Lauren Chew

Lauren Chew is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She has explored Cambodia's Angor Wat temples, slurped pho on the streets of Hanoi, trekked throughout Southwestern China, temple-hopped in Laos and relaxed on the beaches of Malaysia. She enjoys sharing her writing and travel advice in the Reader's Gather No Moss section.

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Green Island, Taiwan

I never really understood why the Portuguese referred to Taiwan as Formosa, or “beautiful island.” The pollution, traffic and combined chaotic mess of Taipei and Taichung make you easily forget that Taiwan is, in fact, ...

A Taste of California in Kenting, Taiwan

If there’s an equivalent to Ocean Beach in Taiwan, it’s Kenting. In Kenting, unpleasant weather is a rarity and swimmers can enjoy the water year round. The mood is relaxed, and almost…Californian. If you’re traveling ...

Stopover in Manila, Philippines

You might find yourself in Manila on a stopover on your way to some of the country’s most pristine beaches – or on the way home from Thailand. Whatever your reason, Manila does have some ...

Kaohsiung: Southern Taiwan

If you have Taipei on your travel agenda, pencil in Kaohsiung as well. Hop on the high-speed rail in Taipei and exactly 2 hours and 15 minutes later, you’re in southern Taiwan, in Taiwan’s second ...

Bustling Hong Kong

If you enjoy shopping, eating, bustling cities or all of the above, then Hong Kong’s your destination. With towering state-of-the-art skyscrapers and authentic Southern Chinese culture, Hong Kong is the manifestation of East meets West. ...

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake is located in Central Taiwan, about two hours away via bus from Taichung. It’s the largest freshwater body in Taiwan, and boasts some of the most majestic scenery the country has to ...

Underrated Taipei, Taiwan

Many Americans don’t know where Taiwan is or mistake it for its Southeast Asian cousin, Thailand. However, for those of you unsure of Taiwan’s location, you’re missing out. Whether you’re a budget backpacker or a ...

Luang Prabang, Laos

I had the pleasure of spending almost a week in this sleepy town and would recommend Luang Prabang to the tourist keen on adventuring through waterfalls, hiking, exploring temples, or simply catching up on some ...

Underrated Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, is one of the most underrated places to visit. I highly recommend you visit this vibrant, animated “city of the future.” Although I visited Seoul in November and froze the entirety of ...

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