As the year approaches an end, one can definitely look out for the second largest festival in Thailand! In this issue, we share 6 main places you can be part of the Loy Krathong festivities in Thailand.
Further to the East, see how you can take a one-day trip from Tokyo to Kawasaki (the origin place for phallus festival) and travel to Green Island, a lesser-known gem in Taiwan.
Other topics include dark tourism in Asia, sustainable dining and Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
TRAVEL ROAD LESS TRAVELLED Green Island, Taiwan BY THE EASTERN COAST OF TAIWAN, THE SMALL VOLCANIC ISLAND IN THE PHILIPPINE SEA IS A SCENIC SPOT FOR TRAVELLERS TO SEEK PLEASURE IN HOT SPRINGS, SNORKELING, DIVING AND OTHER ADVENTURES. Text JESSY WONG • Photos ADOBE STOCK & WAITING HERE B&B HOW TO GET THERE Fly domestically to Taitung County from Taipei International Airport. From there, catch a direct flight with Daily Air to Lyudao Airport for only 15 minutes. For a more affordable option, a ferry ride from Fugang Fish Harbour in Taitung takes about an hour to reach Lyudao Nanliao Harbour. WHERE TO EAT Walk around the main village center like Nan Liao to find snacks, local Taiwan delicacies and restaurants to dine in. Green Island is also famous for its seaweed produce and seaweed flavoured food so don’t be surprised to see seaweed ice and seaweed omelette on this volcanic island. 16 · WWW.GOASIAPLUS.COM WHAT TO DO The Lyudao Lighthouse is worth visiting to see the bright tall lighthouse against the clear sky; the surrounding area is absolutely scenic. The Human Rights Memorial is a jail turned museum and memorial in Lyudao Culture Park as the infamous jail used to detain political prisoners. If you like exploring, the abandoned aboriginal village of Youzihu sits on the island’s eastern side. Snorkelers can go to Chai Kou, Shi Lang and Da Bai Sha to see some of Taiwan’s wellpreserved coral reefs. A deeper marine exploration will reveal an underwater paradise for divers. More scenic adventures await at Hai Sheng Ping bay where travellers can view the famous rock formations reminiscent of a Pekinese dog and Sleeping Beauty. Down south, catch the sunrise in the hot spring pool at Zhaori Hot Springs–one of the three saltwater hot springs in the world. WHERE TO STAY Waiting Here B&B is a quaint beautifully decorated bed and breakfast on the island. The friendly staff can help arrange activities like snorkeling, diving and fishing other than a free airport shuttle for guests. GOOD to KNOW Green Island is also known as “Lyudao”; a Mandarin pronunciation for “green island” The Lyudao Lighthouse is constructed after a US luxury ocean liner gone ashore from a typhoon in 1937. Rent electric scooters to go around the island as the attractions are not exactly within walking distance.
TRAVEL Turning Tragedy into Tourism 1 THE COMPELLING DRAW OF TRAGEDY, DESTRUCTION, AND DEATH BLURS THE LINE FOR TOURISM. MOST QUESTS TO UNDERSTAND HISTORY HAS TURNED INTO TERROR TRAVEL–WHICH INTRODUCES DARK TOURISM. Text JESSY WONG • Photos ADOBE STOCK & JESSY WONG WWW.GOASIAPLUS.COM · 17