Switzerland: Hotel National Bern

Hotel National is centrally located at the heart of Bern, the Swiss capital. With just a 5 minute walking distance from Bern Central Station, it is very accessible if you are coming from other cities, it also has a tram stop just outside its door so traveling internally is also very easy. Aside from its…

Taiwan: ECFA Hotel Kunming in Taipei

There are quite a handful of ECFA hotels around Taipei, particularly in Ximending area. ECFA Hotel Kunming is a 5 to 10 minute walk (along Chengdu Road) from Ximen Station (Take the exit to “The Red House”).   The hostel occupies the whole 10th floor of a commercial/residential building on the corner of Chengdu Road…

Taiwan: Alishan Lauya Homestay

It is fair to say that this place is a little heaven in this sleepy town of Alishan. We initially booked 4 nights but change our mind a few weeks before our departure and decided to stay for only 3 nights, a decision we regretted later on.       The place is surrounded with…

Taiwan: Hui Ming Homestay in Juifen

This a very simple and basic homestay. Once you arrive, the owner will settle you to check in then sit with you for a while to explain the surrounding area and point to a map (which readily he prepared) the different “tourist spot” in Jiufen. We took a cab from Ruifang to reach the homestay…

Taiwan: City Suites Gateway at Taoyuan

Due to the odd timing of our flight to Taiwan (both arrival and departure), we decided to book a hotel near the Taoyuan International Airport for the first and last night of our 2015 Taiwan trip. City Suites Gateway is a 5-8 minute taxi ride from Taoyuan Airport and costs 160 NTD if you will…

Singapore: Furama Riverfront

I had a good experience when I stayed (even just for a night) in Furama Silom during my Bangkok Trip a few months back. So when a friend from Manila decided to visit Singapore for a short holiday, we decided to try Furama hotel here in Singapore.   *Hotel Location It took us less the…