Friendship that Sails across the Ocean of Generation

One afternoon, we received a box that was addressed to Logan, one of our tour guides. Upon opening it, we saw a huge stack of children’s books and picture books. Looking at the sender’s name, I did a good search in my mind and located the name of Pin Yoon, one of our clients who had just finished her trip and went back to Singapore.

The physical conditions cannot stop our guests from desiring to visit Taiwan again

Pin Yoon and her brother brought their over 90 years old parents to Taiwan. Although they both had trouble standing or walking for too long and had to rely on wheelchairs for moving, they still had a great time exploring the island. The grandpa was so excited the day before the trip that he couldn’t even sleep!

As Pin Yoon’s travel consultant, Nana took all the elderly’s special requirements into account. She mentioned that one of the key things about planning was for the elderly to return to the hotel room early every day for some rest. In addition, Pin Yoon also emphasized that showers are more preferable than the bathtubs in case their parents accidentally slipped while getting out the tub. Pin Yoon’s sweetness made a great impression on Nana.

Although it is a last-minute arrangement, we are willing to assist to make the clients more comfortable

Nana also remembered that; at first, Pin Yoon only requested for one wheelchair, and the parents could take turn using it. However, after getting in touch with the clients and assessing their physical strength, she figured that two wheelchairs would make the trip much easier. Therefore, she arranged another wheelchair right away and had it send to the clients’ next destination. “This last-minute arrangement came with extra cost, but in order to make the clients more comfortable and at home, we are willing to assist,” Nana said.


Accessible tour has its limitation but we believe the point is to create valuable memories together

Logan, who was the guide for the family, was also touched during the trip. “I admire and respect both the siblings who were willing to take their aged parents on a trip and the parents who, despite their physical condition, still willing to follow their children out for some fun. Plus, the fact that they chose Taiwan as their destination made everything more meaningful to me! I considered myself as a very critical role in this trip and felt super responsible to take good care of the family.” Even though accessible tour has its limitation, we believe that the point is for the clients to be with their family and create valuable memories together.

Clients visited Sun Moon Lake where the old couples once did on their honey moon many many years ago.

Logan walked with the clients beside the Sun Moon Lake where the old couples once did on their honey moon many many years ago. He watched the children took their parents’ hands down the road slowly and one step at a time. He said emotionally, “My wife and I met each other while I was leading a tour. Although a tour guide’s job means I can’t get back home everyday, the absence does make the heart grow fonder. I cherished my time with my wife and the children more. Watching the clients being there for each other reminded me that my own family has a wonderful future ahead and deserves to be treated with nothing but love.”


Logan’s family.

At every site, Logan helped with moving the wheelchairs and getting the parents in and out of the vehicle. His sincerity did not go unnoticed. Pin Yoon learned that Logan has two pre-schooled daughters. As a thank-you gift, She sent many children’s books they kept at home after going back to Singapore. This nice gesture from afar carries love and care from both sides and truly warms our hearts.

30代導遊與90代旅客   跨越世代的情誼

某日午後,公司收到了一箱寄給導遊Logan包裹。拆開來後,裡面是一疊厚厚的童書與繪本。看著寄件人的姓名,在腦海中搜尋了一番,想起了是參加完行程,剛回國的新加坡旅客Pin Yoon。

Pin Yoon和哥哥帶著超過90歲的雙親來台灣旅遊,兩位老人家無法久站與久走,多數時候必須仰賴輪椅移動。即便如此,仍不影響老人家們遊玩的興致,爺爺在出發前一天還開心得睡不著覺呢!

身為Pin Yoon的行程規劃師,Nana謹慎打點好長輩們的特殊需求。Nana說:「規劃的重點是要讓老人家每天下午能提早回飯店午休;此外,Pin Yoon特別強調,基於安全起見,飯店房間的衛浴,必須以淋浴設備為主,避免長輩使用浴缸時滑倒。」Pin Yoon對於父母親的貼心,讓Nana印象深刻。

Nana也回憶,原先Pin Yoon僅要求準備一輛輪椅,讓父母親輪流使用。但在實際接觸客人並評估他們的體力之後,發現使用兩輛輪椅會更有機動性,因此緊急將另一輛輪椅調度到旅客的下一個目的地。「這些臨時的安排雖然會產生額外的成本,但為了讓客人有更舒適的旅程,我們都願意來協助。」Nana表示。

同樣也深有感觸的是Logan,他是Pin Yoon一家人在台灣期間的導遊。Logan說:「不管是願意帶高齡父母出來旅遊的兄妹,或是即使身體有些不方便,仍願意跟兒女們出來玩的長輩,都讓我感到非常欽佩!加上他們又選擇台灣作為旅遊目的地,我就覺得更有意義了!認為自己扮演了一個關鍵的角色,有強烈的使命感要把客人的安全給照顧好。」 縱使無障礙旅遊的行程難免有所受限,但我們相信對客人來說,更重要的是能夠創造家人相處的時光。


每到一個景點,Logan會幫老父母搬運輪椅,並且扶他們上下車。他的真誠,Pin Yoon都看在眼裡。得知Logan有兩個還沒上幼稚園的女兒,Pin Yoon回國後,特地將家裡留下來的童書寄來台灣送給Logan,表達她對Logan的感謝。這一份遠方捎來的心意,蘊含著雙方誠摯的感情,讓人心頭暖暖地。

Tour Guide like a Breeze ── Our Tour Guide Irene

Spending time with Irene is like coming across a gentle breeze—a light yet incredibly refreshing and healing touch.

The experience in the financial industry makes Irene a detail-oriented person.

Due to her past hard-working days at the financial industry, Irene is very detail-oriented. Before every trip, she will hold a stack of notes and jot down the features and notices for every place. If there are places where she has never been to, as long as the time permits, she will check them out in person.

Irene always puts safety of the travelers first and took care of everyone like a professional should.

Since most of the clients she serves are multi-generational family, Irene always puts safety of the travelers first. “One time, not until I met the clients at the airport did I know there were two visually impaired members in the family. It was an unforgettable experience.” Although she didn’t have time to prepare for this situation, Irene took care of it like a professional should. She made sure that everyone was having a relaxing and fun time by teamwork. “I asked some of the family members to take care of the children, so I could focus more on the needs of the visually impaired clients.” After ensuring the members’ safety, Irene let them experience Taiwan by other senses like hearing, smelling, and touching. Her attention to the details were so highly praised by the travelers!


” Being a tour guide enriches my life!” 

“I once led tour with a group of Israeli clients. They were so interested in Taiwan that they even formed a study group to come up with questions to ask. During our time together, not only did I learn more about the situation and the global view of Israel, but also the earnest side of its citizens.” This job allows Irene to meet with travelers from different countries; and most importantly, through their positive feedbacks, she finds sense of accomplishment and joy. “Being a tour guide enriches my life!” Irene said.


“Showing the professional charisma of being a guide” is Irene’s all time self-requirement.

Irene hopes that through her arrangement and lead, the travelers will be able to enjoy a more exquisite tour. “I like to bring the local lifestyle into the journey.” Irene explained, “for example, when we are visiting a historical site, and there are local venders in the alley selling fruits. Simply planning the route in advance allows the clients to enjoy some fresh fruits on the way. Or with just a little extra time, while taking in all the beauty and soothing vibe of the Ali Mountain, the clients also get to appreciate Ali Mountain Tea and learn more about Taiwanese tea culture.”

Our interview came to an end surrounded by the tea aroma. I remembered a saying in the world of tea ceremony: “One Encounter, One Chance.” This means that since every encounter is unique and cannot be recreated, the ceremony is all about making sure every participant has a great time. Irene must adopts the same mindset while treating every traveler who comes from afar.







Interview with Logan: A Peter Pan-Like Guide with whom the Fun Plane Never Lands

“Playing” was one of the reasons why Logan became a tour guide.

After graduating from the department of philosophy and completing his military services, Logan hadn’t decided what to pursue as a career. Therefore, he began a motorcycle trip around Taiwan island with his friend. Two young men traveled for a whole month with just a couple of sleeping bags. On the road, they met a variety of travelers and share their philosophy of life with one another. Experiencing this amazing journey, Logan realized that life doesn’t have to be unwrapped only in a certain way. He grew curious about the meaning of travel and decided to search for the answer by becoming a tour guide.

To take good care of the clients, the items on a tour guide’s to-do list never end.

“Fantasy is always wonderful. Many people think that being a guide means that I get to play around all day. But the truth is that in order to take good care of the clients, the items on our to-do list never end. For the tour to proceed smoothly, not only do we have to plan in advance, but also to be able to handle anything good or bad that comes our way,” Logan said with a smile.


There is a tattoo about Taiwan on Logan’s leg which shows his love to his country.

“Our job is to promote our country and culture, and to allow the travelers to experience the beauty of Taiwan.”

Once worked in a traditional travel industry, Logan truly found a travel style that is close to his own value after joining Topology Travel. “In the past, traveling and shopping were always glued together. The guide cared more about making more money than making the travelers happy which totally diminished the value of travel. Our job is to promote our country and culture, and to allow the travelers to experience the beauty of Taiwan. Becoming a part of Topology, I found that my colleagues treasure the experience of the clients more than the profit of the company,” Logan said.

“I believe every place has a story to tell.”

Logan’s first assigned task was taking two kiwis to visit the Bao’an Temple and the Confucius Temple. “Actually, I panicked! I was not sure what kind of contents interested them at these places.” Despite all the preparation, Logan’s anxiety was not truly gone until he met the clients. “They couldn’t stop gasping in admiration, clicking the shutter, and recording every detail of the decoration of the temples. Seeing the look on their faces, I came to realize that we have been taking these for granted that we often neglect the beauty in our lives. Not until we put ourselves in the shoes of the travels do we see that Taiwanese temples are just as fantastic as the churches in the Europe.” Since then, Logan deeply believed that every place has a story to tell. And through him, the tale passes on and makes more travelers grow fond of Taiwan.


Logan took the guest to try stinky tofu!


“I like to use everyday language to express my feelings and thoughts.”

Logan discovers that there are more and more non-English speaking travelers coming to visit Taiwan. Instead of using hard words to show off his English proficiency, Logan prefers making the contents easy to understand. “For example, the first time foreigners smell stinky tofu, they all think it’s terrifying! However, I try to let them understand that in fact that there is stinky food in every culture, such as the durian in the Southeast Asia or cheese in Europe, but they are actually delicious!” By comparing cultures, Logan allows the clients to take the culture shock in an enjoyable manner.


Logan once recommended that the travelers try pig blood cake and crawl beneath the palanquin.

“If I had a local guide when I was traveling abroad, I hoped that he would take me to experience stuff that I never knew when I was traveling alone.”

Speaking about his philosophy of leading a tour, Logan said, “I always imagine that if I had a local guide when I was traveling abroad, I hoped that he would take me to experience stuff that I never knew and never would have tried when I was traveling alone.” With this thought, every tour is a whole new adventure to Logan. As a result, he once took the travelers to try betel nuts and to crawl beneath the palanquin, and encouraged them to take part in all kinds of interesting folk culture. “I will observe their level of acceptance to new things by interacting with them, so don’t worry! I will never force them!” Wearing this, we all laughed so hard.

Say “YES PLEASE!” to Logan’s invitation

Listening to Logan this whole time, I feel like he is more of a Peter Pan on Neverland. As long as you are willing to trust him, he will share anything you want to know and explore the unknown together with you. Double the curiosity; double the fun! A journey unforgettable starts with saying “YES PLEASE!” to Logan’s invitation.


Taiwan: The Best Destination For LGBT Travelers In Asia

Are you curious about why Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage? Do you want to hang out with your friends in a totally gay-friendly destination? If you want to say yes to these questions, come visiting Taiwan and get ready to be surprised by how gay Taiwan is! It’s totally fine if you are not familiar with Taiwan, below are the reasons why Taiwan should be your next destination!


1. Gay-Friendly Environment

The gaybourhood of Ximending is the place you can’t miss. You can find many gay bars around the Red House (西門紅樓). Enjoy hot spring or sauna to melt away your stress of travel and urban living. Staying at the first gay accommodation “Gs Gay Hotel” in Taiwan can be an interesting experience as well. This hotel is within 10 mins walking from Raohe night market. If you are interested in praying for soul mates, you can pay visit to “Wei-Ming Temple (Rabbit Temple),” where the deity has watched over homosexuals for centuries. People in Taiwan can feel safe not only in entertainment space, but also in workplace. Discrimination based on sex orientation in workplace is banned by Taiwanese government.

Gay bar in Taipei: Café Dalida

Add: No. 51, Ln. 10, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City
Tel: +886 2 2370 7833
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 19:00-03:00 / Friday to Saturday 18:00-04:00


♦ ABRAZO Bistro

Add: No. 198, Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: +886 2 2731 8282
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday 11:30-02:00 / Friday and Saturday 11:30-04:00 / Closed on Monday


Kawayu SPA & Sauna

Add: No. 10, Lane 300, Xing-Yi Road, Beitou District, Taipei
Tel: +886 2 2874 7979
Opening hours: 06:00-01:00 AM (April to October) / 06:00-03:00 AM (November to March)


Gs Gay Hotel

Add: No. 322, Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: +886 2 2766 1116


Wei-Ming Temple (Rabbit Temple)

Add: 8F, No. 50, Jinan Road, Zhonghe District, New Taipei City
Tel: +886 2 2242 1197
Opening hours: 13:00-21:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
* Tips for visiting Wei-Ming Temple: bring unpacked food or cosmetics as offerings to the deity “Da Ya.(大爺)” Do not call the deity “god of rabbit.”


2. Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

Although Taiwan has a large gay community, the issue of same-sex marriage is a longtime struggle. In 2017, the Constitutional court ruled that the existing law stating marriage should between one man and one woman was unconstitutional. Two years later, lawmakers finally pass the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in 2019. Almost 2,000 couples recorded same-sex marriages from May to the end of August, 2019.


3. Taiwan LGBT Pride

Taiwan LGBT Pride is the biggest pride parade in Asia. The first Taiwan Pride parade was held in 2003 with only one thousand participants. More than 200,000 massive crowd participated in 2019’s Taiwan LGBT Pride to celebrate the country’s victory in legalizing same-sex marriage. Come join Taiwan Pride parade on the last Saturday in October each year to cheer madly for gender equality! In 2020, Taiwan LGBT Pride will be held on 31 October. As it is one of the biggest parades in Taiwan, do remember to book your hotel in Taipei in advance and prepare some rainbow-themed accessories to decorate yourself 🙂


4. Taipei LGBT Private Walking Tour

If you would like to learn more about the history, struggles and achievements of LGBT community in Taiwan, come join our Taipei LGBT Private Walking Tour!
The tour is available from 13:00-16:00 PM, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Meeting point: NTU Hospital MRT station exit 1


What You Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus in Taiwan and Travel to Taiwan (updated on 12 Mar)

We have had a number of questions from our global customers who are concerned about coronavirus in Taiwan. Due to Taiwan’s closeness to China, we understand that you may feel worried and unsure whether it is safe to visit Taiwan at this moment. As a lot of fake news makes travelers confused and scared, here we collect some information to deliver the correct details regarding the situation in Taiwan and help you decide whether or not you should proceed your travel plan to Taiwan during this period of time.

What is the Coronavirus?

The name of coronavirus comes from its shape as it resembles a crown. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).” The current outbreak from Wuhan is known as a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which means it is a strain of the virus that has previously never been identified in humans.

On 31 January, 2020, WHO has declared the virus (2019-nCoV) a “public-health emergency of international concern.”

What are the Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Is Coronavirus an Issue in Taiwan? 

The virus is from Wuhan, Hubei province, China. It is 943km from Taipei.


There are 49 confirmed cases in Taiwan to date (12 March, 2020) . It includs 26 indigenous cases and 23 imported cases.


What Does Taiwan Government Do against the Virus?

Honestly, Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures are likely to be the fastest and most transparent in the world. All requisite measures are in place to protect the people of Taiwan from the coronavirus.

  1. Chinese nationals are temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan from 6 February and all China tourism groups have already departed from Taiwan.
  2. Entry into Taiwan to be Suspended for Hong Kong and Macao Residents starting from Midnight on February 11 as Disease Control Takes Priority.
  3. Foreign nationals who have visited or resided in China, Hong Kong and Macau in the previous 14 days are temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan from February 7.
  4. 14-day home quarantine to be required for travelers transiting through China, Hong Kong and Macau and granted entry into Taiwan from February 10.
  5. Travelers who have traveled to Korea Italy, Iran in the past 14 days (transits not included) are required to follow a 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan.
  6. All international cruise ships will be prohibited from entering Taiwanese ports from 6 February.
  7.  Travelers entering Taiwan to be required to complete health declaration before entering form February 11.
  8. During this period of time, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taiwan will have press conference everyday to announce the updated news about the epidemic, making sure everything is transparent. Clink to check the press releases

Should I Visit Taiwan Now?

At this moment, the risk of traveling to Taiwan is relatively low compared to other Aisa countries and we have confidence in our epidemic prevention system.

All the attractions, public transportations, restaurants, shops and public places such as hospital are operating as usual but some shortened their opening hours. The biggest difference is that many places/businesses are taking extra precautions such as below to protect visitors.

  1. Check your temperature before you enter the places/shops/hotels…etc.
  2. Prepare hand sanitizer for visitors.
  3. Encourage their staffs to wear face (surgical) masks.

We hope to inform you the true situation in Taiwan, but we also would like to let you know: if you don’t feel assured to travel during this period, it is fine to postpone your plan.

What Should I Notice if I Visit Taiwan at This Moment?

1. Do not transfer from China, Hong Kong, Macau as 14-day home quarantine is required.

2. Make sure you will not travel to Korea Italy, Iran in the past 14 days (transits not included)

3. Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

4. Prepare 75% alcohol and face (surgical) masks in advance.

5. Wear a (surgical) face mask if you visit enclosed public spaces.

6. Cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing and sneezing – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.

7. The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

8. When visiting live markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.

9. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel and exposure history with your doctor.

Contact Us

If you have any worries or questions about upcoming trips to Taiwan, or need to clarify any rumors, please feel free to contact your tour consultant or email us:

Recommended Itinerary for Trekking Lovers (8D7N Taiwan Itinerary)

Travelers are usually surprised by a fact: Taiwan has a total of 268 mountains thar are over 3,000 meters! In fact, over 50% of Taiwan is mountainous, so the island is a heaven for mountaineers! From low-altitude and flat trails to the highest mountain in northeast Asia, Jade Mountain (Yushan), no matter on which level you are, you will find a trail that delights you.

Last December, we organized a trekking trip for a lovely couple, Tracy and Chua. This was not the first time for Tracy and Chua to visit Taiwan, but most of their previous trips were for business or just based in Taipei. They hoped to explore the rest of Taiwan this time. Tracy is a BIG fan of National Geographic. She requested to have full-day trekking on the trails with nice scenery and also wanted to visit the beautiful tea plantation. Since they didn’t like place that were too touristy and crowded, they looked for trails that were a little bit off the beaten path. 

We adjusted the plan several times not only to make sure this 8D7N Taiwan itinerary was what Tracy wanted but also to minimize the time we spend on traffic. After the discussion, we finalized a plan fulfilling every aspect of their wish. The trekking routes we recommended cover high mountain grasslands, forests and gorges. The highlights include:

Tashan Trail at Alishan 【Duration: 5-6 hours (out-and-back)】

“Without climbing Tashan, one does not know the magnificence of Alishan (Ali Mountain).” The trail passes by a Taiwan cypress forest. And from the overpass visitors can see the Zhushan Line train winding by. The end of the trail is the summit of Tashan from where one can see the entire Ali Mountain Forest Recreation Area, the peaks of Jade Mountain and the ridge of the Central Mountain Range in the distance, and possibly a sea of constantly changing clouds.

Shuishan Trail at Alishan【Duration:1 hour (out-and-back)】

This is a new secret spot that travelers usually neglect. Walking on the trail is like entering a time tunnel in the forest, for you get to walk along the old Alishan Forest Railway and meet the thousand-year-old divine trees at the end of the trail.

Tea picking experience at tea plantation and tea ceremony in the bamboo forest【Duration: 2 hours】

Alishan is renowned for its high mountain tea; therefore, simply tasting the tea in a tea farm or factory is not enough. We would like to bring you to enjoy the tea ceremony in the peaceful bamboo forest! It is the best way to embrace the nature and relax your mind. After that, you will be taken to the tea terraces to learn how to pick the tea leaves.

Hiking above Cloud: Hehuan Main Peak and East Peak【Duration: Main Peak 2 hours (out-and-back) / East Peak: 2 hours (out-and-back)】

Despite its altitude of more than 3,000 meters, Mt. Hehuan has a road that goes right across it, forming a convenient access. The scenery changes with the seasons: blossoming wild flowers in spring, lush green in summer, bleak in autumn, and spread of snow in winter. Jade mountain rhododendrons prosper along the Hehuan East Peak Trail. In May and June, a sea of fuchsia blossoms makes the mountain colorful.

Zhuilu Old Road【Duration: 3-5 hours (out-and-back)】

Zhuilu Old Trail is one of the best trails at Taroko Gorge that you can’t miss. Not only are you able to see the magnificent cliff, but also to explore the historic path that tells the story of the early days when Taiwan was under the control of Japan.

Stay One Night at Choo Art Villa

Choo Are Villa is an ecological villa with only four rooms. In order not to damage the centuries-old tree, the designer integrated the trees into the building, giving the villa a unique interior view.

The Rough Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival / Transfer to Miaoli / Stay in Miaoli
Day 2: Head for Alishan / Half-day trekking at Alishan / Stay at Alishan
Day 3: Half-day trekking at Alishan / Tea picking experience and tea ceremony in the bamboo forest / Stay at Sun Moon Lake
Day 4: Trekking at Mt. Hehuan / Stay at Taroko Gorge
Day 5: Full-day trekking at Taroko Gorge / Stay at Taroko Gorge
Day 6: Half-day trekking at Taroko Gorge / Stay at Yilan
Day 7: Enjoy Hot Spring / Half free day on Taipei / Stay in Taipei
Day 8: Departure

Tracy and Chua’s Feedback:

Reliable, well-planned, thoughtful. All you can ask for in a customised visit, in terms of catering for what we wanted. They listened and delivered. Clint was our guide and made everything a Breeze and very enjoyable. Bonus were the many pictures he took for us!

Tracy and Chua were satisfied with the trip and hoped to conquer, Jade Mountain, Taiwan’s highest mountain as soon as possible. Tracy also mentioned that maybe next time she will ask her parents to come together. They can do some general sightseeing and walking tour while Tracy and her husband go trekking!

John Muir, an American author and environmental philosopher, once said: “the mountains are calling and I must go.” As Taiwan announces 2020 as the Year of the Mountain, we invite travelers who love mountain and trekking to explore the beauty of mountain with us!


Is Indigenous Tribe the Same as What You Imagine? The Best Way to Learn about the Indigenous Culture in Taiwan

As there are 16 officially recognized indigenous groups in Taiwan, indigenous culture is one of the most charming highlights of Taiwan. Many travelers wish to visit a “REAL” indigenous/aboriginal village and get cultural experience there. But what is a REAL indigenous village like? Is it the same as the one you imagine? Today we would like to give you a guideline about how to get the best indigenous cultural experiences in Taiwan.

What does a REAL Taiwanese indigenous tribe look like?

Most of the indigenous tribes are close to green mountains or sapphire blue ocean. They are all good places to enjoy rich natural beauty. Although in Chinese, we still call the indigenous communities “tribes (Chinese: 部落 bù luò) ”, they don’t really look like the primitive villages in the cartoon – The Flintstones (中譯:摩登原始人/石頭族樂園). They are just like other normal villages that composed with modern bungalows. The biggest difference is that most of the residents there are local indigenous people.

The tribe you may imagine v.s. the real tribe

Many tribes are decorated with indigenous painting, patterns or sculptures that show their different characteristics.

Some of them still preserve one or two traditional assembly center in the community, such as Tsao people’s Kuba (邵族的會所,庫巴) or Peinan people’s Takuvan and Balaguan (卑南族的會所,達古範和巴拉冠), where they hold traditional ceremonies on particular festivals.

Peinan people’s assembly center, Takuvan (卑南族的少年聚會所,達古範)

Taiwan does have a few more primitive aboriginal tribes, such as the Smangus tribe (司馬庫斯) in Hsinchu or the Vedai tribe (霧台) in Pingtung. These tribes are usually located in distant or inaccessible mountains, so if you would like to explore these beaten places, you must spend more time on traffic.

What is the best way to get and experience indigenous culture?

Travelers may hope to get authentic indigenous cultural immersion by just visiting and browsing a tribe. However, the special rituals or events are only performed during traditional ceremonies or festivals. Beyond these times, most indigenous people live like us: work during the daytime and enjoy family time at night. You will get the feel of the real tribal life only if you stay with the tribe for a couple of weeks. This may be an option for long-day travelers with more time on their hands, but less suitable for travelers who only have s short trip in Taiwan.

Travelers make mochi with local indigenous people.

Therefore, the best way to get and experience indigenous culture is participating in the indigenous cultural tours designed by the local indigenous people or organizations. The trips come with various lengths. The shortest one could be finished within half a day while the longer one could be 1 to 5 days. You will have a taste of the essence of the indigenous culture, including exploring the tribe to know the hidden stories, understanding how they survive in the mountains or by the ocean, learning to make indigenous crafts, enjoying tasty indigenous meals with local families, and staying overnight in family-run guesthouses.

Will the indigenous tour be too touristy?

If you just visit replicated indigenous houses and greeted with poor indigenous singing and dance show, we will say it is really touristy and can’t express the cultural spirit to the travelers. To make sure our clients get the authentic adventure, the tours and activities we recommend are all held in the tribe. You will experience their living areas in person and learn the traditional wisdom about how to live by taking advantage of the local materials. These activities are also designed and led by local people according to their real life experience. The tribe could also be run permanently and keep their culture alive this way.

The indigenous experience we recommend:

After having a rough idea about the indigenous tours, you might be interested in an indigenous cultural immersion. Here are some experiences that we recommend:

Cidal Hunter School in Hualien (Amis People) 吉籟獵人學校

Cidal Hunter School was established by local Amis people not only to preserve their traditions and knowledge, but to pass them on to the younger generation. However, as more and more travelers expressed their interests in learning about traditional culture and lifestyles, the school started to develop a series of cultural and ecotourism activities, such as learning how to start a fire, create a container for holding water from natural plant materials, and hunting shrimp and crab.

Luan Shan Forest Museum in Taitung (Bunun People) 鸞山森林博物館

Photo Credit: East Rift Valley National Area

It used to be a tribal site remains and was turned into an open-air forest museum like a scene from the film Avatar. Museum director Aliman and his tribal friends have been systematically protecting the forests, especially the precious giant Banyan trees. They hold environment protection and culture reconstruction educational activities, cross-tribal events, tribal stays, outdoor spiritual workshops and ecological tours, so as to connect more with the public and bring their attention to forest conservation.

Kbanun Tribe in Yilan (Atayal People) 樂水部落

Kbanun Tribe is also called the forgotten tribe. BY spending a day with this remaining native tribes, you will learn to make souvenirs with unique leaves, cook sticky rice using bamboo, hunt in the mountains, practice archery and make fresh mochi balls with your hands!  

If I don’t have time to partivipate in an indigenous tour, what can I do?

1. Visit to a great indigenous museum
Here are 2 indigenous-theme museums that you cannot miss.

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

Add: No. 282, Sec. 2, Zhishan Road, Shilin Dist., Taipei City
Open Hours: 09:00 am-17:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays)

National Museum of Prehistory

Add: No.1 Museum Road, Taitung County
Tel: 886-89-381-166
Open Hours: 09:00 am to 17:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays)

2. Have a meal at indigenous restaurant

Hasila Food 
Add: No. 19, Lane 77, Sec. 2, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei
Tel: +886-2-2563-4992
Open Hours: 18:00 pm to 02:00 am Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays)

3. Stay one night at indigenous-theme hotel/B&B

Taroko Village Hotel

Located in Taroko Gorge, Taroko Village Hotel is surrounded by forests and all the staffs there are local indigenous people (Taroko People). The atmosphere is really relaxing!

Where can I buy indigenous souvenirs with good quality?

Of course, the best place is the craft studios in the tribe that you visit. You will know who make these crafts and could interact with local artists. In Taipei, below are 2 recommended shops that select worth buying indigenous souvenirs from many tribes.

Lovely Taiwan Shop 台灣好,店
Add: N0. 18-2, Lane 25, Nanjing West Road, Taipei City
TEL: +886-2-2558-2616
Open hours: 12:00 pm – 21:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays and on public holidays)

Ayoi Taipei 阿優依
Add: B2, No.88, Yanchang Road, Xinyi Dist., Taipei City (in the Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store)
TEL: +886-2-6636-5888#1906
Open hours: 11: 00 am – 22:00 pm Everyday

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Travel Back in Time—American Teacher Visiting the Land of Memory after 47 Years

Places that we have been to provide our lives with nutrients and connect with us in a way that is impossible to break. Tom Johnston, an American who taught in Hsinchu in the 1970s when he was 25 years old, visited Taiwan again with his daughter. Unexpectedly, this journey shed light on a story that has been forgotten for 47 years.

At first, Johnston simply told our travel consultant Vivi that he used to teach at National Hsinchu Senior High School and would really love to walk the Dongshan Street nearby again. Other than that, nothing much else was revealed. However, when Clint, a tour guide from Hsinchu, learned about this serendipity, he decided to do everything he could to put Johnston in contact with the past. Therefore, Clint contacted the school and hoped that they could provide some information and photos about Johnston so that he could relive the past.

The people at Hsinchu High School searched the yearbooks in the 70s, but couldn’t find anything related to Johnston; not even in the teachers’ photo. This made the school people wonder if Johnston’s memory was wrong or there was data missing from the School History Room. As a result, Vivi obtained more information from Johnston. Here are some of the key words, including the 1970s, foreigner teacher for two years, taught advanced English grammar, and the fact that in order to hire Johnston, the school specifically ask for Chiang Kai-shek’s permission.

All the mystery was solved after Johnston’s visit in person.

Under the political background at that time, foreigners couldn’t teach at school, so the principal of Hsinchu High School got a way to get the former president Chiang Kai-shek’s permission to let Johnston teach at this school under the Chinese name of “Chang Shih Tun.”(章時敦) Because this was a secret recruitment, the Personnel Office didn’t have his record. For his signature beard, most students called him “the bearded teacher.” Someone even remembered that his father, who was also a fellow teacher, once invited the bearded teacher to their house. The fellow teacher asked why Johnston left home at such a young age. Johnston said that his father believed that living home, eating and using everything he provided meant that Johnston should also be under his control. That’s why he chose to leave. It’s amazing to learn that there were already westerners chose Taiwan as their destination for the Grand Tour over 40 years ago.

When talking about the students that he had taught in Hsinchu High School, Johnston mentioned the name “Chang Yung Ching”(張永青) without any hesitance. Besides having good grades, Chang spent three weeks to bike around Taiwan with Johnston and the other classmate. At that time when there were only fixed gear bikes and the concept of circling the island was not so popular, it was extremely difficult for three poor guys to finish the task with only a tent for shelter. You could say they were the pioneers of traveling round the island!

“I wish to see him again,” Johnston said. But no one can say for sure. Since the time was limited, the alumni association of Hsinchu High School did their best to search for Chang through the Internet and the contact info. After 5 days, despite of the difficulties, Chang and Johnston were miraculously once again in touch.

The bicycles they rode 47 years ago continued to spin through time and space and finally stopped at where we are today. Although everything has changed, Johnston’s visit and reunion with old friend opened up a portal connecting the past and present. Amazingly, tour guide Clint and consultant Vivi completed Johnston’s journey and allowed this amazing story to be heard and passed on.


年輕時待過的地方,會在我們的生命中注入養分,從此與我們產生牽絆。1970年代曾經在新竹任教的美國人Tom Johnston,帶著女兒重訪台灣。沒想到再次踏上台灣的旅程,意外挖掘出一段47年前遺落的故事。





談起在竹中教過的學生, Johnston毫不猶豫地提起了這個名字「張永青!」。除了在學時優秀的表現外,最讓Johnston印象深刻的,是在張永青畢業之際,兩人曾和另一名同學,一同花了三個星期的時間,騎單車環台一周。在那個還沒有變速腳踏車且單車環島尚未盛行的年代,三個窮小子以很克難的方式,一路以帳篷為家,簡直就是台灣單車環島旅遊的先驅!



[Taiwan Tour Guide] Let’s have a yummy Taiwan trip with “Yummy”

This tall, super tanned, and full of laughter person is our Taiwanese tour guide Yummy. His name always make people wonder what the story behind it is. The reason is simple enough—he has a big appetite. In order not to fail this interesting and impressive name, Yummy likes to take the clients on a food tour. “I am from Chiayi, and there are a lot of famous local cuisines, such as fish head casserole, cold noodles, and turkey rice. As a result, when it comes to recommending food the clients, I prefer the local dishes to the renowned restaurants praised by the media or bloggers.”

Delicious street food in Chaiyi: cold noodles, fish head casserole and turkey rice.

Yummy emphasized that; nowadays, clients would like their trip to be more free and flexible, and want to eat like a local. “Side dish platter, goose slices, chicken rice, or stir fries are usual cuisines that you don’t have to spend a fortune, but the clients can still taste a variety of our daily delicacies. Sometimes a good two to three hundred NTD (about 6.5-10 USD) worth of food is enough to cover the whole table! Every time I take the clients on such experience, they all feel amazed. Satisfying both to the stomach and the wallet. Most importantly, the clients feel like the locals, which is always the one thing they desire the most during the trip.”

Besides being a gourmet, Yummy has his own unique philosophy when it comes to leading a tour. “A tour guide is like a boy pursuing a girl—every tour requires enthusiasm.” This metaphor perfectly demonstrates Yummy’s constant passion for travel since the day he became a guide. “We might have been to the scenic spots for tens or hundreds of times, but every time is a first for the clients. Therefore, we have to give them our all, tell the best story, and share the most knowledge.” For Yummy, the true value of a tour guide is not just “to guide a tour,” but to accompany and experience with the travelers every step of the journey.

Yummy and his guests.

Talking about the most unforgettable experience, Yummy laughed and said that there is too much to share! “The first time being the driver, the car broke down; the first time being the guide and taking the clients to Jiu-fen, a storm came and broke off the plan. Of course I was nervous, but when I found out that that was not going to help me with my situation, I stop being nervous.” Speaking of his growth, behind the laughter is the attitude of facing the crisis heads on, calmly assessing the situation, and taking the best solution rather than being panic and ruining the whole trip.”

“Before becoming a guide, I was a driver. At that time, when chances of visiting different scenic spots presented themselves, I always insisted on taking every opportunity. I absorbed knowledge from many guides and developed my own style of tour-guiding.” Yummy recalled that one weekend, when he drove the guide to pick up a group of travelers at the Port of Keelung, the client’s debit card was stuck in the ATM. “The guide stood so firmly on his ground that the bank was persuaded and was willing to help with the problem even on holiday. This was a huge lesson to me.”

One time, Yummy himself received a family from Singapore. Their one-year-old son was sick during the trip. However, the nebulizer machines they brought was not working due to the incompatible voltage, and the client, Gladys, was very worried. Yummy, with his quick thinking, managed to borrow the only one and available transformer from the hotel they stayed in the morning, and convinced the hotel to let them bring it along for the rest of the trip. This was the saving grace, otherwise they would have to admit their son to the hospital and cancel the rest of the trip. At that moment, Yummy showed his ability of crisis resolution, which was the accumulation of his past experience. Yummy also mentioned that for the trust he gained from this event, Gladys assigned Yummy to be in charge of their family trip next year.

Before the interview ended, we asked Yummy to recommend us some ways to explore Taiwan. He said that in comparison with walking, he thought that the speed of bicycle was more suitable for taking in the different paces in Taiwanese city and country. Next time, look forward to exploring Yummy’s hometown, Chiayi, with him on a bicycle, and experience the unforgettable taste of journey together!

Yummy recommends that cycling is one of the best way to explore Taiwan!

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Taiwan seems a much underrated tourist destination in Asia, especially for western travelers. Based on the travelers’ feedback, Taiwan exceeds their expectations a lot and is very worth visiting. The tremendous diversity in a small island is amazing – rich nature wonders, interesting night market, fantastic food, fabulous hiking trails and outdoor sports, cultural experiences, aboriginal village, and very friendly people. We sum up 8 highlights to tell you why Taiwan is worth visiting!



Taiwan is one of the best food destinations in the world where you could try from Michelin star-awarded restaurants to local street “small eats”. Veggie and halal food are also easy to get in Taiwan.

Taiwanese like to ask “jia ba buay (have you eaten already?) ” and we usually put having food on our priority list. Taiwan serves all kinds of cuisine from Taiwanese cuisine, Hakka cuisine, Chinese cuisine, aboriginal flavor, hot pot, BBQ and also exotic cuisine. In general, the most common local ingredients are seafood, chicken, pork, rice, soy and seasonal vegetable. Fresh fruits are also things you can’t miss! Instead of merely eating the food, you can also learn the interesting story behind some of the dishes.



You could go from lush mountain forests to lakes and tropical beaches in one or two hours, Taiwan’s landscape is extremely diverse.

Bisected by northeast Asia’s highest mountains and surrounded by 1566 km of shoreline, making Taiwan geographically unique. There are 9 national parks which offer a variety of distinct topographic landscapes. Taroko National Park, features its lofty gorge; Yangmingshan National Park is known for its volcanic landscape. Kenting National Park is the only tropical area in Taiwan which includes best beaches and rich marine ecology. There are also agricultural scenes such as rice fields and tea plantations. Taiwan is definitely paradise for travelers who loves nature.



There are plenty of hands on activities that the whole family can join together such as tea processing or indigo dyeing. You will have lots of fun learning Taiwanese culture through these activities. There are also numerous cultural festivals during the whole year.

Due to the natural location and altitude of Taiwan, it’s an appropriate place for growing fruits, tea and all kinds of agriculture. In this way, you can experience how does it feel when being a farmer. We can also learn how to make Taiwanese cuisine. We will cherish the food we have after experiencing the process. Besides, we try very hard  to preserve traditional skills such as making sky lantern, handmade paper and indigo dyeing  art crafts.



Taiwan abounds with venues for hiking, cycling and water sports: hundreds of well-maintained natural trails, popular cycling trails along the coastline or lake, ideal clean mountain streams for river-tracing and beautiful beaches for world-class snorkeling.

Over 50% of Taiwan is mountainous, so the island is a heaven for mountaineers! From low-altitude and flat trails to the highest mountain in northeast Asia, Jade Mountain (Yushan), no matter on which level you are, you could find a trail that delights you. Taiwan also offers excellent conditions for variety of activities. The highlights are cycling along Sun Moon Lake or the northeast coast , river tracing in Hualien, snorkeling or scuba diving in Kenting or offshore islands (such as Green Island and Lanyu). If you love surfing, Taiwan Open of Surfing is held in Taitung in every November.



There are over 300 night markets in Taiwan and they are full of energy! You can get everything such as clothes, shoes or souvenirs and have a chance to sit next locals and enjoy authentic street food such as famous stinky tofu.

There is at least one popular night market in each city of Taiwan, for example, Raohe, Ningxia and Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Fengjia Night Market in Taichung and Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung. Each one has its own characteristic and the abundant local snacks there gives you an insight in the people of the area. The most famous food are stinky tofu, oyster omelet, Taiwanese sausage with sticky rice, braised pork rice, bubble tea and shaved ice…etc. Besides authentic local snacks, shopping in the night market is interesting as well. The shops sell various things from fashionable clothing, accessories, shoes, toys to electronic products.



Taiwan is home to groups of Austronesian indigenous people. The 16 officially recognized indigenous peoples, who each have their own native languages and lifestyles enrich the culture in Taiwan.

Most indigenous groups live around Central Mountain Range and east part of Taiwan. Apart from enjoying the scenery, learning and experiencing unique culture is the most beautiful part of each travel to indigenous village. The experienced hunter will teach you how to survive in the nature, tell you many charming local myths. It is also the best chance to taste authentic indigenous cuisine and admire their handicrafts such as weaving, carpentry and pottery.



Many aspects of traditional Chinese arts, crafts and customs are better preserved in Taiwan than anywhere else. For example, National Palace Museum houses one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts in the world.

The links between Taiwan and the Chinese culture had begun as early as in the Song and Ming dynasties, when the ancestors crossed the ocean and came to Taiwan. Taiwan is quite an important place to preserve the Han heritage in the forms of antique, architecture, festival, religion and entertainment. For example, Taiwan is one of the few places still using traditional Chinese characters.



Sweet Potato Mama volunteer tour is an exclusive tour arranged by TOPOLOGY. The travelers will support the single mothers by helping them sell the sweet potatoes on the street and get to know them as they teach you how to roast sweet potatoes.

Sweet potato mama project helps single mothers live independently by allowing them to become vendors of the traditional Taiwanese sweet potatoes. No matter how tough life is, they never give up because there is always something that keeps them moving toward a better life—their lovely kids. This project contains 2 parts: first part we will introduce the whole sweet potato mama project, including the start of the foundation and the project. The second part you will experience what the mamas do everyday – sell the sweet potato with them! You can also take your time chatting with the mamas or other participants. Don’t forget to learn as much as you want to cook yams.
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