Saturday, November 26, 2016

Taiwan Trip Summary

So, I'm back. With a sunburn. With extra body fat. And with boxes of Taiwanese mochi. Nope, no pineapple cakes... because Malaysia makes those better at a more affordable price. Now on to the important question:

How was the trip?

Generally, Taiwan was OK for me. I won't go back. It may only be 4 hours away, but it's not on my to-revisit list unlike Japan, South Korea, and Australia. It just didn't leave a great impression. But... that's just me. Who knows, you might have a different experience.
Blue sky and a sunburn at Qixingtan beach.

Day 1: A whole day of travel, from airplane to bus to train. We landed in Taoyuan International Airport at 11.30am and checked-in at Hualien at 6.40pm. 

Day 2: We rented bicycles at Giant Bicycles for NTD150 per bike a day. It was half the initial price I thought it would be. Apparently, NTD300 was for weekends. We cycled all the way to Qinxingtan beach via the city road, then cycled back to the city via the bicycle path for lunch. Did a little city sight-seeing before returning the bikes at around 3pm. After resting for a couple of hours in the hostel, and noticing the sunburn on our arms, we headed to Dongdamen Night Market for dinner. 

Day 3: Our taxi guide picked us up at our hostel at 9am. He drove us to Taroko National Park and stopped at all the places on the itinerary, except Baiyang Waterfall Trail as it was closed (the only trail I was looking forward to). The trails weren't fantastic, but there were some scenic spots. Still, I've seen better. I guess the more you travel the harder it is to be impressed. Also, pictures are an exaggeration of reality. If you'd like to see more pictures, check out my Instagram

The memorable 7-course lunch.

Day 4: Our taxi guide was right on time again. His name is Jason Huang, should you be interested. He gave an excellent service, despite the East Rift Valley being a dull place. In a sentence, let me say, Liyu Lake is just an ordinary lake, Lin Tian Shan Forestry Park is a timber museum, Guangfu Sugar Factory has nothing but sub-par ice-cream, and Ruisui Pasture isn't much of a farm. The only highlight of the day was our aboriginal lunch. Jason reserved a table for us at this reservation-only restaurant. It was NTD350 per person for 7 wild-grown, organic, aboriginal home-cooked dishes. We had our own likes and dislikes, but it was a gastronomic adventure. 

Day 5: We hopped on a morning train to Taipei and checked-in at 2pm. Then, we headed to Taipei Zoo. For the entrance fee, it is worth a visit. The zoo is huge! And there's plenty to see, if you have the time. After that, we took the Maokong Gondola to Maokong Mountain - we had the crystal cabin. As the sun was setting, the only bone-chilling moment was when cold gushes of air swooped into our glass cage. But despite the cold, the 30-minute ride provided a great panoramic view of day transitioning to night. Once at the top, we were just in time for dinner. Bracing the chilly air, we headed to Longmen Restaurant for a meal overlooking Taipei city. 

*Tip: if you want to cut cost, take a taxi down Maokong Mountain instead of the gondola. We saved NTD45 per person and 15 minutes.  

Day 6: Thinking businesses started early, we headed for Ximending at 9.30am. Half of the shops weren't open yet, but we managed to kill some time before heading for brunch at Tian Wai Tian Hotpot. You must, I repeat, you must give this restaurant a visit. The variety of seafood, desserts, drinks, fruits, and Haagen Dazs ice-creams is worth every dollar. It was the best meal of the trip, and the best buffet I've had in my life. Trust me, it's worth it. After that filling brunch, we visited Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall, followed by the National Palace Museum (which is overpriced, in my book), and Shilin Night Market for dinner. Being that Malaysia has adopted the popular Taiwanese street food, and that we were still stuffed from the buffet, nothing intrigued us enough to make us stay for long. So we headed back after a few bites of stinky tofu. 

History lesson at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

Day 7: We were told to take Bus 1819 instead of a train to the airport. Just in case you end up wandering around like we did, you can buy the tickets by the bus station itself. There's a booth just a few feet from the Bus 1819 queue. Our flight was at 12.40pm and we touched Malaysian soil at 5.10pm. It was back to reality. 

A warm meal on the chilly mount.
Did the budget work?

Yes. I had a surplus of NTD335. Depending on the conversion rate, that's about RM40. Not much, but I was surprised there was an extra. As the aboriginal lunch and the Longmen dinner couldn't be estimated before hand, and were actually expensive, I was afraid I would be short on cash. But even so, there were plenty of NTD to go around.

How was the lodging?

Hualien: This listing is a hostel. The host failed to make mention of this. When I search for listings on Airbnb, I always tick the 'Entire home/apt' box. So when I checked into this place, I assumed we would have the privacy. But when night came, we were surprised to find another person staying on the third floor. Now if you don't mind hostels, then this is a great place. It's clean, cosy, and comfortable. But if you're like me, and you prefer your own space, skip this one and look for another.

Taipei: I have no idea how this listing is constantly booked and has such a high rating. I don't like to give bad reviews as it affects the livelihood of others, but despite the spacious rooms, this place lacks hygiene. The bathroom is molding, the heater isn't working, and we found a dead cockroach under the table. The home itself isn't new, but the host could've paid more attention to cleaning. Oh, and there's barely any kitchen utensils. Like I said above, pictures are an exaggeration of reality, and very much so in this case.

The cliche shot by Taroko Archway.
Did I do any shopping?

I didn't plan to, but with a surplus in budget, I did. I brought home Taiwanese mochi, nougats, and dried fruits. My brother bought himself a pair of shoes for half the price it would have been in Malaysia. 

To sum it up...

Taiwan isn't my kind of place, and it has failed to top my previous escapades. It wasn't a bad trip, but it wasn't memorable either. At least I can check Taiwan off my list. 

Next stop, Hokkaido!

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:

Friday, November 4, 2016

7 Days Taiwan Budget

Let me first say, that for 7 days, it's a pretty cheap trip. I tried to keep the budget below RM2k, but because I'm not sure about the food cost, I decided to play it safe and increase it. I also had to hire the taxi guide for an extra day, as an attraction I intended to visit on my own closed for the year.

Here's the break down:

7 Days, 6 Nights in Taiwan

Transportation: RM1149 

KL to Taipei (return) via Malindo Air: RM911
Airport to Taipei Station (return): RM40
Hualien Express Train - Tze-Chiang (return): RM110
Hualien One-Day Bike Rental: RM38
Misc Transport: RM50

Entry Fees/ Activities: RM285
Hualien 2-Day Guide Fee: RM215
National Palace Museum: RM32
Taipei Zoo: RM7.50
Maokong Gondola (return): RM30.50

Accommodation: RM 632
Hualien: RM 400 (4 nights)
Taipei: RM 232 (2 nights)

Food & Miscellaneous: RM392 
(Odd amount as it's adjusted to fit the round up of RM800 cash in-hand)  

*At time of cash conversion, currency rate fluctuates around RM 12.72 = NTD100

Estimated Total Per Person: RM2434

As always, I'm pretty sure there'll be a surplus. How much exactly, I can't tell now. It's always better to have more than less, right? Once I get back, I'll confirm whether the budget worked.

Post-trip post:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Choose A Place Already!

I love Airbnb. I've said that one too many times. But it isn't just the cheap rates I love, the act of home-stay shopping is also extremely fun. Though, occasionally, frustrating. 

After days of scrolling and narrowing down options, I finally decided on these two places for my Taiwan stay. There will be no pictures, as you'll be able to see them on the listing itself.

(Curious about Airbnb? Click HERE to sign up and get 20$ off your first Airbnb stay.)

Hualien: Since I'm traveling by train, I like to make sure I have a place near the train station. It saves time and money when your Airbnb is just around the corner. Thankfully, I managed to find this place. It doesn't look very fancy, but there's a big space with necessary amenities. Strangely, no towels provided. But for RM100 a night (per person), who's complaining. 

Taipei: Apparently, there's a lot of Airbnbs around Taipei Main Station itself. However, a majority of them are small and... room-less. I personally like having rooms. After switching up my dates, I managed to secure this spacious apartment. It's RM116 a night (per person), and only 10 minutes away by foot to the main station.

Naturally, I compared my chosen listings to my prior trips. Taiwan is similar to Japan in many ways. However, after staying in two wonderful homes in Tasmania, one cannot help but wish that beautiful houses and generous hosts are everywhere. Still, Taiwan lodging cost is the cheapest by far with an average of RM105 per night. 

As to how the homes really are, I'll find out once I'm there. And as always, I'll be sure to fill you in on my discovery when I get back.

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
Post-trip post:

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Taiwan Getaway!

I am going to Taiwan!

I've held back this post because there were changes to the itinerary due to a closure of one of the places I intended to go. However, everything is finally settled. So without further ado, here's my itinerary. It looks different from the rest, being that it's a short trip. But I've included as much information, as comprehensively, as possible.


Day 1 - Travel & Check-In (Monday)
KUL to TPE - 7am to 11:35am
Airport to Taipei Station via Kuokang Line Bus1819, 55 minutes (NTD125)
Taipei Station to Hualien Station via Express Train Tze-Chiang, 2+ hours (NTD440).

Alternative travel plan:
Take Capital Bus from Taipei City Hall to Luodong, 1 hour.
Luodong to Hualien via Local Train, 1 hour 40 min.
(NTD209 combo ticket)

Day 2 - Coastal Biking (Tuesday)
Nanbin Park to Qinxingtan Beach
Rent a bike at Giant Bicycles Hualien Station, 8am - 6pm/ NTD300 a day.

Dongdamen Night Market
4pm - 12am
Hualien Terminal Station

Day 3 - Taroko National Park (Wednesday)
Guide pick-up at Hualien Station

Taroko Archway Shakadang Trail  Changchun Shrine Swallow Grotto Cimu Bridge Ho liu Suspension Bridge Lushui Trail Baiyang Waterfall Trail

Day 4 - East Rift Valley (Thursday)
Guide pick-up at Hualien Station

Liyu Lake → Lin Tian Shan Forestry Park →The Guangfu Sugar Factory → Ruisui Pasture


Day 5 - Check-in & Sightsee (Friday)
Hualien Station > Taipei Station via Express Train Tze-Chiang, 2+ hours (NTD440).

Taipei Zoo
9am - 5pm/ NTD60
Wenshan-Neihu Line - Taipei Zoo Station.

Maokong Gondola
8.30am - 10pm/ NTD240 (Maokong Mountain return trip) 
Taipei Zoo Station

Day 6 - Taipei Sightseeing (Saturday)
Brunch at Tian Wai Tian Hotpot
11am/ NTD539
Ximen Station Exit 6.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall 
9am - 5pm
CKS Memorial Hall Station Exit 5

National Palace Museum
8:30am - 6:30pm/ NTD250
Tamsui-Xinyi Line - Shilin Station > Bus R30

Shilin Night Market
4pm - 2am
Jiantan Station Exit 1

Day 7 - Going Home (Sunday)
TPE to KUL - 12:40pm to 5:25pm

Taipei Station > Taoyuan Station via Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), 20 minutes (NTD160).
Taoyuan Station Platform 1 Bus Depot > Airport via shuttle bus, 25 minutes (NTD30).

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
Post-trip post:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Finally... Taiwan

Remember when the plan was to go to Taiwan after Japan, but then the plan changed to Tasmania? The plan changed again. Well... kind of.

After coming home from Tasmania, the initial goal was to head to Taiwan next. But with the distraction of Club Med Hokkaido, and the pictures of a friend who'd been to Hokkaido in May, Taiwan was backlogged once more. One of the main reasons why Taiwan was pushed back (well, technically pushed forward) was because there isn't a lot of places and sights in Taiwan that can fill a 10-day itinerary. You're probably going, "Are you kidding me? There's so much to see and do in Taiwan!" Well, places of interest are subjective. 

Anyway, my family (actually, just my mum and I) decided that we'll skip Taiwan and visit Hokkaido instead. The plan was: Hokkaido - next year during my brother's semester break. But as wanderlusters, we couldn't go a whole year without traveling. So my dad, who has also caught the travel bug, suggested a short holiday before Hokkaido. That's when Taiwan returned to the picture. 

The initial thought was to visit Khao Yai. However, Khao Yai felt more of a stressful holiday than a short break, as one would need to drive to get to places. On the other hand, Taiwan is an easier country to navigate with their efficient public transportation. So Taiwan it is.
Water curtain in Taroko National Park
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We plan on heading to Taiwan some time end Autumn. We will be visiting Hualien and Taipei - a short holiday of 6 days 5 nights. Our budget is around RM2k per person and of course, we would be lodging in Airbnbs. 

The itinerary has been drafted and we're finalising a few other matters. I'll post the itinerary once flights and Airbnbs have been booked. But until then, this blog will chirp in the silence. Yes, somehow and unintentionally, this has become a travel blog. Maybe I'll blog about something else in the meantime... but, I highly doubt that. Also, there's my author blog, if you're ever interested. I'm on there most of the time.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tasmania Trip Summary

This will be a rather long post, I think. There's a lot to say about the activities we did, but I'll try to keep things short and sweet. So without any dilly dally, let's get to it.

How was the trip?

It was good. I always tell people it was OK, but honestly, it was better than OK. What holiday wouldn't be better than OK? Still, I say it anyway. It's just me being lazy to talk about it. It's a good thing I have this blog. So read on for all the nitty gritty.

Day 1: We arrived in Melbourne around 9am, before taking the connecting flight at around 3pm. We touched down in Hobart 4-ish, picked up the rental car, and ended the day with sandwiches for dinner.

What the Tasman Peninsula has to offer.
Day 2: Tasman National Park was on the day's itinerary - we visited the famous 'must-see' spots and did one of the 60 Great Short Walks to Waterfall Bay (lookout?). We then had lunch near the Tessellated Pavement before heading back to Hobart. Since we were short on time, we dropped by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for a while. We arrived 30 minutes before closing time, so we didn't see much - it didn't seem like there was much to see anyway. Then we walked across the street to the Maritime Museum, only to walk back out as they now charge an entry fee (a rather pricey one too).

Day 3: Dedicated to Port Arthur. Upon our arrival at the estate full of autumn foliage, we joined the free walking tour. We quickly got bored of the tour and decided to look-see on our own. It was drizzling on-and-off that day, making it much colder than usual. Still, the rain didn't stop us from going to the upper deck of the boat cruise - where no one went because of the rain. If you love history and nature, and by nature I mean trees, you should make this a day trip. I'm not being sarcastic. You should.

The chilly Mt. Wellington.
Day 4: Booked way in advance was the Mt.Wellington Descent Bike Ride. And honestly, it was both an awesome and torturing experience. We spent the first half of the day descending the mount on a bike. I had numb lips and fingers for the most part of it, but I did enjoy the off-road sections. The tour ended around lunch time, after which we did a short hike in the lower part of the mount, before driving up to the the peak again. This time, to take proper pictures. But because it was so freaking cold up there, we didn't stay for long. Even the memory of how cold it was gives me the shivers. Pun intended.

Day 5: Saturday means Salamanca day. We headed to Salamanca Market in the morning, where we bought nougats, licorice, and tasted some street food. Our next stop after the market was supposedly Battery Point, but we decided to skip it and beeline to the Royal Botanical Garden instead. Little did we expect, we were done with the market and the garden before lunch. So, we spent the remaining half of the day by the docks, taking pictures, and harassing parrots while they pecked at their earthy meal.

Pretty sights of the day.
Day 6: It was travel come sight-seeing day. We checked out from our cosy Airbnb home before time and drove to Freycinet National Park. Apparently, this place is super popular - when we arrived, there wasn't much parking left. We did the hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout, which was great to burn off all the fish & chips in my belly (mostly chips). Then after the hike, we continued on our journey to our layover in Scamander. Along the way, we stopped at Eureka Farm, which was a very small and uneventful place. And with the extra time, we drove out to Binalong Bay (Bay of Fires) and lingered by the beach till the sun was about to set.

Day 7: Having visited Binalong Bay the evening before, we headed straight for Pyengana Dairy Company after breakfast. We did a short cheddar cheese tasting session, before stopping in Launceston for lunch (at Hogs Breath) and for some grocery shopping. We were heading for Cradle Mountain that day, and were told in advance to stock up on supplies. So we did just that. After which, we headed to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for tea. You must... give this place a visit.

Day 8: Cradle Moutain is a great escape from the fantasy we'd escape to from reality. Get it? Nevermind. Our itinerary for the day was going for the famous trails: first one being the Dove Lake Circuit. This circuit is pretty easy, with a couple of uphill sections. But, it takes a while - Dove Lake is larger than it seems. After we completed the circuit, we had lunch by the crystal clear waters, before walking some more. Ironically, we were too lazy to wait for the shuttle bus, so we walked to Ronny Creek for the Waldheim and Weindorfers Forest Walk. But then... my mum thought the overland track was too boring so we skipped the walk altogether. We ended up doing two other shorter walks: the Enchanted Walk (which wasn't very enchanting) and the King Billy Walk (which was more enchanting than the former).

The iconic boat shed.

Day 9: This was another travel come sight-seeing day. From Cradle Mountain, we descended to Burnie where we made a stop at the Maker's Workshop. This building is much smaller than I'd expected, with very little to see. They had a paper making workshop, but the fee wasn't part of our budget. So, we chatted with the lady at the information counter for a bit before heading for Hellyers Road Distillery and the Fern Glade Reserve - unless you're packed for a picnic or on a mission to find platypuses, the Fern Glad Reserve is a pretty boring walk. After that, we continued on to Launceston. We stumbled upon the House of Anvers sign along the way and decided to swing by. I had the Anvers chocolate ice-cream, which was awesome, and we bought a few chocolate bars too. Since it was also along the way to Launceston, we made a stop at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm... again. Did I say you must give this place a visit? Well, you must. I don't want to overhype it, but you know, just go check it out.

Mr Peacock saw us coming and showed off.
Day 10: Launceston is a much less crowded city than Hobart, so for this day and the following day, we went around by foot. In the morning, we visited the Cataract Gorge. We started with the Cataract Walk, took some pictures at the first basin, hiked to Sentinel Lookout, before returning to King's Bridge via the Zig Zag Walk (fun fact: I did all the hikes in a skirt. Oh how inappropriately dressed I was). After all the hiking, we walked some more to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery then to the Queen Victoria Museum. Both of these places were awesome. The art gallery was great and the museum had dinosaur skeletons! On the way home after a day of exploring Launceston (which is full of old architecture), we dropped by Cataract on Paterson for dinner - fancy pancy dinner.

Day 11: It was going home day, but going home started at 3pm. So for the first half of the day, we headed to City Park to watch the monkeys for a good 5 minutes, and play some chess. We checked out a few minutes before 3pm where the arduous traveling hours began. 

Wow... so you've read this far! Told you it'll be a long post. Moving on...

Did the budget work?

Yes, it did. In fact, we had so much excess that we didn't care about budgeting our meals in Launceston. We ate like money wasn't an issue. We even brought back around AUD120, which we used for a Mother's Day meal at Morganfield's. If we actually continued to budget our meals, we'd have way more.

Do note that we only ate out for lunch on most days of the trip. We mostly had dinner at home with all the food our Airbnb hosts (especially the one in Hobart) had in the cabinets. Breakfast was also provided for in Hobart and Launceston. 

How was the lodging?

Hobart: This house had a lot of food. There were loafs of bread, croissants, apples, bananas, tomatoes, ham, bacon, trilogy cheese, chocolate treats, wine, and even rice. The space itself wasn't huge, having the hall converted into another bedroom (since there were four of us), but the view was awesome. Highly recommended. 

Scamander: The worst night of my trip was in Scamander. The heater wasn't emitting enough heat, one of the windows only had mosquito netting and nothing else to shut the cold air out, and the walls weren't thick enough to retain any heat. Scamander isn't even as cold as Hobart and I was chattering under the blanket. No food was provided either. This is the perfect example of 'you get what you pay'. Thank God it was only for one night.

Our cosy cabin in the woods.
Cradle Mountain: A lovely cabin in the woods. Honestly, I underestimated this place. Despite the fact that it was just one big room, it was a cosy little home in the heart of nature. The toilet was huge too! And there was a small fire place for when it got too chilly. 

Launceston: I thought it was going to be dodgy. After seeing the pictures and the cost of this hosting, I thought it would be the worst stay. Oh how I was terribly wrong. Those pictures don't do this place justice. And for the price we paid, it was a great find. The home was spacious and comfy. It was also a short walk to King's Bridge, so we didn't have to drive anywhere. On top of that, the host was super friendly and she even helped make a reservation for us at Cataract on Paterson. Highly, highly recommended.

Did I do any shopping?

If you consider grocery shopping as shopping, then plenty. But if we're talking about stuff I brought home, I did do some. We bought a couple of treats at Salamanca Market, bought chocolate at House of Anvers, Tim Tams from Woolworths, Lindt from Coles, jam from Eureka Farm, and whiskey and vodka from Hellyers Road Distillery. Yea, shopping was alright.

One of the many family pictures of the trip. This was taken at Salamanca Market.

To sum it up...

It was a good trip in the land of friendly people and great customer service. And aside from the pricey cost of food, the cold weather was a perfect escape for when Malaysia was scorching hot. Oddly enough, I don't miss Tasmania as much as I did Japan. Perhaps it had something to do with the tedious customs. But will I go back? Maybe. If my mum ever retires there (which she dreams to), I'll go back for sure.

Next stop, Taiwan!

Check out my other posts on Tasmania:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Tassy 2016 Budget

Firstly, let me just say that the budget for Tasmania is a little higher than Japan. The biggest reason as to why is the airfare. It isn't cheap to fly to Australia as it is to Japan, despite booking the flights 6 months in advance. However, just like Japan, I have an inkling we will have a surplus of cash in-hand at the end of the trip.

Here's the budget - as comprehensive as it can be:

11 Days, 10 Nights in Tasmania
*Do note that the ringgit varies with the currency rate.

Visa: RM36 (SGD 12.95)

Airfare: RM 1669
KL to Melbourne (return): RM 1130
Melbourne to Hobart: RM 240
Launceston to Melbourne: RM 299

Transportation: *RM 541
Car rental (Hyundai Tucson): RM 391
Petrol: RM 150

Entry Fees/ Activities: *RM 400
Port Arthur: AUD 37 (RM 115*)
Mt. Wellington Cycle: AUD 75 (RM 232)
Holiday Park Pass (AUD 60 per car): AUD 15 per pax (RM 50*)

Accommodation: RM 1367.50
Hobart: RM 614.70 (5 nights)
Scamander: RM 116.78 (1 night)
Cradle Mountan Highlanders: RM 394.50 (2 nights)
Launceston: RM 241.52 (2 nights)

Food & Miscellaneous: **RM 1575
**At time of cash conversion: RM 3.09 = AUD 1 (considered high)

Estimated Total Per Person: RM 5,588.50

In comparison with the Japan trip budget, we spent less on the entry fees which made up for the pricey airfare. Because we're trying to keep the budget to RM5K (which we did go over in fear of not having enough food money), we opted out on some of the other activities as well. Still, most of the outdoor sights are free anyway.

When I return, I'll follow up on the budget in the trip summary. Only there, can I confirm if we had a surplus. 

Check out my other posts on Tasmania:

Post-trip post:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Airbnb Again! This time, Tasmania.

I'm a big fan of Airbnb. Since my last experience with them, I've become an advocate. What's awesomer this time around, is that the homes on Airbnb in Tassy are not only cheap but have a beautiful view too. Don't believe me? Well, check them out below!

*No pictures because you can see them on the listing's page.

Hobart: This one is really pretty. It certainly promises a million dollar view and it comes with free continental breakfast. Plus, there's a bottle of wine upon arrival! So take me there, right now!

Scamander: Roomy, cosy, will do for the night. As per itinerary, we're stopping over after a day's drive.

Cradle Mountain: There were no Airbnb listings in the mountain, so we booked a family cabin at the Cradle Mountain Highlanders for two nights. It's the priciest stay of the lot, but there weren't many options to begin with. Hopefully, for the price we paid, it wouldn't be disappointing.

Launceston: Again, an awesome view. No wine, nor does it look as fancy as the one in Hobart, but it's certainly cheap. Plus, you get furry visitors in the garden at night. And based on some of the reviews, a home-baked cake maybe? We'll see. 

After going through so many listings, I couldn't help but compare them with Japan. Unfortunately, there's no portable wifi offered by any of the hosts in Tasmania. I guess it's not their 'thing'. The hosts will also be there to welcome you, unlike Japan's self check-in method. It's definitely an insight to the way culture plays a role, even on a platform like Airbnb. 

Aside from that, the average cost per night is RM137 (including Cradle Mountain Highlanders). Airbnb lodging average (excluding Cradle Mountain) is RM121.60 per night - a little cheaper than Japan. You ask me why I love Airbnb? Well, here's your answer :)

I'll write a short review for each place once I get back. But till then, I'll try to keep my expectations at moderate levels.

(Curious about Airbnb? Click HERE to sign up and get 20$ off your first Airbnb stay.)

Check out my other posts on Tasmania:

Post-trip post:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Driving Around Tasmania

As promised, for those who are interested, the trip itinerary is below.

It's not as dense as the Japan one, since Tasmania is pretty laid back. We plan on chilling and going with the flow for the 10-ish days. Should you wish to do the same, the itinerary would suit you too :)


Day 1 – Monday & Tuesday
Monday - KL to Melbourne: 10:30pm – 8:30am
Tuesday - Melbourne to Hobart: 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Day 2 – Wednesday
- Tasman National Park 
Address: C344, Eaglehawk Neck
*1 hour 10 minute drive from Hobart.
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Opening hours: 10am to 4pm)
Address: Dunn Place, Hobart
- Maritime Museum of Tasmania  (Opening hours: 9am to 5pm)
Address: Corner Davey & Argyle Streets | Carnegie Building, Hobart.

Day 3 – Thursday
- Port Arthur (Opening hours: 9am to 8pm)
Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
*1 hour 30 minute drive from Hobart.

Day 4 – Friday
- Mount Wellington Cycling Descent (10am tour)
Meet up address: Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre
- Mount Wellington Bushwalking
Address: Pinnacle Rd, Wellington Park.

Day 5 – Saturday
- Salamanca Market (Opening hours: 8am to 3pm)
Address: Salamanca Place, Hobart.
- Battery Point
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden (Opening hours: 8am to 6.30pm)
Address: Queens Domain, Hobart.


Day 6 – Sunday
Drive from Hobart to Scamander via Coastal Road.
- Coles Bay Wineglass Lookout
Address: Freycinet National Park - entrance and visitor reception are after Coles Bay township.
*2 hours 15 minutes drive from Hobart via Coastal Road.
- Eureka Farm (Opening hours: 8:30am to 5pm)
Address: 89 Upper Scamander Rd, Scamander.
*1 hour 40 minutes drive from Coles Bay.


Day 7 – Monday
- Bay of Fire and Binalong Bay
Address: 10 kilometres north of St Helens.
*15 minutes drive from Scamander.
- Pyengana Dairy Company (Opening hours: 9am to 5pm)
Address: St Columbafalls Rd, Pyengana
*50 minutes drive from Binalong Bay
- Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe (Opening hours: 7am to 5pm)
Address: 9 christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town
*2 hour 30 minute drive from Pyengana
**1 hour 20 minute drive to Cradle Mountain from Elizabeth Town


Day 8 – Tuesday
- Dove Lake (2-hour circuit)
- And 3 other shorter trails
Address: St. Clair National Park.


Day 9 – Wednesday
Cradle Mountain to Launceston
*1 hour 40 minute drive to Burnie. 
- Maker’s Workshop (Opening hours: 9am to 5pm)
Address: 2 Bass Highway, Parklands.
- Fern Glade Reserve
*1 hour 40 minute drive from Burnie to Launceston


Day 10 – Thursday
- Cataract Gorge (Opening hours: 8am to 8pm)
Address: Main car park at the First Basin.
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (Opening hours: 10am to 4pm)
Art Gallery Address: Two Wellington Street, near Royal Park.
Museum Address: Two Invermay Road at Inveresk

Day 11 – Friday & Saturday
- City Park
Address: Cimitiere Street & Tamar Street

Friday - Launceston to Melbourne: 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Saturday - Melbourne to KL: 12:45am – 7am

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