• 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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  • Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Taiwan

    Recently, I had an incredible opportunity to travel to Taiwan for 11 days with STA Travel, My Taiwan Tour, and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau of North America and WOW was it incredible! Every day was filled with so much beauty, adventure and of course, fantastic food!

    Sightseeing in Taiwan

    We visited some truly unreal places such as  Taroko Gorge. There we witnessed the most incredible, milky blue water which carves through cascading mountains made of marble and sat along beaches with the most picturesque sunsets. In other natural wonders, like Yehliu Geopark, we stood in awe of natural formations unlike

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  • Thailand Shot by You Sweepstakes Winner Interview

    Our Thailand Shot by You Sweepstakes winners, Cara and Steph Bono are here to dish out all the highlights from their time in Thailand, after participating in the classic Thailand on a Shoestring Tour and soaking up all that Thailand has to offer.

    1. What was your itinerary like, and what places did you hit up?

    We went on the Thailand on a Shoestring tour with STA travel starting in Bangkok and ending in Koh Tao. During the 15 days of this trip, we’ve been able to experience a taste of all the best highlights of Thailand. Our first few

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