Taiwan 2015: Taipei

Day 7 / 24-Sept-2015 : Jiufen to Taipei Today we will travel back to Taipei and stay for two more nights. We have not prepared any itinerary for this part of our trip so basically we will just hang out around the area of our hostels and buy souvenir items to bring back to Singapore.…

Taiwan 2015: Shifen & Pingxi

Day 6 / 23-Sept-2015 : Shifen & Pingxi Just like Jiufen, Shifen (well known for the Shifen Waterfall)  and Pingxi (very popular for sky lantern festival) is a populary day-tour destination from Taipei. The other reason why we decide to stay for 2 nights in Jiufen is to visit these two towns.    Our homestay…

Taiwan 2015: Jiufen

Day 5 / 22-Sept-2015 : Travel from Alishan to Jiufen via Taipei Today we are leaving Alishan with a slight heavy heart, like I said earlier, we initially plan yo stay for 5D/4N but changed last minute to 4D/3N. The last 4 days in Alishan (particularly at Lauya Homestay) was one of our (if not…

Taiwan 2015: Alishan

Day 3 / 20-Sept-2015 : Watch Sunrise at Alishan Today we have to wake up super early so we can be at Alishan Station by 4am to catch the sunrise at the top of Alishan National Scenic Area . The owner of our homestay, The owner, we call her “Lǎo bǎn niáng” or literally means…

Taiwan 2015: Taoyuan to Alishan

This is our second trip to Taiwan in three years, despite having a considerable “long trip”  during our first one (due to work, i consider any trip with more than 5 days a “long” trip already), I felt like there is still so much too see in Taiwan.  (To check our 2012 Taiwan trip please…

Taiwan: ECFA Hotel Kunming in Taipei

There are quite a handful of ECFA hotels around Taipei, particularly in Ximending area. ECFA Hotel Kunming is a 5 to 10 minute walk (along Chengdu Road) from Ximen Station (Take the exit to “The Red House”).   The hostel occupies the whole 10th floor of a commercial/residential building on the corner of Chengdu Road…

Taiwan: Alishan Lauya Homestay

It is fair to say that this place is a little heaven in this sleepy town of Alishan. We initially booked 4 nights but change our mind a few weeks before our departure and decided to stay for only 3 nights, a decision we regretted later on.       The place is surrounded with…