Asian Travel Planning
Collected by Bryan Kinkade, AFAR Staff
741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
Markets offer great insights into a country’s culture, and in Taiwan the night markets are a mandatory stop for observing local life. Sometimes spanning entire city blocks, the markets are an amusement park of sorts—complete with a midway of...
No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan is known for its xiaochi or "small eats" and there are plenty of delicious and cheap snacks in this vibrant city. The standout is the slack season noodles, developed from a century-old recipe and so named because they were sold by a...
Taipei 101, No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Soaring more than 1,600 feet into the air, Taipei 101 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and probably Taipei’s most iconic site. For a small fee, visitors can spend time on the observation deck—a large space that offers a 360-degree...
No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
When Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China for Taiwan, he took with him many of the treasures that at one time were featured in Beijing’s Palace Museum. Among the items are relics and antiques reflecting 8,000 years of Chinese history. Today the...
950, Taiwan, Taitung County, Taitung City, 博物館路1號
Taiwan has a long history that predates even the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century. For centuries, the 14 original tribes of the island called Taiwan home and developed rich and diverse cultures separate from any outside influence. In an...
No. 113, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Taiwan has a very interesting past, and influences from the Dutch, Portuguese, and Japanese can be found around the island. Of course, it’s the Chinese influence that has stood the test of time, impacting everything from language to cuisine and...
Shennong Street, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan isn’t your normal city in Taiwan. Sure it’s modern and sure it’s beautiful, but there’s an artsy edge to it that makes it stand out from almost every other city in the island nation. The original capital of Taiwan, Tainan honors its past...
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest fresh water lake. When I lived in Nantou County, central Taiwan, I would often ride my scooter to Sun Moon Lake for a bit of fresh air and reflection. One day I drove to the lake and traveled up a hill to the...
954, Taiwan, Taitung County, Beinan Township, 明峰村試驗場8號
The people of Taiwan's southeastern region of Taitung are known for their expertise with medicinal herbs, and the Yuan Sen Applied Botanical Garden combines the best ofthis tradition with biotechnology and ecotourism. After a day of sightseeing in...
Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
Taiwan's hot springs areamongthe best in the world. The country's unique geographic location on colliding tectonic plates produces high-temperature springs with clear water. An important part of Taiwanese culture, geothermal springs are thought...
958, Taiwan, Taitung County, Chishang Township, 新興村新興107號
There are few places in the world where you can so quickly and completely be enfolded in the tender embrace of nature than in Taiwan. From rock climbing to jungle treks, there are active pursuits for everyone, but one of the most scenic is a rice...
No. 23, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 55546
One of the top tourist destinations in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake has plenty to offer visitors, from biking trails to relaxing boat rides around the beautiful lake. What many people may not know is that the area is also rich in natural hot springs—a...
104, Taiwan, 台北市中山區南京西路1號3樓
I found a new food obsession when I visited Taiwan, Peking duck. This traditional Chinese dish isn’t just served in Taipei–it’s been elevated to a form of culinary art. While you can find several great purveyors of this delicacy in Taipei, my...
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Mo'orea, French Polynesia
Taking a plunge from our overwater bungalow was the start to yet another perfect day. We had a great time staying at the Intercontinental Moorea with our kids. The water is spectacular for swimming, snorkeling and all kinds of watersports. We all...
Calle Lion, 3383, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
We spent the day walking around Venice and getting lost in its wonderful maze of streets. The end of the day found us facing this large church as the cat-in-the-cradle moon hung low in the sky. Randy went onto the bridge for a better view and...
300 Chak Phra 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
Bangkok is a huge city, full of all the hustle and bustle you’d find in any metropolitan city its size. For all intents and purposes, it is as modern as they come, but there is one thing that makes it incredibly unique: it’s floating market. ...
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