The Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, are more than 400 Million years old and have had a temple inside for more than 100 years. The combination of natural history and religious importance makes them an interesting tourist attraction and one of the most unusual sights in Kuala Lumpur, worth the 30 minute trip from the city center!
Kuala Lumpur is easy to reach and inexpensive to visit – check out the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
Kuala Lumpur is not a city I fell in love with on first sight, yet I found myself coming back regularly. It is a modern city in the heart of South East Asia and has become a low-cost carrier hub, making Kuala Lumpur a springboard to explore the region. Enjoy the food, sights and shopping while you are there – … Continue reading
Even if you haven’t been to the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia, you might have seen the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, with huge trees overgrowing the century old temples, courtesy of Angelina Jolie’s movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” from 2000.
And if you didn’t like the movie, it’s still worth visiting Angkor Wat – seeing this old city that had a population of 1 Million people when London only had 50,000 is fascinating and seeing the jungle reclaim its space is a powerful impression!
Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, was planned to be the capital of Australia, settled by free immigrants and not convicts like the bigger cities Sydney and Melbourne. Those plans led to a neat grid of streets in the center of Adelaide, surrounded by a ring of parks. While that plan never quite worked out, it left a compact … Continue reading
Merdeka Square or Independence Square lies at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was known as the “pedang” and used as a cricket green. On August 31st, 1957, the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time here, marking Malaysia’s independence from Great Britain!
KL has become a great springboard to explore South East Asia, as the hub of AirAsia – check out my recommendations for the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur!
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a fun city – and it has a long history you can explore in the historic buildings around town, like the red-brick St Anne Bernardine church. It’s worth a walking tour of Vilnius to see this and other beautiful buildings!
My Baltic Explorer trip brought me to Krakow, one of the most popular cities to visit in Poland, and steeped in history. And part of the reason to visit was a trip to the Memorial and Auschwitz Museum for the holocaust at the concentration camp Auschwitz/Birkenau. It remembers one of the darkest periods of mankind’s history and it should be … Continue reading
Jakarta and Bali get all the attention from foreign visitors to Indonesia – but my favorite city in Indonesia and one of the most underrated historic destinations is Yogyakarta with the incredible temples of Borobudur – and without the crowds you’ll find in Angkor Wat or even Bagan!
Milan has been my favorite city in Italy ever since my first visit many years ago and a place I could imagine living. It’s a city of contrasts that finds a way of blending so many different things into a very livable fun city. While the Duomo might capture the most selfies, there are many more sights to see and … Continue reading
Many times when I visited a city, I wonder how it was 10 years ago and wish I’d come sooner. But Yangon‘s time is now – I loved it seven years ago and it is a city that still feels unique now, so you should go sooner than later!
The Shwedagon Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake are the most impressive sights and it’s great to see them at night from the rooftop of the Esperado Hotel!