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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Kaohsiung: Street Art and Sculptures a Go Go

Cube sculpture with rainbow colours in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Erm, does anyone know the Taiwanese word for chiropractor as I think I’m going to need one. My head is swivelling in every direction. I’m surrounded by possibly the largest amount of huge street art murals in one place I’ve ever seen in my life – and I don’t know what to take a picture …

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17 Must-See Cute and Themed Cafes in Taipei

Fan shaped dessert made of ice with eyes at one of Taipei's cute cafes

Not liking coffee and being fussy about tea, cafes are not normally my thing but when they come with desserts with faces, super goth ice creams or fluffy kittens to stroke while you snack, I can make an exception – and Taipei has all of these and more. Here’s my list of the best cute …

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What Not To Do When Trying Betel Nut in Taipei

Hand holding a small green betel nut outside a betel nut seller in Taipei, Taiwan

I’m standing by the side of the road in Taipei, somewhat red in the face, wondering if I’m about to have a heart attack – and a tad concerned re what the blooming heck I’m going to tell the insurance company if I do. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I decided that …

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There’s an Alpaca Cafe in Taipei – and We Have Pictures

Two alpacas photographed in the Alpaca Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan

When I first heard that there was an Alpaca Cafe in Taipei, my response were noises so high pitched only dolphins could hear them. Excited did not quite cut it. Instagram was full of people getting Alpaca selfies – their curious little faces peering over their shoulders, reviews told tales of feeding them carrots and …

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Knife Massage in Taipei: Are You Brave Enough To Try It?

woman have a knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan.

My Taipei to do list. 1. Visit the village of cats. 2. Eat all the beef noodle soup. 3. Be tapped a few thousand times with a blunt meat cleaver. Yep, forget being massaged with hands, in Taiwan, there’s a more exciting blade-based experience on offer – knife massage. Used in China for thousands of …

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10 Quirky Things to do in Taipei Alone

Cat asleep at a cat cafe in Taipei, Taiwan

Clean, safe, easy to get around Taipei is a great city for solo travel but what are some of the best things to do in Taipei alone? And more importantly, what are some of the more unique things that suit a solo traveller down to the ground. Well, here’s my list of ten great ideas… …

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The Awesome Village of UFO Houses, Taiwan

Attention please, I have a request. I need all your spare change – and the name of someone who knows how to dispel evil spirits. Why? Because the top of my list of things to do in Taipei on my recent trip was visiting what’s known as the Wanli UFO village, a group of 15+ …

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