One day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour: 15 sights to see

As slow travelers, we often spend weeks in cities that many travelers only give a day or two. Only on rare occasions do we limit ourselves to a single day in a city and that only happens when our scheduled commitments and flight arrangements put a squeeze on our itinerary. That’s what happened with our visit to Amsterdam. Eager to see as much of it as we could, we set out on a One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to 15 of the city’s best sights. (Map below!)

Amsterdam is a compact city, but the sights are spread throughout, making it somewhat difficult to organize an easy-flowing self-guided walking tour. To see what we wanted to see, we had to cover some ground, which included a little zigging and zagging. With only one day in Amsterdam, we eliminated stops at museums and didn’t even consider attempting a bike rental. That being said, we left just enough time in our One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to sip on coffee, enjoy the views and wind our day down with a few beers. read more

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours

Our time in Kuala Lumpur was more of a long layover than an actual stop on our journey and we only had one full day to explore the city. As much as I would have liked to create an ambitious one-day itinerary, we actually had a few things we also needed to get done. With our tightened schedule, we got the highlighted tour of Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours: a shopping extravaganza, a temple in a cave and one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours: Low Yat Plaza

We didn’t need to seek out shopping centers to understand that Kuala Lumpur is a shopping mecca. The airport and several train stations are connected to malls, making it nearly impossible to avoid them. But serious shoppers looking for bargains head to Bukit Bingtang to one of the many multi-storied complexes that are packed to the gills with shops, deals and – often times – not so authentic merchandise. read more

Angkor Temple Tour Beyond the Big 3

Angkor Temple Tour Trail: Beyond the big 3

Our first day on the Angkor Temple Tour Trail took us to the Big Three: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, but there is more to see at the UNESCO World Heritage  Angkor Archaeological Park than just those.

We routed out a self-guided tour based on the ‘Big Circuit’ and ignored some of the suggested itineraries and ‘best times to visit’ as a way to attempt to escape the crowds. At a few of the temples we felt like we were there alone, which was a stark contrast from our first day of temple exploring and while watcing the sunrise at Angkor Wat. read more