Travel, Vietnam

Explore Hue in 12 hours: Dong Ba Market, Pagoda, Ferry Ride (Part 2)

Don’t miss out Hue when you visit Vietnam! Though lesser known than other cities in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Hue felt considerably more local and less modernized (read: homogenized). Here is part 2 of my day in Hue and if you missed out on part 1, click here. 1430| Khai Dinh …

Travel, Vietnam

Explore Hue in 12 hours: Part 1 on Imperial City and tombs

Minh Mang Tomb, Hue Vietnam

I have never heard of Hue to be honest, until a friend suggested Hoi An as our next destination and Hue turned up in the search results while we were planning. Even then, the results were few compared to other areas in the country. Turns out it was one of the best legs for sightseeing …

Taiwan, Travel

11 days in Taiwan: Pingxi sky lantern festival on day 9

Sky Lantern Festival, Pinghsi, Taiwan

The Pingxi Sky Lantern festival has been around for a while so you can trust on them to be quite organized. I was lucky to be in the area for the last day of the festival and largest-scaled one too. Making your way to Pinghsi Sky Lantern Festival The most straightforward way is to get to Shifen ahead of …

Taiwan, Travel

11 days in Taiwan: Jiufen + Shifen on Day 9

Red lanterns, Jiufen, Taiwan

I don’t really have any specific activities or things to look out for in Jiufen and Shifen…it’s mostly about soaking in the atmosphere when you’re there so be warned that this post is going to be more pictorial than anything. Breakfast at Fuhang Doujiang To start off, here’s a special mention for breakfast before you …

Taiwan, Travel

Tried and Tested: Accommodations in Taiwan

Travelling to Taiwan - Accommodation in Cingjing - Fonchin Minsu (1)

Where to stay in Taiwan? Here’s a quick post to share the accommodations that I’ve tried during my 1.5 weeks vacation. Not the best bargain deals but definitely value-for-money and inexpensive places to stay at. These are the regions I’m covering: Taipei Star Hostel (Taipei Main Stations) Via Hotel (Ximending) Hualien – Mini Voyage Taichung …

Tips, Travel

5 tips on accommodation for solo travelers

Accommodation tips for solo traveler - read reviews

I think finding accommodation as a solo traveler is a little bit more tricky than usual. Here are some tips I gathered from my Taiwan trip: 1. Stay near places with night activities. By this, I don’t mean clubs or pubs. In Taiwan, it would be the night markets and shopping districts. It’s safer for …

Taiwan, Travel

11 days in Taiwan: Day 8 from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to Houshanpi

Back in Taipei for the last leg of my Taiwan trip! Before I set off to hunt down money changers in Taipei city to save my dwindling funds, I used the remaining dimes to treat myself to some economical Taiwanese breakfast fare. Ximending streets are really quiet in the mornings by the way. Just across …