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

Green Island Adventures: Are they ripping off Westerners?
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Green Island Adventures: Are they ripping off Westerners?

Green Island is a summertime hub for weekends away, but unless you’re a risk-taking adventurer with enough cash to cushion a fall, you have to book accommodation and transport to the island months before. My language exchange shook her head and let out a long “ohhhhh no, ohhhhh dear…” when three weeks before my trip … 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

Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…
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Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…

In Taiwan, there are days where getting out of the sun is essential, and today was one of those days. Our language-exchange took us to Shuanglienpi; a streamy-mountainous area west of Yilan. A Google search (in English) will tell you very little, and you won’t find it in Lonely Planet either. To the locals, however, … Continue reading

The Old Streets of Jiufen
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The Old Streets of Jiufen

Up in the emerald green mountains of Taiwan’s north-east coast sits Jiufen, a small gold-mining village so prosperous back in the Japanese era it became known as ‘Little Shanghai.’ After the decline of the gold-mining industry, Jiufen became a forgotten spot but its old flame has recently been rekindled. So enchanting are the twisted old … Continue reading

Good Sleeps: A-Home Wanchinghai Guesthouse
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Good Sleeps: A-Home Wanchinghai Guesthouse

After spending too many rainy weekends in a row inside, I decided that for Luke’s 22nd birthday I would book a surprise weekend away in Jiufen. Finding accommodation meant hours of me trawling the internet in a secret search for somewhere perfect. Of course, Luke would’ve been happy in a tent, but we don’t have … Continue reading