Top 2010 Travels

This post is long overdue as we are currently in March of 2011, but better late than ever.  Last year was a brilliant time for World’s Best Places in terms of travel.  Indeed we were on four continents including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  It all started with our couple weeks escape to the Canary Islands at the beginning of the year, followed by Europe’s travels in spring, North America in Summer and finally our long journey through the top places of South East Asia in autumn.


Top 2010 Travels Topics

  1. Best of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore in South East Asia
  2. Best of Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls in North America
  3. Best of Paris, Stonehenge and Krakow in Europe
  4. Best of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa

Best of South East Asia

The highlight of the year was by far our three months trip to South East Asia from end of August to end of November.  We had a fantastic time during the trip discovering some of the most exciting places in Asia, from the vibrant cities of Bangkok and Singapore, to the more laid back beaches of eastern Vietnam and magnificent islands of Southern Thailand.

The top destinations in South East Asia, that we fully documented with quality content, remarkable photographs, HD videos and interactive maps include (in chronological order of our trip):

  1. Best of Thailand
  2. Best of Cambodia
  3. Best of Vietnam
  4. Best of Singapore

Best of Thailand

Thailand was our first and last destination during our three months trip.  We spent close to two months between its amazing capital Bangkok and various islands and coast cities on both the southern east and west side.

  1. First week in Thailand
  2. Best of Koh Samui
  3. Best of Koh Phangan
  4. Best of Patong beach Phuket
  5. Best of Phi Phi Islands
  6. Best of Koh Lanta
  7. Best of Koh Lanta Hotels
  8. Best of Bangkok
Best of Thailand
Best of Thailand

Our First Week in Koh Samui, Thailand with photos

Story and photographs of our first week in Thailand including information on our arrival from London to Bangkok, the trip from Bangkok to Surat Thani, Samui Island and Hutcha Resort and finally the famous elephant rides.

Learn more on our first week in Thailandhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/08/our-first-week-in-thailand/

Best of Koh Samui, Thailand with video and photos

Top places,  HD video, interactive map and photographs of Koh Samui, including information about the island, Nathon city, Big Buddha Beach, Hat Maenam, Hat Bophut, Hat Chaweng, Ao Lamai, Hin-Ta And Hin-Ya, Samui Aquarium, the Tiger Zoo, Samui Butterfly Garden, Samui Highlands, Na Muang Falls and its elephant trek.

Learn more on Koh Samui http://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/09/best-of-koh-samui-thailand/

Learn more on Koh Samui  HD Video- http://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/09/best-of-koh-samui-hd-HD video/

Best of Koh Samui
Best of Koh Samui

Best of Koh Phangan, Thailand with video and photos

Top places, interactive map and photographs of Koh Phangan including information about the island, Thong Sala city, Phaeng Waterfalls, Ao Wok Tum, Ao Hin Kong, Ao Srithanu, Ao Chao Phao, Hat Yao, Hat Salad, Ao Mae Hat, Hat Sadet, Hat Thian, Hat Yuan, Hat Rin and the Full Moon Party

Learn more on Koh Phanganhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/09/best-of-koh-phangan/

Best of Koh Samui
Best of Koh Phangan

Best of Patong beach, Phuket, Thailand with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Patong beach Phuket including information about Phuket island, Patong city, Bangla Road, Beach Road, Thanon Rat-U-Thit road, Nanai Road and Patong beach.

Learn more on Patong beachhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/11/patong-beach-phuket/

Best of Patong beach
Best of Patong beach

Best of Phi Phi Islands, South Thailand with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Phi Phi Islands in the South of Thailand including information about the Phi Phi Islands, Ao Nang, Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Leh, Ao Maya Beach, the Viking Cave, Phi Phi Don and Ao Ton Sai.

Learn more on Phi Phi Islandshttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/11/best-of- -phi-islands/

Best of Phi Phi Islands
Best of Phi Phi Islands

Best of Koh Lanta, South Thailand with video and photos

Top places, best beaches, HD video and photographs of Koh Lanta in the South of Thailand including information about Lanta Old Town, Ban Saladan, the monkey school, Phra Ae Long Beach and Kantiang beach.

Learn more on Koh Lantahttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/12/best-of-koh-lanta/

Best of Koh Lanta
Best of Koh Lanta

Top Hotels in Koh Lanta

Best Hotels on Koh Lanta Islands on the Andaman sea in Southern Western Thailand.  Top 20 hotels list including 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels and resorts, with links to the best booking deals.

Learn more on Koh Lanta hotelshttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/12/best-hotels-in-koh-lanta/

Best of Hua Hin with video and photos

Top places, best beaches and hotels, HD video and photos of Hua Hin in the South of Thailand including information about the city, the Railway Station, the Railway hotel/Sofitel, the Hin Lek Fai Hill and the Night Market.

Learn more on Hua Hinhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2011/01/best-of-hua-hin/

Best of Hua Hin
Best of Hua Hin

Best of Bangkok with video and photos

Top places, best hotels, HD video and photos of Bangkok, Thailand including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Khao San Road, Lumpini Park, Sukhumvit, Patpong, Chinatown, Dusit, Big Buddha, throne hall and marble temple.

Learn more on Bangkokhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2011/01/best-of-bangkok/

Best of Cambodia

Best of Cambodia
Best of Cambodia

Cambodia was the second country on our South East Asia journey.  Although a bit poorer then its neighbours, the Kingdom of Cambodia offers some wonderful places to be discovered including the amazing Angkor Wat complex and its capital Phnom Penh.

  1. Best of Angkor Wat
  2. Best of Phnom Penh

Best of Angkor, Cambodia with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Angkor archaeological sites in central northern Cambodia, including information and history about Angkor, the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm and the city of Siem Reap.

Learn more on Angkorhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/09/best-of-angkor-cambodia/

Best of Angkor, Cambodia
Best of Angkor, Cambodia

Best of Phnom Penh, Cambodia with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Phnom Penh the capital and largest city of Cambodia, including the Royal Palace, the National Museum , Wat Phnom and the riverfront.

Learn more on Phnom Penh city – http://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/09/phnom-penh-cambodia/

Best of Hua Hin
Best of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best of Vietnam

After our first month in Thailand and a couple of weeks in Cambodia it was time to discover the unspoiled country of Vietnam.  From Saigon in the South, way up to the capital Hanoi and the breathtaking Halong Bay to the North, Vietnam offers a world of surprises.

  1. Best of  Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), South Vietnam
  2. Best of Mui Ne, South Vietnam
  3. Best of Nha Trang city in central Vietnam
  4. Best of Hoi An city in central Vietnam
  5. Best of My Son in central Vietnam
  6. Best of Hue in northern Vietnam
  7. Best of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam
  8. Best of Halong Hanoi in northern Vietnam
Best of Vietnam
Best of Vietnam

Best of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) including information about the city, the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, HCMC Revolutionary Museum, People’s Committee Hall, Rex Hotel, Ho-Chi-Minh Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Opera House, Continental hotel, Art Museum, Tao Dah Park and Xa Loi Pagoda.

Learn more on Ho Chi Minh Cityhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-hcmc-south-vietnam/

Best of Mui Ne, Vietnam with video and photos

Information, HD video and photographs of Mui Ne, a coastal resort town located in South-eastern Vietnam and one of the country’s top beach resort destination.

Learn more on Mui Nehttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/mui-ne-vietnam/

Best of Mui Ne
Best of Mui Ne

Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Nha Trang city in central Vietnam including information about Nha Trang, its beach, the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Fishing village, the Long Son Pagoda, the National Oceanographic Museum, the Bao Dai Villa and Nha Trang Cathedral.

Learn more on Nha Tranghttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-nha-trang/

Best of Nha Trang
Best of Nha Trang

Best of Hoi An, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Hoi An city in central Vietnam including information and history about Hoi An,  Hoi An ancient town, Japanese Covered Bridge and the Museum of Trade Ceramics.

Learn more on Hoi Anhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-hoi-an-vietnam/

Best of Hoi An
Best of Hoi An

Best of My Son, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of My Son archaeological site in central Vietnam including information and history about My Son, My Son Architecture and a map of the different sites.

Learn more on My Sonhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-my-son-vietnam/

Best of My Son
Best of My Son

Best of Hue, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Hue in northern Vietnam including information and history about the city, Hue Imperial Citadel and the Royal Antiquities museum in Hue.

Learn more on Huehttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/hue-vietnam/

Best of Hue
Best of Hue

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Halong Bay including information and history of Halong Bay, the bay ecosystem, Hang Sung Sot cave and the Floating villages.

Learn more on Halong Bayhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-halong-bay-vietnam/

Best of Halong Bay
Best of Halong Bay

Best of Hanoi, Vietnam with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Hanoi Vietnam’s capital including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh complex, National Museum of Vietnamese History, St-Joseph Cathedral, Temple of literature, Fin art museum, Bach Ma temple and Dong Xuan Market.

Learn more on Hanoihttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/10/best-of-hanoi-vietnam/

Best of Hanoi
Best of Hanoi

Best of Singapore

The city state of Singapore was the last but definitely not least top destination on our South East Asia journey.  Although it wasn’t initially planned, the numerous documentaries watched on the Marina Bay Sands complex, the latest addition to the numerous skyscrapers of the city centre, made us change our minds.  Although way much more expensive than the rest of South East Asia, Singapore totally surprised us and should definitely be on your list when visiting the region.

Best of Singapore
Best of Singapore

Best of Singapore with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Singapore including the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, Orchard Road, Chinatown, Bugis Street and  Little India.

Learn more on Singaporehttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/11/best-of-singapore/

Best of Northern America

A couple months before our remarkable South East Asia trip, we took our yearly journey to North America.  First to Canada’s French speaking province of Quebec and then to the neighbouring Ontario region to discover the amazing falls and the biggest city of the country, Toronto.

  1. Best of Montreal
  2. Best of Niagara Falls and Toronto

Best of Montreal, Canada with video and photos

Top places, HD video, interactive map and photographs of Montreal including essential information about the city, the top attractions, best Neighbourhoods, Montreal Down Town, St-Catherine street, Old Montreal, Mont-Royal Park, Cote-des-Neiges, Oratoire St-Joseph, the Plateau, top Montreal restaurants, bars and hotels.

Learn more on Montrealhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/05/montreal/

Best of Montreal
Best of Montreal

Best of Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Niagara Falls and Toronto, two of Canada’s most popular attractions including information about The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, the Maid of the Mist, the Journey Behind the Falls, Toronto down town and the CN Tower.

Learn more on Niagara Falls and Torontohttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/05/niagara-falls/

Best of Niagara Falls
Best of Niagara Falls

Best of Europe

In between our various travels to Asia, North Americas and Africa we still managed to make some room for Europe’s top destinations including the French capital Paris, the old Polish capital Krakow and Stonehenge perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric sight.

  1. Best of Krakow
  2. Best of Paris
  3. Best of Stonehenge

Best of Krakow, Poland with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Krakow in southern Poland, including essential information about the City, a Krakow Map, top attractions, best Krakow hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping places.

Learn more on Krakowhttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/06/best-of-krakow/

Best of Krakow
Best of Krakow

Best of Paris, France with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Paris including the Eiffel Tour,  Les Invalides, Saint Germain des pres, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Quarter and Ile de la Cité.

Learn more on Parishttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/04/paris/

Best of Paris
Best of Paris

Best of Stonehenge, UK with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Stonehenge in west England, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric site including its history and the main elements to visit on the site.

Learn more on Stonehengehttp://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/04/stonehenge/

Best of Stonehenge
Best of Stonehenge

Best of Canary islands

Finally, last but not least we had the chance to discover the beautiful Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa, especially Gran Canarias one of the biggest of these set of volcanic archipelagos.

Best of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands with video and photos

Top places, HD video and photographs of Gran Canaria including Las Palmas, Maspalomas, Caldera de Bandama, La Cumbre, Teror, Jardin Botanico Viera y Clavijo, Puerto de las Nieves, Barranco de Guayadeque, Puerto de Morgan and Casa Museo de Colon.

Learn more on Gran Canarias- http://www.worldbestplaces.com/2010/01/gran-canaria/

Best of Gran Canaria
Best of Gran Canaria