Many popular tourist attractions in Taipei are historical landmarks. This guide introduces six historical places to visit in Taipei – including Longshan Temple, Bopiliao Old Street, Ximending Red House, Taiwan Presidential Palace, 228 Peace Memorial Park, and National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – with bits of Taiwan history through a storytelling, and explains why you should not miss these places when visiting Taipei, Taiwan.
Although my intention is not to go over the details of Taiwan’s long history or discuss politics, I think it is essential to understand some critical moments of Taiwan’s history and cultural significances as a traveler. That’s how I like to travel, anyway. Since you are reading this, I assume you do, too.
Dadaocheng (大稻埕) is a fascinating neighborhood in Taipei to experience how Taipei Old Town meets modern innovation. It is the first urban area to develop in Taipei and still is the culturally significant place for locals to upkeep with the tradition. A juxtaposition of red-brick western buildings from the Japanese colonial era and ancient houses from the Qing Dynasty exudes the nostalgic vibe. The main artery of Dadaocheng, Dihua Street (迪化街), is filled with artsy boutiques, tea houses, fabric stores, souvenir shops, traditional market, trendy coffee shops, art galleries and Taiwanese cuisine.
Taiwan is perhaps the most underrated destination in Asia. I dare to say this after living and exploring Taiwan for three years. In this article, I will explain why you should visit Taiwan now and share everything I learned that you need to know. As you will be most likely to visit Taipei on your first travel to Taiwan, I wrote this article with your visit to the capital city in mind. However, the majority of tips shared here apply to other parts of Taiwan. Before you book your next trip to Taipei, continue reading my essential Taiwan travel tips.
Taiwan is not exactly known for its white sandy beaches and emerald water to international travelers. Given the fact that Taiwan is an island country in the subtropical climate, it is almost odd that it isn’t. Anyone who has been to Taiwan would agree that the island has one of the most picturesque coastlines and stunning ocean views in Asia.
Hotel Vondel Amsterdam (Catalonia Vondel Amsterdam) is an upscale boutique hotel located near the Vondel Park and Amsterdam Museumplein. This hotel not only checked off all my criteria but also was my favorite accommodation out of all the hotels I stayed in during my one-month Europe trip. If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Amsterdam that won’t break the bank, read this honest review. Also, I will share 9 unique and unusual hotels in Amsterdam you should consider and compare before booking your accommodation.
Wondering which best Amsterdam museums you should visit in your upcoming trip? I enjoy visiting new places I’ve never been and learning new things. Naturally, museums are my favorite places to visit when traveling. Amsterdam is home to seventy-five excellent museums. And it was not easy to select only a few during my short four days in Amsterdam. If you are facing the same challenge, I got you! Here is my list of best museums to visit in Amsterdam and useful tips for each museum to help you save time, money and efforts.
Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis) is one of the best museums in Amsterdam. Visited by 1.2 million annually, Anne Frank Museum tickets are one of the hottest items for Amsterdam visitors and often sold out. So what happens if the tickets are sold out on your desired day? I experienced just that; however, I was able to get two passes on the day itself in Amsterdam. Based on my experience, I will share strategies to visit Anne Frank House, including how to buy the tickets on a sold-out day.
Spending only a few days in any city won’t be enough time to appreciate everything the city has to offer. There is no way four days will be enough to explore charming cities like Amsterdam. At the same time, it is a reasonable amount of time to check off your Amsterdam bucket list and get a feel for the city during your first visit. My Amsterdam itinerary for 4 days for first-time visitors is designed to help you see the best of Amsterdam with the limited vacation time. With this itinerary, I hope you can make the best four days in Amsterdam and lots of beautiful memories – as I did!
Looking for summer beach destinations in Asia? Penghu Island is a perfect weekend getaway from Taipei or Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Use this 3-day itinerary!
Penghu (澎湖) is an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the west of the Taiwan Strait. Although it is a popular vacation destination for Taiwanese, it is not much known to the outside world. Like many of Taiwan’s outlying islands, Penghu is not the most accessible place to explore as foreigners. We are lucky to have a local friend to guide us through this beautiful island and introduce local hot spots. And I’m sharing all of them with you! This article includes essential travel tips, top things to do in Penghu, where to stay, what to eat, best souvenirs from Penghu and everything else you need to know to explore Taiwan’s best-kept secret.