There’s no other destination on the planet quite like the islands off the coast of eastern
Known as Ilha Formosa, or "the beautiful island," Taiwan is referred to as "the heart of Asia," set on the western end of the Pacific "Rim of Fire." Its towering mountain ranges, volcanic landscapes and rich coastal ecologies are packed with the kind of natural beauty that make it a premier Asian destination.
National Scenic Areas
Thirteen National Scenic Areas and eight national parks are at the heart of Taiwan’s charming beauty. Here you’ll find everything from deep-blue lagoons that are home to some of the rarest species of fish to sustainable forests that foster a thriving animal population and an active recreational environment.
Food & Culture
Tradition is at the heartof Taiwanese culture. Most notably are its lantern lighting events. The Taiwan Lantern Festival, celebrated during little New Year, is a series of festivals that culminates in the release of thousands of lanterns into the sky. This year, the event takes place in the Hsinchu Station District of Zhubei, from Feb. 24 to Mar. 10.
A virtually untouched natural habitat, Okinawa’s forests — most evident in the north — contain some of the rarest species of plants, animals and insects in the world. Here, subtropical rain forests also exist and play an important role in the watershed ecosystem.
Clear Blue Waters
Okinawa is surrounded by a seemingly endless blue ocean, home to one of the largest colonies of coral reef in the world — offering plenty of world-class diving spots. White-sand beaches in many parts of the islands can be enjoyed by boat or kayak, along with some of the best tuna, marlin and dorado fishing anywhere.
“Why travel to Thailand?” The question does not need an elaborate answer.