A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs
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A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs

Beitou hot spring valley was named paktaaw (witch) by its aboriginal inhabitants because the constant rising steam and strong sulphuric smell gives it the appearance of a witch’s cauldron. Aquamarine water, misty warmth and surrounding lush greenery – it’s the most beautiful witch’s cauldron I’ve ever heard about. Wandering up the hill, you eventually reach … 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

Beyond Wufenqi: River-Tracing in Jiaoxi
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Beyond Wufenqi: River-Tracing in Jiaoxi

There’s more to Wufenqi than Wufenqi waterfall. Escape the throngs of day-trippers and within minutes you’ll have the tranquility of the forest to yourself. With Liezl and our couch-surfer Leo in tow, Charlie and I spent the last day of June in search of alternative waterfalls. What we found was enough to rival our adventures … Continue reading

Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong
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Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong

Maokong sits majestically on the edge of the Taipei basin, looking out over the city. In the past, Maokong was the largest tea-growing area in the capital, but these days it’s a hotspot for tea culture and hikers. Maokong is tipped as one of the things to do whilst in Taiwan, but despite that opinion … Continue reading

Thrills, Spills, and a Chance of Drowning: River-Tracing at Jia Jiu Liao
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Thrills, Spills, and a Chance of Drowning: River-Tracing at Jia Jiu Liao

River-Tracing at Jia Jiu Liao Jia Jiu Liao river is a stunningly devilish waterway. The most appealing section stretches out for hours between Chenggong and Wulai. For the sensible, there are a number of popular barbeque and swimming spots. For the less sensible, there’s river-tracing. River-tracing at Jia Jiu Liao is both fantastic and challenging, … Continue reading