“It’s just a city,” many well-traveled people scoff when you ask about Bangkok. “You need to get out of Bangkok to really see anything.” But they’re wrong—what many tourists dislike is the busyness of Thailand’s capital, a dizzying, sped-up frenzy of motorbikes and street food and glittering skyscrapers and hollering hawkers. If you balance out the uproar with a few intentionally tranquil stops, you’ll actually appreciate the landmarks and must-dos that make this Southeast Asian city unique.
Source: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai/Aquaventure Waterpark, used with permissionThree things you need to know: One, I took a downtime-laden work trip to Dubai late last year. Two, I didn't have any friends there. And three, the hotel I stayed in (the beautiful Atlantis, The Palm) has a world-class waterpark.
Uganda's terrain varies wildly, from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest's dense, jade-colored rain forests to Kidepo Valley's fat acacia trees and dry, tawny plains. A recent visit to these remote national parks and their surrounding communities gave me a glimpse into how Mother Earth could serve as inspiration for our built environments.