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Hygiene at 30,000 feet: how to keep your butt clean in the air

Here’s a subject a lot of people think about, but comparatively few are willing to discuss. How to keep your nether regions clean after using in-flight restrooms. Here at WoWasis, we’re big fans of the Thai toilet hose, Philippine toilet buckets, and any other cleaning processes that involve water and soap, rather than toilet paper, […]

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PC Air’s ladyboy flight attendants now flying in Thailand

As WoWasis reported earlier this year, Bangkok’s PC Air began to interview ladyboys as flight attendants. Now, they’re flying! This month, as reported by MailOnline, PC Air President Peter Chan has hired four ladyboys as flight attendants, Chayathisa Nakmai, Dissanai Chitpraphachin, Nathatai Sukkaset and Phuntakarn Sringern, after receiving more than 100 applications. The airline noted […]

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Taiwan’s Green Island Ferry from Fugang Harbor

Located 33 km off Taiwan’s southeastern coast, along the East Coast National Scenic Area, Green Island makes for a nice one or two-day stay. The beaches and sea views are worth noting, snorkelers can view colorful corals, and there’s a seawater-fed hot springs. The Green Island Human Rights Memorial Park, a former prison, has a […]

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WoWasis takes the Jiji Railway excursion train in Central Taiwan

It’s been said that the excursion train running 20 minutes up the mountain from the town of Jiji is Taiwan’s most popular scenic railway. It could be, because even on a Tuesday, it was packed. This narrow-gauge railway was built to haul logs to a sawmill, but no more, now it just hauls people.   You […]

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WoWasis product review: Garmin nuvi 1350 LMT GPS Navigator

Here at WoWasis, we were early adopters of GPS technology, and probably the first travel site to include GPS coordinates for many of the out of the way and hard to find places to which we travel. But our trusty Garmin GPS III Plus, which we’d had for 13 years had been all over the […]

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WoWasis visits Taipei’s exceptional MRT Metro rail system

Here at WoWasis, we like to say that great transportation systems make great cities even greater.  Urban above or below-ground rail systems are transformative. In Bangkok, for instance, the BTS Skytrain has opened entire neighborhoods to new commercial and tourism opportunities. In pre-Skytrain days, getting through Bangkok’s traffic was a nightmare. That must surely have […]

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5 necessary basics to driving successfully while touring Taiwan

Particularly in eastern and southern Taiwan, driving your own car is a wonderful expeience. Three great drives, with wonderful ocean vistas, include: Northeast Coast National Scenic Area  East Coast National Scenic Area Kending National Forest Recreation Area and Hengchung Peninsula In other posts relating to driving a car in Taiwan as a visitor, WoWasis has […]

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The challenges of a westerner driving in Taiwan: touring Tainan

Here at WoWasis, we love to drive, and you can see some of the best stuff in Taiwan fairly easily if you have a car. The roads are the best we’ve seen in Asia, and Taiwanese drivers are exceptional in terms of courtesy and technique. Taiwan’s  freeways and expressways are as good as nay we’ve […]

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Pa Farang on taxi scams in Bangkok

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: My taxi driver refuses to turn meter on: taxi scams in Bangkok Dear Pa Farang,  What gives withBangkok taxis?  Half the time the driver refuses to turn the meter on, and quotes me a rediculous price.  Am I being taken to the […]

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WoWasis book review: Guidebook for Taiwan by National Geographic

Whenever we’re in a foreign country, we here at WoWasis always travel with a guidebook: they’re easier to use and markup than online guides, and we always end up running across stuff by accident that we wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Our local bookshop only carried one guidebook for Taiwan, and that’s how we acquired (and […]

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