5 D 4 N to Phuket Island Itinerary 2018

Hello! Good day everyone! Here is my post on Itinerary for Phuket 2018.

We have chosen this hotel, Tiger Complex Hotel which is located @ Patong area. So we took Jet star flight, morning flight 7am, and we depart about 11 plus. 

Day 1: Randomly Walking around Patong area

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So once we reach the hotel we went to get some necessities at Big C which is at Juncelyon mall. We decide to just buy it here so we don’t have to bring our own. But if you want to bring of course can get those travel pack.

Apparently, there is nothing much to shop here, there is some night market around the area which is the Bangala street. Just beside or behind the juncelyon. There is two mall here, one is the Phuket mall and juncelyon mall. Phuket mall is like Robinson and the things there is quite pricey. Is like Orchard Road in Singapore.

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After our short shopping, we went to Patong Beach which is just in front of Bangla street.

We decided to just walk towards to freedom Beach but we stop halfway and see the sun was going down soon so we took a cab back down to Patong.

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We get to see the nice view from the top while walking up the sloppy slop. We recommend if you want to go Freedom beach, need to took a cab there, cause there’s no way you can walk there. Is way too far.  Cos is too scary to walk up even we follow the map along the way. So when we got a cab, the driver was nice enough to tell us that the beaches were closed at 5pm or 6pm can’t really remember but is about this time. So we are so lucky! That we stop and go back down 😂. Thanks to the driver.

The driver was asking whether we need to book a taxi the next day activity. We told him where we going and he gave us a reasonable price, 1600 baht for four pax from our hotel to Vanich farm than go to Old Phuket Town then Central festive mall and Chiliva night market then back to the hotel. So 1 person is about 400bhat. 

So we are back at our hotel, after a long day we are hungry and we ate the seafood stall just opposite our hotel. Is at Bazzan Market. The food there was not as bad, still acceptable. Cost about 200baht for 5 dishes, they also have Zi char style. We order a morning glory which is Kang gong, pork minced and a Tom Yum soup for sure!

After that, we went for a short shopping and exploring at some night market.

Day 2 – Snorkelling at Phi Phi Island package

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For this package, we have a bus to send us to the Pier and gather with the instructor first and brief us on the tour.

So we are heading to 4 Island, PhiPhi Don, Khai Nok, Phi Phi Lay, Khai Nui. All this 4 location is in the package. As I mentioned in my previous post.

We will be going to Khai Nui Island for first snorkelling, last for 40 mins. I would say if you don’t really know how to swim, please don’t try this. Because is a very deep sea area. Of cause, they will provide you safety vest and snorkelling equipment.

Then heading to Phi Phi Lay and sightseeing Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Cove, Viking cave. 

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Phi Phi Island really has a lot of nice sight viewing. Especially the sea.. feel the nice air and beautiful scenery away from stress at work. Such a nice and best way to relieve stress and holidays.

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After long swimming, heading for lunch. They will prepare a meal for you @12pm -1pm. @Phi Phi Don After the first snorkelling, you will get very hungry and the food is really delicious. So satisfying. They will have Halal food too, so not to worry without food. 🙂 The place is like a canteen. Feel like a school camp old days. Ha Ha!

Next, we visit Monkey bay and then depart at Khai Nor Island at the last station.

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Snorkelling @ Khai nor Island 

This is the second snorkelling location, this one is better, cause it not in the deep at all. And I get to see fishes around the sea.

Beautiful clear water and nice scenery. Remember to take some shot if you went there.

And, that’s the end of our tour at PhiPhi Island. Take about 1-day duration. So, if you decide to go for the tour, plan out 1 day for this package.

Before we went for dinner we head for a 30mins leg massage just beside the Bazzan Market. 200baht for 30 minutes leg massage. Reasonable enough to try out and I can say it’s not bad. (sorry I missed out taking a photo of the shop. But you can see around the street area there is a few shops and also the same price.

Day 3 – Vanich Farm->Old Phuket Town ->Central Festival Mall -> Chiliva Night Market

We went to Vanich farm from 11am. The driver was here to pick us up. We have a great experience there! And I can see it’s worth to go. So we reach there about 12-1 plus. And it was a sunny day! Cause we thought it will rain according to the weather but surprisingly it’s not raining.

Once we reach there the person in charge explain to us everything, like the package and all. So apparently they have 2 packages, one is cheaper and the other one is 1300baht for 1 per pax. It depends on you which one you want, as for an experience to become a real farmer for one day. It was fun to learn things from the professional farmer who works here since he was young. They are all very nice people there especially when they guide you along the way to make sure you don’t get injured.

Do check out my another post on Vanich farm Day tour if you would like you would like to know more.

After a whole day of the tour at the farm, we went to Old Phuket Town, from Vanich farm took us about 1/2 an hour to reach there. We went there and took our lunch and it’s started to rain so we turn back to next station cause we guess there is nothing much there to shop. We did buy some T-Shirt with cute dog and cat printed designs that attract us and its just 120baht. We are so animal lover! Ha Ha! The things there seems to be cheap, we get guys boxer 2 for 100baht. Not bad at least is something that we wanted cause we didn’t bring many clothes. So we shop awhile and went to Central Festival Mall and then again is nothing to shop there cause the mall is like our Orchard Road, selling expensive things. Food most probably will have something that you can try!

And lastly, is the Chiliva Night Market. The night market is quite small and again they have more food than things to shop for. Basically, there is nothing much either. I did buy some earrings with very cheap price about 25baht if I not wrong. My friend tried their seafood there, quite nice and tasty. Most important is fresh.

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After a long day, heading back to the hotel and rest, dinner and for some short shopping at Bangla Street. And we went for a massage again but this time we tried the one inside Juncelyon mall basement. We choose the Aromatherapy for full body. There is 2 type, one is hot and one is normal. With aroma oil. I chose the Rose one which is quite nice. And it’s only 400-500baht for 1 hour.

Their service was quite good. Recommend to try! After the massage, they will give you a free balm just small bottle to apply for yourself. Not sure what’s is that for but I will just keep it. They also serve you with hot tea after the Massage to keep you warm after a cold air-con room.

Day 4

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Freedom Beach

We finally at freedom beach on the last day of our trip. Goanna enjoy the beaches and nice view!

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The sea water is really clear here, and one thing that is very annoying is, when you walk along the beach always have those promoters to keep asking you want to join activities. Well if you are interested, go ahead and bargain for a reasonable price. They have quite a lot of activities out there. Like Water Ski, Parachute and many others. 

We actually take a walking distance from Karon Beach to Freedom Beach. While walking we taking nice photos and have a rest at a small cafe. We have some ice cream and take a short break from there and start walking and chatting along

So today we just went to Karon Beach and relax. We took a cab to Karon Beach about 300baht for 4 pax. I guess that’s the cheapest price. 

And we took another cab back to the hotel and have our dinner then head some shopping and back to the hotel and rest and call it a day.

Day at Patong

I can say at Patong have nothing much to shop too cause all the stall seems to sell the same thing. And worst is they will keep expecting you to buy at the price they are given and when we reject it, they keep bargain with you which is dam irritating.

Their night market is almost selling the same thing just that different price. Have to be very careful when you head to Bangala Street for a walk. At Night will have some clubbing happening, those people who work there will keep asking you wanna have a drink or see ladyboy. 

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The food here was not bad, we have tried one of their hawker food. The place looks like hawker so we went and see what they have here.

We order a fish and chips, Chicken Basil rice, Tom Yum Bee Hoon and Omelette oyster. The food here are quite cheap. They use card to top up and make payment . So we top up 50 baht for 2 people. Drinks and food.

The weather at Phuket is really very hot and sunny, but luckily the last 2 days was raining and it’s quite cooling. Remember to wear sunblock too!

This is my another successful trip, I would say I love the beaches and the scenery and I hope I will have the chance to come back again for the beaches!

Hope you like my sharing! If you want to ask any questions, feel free to leave me comments 🙂

HAPPY READING! 🙂

 

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Phuket Trip – Best Sims Card Deal and Activity Package

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Phuket Trip – Best Sims Card Deal and Activity Package

We are finally here in Phuket for 5 days trip!

So we arrived at the airport around 9am in the morning, we try to avoid crowded so once we drop down we went to the check in counter . I guess there are some issues after landing off, they provide a bus to send us to the entrance of the airport.

After check in, once you come out can see a few stores, for phone Sim, water activities package etc. They even have car rental service and many others. At first we decide to ask at the street area for the water activities but it’s make sense when they explain the package to us. We bought a package that we wanted for snorkelling and Island hoping.

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So we get the package at 1600baht for 4 person. This price include taxi to our hotel from the airport if we bought on the arrival day. We feel the price make sense to us so we bought it on the spot. The reason we choose this is because we feel it makes sense and they have a clear English explanation, so it’s easy for us to understand. The package comes with 4 Island Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Lay,  Khai Nok,  Khai Nui. Sightseeing Lo samah Bay, Pileh Cove and Viking Cave. Will be taking with speedboat that occupied with 35-40 people depending on the boat engine.

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As for the Sims card we bought at AIS , is same company as SingTel and maxis. That’s what the person told us. At 99 baht with unlimited data and is 4G for 5 days. Which is quite worth ! If it’s sound good to you, just get from AIS . They have other package price too! They also will help you setup the Sim for you !

Somehow, we feel it’s really worth the price to arrive from the airport to our hotel, Tiger hotel. Which is at Patong. Patong is up the hill and down the hill from the other side.

So our plan was doing water activities, some shopping and beaches!

Check out my itinerary on my next post!

HAPPY HOLIDAY !

Travel: 5 Days 4 Nights To Phuket -Planning on the Right Season to go

Hello!! We are planning to Phuket on this Sep 18! for 5 days 4 night short trip.

I’m so excited to go overseas on holiday! Even is just a short holiday, most important is feel relaxed and enjoyed it. This time round I’m going with another friend, total of 2 couples. It’s our first time flying overseas together so we are really excited.

I have been to total of 4 trip, Vietnam, Ho Chin Min was my very first trip and it was with my dad on a short holiday! That was my first time taking a flight. It was a fun trip after all!

Second, I’ve been to Bali, Taiwan, Bangkok and now Phuket! I guess everybody will have some nonsense happening when going overseas, like typhoon, flight cancel, flight delay and etc. Since my past 4 trips, all have been distracted by flight delay, but I can say it’s still a wonderful trip. But to be mentally prepared before things happen. If it’s happens, the feeling is like … Speechless. disappointed.

Check the Weather Season

So, this time round we try to be very careful. But still.. there is one thing cock up. Which is the weather in Phuket. We didn’t know that September is raining season.. So we probably can’t do any sports activities which we plan to do. We still hope the rain is as bad.. Please do check the weather season first before you decide which month to go. Not only Phuket, other countries too.

 Plan your Itinerary

So, According to what we just know about the weather, plan seems to change. Be prepared that is goanna rain there. And also prepare backup if it does rain. We are mentally prepared for it..

But sometimes the weather forecast can be just a raft information. It’s really depends. Might be lucky though.

Put your priority first for the things you want to do. I suggest you plan a backup plan.

Eg. What if it’s rain? What are you going to do.

If it’s not raining , just move on your plan. Plan the transport, time of travel. This few things are important. So that you won’t missed out anything and get to do what you want to do.

Well, most important is plan your trip well and you are good to go!

Happy Holiday!

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Get to Jiu Fen Shi Fen Sky Lanterns

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Ruifang Station, 瑞芳火车站

It’s quite confuse to get to Jiu Fen, Shi Fen. Might get lost if you are first time here.

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There are some information board that you can refer for your reference in case get lost in the area. 🙂 — See below on how to get there.

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Jiu Fen, 九份

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Jiufen is a very popular place for most of the tourist. “Spirited away” attraction and till now it’s stays the same. Food like 铜鍩烧 can be found here. Btw, is a Ice cream! Come with different flavours too (NTD$35/each)

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While walking further, spot a shop sells Cat printed products. Like Tee Shirt, clothes, Bags, accessories and some small cats souvenirs. Might want to bring some adorable figuring home!

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Cats wondering around the shops welcoming customers! Guess who is in charge of the shop? Is Cat captain, Le Le (乐乐) 🙂

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We found a Totoro shop sells ocarina musical instruments. When I first heard the music I fall in love with it. I might learn it if I have the chance to. 😀

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When you walk up the stairs to the top, can get to see the very nice view of Taiwan! Love the nice view up here, Taiwan is one of the best scenery view I first seen.

Shi Fen, 十份

We took a cab here, we met a taxi driver gave us a package from Jiu Fen to Shi Fen, then head to Cat Village and the Shi Fen Waterfall and back to Taipei Straight to our hotel. Cost us about NTD$1100. Slightly expensive.

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You can let the driver know which are the places that you want to go and they can give the price slightly cheaper. If you want to skip certain places, can let them know too.

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The chart shows different colours, different meaning. 1 colours and 4 colours.

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Here we are to send wishes sky lanterns!

Have a short walk and feel the beautiful breeze at the 20 metre tall Shifen Waterfall (十分大瀑布). 20 minutes away, towards the train platform.

Depends on which place you want to go, some people might take the whole day to explore Jiufen. Shifen + Shifen Waterfall might take about half day (It’s depends). You can choose to go Jiufen first or Shifen, it’s up to you :). To us we went to Jiufen first, cause we took a bus from Ruifang to Jiufen.

Tips: Have to take the TRA from Taipei Main Station to Ruifang Station FIRST.

How To Get There:

Get To Ruifang station, Bus to Jiufen: (This route is to go Jiufen)

From Taipei Main Station (台北車站), take the train north to Ruifang Station. After exiting the station and facing the Welcome supermarket, take a left and walk 200 metres down Mingdeng Road.

Next to the police station is a bus station (named Local Residents Plaza, 區民廣場) with routes 827 and 788 heading toward Jiufen. Please note that the bus stop next to the police station heads east toward Jiufen, and the bus stop across from the police station heads west toward Taipei. Route 825 provides weekend service only. From here, the bus trip takes roughly 15 minutes, and the fare is NT$15.

Train to Shifen 十分火車站 : (This route is to go Shifen)

1. Take the train (TRA) to Ruifang Station (瑞芳站) at the Taipei Main Station. – follow the underground signs to get to TRA Train.

2. Alight at Ruifang Station and buy tickets for the Pingxi Line (平溪支線). Take the train to Shifen Railway Station (十分火車站). Rides are unlimited on the Pingxi Line.

3. Taking a Taxi from Ruifang Station: You can save some time by taking the train to Ruifang Station, and take a taxi there. The prices are regulated by the authorities and clearly indicated, so the taxi drivers cannot overcharge. Save even more by sharing a taxi with other travellers going the same way.

A shuttle bus service is available to Jiufen then on to Shifen Old Streets (十分老街) from Taipei City at Ximen (西門町), leaving in the morning and returning before dinner.

 

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(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Taipei 101 Tower + Din Tai Fung

Taipei 101

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Taipei 101 is the world’s tallest building in Taipei. The building have a very nice view. Is a shopping mall that have branded shops, like Louis Vuitton, Chanel etc. You can see the city of taipei when you head up to the tallest floor. It will be beautiful if you get a chance to visit at night, cause you can see the night view city lights.

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You have to get a ticket from the counter (I don’t remember which floor was it, but the counter is like information counter). Should be easy to see it inside the Mall. When you are ready to go in, there will be a person to guide a group of people to head up. Just Q and follow them!

Din Tai Fung @ Taipei 101

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We always order the fried rice with normal rice cooked, this time we try the different fried rice which is cook with the 糯米. (We still prefer the normal wan though) n.n

We become the regular customer for Din Tai Fung. 😀

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This is one of our favourite and we decide to try the Taiwan outlet. Apparently, this is actually the main and original Din Tai Fung outlet in Taipei. Highly recommend to try!

 

(Taiwan) How to Travel From Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City

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Taiwan is a Chinese Culture Place, which have a lot to shop and eat! But most is eat. There is a lot of popular food to eat and I bet you won’t want to miss it.

The best shopping is their Night Market, which have a lot of cheaper clothing and others stuff too! Definitely hunt for something back home!

If you want to have relaxing and enjoying moment, Taipei is one of the best place to go and experience things that you never get to see as a memories.

Well, let’s get going!

How to get there!

We took Jetstar Airline, arrived to Taipei Taoyuan Airport. Departure Time 7am in the morning, and reach Taoyuan Airport about 12-1plus est.

To Taipei Main Station

After check out is done, you need to get ticket to go to Taipei Main Station. That’s

where the City area of Taipei. Head to the Bus Counter located at the basement (not sure is it call basement, but there is a few counters under different bus company.

We took a bus rout map to see which is the fastest and cheaper price. They have brochure available at the counter or I can suggest you ask from the information counter before you get on any rides. (Sorry I miss out taken a picture of the station.)

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Get the ticket from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station. Its cost 125 NTD for each person. Which is about $5.64 sgd.

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You can check with the bus person, they will guide or tell you which Q to Q. They have sign for the bus, you can just refer to it or just ask the person.

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This is the outside view of Taipei Main Station.

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When you walk in you will see this. This is the ticket collection counter and machine to buy tickets.

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There is a information counter here, is easy to find. If you have anything can just ask the counter.

Metro Station (MRT STATION)

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Look for this sign to the “Metro Station”. Which is their MRT Station.

Take the escalator down, you can look for the ticket counter to get the tickets.

How to get Tickets

Have 2 ways to get the rides.

By Easy Card Rides

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For us, we brought their MRT card, which is call the Easy card. In Chinese I not very sure how to say, it shown in the picture above 🙂

This is for long term travel card. You can use to take their MRT to any station.

They also provide a guide on how to use the card and top up etc.

Not to worry cause they also have English translate too!

You can keep the card too!

By Token (Single Ride)

Is up to you if you want to get the card or the token.

For the token is for single rides. Is easy to use too!

You can get the token from the machine, not to worry, cause is in English.

purchase the token, scan when you go in and deposit the token in the coin slot when you arrive at your destination.

Now you have reach Taipei City ! It’s time to enjoy ! Happy trip ! 

 

 

 

 

 

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay in Taipei – Ximending (Reviews)

Tomorrow Hotel, 明日大饭店

We’ve book the hotel at XMD area, is call Tomorrow Hotel. Is located right at XMD. The MRT station is XiMen station.

We get the cheapest hotel stay and their service not bad too.

We wanted to get a room with bathtub, and surprisingly they have for this hotel. Is just what we needed.

The reason why we choose this hotel is because is near XiMenDing Night Market! We want to enjoy to the fullest! Ha-ha! Is very convenient, you can just shop until full bags and back to hotel then head down again for some nice supper or something 🙂

Service Rate

The service wise not bad, the staff there are all friendly and helpful, maybe some due to busy they will not really answer your questions but they will still give you clear information. They will guide you to your room and we actually reach earlier so we request the hotel to keep our luggage for us until the room is ready for check in. So we went for a walk and get those daily use stuff from nearby shops.

You don’t have to worry about food or things to buy for daily used stuff, they have a lot of shops around. Like guardians, Watson, and downstairs is just XiMenDing Shopping District. So I highly recommend this area to stay.

We very satisfied with the room, is very clean and is just a simple small room and bathroom perfect for 2 of us. 👍

Hotel : Tomorrow Hotel , 明日大饭店

Location : No. 23, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Westgate Hotel,

This is another recommended hotel also located at XiMenDing. The location was very close to Ah Zhong Mian Xian and XiMenJie.


This is 5 Star Hotel in Taipei. The view of the hotel is very nice and big. The room was clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Service Rate

As for the service is excellent, toilets are all very clean. They also have an extensive range of choices for breakfast which is super great. Also have a laundry room for you to wash your laundry with detergent provided at no extra charge. For the price wise will be slightly pricey as is a 5 star. One night will be around $191. Do check out for the website for information :).

Hotel : Westgate Hotel,  永安棧

Address: No. 150, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

(TAIWAN) 4 Night Market In Taipei You Must Go!

Shilin Night Market, 士林夜市

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Shilin Night Market, is one of the largest, most popular night market in Taiwan. Most popular Night life, night market among visitors. Can be bought with a reasonable price from the friendly local seller, like clothes, shoes, accessories etc. Most of the traditional food, such as Giant Fried Chicken Steak, Tempura, Bubble Tea, Oyster Vermicelli Oyster Omelette, Fried Buns and of course, the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.

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Fruits and 冰糖葫芦! Most popular street food one-stop destination from Taiwan’s Xiao chi snacks.

Getting There:

By MRT : Take the RED line, Alight at JianTan Station NOT Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally cross the street to the left and walk down Jihe Road. The entrance to the food court will be on the right.

WuFenPu, 五分付

WuFenPu is one of the wholesale with cheapest clothes, accessories etc. Most of it are lady dress up, it’s the cheapest shopping district. Can hunt for Taiwan trends here. Have less crowded. You can come her hunt for local fashion clothes!

Getting There:

By MRT : Take MRT to Songshan Station (松山), Green Line. leave from Exit 3, walk straight all the way until you see Songlong Road. The shopping complex is located within the maze of alleys and lanes to your front and left. Wufenpu is also reachable from Houshanpi (後山埤) on Blue Line

By Train: From Taipei Main Station, take any local train northbound (區間車) to Songshan Station (松山).

Raohe Night Market, 饒河街觀光夜市

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RaoHe Night Market is one of the oldest night market in Taipei. Is also one of the night market is a must to visit. 600 metre path along Raohe street in Songshan District. Also can be found a lot of nice foods and snacks, quaint shops and stalls, and carnival games with prizes. Shops that sell adorable stuff like plush, clothes, babies clothes too!

Getting There:

By MRT: Take the Green Line to the terminal station Songshan (松山), exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple.

By Train : From Taipei Main Station, take any local train northbound (區間車) to Songshan Station (松山), then locate MRT exit 5.

XiMengDing, 西门丁街

Ximending is one of the famous shopping district. Taiwan version of “Harujuku” in Taipei. One of the shopping heaven that host a variety of fashion clothing shops, eclectic restaurants, clubs, and bars. This is one of the most popular destination for tourist. Other then shopping, also host streets performance and exhibitions.

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We found the famous “Ah Chung Flour -Rice Noodle” 阿忠面线 😄 Highly recommended to try! Also can be found at other places too.

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While walking we happen to see this! Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream! Guess what! I fall in love with it 😍! This want is a MUST to try! 😏

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‘Ah Mao’ 阿毛café is the first café that we’ve went to. Dog that welcome customers. With open space mini café, cosy café designs too!

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Normal Ice Milk Tea 🙂

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Cream of mushroom soup 😍 . Taste not bad!

Wanted to try this café since I first saw it in Ximending. Finally we get to eat our lunch brunch at this cute golden retriever café. They do have a few outlet around Ximending.

Getting There: 

By MRT: Take Blue Line or Green Line to Ximen Station (西門).

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: How To Get To Taichung City

Taipei To Taichung

Board the high speed train at Taipei Main Station. You will have to take a taxi or public bus to get downtown in Taichung as the HSR station is located in Wurih, 20 minutes out of the city.

 

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We book the early bird ticket price, so it’s cheaper by a bit. Usual is NTD$750, we brought with discount price NTD$700 x 2 trips will be NTD$1400 for Standard seats.

Taipei to Taichung NTD$700

Taichung to Taipei NTD$700

Approx. Travel Time: 50 Minutes

To check the timing and price for the HSR, Can book HSR ticket via online.

 

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay In Cing Jing, Taichung!

Ailiga Villa, Cing Jing (Taichung)

Hello Pals! I would like to share my reviews of this Villa, located in Cing Jing (Taichung).

This is a hotel villa, it’s looks like a terrace house villa. We book a 4 Pax room cause we want to try out and we just thought is our first time here and YOLO for us. So we decide to book a 4 Pax Villa.

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Feel so relax and peace in here, you can feel the nice breeze, mountain scenery and catch the sunset just further up the villa with a open space.

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This is the inside view of the room, also have a small balcony beside the toilet. The Toilet was very clean and we love the room. For just simple one night stay. This is more enough. 2 Storey spacious room.

If you want to watch the sunset in the morning , may inform the counter person. They also have package available if you want for breakfast etc.

This Villa is at the Mountain further up after Cing Jing Green Green Grassland. There is also a small restaurant just beside the Villa.

Ailiga Villa, Cing Jing

Address: 546, Taiwan, Nantou County, Ren’ai Township, 榮光巷9-1-1號