A Food Tour of Burma Street in Zhonghe, New Taipei City

Burma Street (Mandarin: 緬甸街) goes by many names. Myanmar Street is derived from the country’s official name today, while many still prefer the Southeast Asian nation’s former name, Burma. The actual street in Zhonghe, a crowded district of New Taipei City, is called Huaxin Street (華新街), while the New Taipei City government officially goes with …

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Tea in Thailand: An Interview with John Bickel, Thailand-based Tea Blogger

Tea in Thailand

When most people think of tea in Thailand, they envision sweet, milky, bizarrely orange-colored “Thai iced tea.” But there’s more to Thai tea than that.     Curious to learn more, and wanting to move beyond this website’s usual focus on tea in Taiwan, I asked my friend John Bickel, prolific tea blogger at Tea …

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Sun Moon Lake Tours: How to Choose the Best One for You

Sun Moon Lake Pass

Sun Moon Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan and should definitely be included on your Taiwan itinerary if you hope to spend some time in stunningly beautiful surroundings on your Taiwan trip. Below I will compare Sun Moon Lake tour options provided by two different popular tour websites, GetYourGuide and …

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Sun Moon Lake Tea: Why is it so good?

Sun Moon Lake Tea

When it comes to Taiwanese tea, oolongs like Alishan High Mountain Tea, Dong Ding, and Oriental Beauty are internationally renowned, but fewer people are aware that the country also produces some excellent black teas. While many of Taiwan’s tea growing regions do produce a limited amount of black tea, Sun Moon Lake is practically synonymous …

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Kata Noi: The Best Place to Stay in Phuket for Families (on a budget)

Best place to stay in Phuket for families

Before I took my parents, wife, and one-year-old son on a trip to Phuket, Thailand, I was on a mission to find the best place to stay in Phuket for families. Most importantly, we wanted to be very close to the beach, but spend less than $100 a night. People told me that would be …

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Visiting the Cemetery of Confucius and Temple of Confucius, Qufu, China

The Qufu Temple of Confucius and Confucius Forest

Qufu, China is a small but ancient town 550 kilometers south of Beijing in Shandong. This province is famous for three things: Qingdao beer, Tai Shan (Mount Tai), and Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. The Temple of Confucius Qufu is the largest and most important Confucius temple in the world, and together with the adjoining …

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The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Pt. 2: Hualien to Taitung and Kenting

The east coast of Taiwan is a remote region of unparalleled beauty and perfect place for a Taiwan road trip. In Part 1 of this guide, I covered the popular Yilan and Hualien regions. In this post, we will continue southward along the Hualien and Taitung County coasts from Hualien to Taitung, including the parallel …

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10 Close-Up Spots to Seek the Best View of Mt. Fuji (and how to get to them)

10 best spots to see Mt. Fuji

There are already as many “best views of Mount Fuji” LISTS as there are claimed best places to see Mt. Fuji. Personally, I don’t think any single one is best, but for this list, I have focused on the best places to see Mount Fuji if you want a good chance to ACTUALLY SEE Mt. …

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