About Chris S
Lives in Bangkok, Thailand
Since Sep 2012
18-24 year old male
After setting off on a solo backpacking adventure across Asia in 2013, the travel bug within me never calmed down. I sold my stuff in the Netherlands to work for a hospitality startup in Bangkok and have been exploring more of Asia ever since. When I'm not in Bangkok, you can find me Taiwan, where I spend quite some time each year. It's not uncommon for me to leave a new city without visiting its famous tourist landmarks, but instead discovering a dozen of cool neighbourhoods, galleries and coffee shops.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Right in the center of Taichung, you'll find this recently renovated park. While it's not big, it's a great place for a quick stroll and a coffee in the restaurant, overlooking the pond. I like to come here after dark, when there are all kinds of decorative lights scattered across the field.
Also known as 'Rainbow Village,' this small set of houses just outside the city center is one of Taichung's most famous tourist attractions. The friendly old man living here painted the village all by himself and welcomes visitors into his souvenir shop where he sells postcards.
After shopping at Taichung's hippest shopping mall, Parklane, I always take a short stroll around the Art Garden to check out the latest exhibitions on display. It's a bit hit or miss, but from time to time there's some really interesting work to check out! (Be prepared for lots of youngsters snapping pictures for Instagram.)
Get away from the pollution downtown and head to the green Taichung Metropolitan Park for a little urban detox. Great for people-watching (especially on Sundays); relax and observe local life pass you by.
There's something very relaxing about visiting university campuses around the world, and Taichung's Tunghai University campus is no exception. The laid-back vibe, green environment, and nice students make for a great stroll around the campus. (The campus is also a tourist attraction because of the contemporary church building located in its center.)
Taiwan's cities can be a bit chaotic, but luckily a green area is never far away. Case in point, Dakeng Scenic Area, which is located only 20 minutes east of the city. The hiking trails in the area vary from very easy to quite advanced, so make sure you check the map to pick one that suits your fitness level. Whichever trail you pick, you're in for lush jungle and rolling hills.
While this attraction is only open for only one month per year, I added it to the list simply because it's too beautiful to miss! If you visit Taichung in November, be sure to drop by. Bring your camera, because this is a photographer's dream.
When I really want to escape the city, this area, a short drive away from Taichung, is my go-to place. Although it's home to a beautiful bamboo forest, and rolling hills which stretch as far as the eye can see, the park is not very popular, so with a bit of luck you'll have the best sights all to yourself!
When I wish to escape the city, heading out along one of the hiking trails nearby is my go-to option. But when I'm not in the mood for intense activities, Lavender Cottage, a short ride away from the city, is always my plan B. Visiting the cute farmland and adjoining restaurant are the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.