Over the past twenty years Taiwan has become a major destination for bicycle tourists (as well as the go-to spot for expats looking to live someplace offering second-to-none cycling). A big part of this is due to the sheer variety of cycling experiences offered by our fair island. From hardcore climbs and descents to long, winding coastal roads to gorgeous paths stretching through valleys, Taiwan’s got enough road variety to make getting bored nearly impossible.Read More
Taiwan is attracting an increasing number of bloggers, travel journalists and other folks collectively known as influencers looking to experience its fair shores. Influencers are a different breed than your average traveler. Sure, they’re attracted by the same Taiwan experiences: Vibrant cities, great cuisine, hikes in the mountains and hot springs, all that stuff. But…Read More
2018 is going to be an amazing year for Travel in Taiwan, and here at MyTaiwanTour we’re looking forward to showing visitor the wonders of our Island home. From beautiful mountain hikes to pristine surfing beaches, ancient and ornate temples to ultra-modern shopping malls, natural wonders to exquisite culinary creations, Taiwan offers such a diverse variety of experiences that one visit is never enough, and no single experience ever the same.Read More
The word is out about Kaohsiung, at least according to guidebook giant Lonely Planet, who put Taiwan’s southern port city at number 5 on its 2018 Best in Travel (Cities) List.
Of course, MyTaiwanTour has known about the coolness of Kaohsiung for years, so in honor of being named Number 5 on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Cities list, MyTaiwanTour offers 5 suggestions for things to do in Kaohsiung.
Today’s excursion brings us to the charming towns of Pingxi (平溪) and Shifen (十份). Located in Taiwan’s Northeast about an hour from Taipei, both are former Japanese era coal mining towns that today offer rich histories, quaint streets offering a good feel for old Taiwan, and of course, great street food.Read More
Ella Fitzgerald famously sang “Summertime and the living’s easy.” But the combined heat and humidity in Taiwan’s capital city can sometimes make leisure of the outdoor variety a chore, and unless you plan to spend your daylight hours underground (totally possible in Taipei; the mall under Taipei Station heads north for about a mile), you’ll have to face the heat.Read More
The story of Jiufen is in many ways a riches to rags (and back to riches, but of a different sort) tale. The small town about an hour away north of Taipei was built just outside of an active gold mine during the Japanese occupation, and it’s said that gold was plentiful during the good days. But the town is also remembered for a darker history during the later days of occupation when it was the site of a POW camp whose prisoners were made to labor under hard conditions.Read More
Taipei is a year-round kid-friendly city, and finding places that will keep the little ones cool and entertained isn’t difficult. The trick, of course, is finding a few kid friendly spots that the grownups will enjoy – or at least be able to endure without too much difficulty.Read More
Weekend Plans: Heading out to the mountains
If I may toot my own horn for a minute, it’s been a pretty eventful week. In addition to helping to create a number of customized tours for North American visitors heading to Taiwan in a few weeks (more about them in future posts), last night at 8pm I submitted for publishing my most recent book on Taiwan, Formosa Moon.Read More
Taiwan is overflowing with beautiful, exciting and magical places. Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, to name just three well known spots. But in this article we’ll take you to a few secret spots, true gems known mostly to locals (and in few cases, not many of those). Want to experience something truly unique? Check out a few of these spots on your next Taiwan trip!Read More