The „Plain of Jars“ in northeastern Laos remains shrouded in mysteries of the past. Were the stone pots urns or storage jars for rice wine, flour and more? What period do they really date from? A world heritage site in a very rural region of Southeast Asia.
4000 islands are said to be Si Phan Don in southern Laos. The Mekong divides here over a width of 14km and falls over a rocky band into the depth. In between islands, rainforest and an opportunity to experience the river landscape up close.
If you are traveling in the south of Brandenburg or along the Saxon-Brandenburg Elbe, then visit the Saxdorf parish garden. Next to the small village church, an oasis with 3000 plant species, colorful blossoms and cultural offerings in the warm season has developed in over 50 years.
The Meissen Elbe Valley begins at Diesbar Seusslitz with a baroque castle complete with garden and wineries in the Seusslitzgrund – a quasi mandatory stop on the Elbe Cycle Way
The spa town of Bad Düben on the Mulde River is also the southern gateway to the Düben Heath. Especially the castle Düben was always camp of warlords. At the upper mill there are both water and wind millers.
A trip to Brittany is not only exciting for nature lovers. Several cities like Brest or Quimper offer urban life. In the north of Brittany, Roscoff is an attractive small town with charm and historical seafaring anecdotes.
Sometimes places along the way turn out to be a surprise. I felt this way on a bicycle tour in Pierrefonds and Saint-Jean-aux-Bois in the forest of Compiégne. Castle and abbey impress in the idyll of the forest.
The small East – German town of Wermsdorf between Leipzig and Dresden can boast two castles. Large and magnificent is the Hubertusburg, hunting quarters and season – court of the Saxon electors and kings and one of the largest Baroque hunting castles in Europe.
Only about 80km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is the ruins of an ancient Siam Empire in the floodplains of the Chao Phraya River. On foot or by bicycle you can explore the extensive grounds between rivers and canals. Ayutthaya is also a good place to overcome the jetlag after the journey.
If you don’t want to just lie on the beach, in the north of Thailand you will find evidence of the long history, beautiful landscapes and a lot of impressive experiences…