Category Archives: Asia

Japan Rail Pass Worth It?

You’re planning a trip to Japan and you are wondering about this JR Pass that I wrote about in the last post. If you don’t know what this JR Pass is, it is an unlimited ride pass that allows you to take Japan Rail trains throughout Japan, which includes the shinkansen (bullet trains) and local JR trains. My personal experience is that the pass is well worth it! Below is my math and my experience of using the JR Pass.

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How to Plan a Trip to Japan

So maybe you have been thinking of a trip of East Asia, but maybe are a little bit intimidated due to language or cultural barrier. Japan has a rich cultural history, great foodie scene, and majestic nature that can appeal to any traveler. Whether if you want to find that perfect bowl of ramen, climb Mt. Fuji, or visit the historical temples of Kyoto, there is something for everybody here! I want to share how to plan a trip to Japan as I am now finishing a plan to Japan.

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Penang Weekend

Malaysia, a beautiful country, is a culmination of three dominant cultures: Malay, Chinese, and Indian. With three such different and distinct cultures, you can only imagine how food, religion, and culture can come together and harmonize in a way that I have only seen in Malaysia. You probably are in Kuala Lumpur (KL as most pople call it), but you want to explore outside and perhaps Penang is on your list. A Penang weekend is actually very feasible and a great way to explore another part of Malaysia.

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Spa Day in Yilan

Perhaps you are looking for something a bit more off the beaten path in Taiwan on your visit to the beautiful island. Sure, you have gotten your big city feel in Taipei, but maybe you want to hit the spa, enjoy the countryside, and slow down for a few days. A perfect weekend getaway from many local Taiwanese people and now increased tourism from Japan and Mainland China has put Yilan on the map for many. I highly recommend taking a short trip to Yilan, a city east of Taipei across the mountains. Don’t forget to bring your swimming trunks and caps!

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