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
Breeze at Samaya, Bali
Bali is a great destination for a romantic getaway. A dinner along the beach with the most dramatic sunsets every night – what could be more romantic? The Breeze at Samaya pictured above is a fantastic place to have dinner – or stay.
To plan your own romantic getaway, check my recommendations for Bali’s Best Beaches!
Singapore Airlines is shuffling the routes served by their subsidiaries full-service Silk Air and low-cost Scoot, prior to integrating Silk Air into Singapore Airlines. They are also cancelling the Scoot flights to Honolulu due to weak demand, the budget carriers only route to the USA. The reorganization makes sense to me. Check out the impacted routes below to see if … 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
The Gardens by the Bay are one of my favorite places to visit in Singapore. With the two stunning domes, creating unique environments, the lush gardens and the unique SuperTrees, it offers natural beauty and a feat of engineering at the same time.
This shot is taking from the (very nice) Lavo Restaurant at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Check out my Singapore Guide to start planning your own trip to Singapore!
Every year Lonely Planet, my favorite travel guides, publishes a list of top destinations to visit. The countries and cities Lonely Planet selects are usually beautiful places that are just making it (back) onto traveler’s lists, yet before they become mainstream and the tour buses arrive. That always makes for an intriguing list to check out and find inspiration for … 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!