Visiting Rainbow Village, Taiwan from Taipei

Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan. As soon as I saw pictures of it I knew I wanted to go there – it was adorable. Teeny tiny houses daubed with childlike drawings and colour exploding from every cute little alley. I had visions of arriving on a rickety old bus, after a short journey along country lanes. …

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16 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Kaohsiung

the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Kaohsiung is a major city on the south coast of Taiwan – and it’s fantastic. If you love street art, tiny winding streets full of traditional old shops, amazing food and fantastic temples shaped like dragons, tigers or people, it’s your dream destination! So, without further preamble, check out our guide to 16 of the …

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Cool Penang Street Art: Murals, and Other Wall Art, Not To Miss.

Street art mural of woman in a blue hood, Penang, Malaysia

The island of Penang in Malaysia is famous, primarily, for two things – amazing street food and great street art. The Penang street art scene was very much put on the map by one man, Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic, whose interactive, 3d works (like the one below of the Boy on a Chair) have spawned a …

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What to Do in Klang, Malaysia – on a One Day Trip.

Located about 60 miles south of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the city of Klang is an easy day trip from KL. It’s also a stop off for many cruise ships – and remarkably satisfying to say, but the big question is what to do in Klang once you get there? Here are some answers… Disclosure: …

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21 Fun and Unusual Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

Painted alleyway in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

It’s taken me a long time to find a decent list of fun and unusual things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s a city that, on the surface, is all shopping malls and glitzy big towers and discovering what to do in KL, other than go see the big shiny silver Petronas Towers can …

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Hinamatsuri – The Amazing Doll Festival in Japan

Dolls on Display for the Doll Festival in Japan

If you’ve been to Japan in February or March you might be wondering why there are bright red staircases full of dolls everywhere. If you’re there now and googling that very question…the answer is you’ve arrived in time to see the Doll Festival in Japan, aka Hinamatsuri, Doll Day or Japanese Girls Day on March …

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Houtong Cat Village, Taipei + Other Sights for Cat Lovers

CAt sitting on a shrine at Houtong Cat Village, Taipei, Taiwan

I’m sitting on a train in my best cat print dress jigging about like a three-year-old needing the bathroom. I’m overly excited because I’m on my way to Houtong Cat Village near Taipei, a magical place a short train ride from the main city where hundreds of felines are just waiting for you to come …

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Sanatorium – Fukuoka’s Most Curious Cafe.

Anatomical dummies decorate Sanatorium Cafe, Fukuoka

It’s not unusual for someone to wake up one day and decide to start a cafe, however, few people would then decide to theme that cafe around a hospital ward complete with a scan of their own brain as part of the decor, but not everyone is Fukuoka-based artist Sumi Takamasa – and not every …

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