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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: Singapore Aquarium

I love to scuba dive. But sometimes, a visit to the aquarium is the next-best thing. Especially, if it is as good as the SEA Aquarium on Sentosa Island, Singapore. From giant eels like in this pictures, to scary sharks and huge, gentle manta’s there is lots to see and something to learn, too. Despite having seen lots of sharks in the open sea, I only learned at the aquarium how to distinguish male and female sharks!
To find out what else there is to see & do in Singapore, check out my Destination Guide Singapore!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Taipei, Taiwan, a city with a turbulent history

Taipei has a turbulent history, with influences from China and Japan and it tells that story well, without hiding the dark spots in it! While you’ll learn a lot in Taipei’s museums, the historic buildings, like the Arch at Liberty Square, tell the story, too!
To find out more about Taipei, check out my Guide Taipei and start planning your own trip to this fascinating city!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Jomtien Beach Sunset – Beach Getaway from Bangkok

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!

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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: Steep mountains, crystal clear water & great hiking: Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Colonial History of Melaka, Malaysia

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Endless beaches, quirky bars & restaurants: Nha Trang

Nha Trang in South Central Vietnam is blessed with endless beaches. You can walk for miles along the boardwalk or sandy shore and enjoy the view out over the warm see. You’ll find some quirky spots like “Happy Beach” along the way – first time I saw a piano right on the beach walk! And that beach is available on a budget, with prices for 4- and 5-star hotels under $100 – what’s not to like?
Check out my Destination Guide Nha Trang to plan your own beach getaway.

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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!