Lanyu (Orchid) Island

This is a guest post by blogger Dominic Le Croissette Lanyu Island is an enticingly remote outpost, lying 65km east of the southern tip of mainland Taiwan, and just 110km north of the Batan Islands of the Philippines. For some – me included – the main attraction is the birds. There is one true endemic […]


Yilan makes for a nice 3-day weekend destination from Kaohsiung, and if you are living in Taipei,  it can easily be visited in a normal weekend or even on a spontaneous day trip. There is something for everyone to do in Yilan: hiking, surfing, paragliding, or simply relaxing on the beach with a good book. It […]

Tengjhih National Forest

Tengjhih National Forest is a hiker’s dream. Located in the mountains proper (ranging from 500-1500 meters above sea level), it is a welcome pocket of fresh air and nature. Better yet, it is only an hour and a half scoot from Kaohsiung. There are many hiking loops to choose from; the one we completed on […]

Maolin, Taiwan

Maolin has quickly become one of my favorite weekend getaways, as its convenient location close to Kaohsiung makes a weekend trip effortless. The fresh air and variety of hiking trails keeps the destination exciting and new, and the cozy De En Gorge offers a great place to get a good night’s rest. Also, seeing as […]


Famous for its umbrellas, tea, noodles, farms, and Hakka culture, Meinong has plenty to keep one entertained. Located just over an hour’s drive from Kaohsiung, it makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Things to do and see in Meinong: 1. Oil-Paper Umbrellas– the Meinong District is famous for its oil-paper umbrellas. Paper […]

Taitung Sea Art Guest House

I can’t get enough of Taitung. Last weekend was my third visit, and once again, I was amazed by the enchanted scenery of mountains, trees, green vegetation, and the almighty Pacific. This time around, I stayed at the Taitung Sea Art Guest House, and I will definitely be returning. In Honduras, my home away from home […]

JinLun Hot Springs, Taitung

On our recent weekend getaway, Dom and I visited JinLun Village in Taitung County.  I’m currently training for a half marathon, so my muscles are quite sore from all the running, and I was aching (literally) for a soak in some healing mineral water. The journey by motorcycle from Kaohsiung took exactly 5 hours. 3 hours driving […]