Travel Tips & Advice on “accommodation”

Hot Spring Heaven at Five-Star Royal Chihpen, Taiwan

Today happens to be Marine Steve’s birthday and what better way to celebrate but at tonight’s hotel, the extremely luxurious Hotel Royal Chihpen, in Chihpen, hometown of hot springs and the only five-star hotel here! Bring it on… Hotel Royal Chihpen is located in the scenic Chihpen area of Taitung County which is blessed with natural […]


Got an  e-mail from Singapore Airlines this morning that I just had to pass on. They have just launched their “Very Very Singapore Stopovers Campaign” in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board and what a campaign it is! The basic stopover package is priced from $35 US and includes a choice of accommodation at over 35 […]

Lively Downtown Resort Area of White Sand Bay, Kenting

White Sand Bay in Kenting town is where most visitors stay. It is a lively place filled with guesthouses, small B&Bs, two luxury resorts (Caesar Park Hotel and Howard Beach Resort Hotel), and many restaurants. Swimming beaches are good and there is accommodation for every price point. Marine Steve and I fully intended to take […]

Review of Howard Beach Resort Hotel, Kenting, Taiwan

The deluxe Howard Beach Resort Hotel specializes in “beachy things to do” with water sports on premises. They have: A-D slides, four water slides that are three stories high; a UFO Slide, the nation’s only UFO funnel design; a Lazy River for guests to float around the Water Space on an inflatable double swimming ring; and […]

Highlights in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

It was almost hallucinogenic to go from one night in a monastery to a deluxe beach resort! Over 5 million visitors come to Kenting each year to snorkel, swim, hike in Kenting National Park and have a good old time. The park occupies the entire southern tip of Taiwan and weather is good year round. […]

One Night at Bamboo Garden Guesthouse, Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Marine Steve and I have overnighted in a rural Bangkok Monastery, Kyoto Monastery, Koyasan Monastery, a Monastery on the Tibetan Plateau, and it was time for a Taiwan Monastery, Fo Guang Shan; Taiwan’s largest Mahayana Buddhist Monastery and only 30 minutes from Kaohsiung. All I process when reading about staying in a monastery is the […]

Great Buddha Land at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Taiwan

Foguangshan, Taiwan’s largest Mahayana Buddhist Monastery, is a 30 minute drive from Kaohsiung. Founded in 1967 by Master Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism. “Humanistic Buddhism” aims to make Buddhism relevant in the world, people’s lives and hearts. Approximately 500 monks and nuns live in this 100-acre complex of temples, colleges for monks and […]

Review of Evergreen Plaza Hotel in Tainan

The Evergreen Plaza Hotel has 197 rooms, free Wi-Fi, business center, gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa facilities, and two restaurants, one of which served a fabulous dinner buffet. Close to the Tainan City Cultural Center with its food streets, we didn’t find it necessary to revisit and eat around there once we saw what the Evergreen […]

Review of Luxurious and Gorgeous Lalu Hotel, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito visited Taiwan in 1923 and appointed The Lalu as his official home. (Well, if it was good enough for him…) He rebuilt a small wooden cabin into a two-story building and added eight guest rooms, including the East and the West wings, dining room, conference room and The Lalu became an […]

TravelsWithSheila Guide to Atacama Desert, Chile

Now available on Amazon is my latest Fast & Easy Travel Guide to Atacama Desert. Have you ever considering visiting the Atacama Desert in Chile? Mention Atacama Desert and travelers usually respond, “Huh?” Well, Atacama in Northern Chile spans 41,000 square miles across four South American countries (really) and is the driest place in the […]