I’ve been hooked on the feeling of international exposure and constantly in search of soul-enriching experiences that exhilarate me. Then Taipei happened. It was a dream come true though I wasn’t really planning on visiting this colorful city anytime soon. So fortunate that there was a GetGo seat sale and I have a Korean visa which got me a visa-free entry to Taiwan. I scheduled it on my birthday week and now I am ticking it off my bucket list. Yahoo!
And so I’ve got exactly 2 months to prepare for this trip. Of course, I’ve done my research. Knowing me? I’m always prepared but not financially this time. HAHA. Need to be as thrifty as possible to pull this one off. Thank goodness that Taipei is relatively cheap and not as expensive as other asian countries.
The original plan was to travel alone but, I ended up dragging a friend with me. Liz has been my travel buddy since last year. We’ve been to Malaysia and South Korea last 2016 and now, we’ve already conquered Taipei two-gether.
We picked an AirBnB as usual. I love the fact that its neighborhood is very local-ish. It was cheap and not fancy but for us, it was just fine since we were out most of the time. Jimmy is a friendly host. He speaks English fluently and very helpful with the entire trip. The location of the AirBnB is perfect. It’s in the outskirt of Taipei so the streets aren’t as crowded and busy. There’s a local bus which offers free ride and can drop you off at MRT Dingxi Station which is the nearest train station.
I tried looking for travel services online and I saw the Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour in Klook. They offer 4-hour pass and a whole day pass for both Blue route and Red route. We took the former for each route since we have other plans and sites that wanted to visit in our own free time. I would highly recommend the double decker bus tour because it saves a lot of time, very convenient, hassle-free, with an english-speaking tour guide, and a free wifi!
Starting point of the trip is at the Taipei Main Station exit M4. So we got ourselves with an Easy Card. It can be used in the MRT Train stations, buses, and even on convenient stores. The card itself is $100 and can be reloaded once purchased.
Since we only took the 4-hour pass, we didn’t have ample time to visit every single stop. That’s why we had to just visit the tourist spots that are a must! Some of it are:
- Chiang Kai-Shek
- Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
- Taipei Main Station
- Taipei 101
- Presidential Office Building
- And the awesome streets of Taipei
We made sure our last stop for the double decker bus is at Taipei 101. This is for us to save time and money going here since we also purchased a ticket for the Taipei 101 Observatory. The view from the 91st floor was magnificent even though it was a bit shady because of the fog.
And of course, we tried local restaurants as well. Need I mention that we had 3 different milktea on our first day! Because duh? We’re in Taiwan. LOL. 😛
And then we made our way to Huaxi Night Market for our last stop. Longshan Temple caught our eyes with its vibrant colors and the people praying/worshiping. Since it was on the way, we made sure to stop by and pay a quick visit.
Day 1 – (04/06/2017 – 04/07/2017)
10:00 PM – 12:10 AM Arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
12:10 AM – 02:00 AM Airport process/immigration
02:00 AM – 03:00 AM Travel time to AirBnB
03:00 AM – 08:30 AM Take a rest
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM Get ready to leave
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM Go to Taipei Main Station and grab breakfast anywhere
11:00 AM – 03:00 PM Double decker bus tour (RED LINE)
- If possible, get dropped off at Stop 7 – Songlian & Songzhi Intersection (Near Taipei 101)
03:00 PM – 03:30 PM Break time
03:30 PM – 05:00 PM Taipei 101 Observatory
- By MRT
Take the MRT to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station or
Take MRT to Taipei City Hall Station and take shuttle bus to Taipei 101.
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM Travel to Huaxi Night Market
- By Bus:
1.Take bus route 1,201,231,233,234,245,245,264,265,310, 38,628,651,703, 705, 907 to Longshan Temple MRT Station Stop(捷運龍山寺站)
2.Take bus route 11,201,205,229,231, 233,234,242,264, 49,527,601,62,624,628,701,702,703, 705 to Longshan Temple Stop(龍山寺站)
- By MRT:
Take MRT to Longshan Temple MRT Station(捷運龍山寺站) directly.
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM Huaxi Night Market and Longshan Temple experience
08:00 PM – 08:30 PM Travel back to AirBnB
09:00 PM – onwards Siesta time
- Purchase tickets ahead of time like what we did. It’ll save you some time plus you may get discounts. Visit Klook for more details.
- Make your itinerary as detailed as possible.
- Download Transit TW in App Store for the MRT Train Station guidance.
- Get an Easy Card as soon as you land. It can be used in MRT, Buses, and convenient stores. Almost everything is one tap away.
- Wear comfy clothes from top to bottom! Taipei also requires a lot of leg work out so I suggest to wear something that won’t make your feet hurt. Rubber shoes, I guess?
- Skip the fancy hotels and book an AirBnb!
- Get ready to have so much fun!