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: 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: 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: Traveling by High Speed Rail (HSR)

My first bullet train ride was from Osaka to Tokyo 14 years ago and it was one of my most memorable experience from all of my Japan trip. So when I started planning our Taiwan itinerary, I made it a point to include a ride to HSR (High Speed Rail) Taiwan’s version of Japan’s Shinkansen.…

Taiwan: Nihao@Taipei Hostel

Establishment Name: Nihao@Taipei Hostel Type: Accommodation/Budget Hostel Location: Taipei, Taiwan Points of Interest: very near Taipei Main Train Station + Location and price – Intermittent wifi connection Another great location, just a few steps away from exit M3 and/or M7 of Taipei Main Station. Don’t get mistaken, the hostel is located in Cosmos Commercial Building…

Taiwan: Travel Tips

Below are some simple tips that I think will be very useful when you plan to take your next holiday in Taiwan. All of them are based from our personal experiences during our trip between 26 December 2012 to 04 January 2013. I hope they could be helpful in your planing and preparations. Telecommunications: On…

Taiwan 2012: Taipei

Day 7/01 Jan. 2013: Chiayi to Taipei Woke up early to take the free shuttle bus that will take us from Chiayi Train Station to Chiayi HSR Station. The first bus arrives at 6am. Waiting area for free shuttle bus at Chiayi Train Station. It was an hour and a half HSR train ride from…