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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!
Most people visiting Taiwan never make it past Taipei, the bustling capital of the country. But Taiwan has a lot more to offer and the Taroko Gorge offers amazing hikes in breathtaking nature. Fast trains make it easy and accessible, I recommend to add it to your Taiwan itinerary!
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have visited. Set between two rivers and surrounded by forests, with countless temples scattered across towns and some of the most friendly people you’ll find, it makes the perfect setting for a getaway!
Check out my Guide to Luang Prabang, Laos, to plan your own getaway!
Most visitors to Taiwan stay in Taipei, the bustling, progressive capital of Taiwan. Yet most of the island is covered by rugged mountains and thick forests. The Taroko National Park on the Eastern coast of the island is a great place to explore the nature of Taiwan, with the Taroko Gorge at the heart of the park! … Continue reading
Orangutan in Sepilok, Borneo, watching those funny humans
Seeing the orangutan at the rehabilitation center of Sepilok in Northern Borneo, Malaysia, is an amazing experience. Seeing them feed, play and observe you – while you observe them – left little doubt in my mind that they are our closest cousins with 97 shared DNA.
To plan your own encounter with orangutans, check out my Destination Guide Kota Kinabalu!