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A daytrip to Taroko Gorge National Park

From Hualien, we arranged a day trip to Taroko National Park, where a river cut a beautiful gorge through the mountains. The first stop on the trip was a view point where the mountains meet the coast just before turning inland into the park. The first stop in the park was the Eternal Spring Shrine, where a flat trail leads all the way to the shrine. At the shrine there is a short but very steep trail up the mountain. We went up for a little bit to get a good view over the valley. The next stop was the Swallow

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Horseshoe Bend

After the tour of the Upper Antelope Canyon, we spent the sunset at the famous Horseshoe Bend. It is very impressive, just because the bend is so huge and very circular. There is no fence on the canyon rim, so you can spend some time walking around and get as close to the rim as you want (or dare) to. Just below us, people camped on the shore of the river and you can see their tiny boat on the picture. Picture gallery

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Wilsons Prom day hikes: Tongue Point and Mt Oberon

While we postponed our overnight hike at Wilsons Promontory a bit, I used the time to do some of the day hikes in the park. The hikes were surprisingly beautiful, even though they lack the isolated beaches of the overnight hike to the eastern coast of the park. On our first day, I hiked the trail to Tongue Point starting at the Darby River carpark. Even if you don’t have the time to hike the 2 hours return to Tongue Point, it is totally worth it to just go for the first 10 minutes. The trail leads around a mountain gaining

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The palaces of Berau

Coming back from Derawan, we stayed half a day in Berau until our flights out of Kalimantan in the next morning. Berau is a busy little city and seems to profit quite well from the mining and logging industries. There are a couple of sites worth a visit, most famous are the two palaces (keratons) of Gunung Tabur and Sambaliung. Gunung Tabur is still inhabited by the daughter of the last sultan of Berau, and she is in her early 90s. After we spent some time in the museum, in which almost everything is in yellow, we visited the daughter

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Kutai NP – Boat trip to the delta

On our last day in Kutai NP, we joined another couple for a boat ride to the Sangatta river delta. It’s possible to see proboscis monkeys on the trip, the ones with the funny noses, but unfortunately, we didn’t see any. Nevertheless, the trip was fantastic, even though the small wooden motorboat proved not to be very comfortable for a 6 hour boat ride. During the trip, the shore of the river changed from rainforest to mangroves. We did see lots of makak monkeys, a crocodile, and several lizards. And going through the city of Sangatta was a lot of

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