With so many incredible cities and countries around the world, it can seem overwhelming to pick just one to visit. Distance, price, local food and culture – there’s plenty to be considered when it comes to choosing your next vacation.
For me, I often struggle between choosing between a destination with natural landscapes where I can walk, bike, and hike amongst nature, and a destination in a cosmopolitan city offering historic landmarks and busy nightlife. Now, with over 70 direct flights a week connecting Canada to Taiwan and Hong Kong, and expecting a 21% increase this year – that decision is made so easy, as Taiwan and Hong Kong complement each other so well.
When you think of Taiwan, most people talk about Taipei nightlife, nightmarkets, and amazing (& cheap!) food. The most famous nightmarket is the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, a maze of alleyways full of local, traditional, and international food and merchandise. A signature Taiwanese nightmarket dish is the “Oyster Omelette” – make sure you have one before you leave!
But the real beauty of Taiwan is the beautiful greenery that covers two-thirds of the land. Taiwan’s most iconic landscapes include Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Kenting National Park in Pingtung, Alishan Mountain in Chiayi (my hometown!) and Taroko Gorge.
Eco-tours are popular in Taiwan this year, allowing tourists to participate in firefly-watching, indigenous tribe visiting, forest trail hiking, and round-island cycling.
Once you have enjoying all the beautiful sights of Taiwan, hop on the quick 80 minute flight to experience the incredible history, arts, and living culture of Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) is a popular destination for both locals and travellers alike – the non-stop hustle and bustle of over 90 restaurants and bars packed into a small square draws a wide clientele in.
For something a little quieter, pick one of hundreds of rooftop bars in Hong Kong, each with a uniquely stunning view of the cityscape. The Wooloomooloo Wan Chai offers one of the best vantage points of Wanchai, Victoria Harbour, and Happy Valley from their relaxed rooftop bar on the 31st floor.
You can have the best of both worlds when it comes to travel – walking, cycling, and hiking through forests and mountains in Taiwan, as well as shopping, partying, and eating in busy Hong Kong.
If you’re ready to book your multi-destination ticket to the Heart of Asia, head over to taiwanhongkong.com to pick your adventure!