If you’re a tourist in Tainan, Anping Fort is one of those places that you have to see. Don’t even fight it; just go.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung is free, so I sort of figured there wouldn’t be too much to see. I couldn’t have been more wrong; it’s a huge museum with a very impressive, varied collection of art. If you’re in Taichung, it’s a must-visit.
If you want a breathtaking view of Taipei, you’ve gotta do the Xiangshan Trail (also known as Elephant Mountain).
Bonus: it’s right in the middle of the city and easily accessible via the subway, so it’s a very low-effort hike to get to.
Though I think the Keelung night market is a compelling enough reason to visit Keelung on its own (the fact that it’s so easy to get here from Taipei makes this a no-brainer), you might want to do some other stuff while you’re here. I mean, you’re here already, you may as well.
Or you could just eat. That works too.
But if you want to walk off some of that food, there are a few interesting things around the city that you could check out.
There’s a place near Taipei called the Houtong Cat Village, and it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. Do you want to see a whole bunch of cats? Because they’ve got a whole bunch of cats.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei is one of those places you pretty much have to see if you’re a tourist. I guess you could skip it, but why? It’s seriously impressive, it’s right in the middle of the city, and it’s free to visit.
I’ve seen a lot of impressive things over the course of this trip, but the entrance to Batu Caves — featuring a towering, 140 foot golden statue — is right up there.
One of the more memorable things I’ve seen so far in Bangkok is an enormous temple complex dating from the 16th century called Wat Pho.
One of the more interesting things I’ve seen in Ho Chi Minh is the Independence Palace, the former home of South Vietnam’s president, right up until it was taken by North Vietnamese forces in 1975.
If you’re going to give your hiking trail a name like “the Dragon’s Back,” then that trail had better be pretty majestic.