The Sheraton Taitung is the only major brand hotel in this Southern city in Taiwan and one of the most upscale ones! You get a central location, beautiful rooms, a stunning lounge, huge breakfast and a nice pool, wellness and gym as well as bicycles to explore town. While prices are high for Taitung, they a great value for Marriott … Continue reading
Philippine Airlines is the flag carrier of the Philippines and the oldest airline in Asia with 75 years of operations. They have embarked on the ambitious journey to become a premium, 5-star airline. They have added new planes, reconfigured them with better seats and more space in all cabins and improved food, entertainment and service offerings. Find out all the … Continue reading
Taipei is EVA Airlines hub and on my recent trip, I was able to check out the EVA Air Star Lounge in Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2. While the EVA Air Star Lounge won’t win any awards for design or service, it is a pleasant place to spend your time till departure, grab a drink and have a snack. Find … Continue reading
Accor has launched the third stop of their Asia sales promotion, offering up to 50% off hotel rooms in Greater China (including Hong Kong & Macao), Japan and South Korea. You can book these deals only through December 13th, 2018, for stays as far out as December 2019. You also participate in a lucky draw – the first 10 winners … Continue reading
The Kindness Hotel Hualien offers large, modern rooms near the train station with friendly service. The included breakfast and dinner, as well as drinks and amenities like bike rentals and a laundry room, make it very good value. If you are planning a visit to the nearby Taroko Gorge, the Kindness Hotel Hualien is a great base for your stay, … Continue reading
Most visitors to Taiwan stay in Taipei, the bustling, progressive capital of Taiwan. Yet most of the island is covered by rugged mountains and thick forests. The Taroko National Park on the Eastern coast of the island is a great place to explore the nature of Taiwan, with the Taroko Gorge at the heart of the park! … Continue reading
Orangutan in Sepilok, Borneo, watching those funny humans
Seeing the orangutan at the rehabilitation center of Sepilok in Northern Borneo, Malaysia, is an amazing experience. Seeing them feed, play and observe you – while you observe them – left little doubt in my mind that they are our closest cousins with 97 shared DNA.
To plan your own encounter with orangutans, check out my Destination Guide Kota Kinabalu!
The readers of Conde Naste Traveler just voted Siargao as the best island in Asia for 2018 – and I agree. With stunning waves for surfers, quiet beaches and wild mangroves, it offers a lot for nature and beach lovers who want to get away from the crowds. There is a single road going around the island and you won’t see any tour buses here. And where else can you stay in a private pool villa right on the beach for $250? Go now, while you can still enjoy this island paradise without the crowds and the sky high price tags!
Check out my Siargao Island overview and Isla Cabana Resort review. Book your beach getaway before everybody else does!
Boracay, just voted again to be one of the top 5 islands in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler, reopened on October 26, 2018 as scheduled. The island was closed to visitors for 6 months by the order of the Filipino president to clean up the consequences of over-tourism. So, what was accomplished in this time, how has Boracay changed and … Continue reading
Conde Nast conducts a reader survey each year to determine the best islands in the world. This year, the Philippines, my home in Asia, score the top 3 slots and I very much agree with the chosen islands as wonderful beach destinations. Find out which islands scored top honors, read my personal tips and start planning your next beach getaway to … Continue reading