• Japan: the Ultimate Travel Guide

    So you’re going to Japan. Cool… take us with you?
    At STA Travel, our motto is ‘we know because we go’. Or in my case, we lived there. I’m Jo, and I lived in Japan for just over one year working as an English teacher in a small, mountaintop middle school in Hyogo prefecture. My students and fellow teachers not only taught me how to survive, but also where the best little-known adventure spots were hidden. Now it’s my pleasure to pass on the wisdom so you can be the savviest gaikokujin (foreigner) walking out of the airport.

    Besides unwaveringly

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  • A Thailand Itinerary from Chumphon to Mae Hong Son

    Follow in the footsteps of Libby, our lucky sweepstake winner who was able to experience an all-expenses paid trip to Thailand from a local’s perspective, while being filmed for a TV documentary.

    When you initially consider Thailand as a travel destination, you may think of two major stereotypes: hedonistic Full Moon Parties and touristic beaches heaving with travelers. This itinerary will take you off the well-trodden tourist trail, to unexpected corners that will open your eyes to local culture and traditions. Discover indigo craft markets, make contact with the brainchild of a crab rehabilitation project, and learn about the best

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  • 10 things that surprised me the most about Thailand

    Whether you decide to attend Thailand’s annual Monkey Buffet Festival, or explore abandoned airplanes in Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard, this corner of the earth never fails to surprise. Home to 1,430 islands, a giant water-throwing festival, and some of the world’s stinkiest fruit, this diverse country certainly offers variety. Even though a flip flop or two may get lost en route, plenty of hilarious memories will be yours to take home.

    Two of our amazing STA Travel staff, Jack and Rosie, flew to the land of national parks and opulent temples to experience it all first-hand. Here are ten things that

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  • 7 Must-See Cultural Gems in Taipei

    With more than 15,000 temples across the country, you could spend a whole year visiting each one. But to make the most of your vacation time (so you still have plenty of time to eat delicious street food and sample locally-grown tea in authentic teahouses), we’re on hand to show you our top 7 cultural gems you can’t miss in Taipei. See the list below and share some of your favorites with us!

    1. Sanxia District

    Take a trip back in time to Taiwan’s founding by heading to Sanxia old street. Wander in between red brick buildings and alleyways, historical

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  • 6 Must See Taipei Neighborhoods and Small Towns

    While Taiwan’s capital is home to plenty of attractions in its own right (and certainly worth the trip!), visitors to Taipei often miss the incredible gems located in the surrounding area. Taipei’s unique neighborhoods and nearby small towns are the perfect addition to any Taiwanese adventure.

    1. Jiufen

    Looking to visit the town that looks like the film Spirited Away? Look no further than Juifen. Whether you are looking to wander down charming alleyways like Jiufen Old Street, visit whimsical tea houses, or learn about the town’s heritage you are only a short 40-minute train trip away.

    Who’s it for:

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