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!
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!
Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the most impressive natural sights to experience. The local name translates to the “smoke that thunders” and is an opt description for the masses of water crushing over the cliff in noise and clouds of mist! The double rainbow on my visit made it a lot less threatening and added to the m(y)istery of the visit!
For more adventures in Africa, check out my Cape Town to Victoria Adventures of a Lifetime!
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!
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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!
I’m not a big fan of crocodiles, so I was glad to see them from a boat! That’s one of the unique things about Chobe National Park in Botswana – you can see much of the park on a boat cruise, especially elephants and crocodiles. And it’s best during sunset for a truly magic experience.
We did it as part of our tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, an adventure of a life time!
Singapore Changi Airport Jewel, Waterfall
Singapore is the perfect start for your first trip to South East Asia: It’s safe, well organized and great public transport makes it easy to get around. English is the first language, making it easy to get acclimatized. And despite being such a modern city, there is plenty of nature to admire as well: It starts already at the Singapore Changi Airport – with the largest indoor waterfall in the world in the middle of a jungle, at the heart of the new Jewel!
To plan your perfect stopover in Singapore, check out my Destination Guide Singapore!
Kok River, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Bangkok, the City of Angels, was just ranked the No1 visited city in the world, again. And once you had enough of the bustling city, you could escape to Chiang Rai, the peaceful city in Northern Thailand, near the infamous Golden Triangle, and relax with great river views like this.
Check out my Chiang Rai Guide to plan your own getaway from Bangkok!
Orang Utan, our distant cousins with 97% shared DNA, are experts in peeling bananas – and ob Borneo you can observe that first hand and close up.
The two orang utan rehabilitation centers at Semenggoh (near Kuching) and Sepilok (near Kota Kinabalu) are great places to observe the orang utan in the semi-wild environment.
Check out my guides to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to plan your own trip to the last frontier.
Singapore is a busy, cosmopolitan city and “Nature” is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But Singapore has made big efforts to maintain forests and nature preserves or create green parks all over the island, inviting to a retreat from the busy city life. Nature is just a short train ride away, like at the Chinese Garden!
Plan your own city trip with nature breaks – Destination Guide Singapore!