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Hiking and Hot Baths in Taiwan

Zhuilu Old Road-Taroko National Park

When we were planning our October trip to Taiwan, the toughest choice was choosing between a multi-day backpacking trip and a hotel-based day hiking trip. We were deciding between a visit to Yushan National Park and hiking to the peak of Jade Mountain (multi-day opportunities galore), and visiting Taiwan’s famous Taroko Gorge and hiking the Zhuilu Old Road Trail (spectacular day hiking). Continue reading Hiking and Hot Baths in Taiwan

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Beyond the Fair – Fast Train from Guangzhou to Macau, China

The Parisian Macao - Macau

If you have previously explored Guangzhou (see 5 Spectacular Things to Do in Guangzhou and 5 More Things to Do in Guangzhou), Macau is a worthy side trip between sessions of the China Import and Export Commodities Fair. If you time your travel to avoid the busiest border crossing times, the trip takes about 4 hours from your hotel in Guangzhou to your hotel in Macau. Continue reading Beyond the Fair – Fast Train from Guangzhou to Macau, China

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Hidden Gem: Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Thailand

Tham Than Lot Yai - Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Thailand

Located 97 kilometers north of Kanchanaburi, the 5 kilometer in-and-out hike in Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park (also known as Tham Than Lot National Park) is one of our favorite hikes in Thailand. The trail is not too long or too difficult – it is a perfect relaxing and energizing nature hike. Continue reading Hidden Gem: Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Thailand

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Hiking Syue Mountain – Taiwan’s Second Highest Mountain

Syue Mountain, Taiwan

After our last trip to Taiwan, when we said that we wanted to return and tackle some of the 3,000 meter peaks – we meant it! We narrowed our choice down to two mountains: Jade Mountain (3,952 meters / 12,966 feet) and Snow Mountain (3,886 meters / 12,749 feet). Jade Mountain is the tallest mountain in Taiwan, Snow Mountain is the second tallest. Continue reading Hiking Syue Mountain – Taiwan’s Second Highest Mountain

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Beyond the Fair – 5 More Things to Do in Guangzhou, China (Spring Visit)

Canton Fair - Guangzhou, China

Having attended the China Import and Export Commodities Fair in October (Beyond the Fair – 5 Spectacular Things to Do in Guangzhou, China), I was excited to return in April and to have an opportunity to explore even more of this exciting city. Continue reading Beyond the Fair – 5 More Things to Do in Guangzhou, China (Spring Visit)

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Beyond the Fair – 5 Spectacular Things to Do in Guangzhou, China

Canton Fair - Guangzhou, China

If you are in Guangzhou, chances are that you are attending the famous, twice yearly Canton Fair. The China Import and Export Commodities Fair has been held since 1957 and is the largest trade fair in China. It has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of deals made – it is huge! Continue reading Beyond the Fair – 5 Spectacular Things to Do in Guangzhou, China

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Taipei, Taiwan – Easy Access Day Hikes

Taipei, Taiwan - Easy Access Day Hikes

Taiwan has one of the highest densities of tall mountains in the world and is famous for its 100 Peaks list. The list is of the 100 best peaks over 3,000 meters and is used to promote high-altitude hiking. In fact, there are over 260 mountains with peaks over 3,000 meters in Taiwan! Continue reading Taipei, Taiwan – Easy Access Day Hikes

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Fantastic Independent Hiking – Phu Kradueng, Thailand

Phu Kradueng, Thailand

As the the Bangkok Post story about the couple lost for two days in the jungle of Khao Yai National Park highlights, independent hiking in Thailand can be very difficult! The dense jungle reclaims trails daily, making them extremely hard to follow, and it is very easy to get turned around. Continue reading Fantastic Independent Hiking – Phu Kradueng, Thailand

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Northwest Thailand Road Trip

Wat Tham Pha Plong - Chiang Dao, Thailand

Our 2687 KM / 1669 Mile road trip originates in Bangkok and heads north along the Burmese border. We travel the western and northern portions of the Mae Hong Son Loop before heading north through Chiang Dao to the Golden Triangle. We finish our trip in Chiang Rai before returning to Bangkok. Continue reading Northwest Thailand Road Trip

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Hong Kong and Macau, China

Dragon's Back Trail - Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is a city that strongly embraces the outdoor lifestyle. Combined with a comprehensive and easy to navigate public transportation system, Hong Kong is a travel destination that will please outdoor enthusiasts and city-lovers alike. Having one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita, you never have to spend much time in Hong Kong hunting for your next meal. Continue reading Hong Kong and Macau, China

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore
Photo by Win Paing Soe

Days 8-13 of our 13 day, 1233 mile Bangkok to Singapore by Train trip starting in Bangkok, Thailand going all the way to Singapore.

The small island country of Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819 and, since independence in 1965, has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries. Continue reading Singapore, Singapore

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Bangkok to Singapore by Train

Hua Lamphong Railway Station - Bangkok, Thailand

This exciting 1233 mile train trip starts in Bangkok, Thailand and takes you all the way to Singapore! During this unforgettable adventure, we traveled through three diverse countries: Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. We stayed in four amazing cities: Bangkok, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. To make it even more interesting, we had to manage three different currencies: the Thai baht, the Malaysian ringgit, and the Singapore dollar. Continue reading Bangkok to Singapore by Train