Michael Londregan, president of Stella Travel Services, which serves as a holding company for vacation operations such as Travel2, providing tours to Asia, sees Taiwan as potentially the new hub into Asia.
“Taiwan does not have a high profile with North American travelers but logistically, it’s fantastic,” says Londregan. “EVA’s excellent lift into Taipei puts all Asia within easy reach. But Taiwan is full of reasons of its own as a destination. There’s lots of great infrastructure, plenty of culture and, I must say, it is naturally gorgeous. Plus it’s modern, there’s great shopping—everything is possible there.”
Londregan sees Taiwan as a recommended post trip from an itinerary into Vietnam or Cambodia where travel can be rough and uncomfortable. “With its amazing spa product, it’s a good place to decompress,” he adds.
A 6-night country tour offered by Travel2 includes such highlights as the Foguangshan Buddhist Monastery and Chihpen Hot Springs and starts at $929 pp dbl, land-only. Travel2 can add a 1-night stopover in Taipei, including a half-day Taipei City Tour and a visit to the National Palace Museum (plus English-speaking guide, private transfers and breakfast) for rates starting at $185 pp dbl.