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Taroko National Park, day 2

On our second trip to Taroko we rode the bus to its last stop at Tiansiang (天祥). Located about halfway through the park, Tiansiang is home to a Buddhist monastery, a resort,…

Taroko National Park, day 1

When we first booked flights to Taiwan we knew we wanted to see Taipei, but we also wanted to see some of Taiwan’s natural beauty. A mountain range runs right…

Hualien

After two weeks in Taipei we took a train to the eastern side of Taiwan to visit the smaller city of Hualien and the famous Taroko Gorge in Taroko National…

Around Taipei

Taipei is a bustling city with tiny restaurants, shops, and boutiques every where you look. And we looked in a lot of places. Here’s some of what we saw during our two weeks in town.

Sun and Chiang

During our visit to Taipei we learned some about the nation’s primary forefathers, Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. Sun was the intellectual leader of the movement to end imperial rule…

Taipei’s parks

After three weeks in hot and humid Malaysia, and a total of almost two and a half months of hot weather from Australia to Indonesia to Singapore to Malaysia, we…

Malacca, part 2

In the second half of our visit to Malacca, we had a fancy dinner, saw some Buddhist temples, ate some fantastic Indian food, and learned how the sultans lived back when they ruled Malaysia.

Malacca, part 1

After two weeks in Kuala Lumpur we took a bus south to the historic port city of Malacca. Ruled over the centuries by Malaysian sultans, then the Portuguese, then the…

Sariffudin and family

Our airbnb host in Kuala Lumpur, Sariffudin Noor (aka Din), has been the most hospitable host on our now half-done trip. He picked us up from the bus station, took us…

KL’s museums

We toured a number of museums during our visit to Kuala Lumpur, but our favorites were the Museum of Islamic Arts and the National Museum of Malaysia.