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Fantastic Foto Friday: Provocative Art in Taipei – the progressive capital of Taiwan!

Taipei is one of the most open and progressive cities in Asia. A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) near Taipei’s Main Station will make that very clear with its thought provoking exhibits that I didn’t expect here and haven’t seen much elsewhere in Asia!
If you are surprised too, check out my Destination Guide Taipei to find out more about this interesting city!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Steep mountains, crystal clear water & great hiking: Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

While most visitors to Taiwan focus on Taipei, Taiwan has some amazing wilderness to explore. The mountains across the island are steep, the forests dense and the mountain streams crystal clear. My favorite place to hike is Taroko Gorge, a short high-speed train ride from Taipei, Taiwan. It’s a great nature getaway from the busy city and worth a side trip!
But it all starts in Taipei, so check out my Destination Guide Taipei to plan your own trip to Taiwan!

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Colonial History of Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka Fort Afomosa

Melaka in Malaysia has an interesting colonial history, with the Portuguese, Dutch and British each in control of the important harbor for 150 years. Throw in the presence of Chinese, Arab and Indian traders and you get a veritable melting pot with hundreds of years of history. Fort Afomosa sits on the hill above the city and offers great views over the city and glimpses into the past!

To plan your own getaway, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!

Destination Guide: Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, the Capital of Taiwan, is an interesting city few people have on their travel radar. It has a turbulent, rich history that is well documented and today is one of the most open & progressive cities in Asia. My first trip to Taipei was a convenient stop-over from the US to South East Asia – and I have returned … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Endless beaches, quirky bars & restaurants: Nha Trang

Nha Trang in South Central Vietnam is blessed with endless beaches. You can walk for miles along the boardwalk or sandy shore and enjoy the view out over the warm see. You’ll find some quirky spots like “Happy Beach” along the way – first time I saw a piano right on the beach walk! And that beach is available on a budget, with prices for 4- and 5-star hotels under $100 – what’s not to like?
Check out my Destination Guide Nha Trang to plan your own beach getaway.

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Manila’s Modern Skyline

Manila has an interesting colonial history and is rapidly becoming a modern city. A great place to see the contrast is at Fort Santiago, the historic, Spanish colonial fortress, with a view across the Pasig River onto the skyline of the city!
To plan your own trip to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, start with my Destination Guide Manila!

How to get around Phuket, Thailand

Updated 2020: Getting around Phuket is a hassle and one of the reasons I rather visit (or recommend) other islands in Thailand. Pretty much any land transport available exposes you to one scam or another, resulting in some of the highest taxi prices you’ll pay anywhere in Asia, including some of the most expensive cities on the planet, like Singapore … Continue reading