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.

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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.

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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: