During our last trip to Chiang Mai, we stayed at two beautiful, very instagrammable resorts - Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort and Panviman Spa & Resort. I enjoyed my time very much at both places and would recommend both to everyone! Chiang Mai isn’t as affordable as it used to be, but it’s still relatively cheap compared to most places in the world, so hotels and resorts are general good value for the money. And it can’t hurt that you can get amazing pictures in your hotel!Read More
In my opinion, a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without taking a day to explore Sintra. The town is filled with UNESCO world heritage sites, and since most of the attractions are located on top of mountains, you get a great view on clear days. And who doesn’t love castles?!
Sintra can easily be a day trip or a 2-3 day itinerary. Since our Lisbon stay was relatively short, I decided to go for the daytrip option.Read More
I had a chance to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal about two weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The colorful tiles on the walls, the winding cobblestone alleys, the fresh seafood and friendly local people are just some highlights amongst many. So here’s my suggested itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon, ensuring that you see the most important neighborhoods in the city over a long weekend.Read More
Contrary to popular belief, Siem Reap has more to offer than just Angkor Wat. I have talked about temple-hopping in my previous post, so now I want to focus on the other amazing experiences at Siem Reap, Cambodia. This historical city is modernized to house incredible hotels, restaurants, cafés, and boutiques.Read More
Before going to Cambodia, my expectation is that it’s an ancient, historic country, neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. My first impression of Cambodia while I was on the car from the airport to the hotel was, it really feels like a blend of Thailand and Vietnam. Traffic can be chaotic with tuk-tuks, cars, and people crossing the roads at the same time. The local people are friendly and helpful.Read More
Even though I left Taiwan at a young age, I still associate my hometown as the southern wonderland of Taiwan - Kaohsiung. It feels like home whenever I touch down at the airport. The warm temperature, the sun, the light breeze, and of course, the Southerners that are always passionate and welcoming.
So yes, it took me a while to get here, but I’m ready to share my favorite spots in Taiwan. I’ve also decided to skip over the touristy spots and only focus on places that the locals love to hang out on the weekends.Read More
How did you spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve? It's that time of the year where even the freezing temperature can't bring down your festive spirits. I usually celebrate by retail therapy. Double 11, Black Friday, Boxing Day…..it’s so tempting to fill up our stockings with way too many presents for ourselves.
But this year, I decided to celebrate in another way. After all, the goods that you can touch and feel aren’t the ones that truly touch your heart. I wanted to give myself a present for the mind and the soul, so I visited the much-anticipated Mika Ninagawa exhibition in Shanghai. And I was blown away, to say the least!Read More
It's December! The freezing, festive season that we all look forward to. Before you start on your long list of new year resolutions, chances are you're thinking about the fun stuff that comes before it. One of the major festivities that everyone plans on around the world is the New Year's Eve countdown. The collective energy of a crowd counting down together….and that new year’s kiss! Whether you've made plans already this year, or you’re still looking at flights to book, I have two great options for you to consider - Taipei & Tokyo!Read More
Kuala Lumpur is a city that is often overlooked amongst its more touristy neighboring Southeast Asian cities. But it has a lot more to offer than its reputation as a transportation hub. Even if you only have 24 hours in KL, there are many places to hit up to change your perception of the city. Here are some things you should jot down on your list for what to see, eat, and do in KL!Read More
The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is located in the Kabukicho (read: gentlemen’s entertainment) district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Even though the Robot Restaurant is called a “restaurant,” people don’t really eat in there. Visitors are interested in the robot fights, seizure-inducing blinking neon lights, and girls who look like they walked out from a manga. If you’re interested in this one-of-a-kind experience the next time you’re in Japan, read on!Read More
Traveling is the best time to experience new things, discover exciting cities, and create once-in-a-lifetime memories. To be able to travel with a special someone would be a cherry on top. My boyfriend, John and I have been traveling together for over two years. So far we have been to 12 countries and 23 cities together, and we still have many trips lined up for the rest of the year. Traveling as a couple is the best way to get to know each other, build on the foundation of the relationship, and solidify the bond you already have.
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." -- Ernest Hemingway
I don’t hesitate to say that John is the best travel companion I have ever had. But it would be a lie to say we haven’t done a fair share of work to form a great team!
So, before your next romantic trip with your boo, here are 6 tips on making the best of travelling as a couple!Read More
I asked myself “what is your favorite city in the world?” It was quite a process trying to narrow down all the choices, but I ended up with Tokyo and Paris: Tokyo because it’s my favorite travel destination since childhood, and Paris because it has that certain je ne sais quoi. I’ve had the luxury to visit Paris 5 times in my life so far, and I love it every single time. So I’m dedicating a new series of my blog to Paris, enjoy part 1!
In this simple travel guide, I will take you to 6 of my favorite places in Paris. People usually refer to these as “tourist attractions,” a term that has a negative connotation nowadays. I would prefer to call them “must-see landmarks” since these places have such historical, architectural, and symbolic significance to the city. Let’s get started!Read More
I’ve heard so many great things about Montreal before finally making the trip happen! Even though I only spent 48 hours there, I made sure to make it to all the places I’m most interested in going. And of course, I’ve also heard about the amazing food in Montreal. Special thanks to my friend Debbie Lee for giving me a detailed food list!!
Read on for my tailor-made itinerary for 48 hours in Montreal!Read More
I visited the Niagara Falls two weeks ago while travelling in Toronto. The Niagara Falls is only 1.5 hours away by car from downtown Toronto, so it’s an ideal destination for a day trip. In fact, visiting the Niagara Falls is really the biggest reason why I planned the Montreal + Toronto trip. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see a wonder of the world and to check this one off my bucket list. And besides, summer time is the most ideal time to visit, as the weather is gorgeous and you get plenty of sun, so even if you get wet from the water, you’re not gonna turn into a human popsicle.
Read on for the 5 reasons why you should visit Niagara Falls this summer!Read More
I don’t know when or how I got this idea, but I just know I want to be married in Santorini one day. Just have to. The all-white buildings, the volcano cliffs, and the blue Mediterranean ocean all combine to form scenery that is truly out of this world. This postcard-perfect destination has been calling my soul for years, and 30 countries later, I finally got to it! I spent a total of two days in Santorini, which was wayyyyy too short, but I figured I would go back to this island sooner or later (to get married, of course.) And I managed to do A LOT in the 48 hours I was there.
I know a lot of people say Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and I don't disagree. Santorini, though, is definitely the world’s most romantic island. It’s so breathtakingly romantic in a totally different way. You really have to visit to understand its magic.
If you are planning a trip to Santorini or just fantasizing about it, I’ve made a list for you for the top 10 romantic things to do in Santorini, Greece.Read More
While traveling in Dubai, I took a road trip to Abu Dhabi. Well, not really a road trip, since it takes less than 2 hours in the car. The drive itself is not the most scenic, but it is a comfortable drive on a straight highway. I spent a total of three days at Abu Dhabi, which should be plenty of time but I was stuck in a sandstorm for a day (documented in my vlog), so it ended up being the perfect amount of time. If you have two extra days in Dubai, I highly recommend renting a car and driving to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Read More
Burj Al Arab is the so-called 7 star hotel. Of course, there’s really no such thing as a 7 star hotel. But it’s true that not all 5 star hotels are created the same. Some are barely good enough to make the cut, and the others can totally blow your mind. Burj Al Arab is rumored to be in the latter category.
So if it’s so wonderful, why did I decide not to stay a night there? Well, I thought it’s a little expensive….Read More
The last time I was in a desert was probably 15 years ago, on a family trip to Inner Mongolia. Unfortunately, I don't remember a whole lot from childhood, probably due to a smaller-than-normal memory capacity (and this is why I take lots of pictures to capture the moments! But more on that later....) What I do remember was how sandy, windy, and HOT the desert was.Read More
On a trip to Dubai, I’m not going to miss the chance to go to the tallest building in the world! I had booked the Burj Khalifa tickets in advance to avoid tickets being sold out. I actually purchased an Express Admissions ticket through Groupon….but I forgot to read into the fine prints. My original plan was to enjoy the view of the sunset from the top, but the Groupon ticket is limited to admissions before 1 pm. Oops. On the bright side, we got to skip the long line.Read More
While doing travel planning for Dubai, I came across an activity is beloved by expats living in Dubai – extravagant Friday brunches to kick off the weekend. Yes, weekends are Friday and Saturdays at Dubai, and since the local law is very strict on alcohol consumption, people usually go all out at these Friday Brunches while they can.Read More