Best Places for Spring in Korea

Spring is one of the best seasons in South Korea as cherry blossoms come out and national parks come alive with color.  This is my 3rd collaboration with other expats on the best things to do in Korea.  You can find the best of winter in Korea and best of fall in Korea on my site Read More …

Taroko Gorge- Hehuanshan – Motorbiking from the Pacific Ocean to 3,416m

After hiking Shakadang Trail I was convinced I needed to see more of Taroko National Park and decided to take my scooter to the highest peak. Doing some quick research at my hostel I discovered Xiafengkou(siafengkou) had a 2 hour hike to the top of Hehuanshan at an altitude of 3,416m. Locals told me the Read More …

Pingxi Lantern Festival 2016

Pingxi is famous for its lanterns and has the privilege of being the only place in Taiwan where sky lanterns can legally be released. Its remoteness coupled with a heavy annual rainfall make conditions safe for fire balls to be launched skyward. Sure there are environmental concerns (which is why I didn’t launch one) but Read More …

Happy Lunar New Year – Monkey Style from Taiwan!

Traveling on busy transit can be tough.  Lunar New Year makes that even crazier here in Taiwan.  In the last week I’ve been shoved and contorted into tiny spaces next to the bus driver, train conductors seat and sat cross legged hidden on the floor next to a luggage compartment.  To say its been uncomfortable would Read More …

Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe part 2 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I awoke shortly after the sun stretching upwards to find my hands tangled in a mosquito net as yesterday’s adventure through the jungle came back into focus.  Unsure of what Tom had in store for us today other than “swimming in a waterfall” I excitedly dressed and wandered about his village, Hwe Yao.  The night before Read More …

Hot springs & waterfalls – a hidden paradise in Wulai, Taiwan

Wulai was without a doubt my favorite part of Taiwan.  Sure I only had a long weekend to explore but everything I loved about Taipei was in this quaint mountain town’s market too.  But the real attraction of Wulai isn’t the night market you can find in the capitol, its the lush natural surroundings & friendly locals. Read More …

Longshan Temple – Taipei, Taiwan

Even if you only have a half day in Taipei make sure you get to the Longshan Temple!  Its a stunning Buddhist temple with regular visitors and local parishoners.  Founded in 1738 as a haven for Chinese immigrants from Fujian the settlers built Longshan in honor of Kuan-in the Buddhist goddess of mercy. How to get Read More …

6 things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam – A cultural gem tucked away in paradise

After spending the best week of my life exploring Son Doong (The World’s Largest Cave) I ventured southward towards Hoi An, Vietnam.  It began with a Boomerang Bus trip to Hue City where I spent one night before jumping on a motorbike for a day of cruising which delivered me to Hoi An.  I heard Read More …