Miles From Milan travel bloggers in Asia
Hyatt's slick elevators shot up quickly and slid open to cloud 9. A cool and classy entry after the swelter of touring Shanghai's Hangpu river north side, and spectating porcelain artefacts at the Aurora museum. Arriving shortly before sunset was the right decision. I was escorted from the lounge to the tea room to enjoy a selection of cakes before its evening bar conversion.
I was glad to discover the convenience of Maeklong Railway Station and Amphamwa in one route. My hotel in Silom didn't allow check-ins before 3pm, leaving hours to spare. Instead of hanging around the area, I decided to start tackling my Bangkok itinerary, looked up the route to reach Maeklong *or* Amphawa and realised they were possible together.
I'll admit, I didn't really plan Sichuan (四川). Chengdu (成都) was definite but Chongqing (重慶) was tentative depending on time. I also wasn't clear about what I'd do besides seeing pandas and booked an extra night’s stay on my checkout day due to wanting to see more. As disorderly as it sounds, it's one of the most adrenaline rushing things about travelling alone without a rigid plan.
I've started thinking that 'key attractions' are a tourist concept and locals are less likely to have visited them. The same could be said about Taiwan, my second home, until I went on a road trip determined to explore beyond routine and it was here that I discovered Hua Lien (花蓮) in the East Coast.
Road trips can come with pleasant surprises. Identify the key sites and enjoy sight spotting as you traverse through the itinerary. On our way to Hua Lien in Taiwan, we passed the Nanya Rock Formation in the North-Eastern Ruifang District.
Many memories of my recent trip to Taiwan recap an abundance of street food signs jostling for attention: ‘雞排’ (‘Fried Chicken Steak’), ‘臭豆腐’ (‘Stinky Tofu’), ‘餃子’ (‘Dumplings’), ‘牛肉麵’ (‘Beef Noodle Soup’).