Episode 16

World Trip I (pt. 8) – Taiwan & Hong Kong

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About this Episode

In tonight's episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I take you on a journey back to Taiwan, a place I last visited as a child. Landing in Taipei, the capital's vibrant energy is instantly noticeable, especially the sheer number of scooters buzzing through its streets. Philipp and I, newcomers to the city's dynamic pace, find ourselves among neon-lit churches and bustling food markets, where local dishes challenge our culinary courage.

As the night unfolds, we join forces with Sebastian and Victor, fellow travelers, diving into Taiwan's lively night scene and later, its natural beauty. Together, we explore rain-soaked landscapes and hot springs hidden within lush forests, our days filled with unexpected adventures and culinary explorations, like the acclaimed Din Tai Fung. The warmth of newfound friendships and the thrill of rediscovery make every moment in Taiwan unforgettable, leaving us with vibrant memories and stories to cherish.

Episode Links

  • Din Tai Fung — Renowned Taiwanese restaurant chain famous for its dumplings and noodles, recognized with a Michelin star, indicative of its high quality and culinary excellence.
  • Taipei 101 — Iconic skyscraper in Taipei, known for its advanced engineering to withstand earthquakes. Once the tallest building in the world, it remains a major landmark.
  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area — A picturesque lake in central Taiwan, popular for its scenic views and cultural significance, surrounded by mountainous terrain.
  • Alishan National Scenic Area — A mountain resort and natural preserve known for its tea plantations and scenic railways, located in central Taiwan.
  • Rainbow Village — A vibrant art project turned tourist attraction in Taichung, Taiwan, known for its brightly painted houses and streets.
  • Hiking Elephant Mountain — A popular hiking spot in Taipei that offers panoramic views of the city skyline, including a clear view of Taipei 101.
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board — Official tourism site providing comprehensive travel information about Hong Kong's attractions, including Victoria Harbour and Lantau Island.
  • Lantau Island — The largest island in Hong Kong, known for the Tian Tan Buddha statue and its serene, natural environment.
  • Victoria Peak — The highest point on Hong Kong Island, offering spectacular views of the city and its harbors.
  • Ozone Bar — Promoted as one of the highest bars in the world, located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, providing luxurious nightlife experience with stunning views.