Its been almost three weeks since we returned from Taiwan, and documenting this travelogue made me miss Taiwan so much! I am definitely heading back in the near future. Read on to find out what we did in Taiwan!
First of all, I got my pocket wifi before I flew off conveniently from Changi Recommends! Thanks to them, I am well connected to the online world as well as my friends and family back at home.
We got a private car hire via Changi Recommends to the outskirts of Taipei. This tour’s itinerary was like this:
Taipei – Yehliu – Yinyanghai – Golden Waterfall – Jiufen Old Street – Shifen (Recommended activity: Release of Sky Lantern) – Back to Taipei
However, we tweaked the itinerary a little. We arrived at Yeh Liu/Ying Yang Hai after a 1 hour car ride from Taipei but we did not enter the place because the wind was too strong and we were under-dressed. We then headed over to Ping Xi Old Street (we replaced Shifen with PingXi Old Street) where we released the Sky Lantern, because its less commercialized and less crowded, followed by Jiufen Old Street which I enjoyed a lot because there’s lots of food and snacks at the old street. Lastly, we went to the nearby cat village.
Ping Xi was really peaceful and quiet, whereas Jiu Fen Old Street was bustling. It was good change of atmosphere amidst the cold. The peanut ice-cream roll featured above was incredibly delicious, I went back to buy another one after finishing my first one.
I recommend this tour especially if you are travelling in a group because it brings you to the outskirts of Taipei comfortably for just a little more money. The driver will know where to bring you and tell you what to do.
On the way to Hualien, we stopped by Yi Lan because JQ wanted to paraglide. We went to the beach and kept lookout for paragliders. After walking for a while, we finally saw some flown by instructors, to let tourist/people know where they are. We ran to them and took their vehicle up the hill. Unfortunately, JQ did not get to paraglide due to the strong wind. Do note that whether or not you are able to paraglide fully depends on the weather. We went back to the same hill two days later, and this time, JQ got to paraglide. We also learnt that this paragliding place is easily accessible via taxis and it will cost about NTD200-NTD300 from Toucheng Train station.
It cost NTD 1200/SGD 55 to paraglide.
We hired a driver in Hualien to bring us to the Hualien Taroko National Park. It was a 3/4 day tour which consists of lots of walking and nature. I did not really enjoy the walking part but the scenery did made up for it. Our driver was really nice, informative, helpful and friendly. He speaks both english and chinese well. It cost NTD 3000/SGD 140 to hire him and to explore the Taroko National Park in the comfort of a car.
Hualien Tour Guide/Driver’s contact
Name: Tonny Teng
Mobile/Whatsapp: +886916993938 / Line ID <tonny.teng>
Hotel we stayed at in Taipei – Via Hotel Taipei Station
3 reasons why I recommend this hotel
1) The staff are really friendly and helpful
2) There’s unlimited supply of drinks, finger-food, snacks (ice-cream even!) at the pantry.
3) The rooms are clean and cozy, and they have a power plug for 230V appliances which is our hair dryers and hair curlers/straighteners
However, the location of this hotel is right smack in the middle of 3 MRT stations (Taipei Main Station, Xi Men Staion and NTU Hospital Station) which are all about a 5-7 minutes walk away, which can be quite long if you are tired.
Minsu we stayed at in Hualien – Crossing The Rainbow Bridge B&B
The picture above is the picture of this minsu. Take note that this place is not in the heart Hua Lien, but it is just a 10 minutes drive away from the Taroko National park. I enjoyed my stay there because the rooms are cozy and clean. The minsu owners are warm and friendly too! It is a quiet and relaxing place to stay at. Bicycles are provided for us to explore the area.
Yup! That’s all. Sorry for the word vomit, I just wanted to give you guys as much information as I can! I hope this post will be helpful to you guys!
Taiwan, I’ll see you soon.