Notes on Kaohsiung – an underrated city for when you have the #overtourism blues

Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan, at the southern end of the island. Being in the travel business I know a number of people that have been and raved about it. Overall though it’s not a city that features on the international travel radar. There are direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City […]

Taroko National Park – highlights, and how to visit on a day trip from Taipei

Taroko National Park is one of the highlights of Taiwan, with the Taroko Gorge ranking among the great natural wonders of Asia. When I was planning my trip most of the information I found was from travel agents selling tours. If you are in Taipei on a short visit it is possible to visit Taroko […]

Hotel Review: E Hotel, Kaohsiung – Taiwan

Hostel Name: E Hotel Address: 188 Datong 1st Rd., Xinxing District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I stayed at the E Hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I booked online and selected the hotel for its price and location. This was my first time to Kaohsiung so I was unfamiliar with where might be the best area to stay. After […]

Hotel Review: E-House, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: E-House Address: 3F., No.155, Xining S. Rd., Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the E-House in Taipei. I booked it for its location in the Ximen area, which is a lively shopping and entertainment area. It’s also within a reasonable walking distance to the main train station for the airport rail (or one […]

Hotel Review: Classic Hotel City Resort, Hualien – Taiwan

Hostel Name: Classic Hotel City Resort Address: No. 139, Guolian 5th Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan. I stayed at the Classic Hotel City Resort in Hualien, Taiwan. I booked it for its location near the main train station, where I would be arriving from Taipei. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the […]

Hotel Review: City Suites Main station, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: City Suites Main station Address: No.51, Sec 1, Yanping N.Rd., Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the City Suites Main station in Taipei. The City Suites Main station is a 4-star hotel near Taipei Main Station. I booked it online and picked it for its location near the Taoyuan Airport Line […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 843 From: Taipei (TPE) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with VietJet Air from Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City. I compared flights with Skyscanner, and Vietjet was the cheapest option. The last time I visited Taiwan it was with EVA Air from Ho Chi Minh City. Other airlines […]

Hotel Review: Lio Hotel Ximen, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: Lio Hotel Ximen Address: No.4、6, Aly. 36, Ln. 25, Kangding Rd, Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the Lio Hotel Ximen in Taipei. I booked it for its location in the Ximen area, which I was familiar with on my last visit to Taipei. I found a good deal on Agoda at the […]

Flight Review: Peach – Osaka Kansai to Taipei

Flight: Peach MM 23 From: Kansai International Airport (KIX) To: Taipei (TPE) I flew with Peach from Osaka to Taipei. I compared flights with Kayak, and Peach worked out to be the best for price and time of day. I’ve never flown with Peach before either, so I was curious to try a new airline. […]

Taipei Accommodation Guide

Taipei, the crown jewel of Taiwan, is a wonderfully Chinese metropolis. A little off the beaten track, it is easy to slip under the radar and experience the everyday Taipei, a warm and inviting mix of Eastern cultures and of the ancient and modern. Western visitors to Taiwan are few and far between, with the […]