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

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

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

An Evening Jaunt: Suao Cold Springs and Nanfang’ao Beach
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An Evening Jaunt: Suao Cold Springs and Nanfang’ao Beach

The sunshine has rolled into Yilan County now that the summer months are here, and with it  temperatures are reaching 35’C in the middle of the day. Trips to the hot springs are going out of fashion faster than a gecko chasing a cockroach, and trips to the cold springs are in. This month, Luke … Continue reading

Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!
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Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!

After 6 months abroad, Luke and I have made a good dent in our exploration of Taiwan. We’ve hiked Taroko’s majestic gorges, once on death-defying scooter-back along the East Coast Mountain Highway, eaten sticky bamboo rice in the aboriginal Wulai, bathed in Jiaoxi’s hotsprings, released sky lanterns at Pingxi festival, ambled Daxi in the west, … Continue reading