights to 50 destinations. For example, you can fly from Singapore … Continue reading
The Heritage Beach Resort has a prime beachfront location on Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, just a short ride from Bangkok! It offers full resort benefits, including a multi-level pool area, big gym and spa, as well as a restaurant, making this one of the best places for a relaxing beach getaway from busy Bangkok and resort experience. The room is huge … Continue reading
Melaka Fort Afomosa
Melaka in Malaysia has an interesting colonial history, with the Portuguese, Dutch and British each in control of the important harbor for 150 years. Throw in the presence of Chinese, Arab and Indian traders and you get a veritable melting pot with hundreds of years of history. Fort Afomosa sits on the hill above the city and offers great views over the city and glimpses into the past!
To plan your own getaway, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!