Category Archives: Asia

Day 2 in Alishan: Yushan National Park and Alishan Forest Recreation Area

Day 2 in Alishan: Yushan and Alishan Forest Recreation Area

I’m not sure if its the early nights that we had, or if vacationing in Alishan is simply revitalising. Even though our second day was an early and long one, it didn’t seem like a chore at all to be waking up at 7am! After a simple but heartwarming breakfast, Charlies brought us out on another day of nature-filled sightseeing. For the first half of the day, we drove around…

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Day 1 in Alishan: Fenqihu Town and Yuantan Waterfalls

A summer vacation in Alishan

When visiting Alishan, most people would only think about catching the sunrise and taking a ride on the old railway. There’s nothing wrong with that, but these iconic activities are only the tip of the iceberg. Alishan is much more than that! A friendly reminder: Do not confuse the National Scenic Area (阿里山国家风景区) with the Forest Recreation Area (阿里山森林游乐区), for the former refers to the entire national park and the…

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Minsu retreat in Alishan: Small Swiss Homestay 小瑞士山庄

Review: Small Swiss Homestay in Alishan

When I started planning for a short family trip to Alishan in Taiwan several months back, my first consideration was finding an exceptional B&B (known as ‘minsu’ in Taiwan). After all, the trip was only for 3 nights, and all we wanted was a quiet, homely place to relax and recharge. With the help of TripAdvisor, I found Small Swiss Homestay 小瑞士山庄, which is rated 1st under Specialty Lodging in…

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Taiwan’s night markets: Miaokou, Shida, Ziqiang, Luodong

Taiwan’s night markets: Miaokou, Shida, Ziqiang, Luodong

If there is a common theme for every night during our trip, it has to be visiting one of the many night markets in Taiwan. We visited a total of 5 night markets, but each one has its unique specialties, so we didn’t feel jaded at all. Originally I wanted to dedicate a post for each night market, starting off from Shilin night market. But I figured it might be…

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Minsu retreat in Yilan: 聖荷缇城堡 Saint Holland

Minsu experience in Yilan - 聖荷缇城堡

In a 360 degrees change, we departed the Mediterranean-themed “minsu” in Hualien and arrived at a Castle-themed “minsu” in Yilan - 聖荷缇城堡 Saint-Holland. While the complex is more like a mansion than a castle, every other aspect do seek to replicate the posh atmosphere of a castle, such as the marble pillars and fountain in the front, and the garden in the backyard. Upon arrival on a rainy late afternoon, we were…

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Minsu retreat in Hualien: 境外漂流 Wanderlust

Minsu experience in Hualien - 境外漂流

If you were to ask us our main reason for visiting Hualien and Yilan, it would be to experience staying at a “minsu” – now a common name for all homestays or B&Bs in Taiwan. The rise of “minsu” culture in Taiwan has been rapid over the past years, and now, it can be considered an iconic experience for travellers, especially as romantic getaways out of city. Unfortunately, these “minsu”s…

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