UNESCO Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park.

Kamphaeng Phet – peaceful historical ruins & waterfalls

Three words I'd use to describe Kamphaeng Phet? Interesting, authentic and non-touristic. The small-ish town is about halfway between Kanchanaburi and Chiang Mai, which makes it a perfect stopover to avoid a night bus. Some stunning UNESCO temple remains can be found within the town, and there are a number of beautiful waterfalls and trekking …

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Kanchanaburi River

Kanchanaburi – countryside, history & good food.

Kanchanaburi is a small town a few hours away from Bangkok, near the Thai/Myanmar border. It's a peaceful place that's not overly developed, but it still has great restaurants and interesting things to do. The main sights in Kanchanaburi refer to the horrors of the Thailand-Myanmar railway, that was constructed by foreign POWs and Asian …

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Balin Rooftop, Sandakan, Sabah.

Sandakan – a charming, quiet city on Sabah’s east coat

Sandakan is on the north-east coast of Sabah and is a good gateway for exploring Sabah's nature hot spots, like the Kinabatangan River and Sepilok. There isn't much to do in the city itself, but the charm of the old town, the lack of western development and the friendly people make it an enjoyable visit …

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Oxbow lake. Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo.

2 days, 1 night at the Kinabatangan River

The Kinabatangan River is the second largest river in Malaysia, stretching 560km through the southwest of Sabah. Borneo's endemic proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, hornbills, pgymy elephants, amongst other birds and mammals, can all be spotted along the riverbanks from the water. It's really worth a visit if you're in Sabah. Seeing these animals in the true …

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Sepilok – orangutans, sun bears & rainforest

Sepilok is a small place that's been made popular by the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre and the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Three unmissable attractions in a relaxing environment make a perfect couple of days. A lot of people will only visit Sepilok as a day trip from Sandakan, but they'll have to rush/miss …

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Kinabalu National Park – nature, orchids & trekking

Kinabalu National Park is a perfect place to immerse yourself in nature, switch off and relax for a few days. The area was one of the first national parks in Malaysia, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 4500 species of plants, 100 mammal and 326 bird species and multiple walking trails, …

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