Lovely Tai’an Hot Spring in Miaoli, Taiwan

King's Resort Hot Spring in Miaoli, Taiwan in January

Of the many hot spring villages in Taiwan, laid-back Tai’an Hot Spring (泰安溫泉) is one of our favorites. Located in the hills of Miaoli, a Central Taiwanese county known for slow-living, Hakka culture, and off-the-beaten-track attractions like these, Tai’an has a remote, natural vibe yet is easy enough to get to by car. Sure, you …

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The 20 Best Hot Springs in Taiwan for a Blissful Winter Soak

20 of the best hot springs in Taiwan

The island of Taiwan sits on a collision zone between two tectonic plates. As a result, it has one of the highest concentrations of thermal hot springs in the world. There are at least 100 major hot springs in Taiwan and many smaller ones! While Taiwanese aboriginals had been aware of the springs, it was …

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Beitou Hot Spring & Thermal Valley: A Detailed 2021 Guide

Beitou Hot Spring Taipei

The Beitou Hot Spring (or Xinbeitou Hot Spring) area is my favorite neighborhood in Taipei City, and I’ve probably been there over 20 times. In fact, my wife and I went on our first date there after we met in Taipei in 2009! And while hot springs are the focus, meaning you’ll definitely want to …

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Wulai Hot Spring, Taiwan: A Comprehensive Guide

Wulai Hot Spring in Wulai, Taiwan

Wulai (烏來, Tayal language: Ulay) is the largest district of New Taipei City, but only has around 6000 residents, by far the lowest population density. Officially the only “mountain indigenous district” of New Taipei City, it is home to the closest aboriginal Taiwanese village to Taipei City. Wulai has loads going for it. Thermal water …

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Jiaoxi Hot Spring, Yilan: A Detailed Guide

Jiaoxi Hot Spring (礁溪溫泉, also spelled Jiaosi Hot Spring) is my favorite Taiwan’s many amazing hot springs. Jiaoxi is a rural township at the north end of Yilan County in Northeastern Taiwan, making it one of the best day trips from Taipei. My friends/family and I have been to Jiaoxi as day and overnight trips …

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Wenshan Hot Spring: Taroko Gorge’s Spectacular Secret

Wenshan Hot Spring, Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

One of Taiwan’s hidden gems is Taroko Gorge‘s Wenshan Hot Spring (文山溫泉, also sometimes spelled Wunshan Hot Spring or Taroko National Park Hot Springs), located in Xiulin township of visually stunning Hualien County. The awe-inspiring scenery, hidden location within a famous national park, and relative inaccessibility of this Hualien hot spring make it, in my …

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Budapest with Kids: An Unforgettable 3-Day Winter Visit

A detailed 3-day itinerary for Budapest with kids

Simply put, we loved Budapest. It was our favorite big city out of the two months we spent in Central Europe, and we enjoyed it more than the three days we spent in Prague the week before (sorry Prague)! Just like Prague, there are loads of things to do in Budapest with kids, but for …

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