Review: Sheraton Taitung – luxury in the South of Taiwan!

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

Travel Made Easy: All you need to know about Philippine Airlines

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

Deal: Accor Hotel Sale – 50% off in Japan, China & South Korea

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

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Fantastic Foto: Orangutan Rehabilitation Center Sepilok, Borneo

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!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Siargao, Philippines – Best Island in Asia 2018

Siargao Beach

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 reopened – cleaner, quieter and more sustainable?

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

The Top 5 Islands in Asia – Conde Nast Traveler Survey 2018

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