Fei Cui Valley (翡翠谷)

Nature makes us happy. It’s why we seek the outdoors, and look for untouched wilderness. Lonely Planet’s coverage on hiking to wild hot springs as the latest trend has been picking up much interest amongst visitors to Taiwan, though these activities of finding paradise are of no secret to the island’s residents.

Natural Taiwan is really as good as it sounds. While some secret gems require a world of effort to get to, others are surprisingly accessible. It’s not everyday you come across newly uncovered rock pools and a waterfall metres away from a road, minutes from other popular attractions. Fei Cui Valley (翡翠谷) has been incredulously overlooked. Continue reading

Taiwan is Ridiculously Beautiful

Last week I went on one of the most epic of roadtrips I’ve had for a long while. And with none other but my elderly parents! Though less nimble as they were, we were able to circle Taiwan in just over a week. I think it was quite a feat for them to have seen so much as first-timers to this little island. Small it may be, there is plenty to see and do in Taiwan, and I am so glad they’ve had the chance to appreciate its diversity. For me this getaway was doubly special because not only did I get to show my parents how wonderful life could be in Taiwan, I again witnessed some ridiculously beautiful scenes, only to further reinforce my will to stay. Continue reading

Taiwan is Not Another Asian Country with Crazy Driving

This statement can be misleading, and those who live here or have visited would have probably already scoffed in disbelief at my blog title.

But it’s true. Taiwan really isn’t as ridiculous for drivers as some people may think. Well in Taipei, and other major cities, yes…but whatever chaos you come across there, doesn’t happen once you hit the smaller towns.  For me it’s actually more relaxing than driving on some Australian highways, which is why roadtripping around Taiwan is an activity I keep coming back to. Continue reading