Travelling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train was easily one of my favourite experiences in Thailand. It’s as much a part of visiting the town as crossing the iconic Bridge on the River Kwai, exploring the Jeath War Museum or perhaps making a pilgrimage to the Hellfire Pass museum.
Finding a great day hike within easy reach of a major city isn’t always an easy task. However, escaping the hustle and bustle doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive! I’ve asked some expert travellers to share their favourite urban hikes from around the world that are in or are easily accessible from cities by car or public transport.
Indonesia. Emerald of the Equator. Millions of visitors every year, bucket list destination for many others. One of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2019. Well, I felt it was my duty to travel all the way to Indonesia so you don’t have to.
There are loads of reasons to visit South Korea and its delicious food is definitely up there. Having evolved over the centuries, today it’s one of the most popular cuisines in the world and for good reason. Going on an impromptu food adventure around the country’s many markets, restaurants and street stalls is a great way to explore this corner of Asia.
One of my favourite places in Busan is the stunning Beomeosa Temple. Sitting on the edge of the sacred Geumjeongsan Mountain, it’s one of the most important temples in this part of the country and is also the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
One of the most fascinating places I got to visit in my time in South Korea was Gosu Cave, a huge limestone cave near Danyang. Formed tens of millions of years ago, this natural wonder offered a unique glimpse into a mystical underground world.
Hiking in Sobaeksan National Park unexpectedly turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip to South Korea. While it’s the country’s third largest national park, it lies away from the main tourist trails making it trickier to get to.
Nusa Penida island, a short hop away from mainland Bali, can still just about be considered a “hidden gem” .On one hand it’s a blessing. It provides a slice of (almost) unspoilt wilderness with lush forests, beautiful beaches and gorgeous vistas.
Yogyakarta, or Jogja as it’s lovingly known is one of the most fascinating cities in Indonesia. This bustling university town is also the cultural heart of the country attracting artists and bright minds from across the land. Its proximity to some of Java’s most famous sights makes it a great base to explore the island from.
With two Java volcano hikes already in the bag, it was time for possibly the most impressive of them all. Visiting the Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater) to see the volcano’s mesmerising blue flames was a massive highlight of my Indonesia trip.