Adventures in Asia

Destination guides, hotel reviews, food recommendations, and sample itineraries curated from our Asia travels.

Kollecting Koordinates - 24 hours in Hualien

24 hours in Hualien and Taroko National Park in Taiwan

Oh, Taiwan. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Taiwan is known for its mouthwatering food and unparalleled hospitality. Visitors rush to see the iconic Taipei 101, but there's more to Taiwan than just Taipei. The true beauty of this island country lies on the east coast, where plains are forever ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Miyajima day trip

Planning your visit to the sacred island of Miyajima, Japan

If you're visiting the Kansai region of Japan, chances are you're including at least one of Kobe, Nara, Hiroshima, and Miyajima in your itinerary. All of these can be easily accessed because Japan's vast transit network is ridiculously efficient (much like everything else in Japan)! Why not escape from the hustle and bustle ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Things to do in Bali - Kintamani

12 Must-Do’s for first-timers in Bali, Indonesia

Some people say Bali is overrated and that it's lost its magic over the years. I say those people must be on something 😛 The list of things to do in Bali for first-timers can go on forever, you'll never run out of things to do! We spent a week in Bali ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Things to do in Cebu - Sunset

8 Reasons to convince you to visit Cebu in the Philippines

Ahhh, the Philippines... Where the sun's so hot that it hurts and the water's so clear it looks like the pool. The first choice that comes to mind when people are picking a destination in the Philippines is usually Boracay or Palawan. While Cebu doesn't have the white sandy beaches of Boracay ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival in My Motherland – Taiwan!

This post about the Taiwan Lantern Festival is sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. If you didn’t know already, I was born in Taiwan and I can’t praise my motherland enough. The food is to die for and the people are one of the friendliest in the world! What better ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Kyoto

How to See Kyoto in 2 Days

This little blog of mine is all about making the most out of limited travel time. Now, you obviously won’t be able to explore every little corner of Kyoto, but you’ll be able to hit up most of the must-see's in just under 48 hours. Impossible? Nah. Ambitious? Just slightly. But if ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Miyajima Ryokan

Our First Ryokan Experience in Japan

Mount Misen was cloaked in white as our ferry approached the pier at Miyajima Island. We could see the bright red torii (a traditional Japanese gate at the entrance of a Shinto shrine), ever so faintly amidst the fog. After docking, we asked the nice gentleman at the visitor booth to make a call ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Shangri-la Mactan

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Ah, Shangri-La Mactan. This gorgeous resort in Cebu served as my sanctuary on our last night in the Philippines. We knew we were in good hands from the moment our airport shuttle pulled up to the security check. Our time in the Philippines was going to end on a good ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Horizon Inn

Social responsibility at its best – Horizon Inn

I wasn’t going to let AS leave my motherland without taking him to one of the best night markets in Taiwan. Our plan was to stuff our faces at TongHua Night Market, hike up Xiang Shan, and continue to eat at the night market until we drop (Stay away from ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Bisma Eight

Unforgettable jungle stay – Bisma Eight Ubud

We had the pleasure of indulging in one of Bisma Eight’s 38 suites. This is a fairly new luxury boutique hotel (opened in early 2015) that’s very close to Ubud Centre. Surrounded by a lush jungle and rice fields, it only takes 10-15 minutes to walk to Ubud Market and the Monkey ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala

Indulge in luxury and zen at The Amala

Our 10 days in Bali were so packed with activities that we were drained by the end of the trip. Looking back, AS and I agree that the day we liked most was our first day in Bali. With so much Bali has to offer, we’re a little embarrassed to admit that ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Puri Gangga Resort

Home away from home: Puri Gangga Resort Ubud

Puri Gangga Resort Ubud was our last home in Bali- we call it home because it really did feel like home, even if it was just for a brief 2 nights. This luxury boutique resort is not really in Ubud- it’s actually in a lovely village called Sebatu (about a ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - IZE Seminyak

Review: IZE Seminyak

If you do a quick search for accommodation in Seminyak, you'll find that most decent hotels will cost you an arm and a leg in this part of Bali. We planned on spending most of our nights in Ubud, but we didn't want to miss out on the amazing restaurants ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Taiwan Food Guide

The Ultimate Food Guide to Taiwan

Born in Taiwan, I revisit my motherland every few years since my parents still live there. Taiwanese food is probably the biggest thing that gets me excited about visiting! These flavours are exclusive to Taiwan (as well as my mom's cooking, and now my own!) and they signify home. We've created ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay cruise with Indochina Junk

We originally wanted to sign up for the 3d2n cruise around Halong Bay. Unfortunately the sail schedule didn’t work with our dates. Instead, we did the Bai Tu Long Bay cruise on a newer, more luxurious boat: the Dragon Legend. Out of all the cruise companies, we chose Indochina Junk based on their ...
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Kollecting Koordinates - Hanoi Food Guide

5 things to eat in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

We made a short stop in Hanoi before our cruise around Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. What did we do in the short time frame we were there? Eat, of course! Actually, that was pretty much all we did. There are plenty of Vietnamese joints in Vancouver ...
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