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!
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!
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!
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!
Most people visit Bali for the beautiful beaches, but you can also find a rich history and more temples than anybody could visit in one trip. One of the most impressive temples is a little off the beaten path – you get to enjoy it with fewer people!
Plan your own getaway to Bali to see this and other impressive temples with my Best Places to Stay in Bali!
Bali is popular for its fantastic beaches- but there is more to discover, like the history of temples like Pura Besakih above. They are only a short ride away and well worth the trip
Check out my Guide to the Best Places to Stay on Bali to start planning your own Bali getaway!
Lisbon is a beautiful city and the old fortress Castelo de Sao Jorge is a great place to see it from. It sits on the hill above the city with 360 views. It’s a good place to start your tour of the city and a stoll through the old town at the foot of the castel or a ride in the historic tram should be part of your trip.
Plan your own trip to Lisbon with my Destination Guide Lisbon and find the best places to stay or eat and what to see & do!
Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots of things to see and do. One of my favorite day trips is to Sintra in the mountains outside Lisbon. You can see Pena Palace – that seems to be straight out of a Disney Fantasy Movie, the walls of an old moorish fortress and the Sintra Palace, all in one easy day!
Check out my Destination Guide – Lisbon to plan your own city trip with beach time!
Sarawak Museum Kuching, Borneo
Borneo has a history for its headhunters, but today the best place to see those skulls and learn about their history is the Museum in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. You’ll also learn about the longhouses that hold a whole village and the amazing flaura and fauna of the region! That makes it well worth a visit!
Check out my Destination Guide Kuching to plan your own trip!
Poznan in Western Poland had a long history and the city has managed to bring it into the modern day: This old brewery tower is now part of a modern mall, making for a great backdrop do your meal!
To plan your own weekend getaway, check out my Perfect Weekend Itinerary: Poznan!