Thailand. Singapore. Taiwan.
- 12 hour flight to Taoyuan: √.
- Immediately get lost in Taipei: √.
- Eat fried squid and scallop balls for dinner at 1:00am: √.
So far so good. But lets back up 24 hours.
For those who do not know, I am lucky enough to have an airline pilot as a father through which I receive travel benefits – aka free United flights as a standby passenger. Being that United does not fly directly into Thailand, the original plan was to fly into Singapore where I would eventually enter Thailand via bus or train. Waking up Sunday morning however, checking the plane seat map revealed that the once-daily flight from SFO to SIN had been booked up – for the next 3 days.
Hey! Lets go to Taiwan instead! And boom, here I am on the 9th floor of a high-rise apartment building in the heart of a country I don’t know the first thing about (God bless Lonely Planet). Not bad for my first time out of the U.S.