12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

Top 10 Things To-Do with One Night in Kenting
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Top 10 Things To-Do with One Night in Kenting

Heading to Kenting in a hurry? Here’s our quick and rough guide to Taiwan’s tropical southern tip. This is our top ten things to-do each described in ten words or less. Enjoy! Rent a scooter You’ll need wheels to get around quickly and easily. NT$400 Enjoy Kenting beach First beach of the main-strip, mostly deserted … Continue reading

Joining the Dots: Fulong to Jiufen
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Joining the Dots: Fulong to Jiufen

Always trying to tack another dot onto the Taiwan map with our weekends, we ventured out into the onyx clouds caused by Typhoon Usagi to explore the coastline between Fulong and up to the mountains of Jinguashi and neighbouring Jiufen. We’ve made it to both Fulong and Jiufen before so now it was time for … Continue reading

Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark
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Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu geopark’s lunar-scape looks exquisitely alien, but if the blistering heat doesn’t bring you back down to earth, the throngs of tourists certainly will. Charlie and I undoubtedly enjoyed the fantastical geological formations and tranquil seascapes, yet for me it was certainly an enjoyment tinged with longing. I wished I could see the place by … Continue reading

What to Do in El Nido and Around
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What to Do in El Nido and Around

As you know, travelling to El Nido was no easy ride, but once you get there, your effort certainly reaps reward. El Nido – Spanish for ‘the nest’ – is tucked a moon-shaped bay of the Bacuit archipelago and acts as a nest for travellers wishing to explore the surrounding islands, cliffs and coral reefs. … Continue reading

From Whorehouse to Crystalline Archipelago: Travelling to El Nido
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From Whorehouse to Crystalline Archipelago: Travelling to El Nido

I’ve travelled some trying journeys in my time, a rickety 13-hour train from Shanghai to Beijing with only a toilet-hole straight onto the tracks, a mental prickly-skinned 36-hour plane ride home from New Zealand, and now I have a cramped, hustle of a van-ride to El Nido to add to that. After a 3-hour trek … Continue reading

Green Island: It’s Really Green
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Green Island: It’s Really Green

Green Island (Lǜ Dǎo) certainly lives up to its name, it is hugely lush, covered in dense green forest and surrounded by gleaming ocean. The small volcanic island sits off the east coast of Taiwan, so is of course accessible by ferry, or as its been termed elsewhere “a vomit boat.” Armed with motion sickness … Continue reading