Fantastic Foto Friday: Taal Lake & Volcano, Manila, Philippines

If you want to get away from crazy, busy Manila and find some peace & quiet in nature, Taal Lake & Volcano is your best bet – you can get stunning views over the lake from hotels like Taal Vista or restaurants on the crater rim, take a boat trip across the lake or hike on the island to yet another crater rim – with another lake and island! 

 

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Fantastic Foto Friday: More than beaches – the dramatic coast line of Phuket, Thailand!

Most people come to Phuket for its sandy beaches, warm water and sunny weather. Many look forward to great food and fun nightlife. But one of the most impressive sights Phuket has to offer is the impressive coast line in Phang-nga National Park with the dramatic limestone cliffs dropping into the ocean! So, if you spend your vacation on Phuket, make sure to take a tour of the beautiful nature surrounding it!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Getting away from Bali’s crowds – Batur Mountain & Lake

Bali can get very busy during the dry season from June to August and if you want to get away from the crowds to enjoy nature, head North to Lake Batur. With Mount Batur on one side and even higher Mount Agung on the other, you get some dramatic views. If you really want to get away, you can join a group or hire a mountain guide to take you to the top of these mountains for even better views!
Excited about visiting Bali? Check out my tips for Getting Around Bali, the Best Places to Stay and other Things To Do for more!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: The largest flower on Earth – Rafflesia

Rafflesia is considered the largest single flower of any plant on Earth, at least by weight, and I took these photos in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo! It takes 6-9 months from the bud in the upper left to flower – and the bloom only lasts 2-3 days, making this a very rare sighting, before it dies in the bottom right!
It’s easy to get around Sabah, cheap to stay and the wildlife is incredible – check out the Top 5 things to do

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Hike the highest mountain on Borneo – Mt Kinabalu!

Kota Kinabalu is the capital and gateway to Sabah in Northern Borneo, home to the Orang Utan and fantastic wildlife watching at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center or in the Danum Valley preservation area, the final frontier in wildlife watching! But you can also hike up the highest mountain of Borneo, stunning Mt Kinabalu
Find out more, How to find flight deals to Kota KinabaluHow to Get around Sabah &  Where to Stay and the Top Things to Do!

Best of Borneo in 60 Seconds

Borneo is my favorite wildlife destination in Asia – watching our close cousins, the Orang Utan, or sneaking up on a snake are just as exhilarating as seeing a baby silver leaf monkey hiding in the trees! Climb Mt Kinabalu, learn about long houses or the last head hunters or relax on the beach – all possible on Borneo!

Find out more about Sabah, Northern Borneo, and Sarawak, Southern Borneo
Ready to go – read
Sabah – How to get there for less
Sabah – How to get around
Sabah – Where to stay
Sabah – Top things to see & do

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Beautyful nature at the end of the world: Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia is one of the least populated countries on Earth and the Sossusvlei desert is the most remote region I have ever visited. It’s strikingly beautiful and very much worth the effort! I went as part of my Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure and highly recommend the trip!

 

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Old Faithful still going strong after centuries – Yellowstone National Park

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One of my favorite national parks in the US is Yellowstone – from the reliable geysir Old Faithful to wildlife next to the roadside, there is so much to see, you’ll be sure to create memories for a lifetime! Read my review of Yellowstone for more photos and stories!

My favorite part of Yangon, Myanmar – Kandawgyi Lake

I love the energy of big cities – but I also need some peace & quiet to get away from the crowds. Yangon has a lot of parks and lakes in the city area to get away from the noise and my favorite place is Kandawgyi Lake. With a boardwalk around the peaceful lake, great views of the Shwedagon Pagoda … Continue reading