bookmark_borderTaiwan 2016 – Revisited

2 months back, I was in Taiwan for holidays. Though it was shorter compared to my previous one back in 2008, this trip was enjoyable. Instead of covering the entire island, this trip’s route was between north, east and south with some places were new to me.

So… instead of writing lengthy, multiple posts, I guess I will just put up the itinerary because I am lazy to save some time:

Day 1
– Arrived Taoyuan International Airport.
– Bought prepaid card for connectivity.
– Took a bus to Taoyuan High Speed Rail (HSR) Station and boarded a train to Taichung.
– Arrived at Taichung late at night and checked into a hotel nearby.

Day 2
– Woke up early and checked out of hotel.
– Boarded a bus which brought us directly to Cingjing.
– Reached Cingjing at around 12PM.
– Dropped our luggages at the hotel reception and begun our walkabout at the well known farm.

Day 3
– Woke up early and checked out of hotel.
– Boarded a bus which brought us back to Taichung.
– Dropped our luggages at the hotel reception.
– Food binging ensued.
– Bought the famous pineapple tarts.
– Boarded local buses to Gaomei Wetland.
– Sightseeing till sun set.
– Took a taxi to Fengjia Night Market for another round of food binging and some shopping.

Day 4
– Woke up early and checked out of hotel.
– Took a train to Chiayi.
– Took a bus to up to Alishan.
– Checked in hotel and then started walking around the national park.

Day 5
– Woke up extremely early.
– Boarded a chartered van to bring us for sun rise viewing at Yushan National Park.
– Enjoyed the scenery.
– Boarded a chartered van to bring us to Chiayi HSR station and boarded a train to Kaohsiung.
– Reached Kaohsiung and checked into hotel.
– Food binging and sightseeing for the rest of the day.

Day 6
– Woke up early and checked out of hotel.
– Boarded a MPV to bring us to Kenting.
– Arrived at Kenting late morning.
– Dropped our luggages while waiting for our day tour driver.
– Sightseeing until dusk.
– Seafood dinner at fishing village.
– Food binging at Kenting night street market.

Day 7
– Woke up early and checked out of hotel.
– Boarded a chartered taxi to bring us back to Kaohsiung HSR station.
– Boarded a train to bring us directly to Taipei.
– Reached Taipei around afternoon.
– Checked in hotel and headed back out for sightseeing.

Day 8
– Took MRT to Taipei Main Station.
– Boarded a train to Ruifang.
– Decided to proceed to Shifen since it was raining heavily.
– Decided to proceed to Pingxi because it was pouring in Shifen.
– Walked around and ate lunch before heading back to Ruifang.
– Took a taxi to Jiufen because the rain has stopped.
– Walked along the famous alley while food binging and souvenir shopping.
– Took a taxi back down to Ruifang.
– Took a train back to Taipei.
– Drinks at a bar instead of walking at Xinmending.

Day 9
– Started the day slow because I was having fever.
– Nonetheless, food hunting!
– … and sightseeing, of course.
– Went to Taipei 101.
– Went for hot spring.
– … food hunting continued.

Day 10
– Bought a couple more souvenirs and pineapple tarts along the way.
– Food hunting continued.
– Strolled along Xinmending.
– Back to hotel for the usual inventory management activity a.k.a. packing luggages.

Day 11
– Flight back to Kuala Lumpur via EVA Air.

Do check out my Instagram for photos of this trip.

bookmark_borderIn Taiwan – Day 14

It was our third day in Ximending. Getting bored and and tired, we decided to take our own sweet time. We woke up quite late in the morning till the point we skipped our breakfast which was provided by the hotel. At about 11am, we left the hotel and headed to the nearest noodle shop to grab our breakfast.

Green Noodles

Dry Green Noodles

The choice of the shop that we picked was rather a bad one. The noodles weren’t as tasty as those we ate throughout our stay in Taiwan. Somehow, the colour of the noodles didn’t look appetizing at all. Besides, the soup was just bland. I didn’t finish mine so as my friends. The only thing that I ate without complaining was the meat dumpling.


After our meal, we went back to our hotel room while deciding what to do for the rest of the day. One of the options (and we picked it) was to pamper ourselves with a visit to the hot spring. There were plenty of locations which offer these facilities and one of them was Xinbeitou. Apart from its easily access location, Xinbeitou is pretty famous for its hot spring.

Xinbeitou Train Station

Without bring out our cameras, we left the hotel at about 4.45pm. It took us quite awhile to reach to Xinbeitou as it was a little far out from Ximending. Do note that at 5pm, the clouds were a little dark already as opposed to what you normally see in Malaysia.

Xinbeitou City

As usual, we referred to the guidebook for its recommendation and best deals.  It took us quite a while to decide before we made up our decision on which to go for. We spent close to 2.5 hours in Xinbeitou before we left for Ximending for dinner. At that point, we were deciding whether we should go back to Shilin Night Market or to some restaurant near to our hotel.

Modern Toilet

And that was our choice. I guess we had enough of night market food. The restaurant was unique as they had this toilet theme. If you google them, you will know how ‘unique’ they are. Unfortunately, they only served dessert as they ran out of stock. Depressed (well… not really), we picked TGIF as our food source.


During our visit, it was Halloween period. The staffs dressed in famous characters and one of the most significant character was The Joker (from The Dark Knight movie). The atmosphere was great compared to the ones in Malaysia as the staffs were cheerful.


I have forgotten the name of my meal but I ordered a burger. It was probably the most delicious non-Taiwanese meal I ever had. Hehe. I ordered a starter too which was……


We didn’t had the chance to enjoy our dessert as we were rushing to catch a movie; Tropic Thunder. Well, we picked the right movie as it was uncensored. Fuck Vulgar words and brutality were all intact in the movie, unlike the one in Malaysia. That shows how lenient the government were. We called it a day after movie, which ended at midnight.

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