Taiwan Trip Itinerary:6D6N @ Taipei & Yilan, Taiwan

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*LATEST* Taiwan Itinerary Year 2012 – 9 Days around Taipei, Taitung, Green Island, Kaohsiung, Jiufen

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Yes we are back from a 6D6N Taiwan Trip and can’t wait to blog about our itinerary! We flew Malaysia Airlines and of course,we got a very good seat experience for a decent shut eye. Before we knew it, four hours passed and we arrived to Taoyuan International Airport. Here’s our executive summary, more on the details later!

Day 1
Taoyuan International Airport 桃園國際機場 – Taipei Hostel – National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院- Shihlin Night Market 士林夜市

Day 2
Fu Hang Soy Bean @ HuaShan Market 阜杭豆漿 – Taiwan Story Land 台灣故事館Ah Sui Sai Pork’s Trotter 阿水獅豬腳大王 – 688 Beef Noodles 牛爸爸牛肉麵 – 101, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, New York New York – Shida Night Market 師大夜市

Day 3
Yang Ming Shan National Park 陽明山國家公園 - BeiTou (hot spring) 北投 – DanShui Old Street 淡水老街Lover’s Bridge & Fisherman Wharf 情人桥,淡水漁人碼頭 – Xi Men Ding 西門町

Day 4
Pingxi, Jiufen, + North East Coat, + Jinguashi, + KeelungJingTong 菁桐 – PingShi 平溪 – ShiFen 十分 - Jiufen 九份 – Windsor B&B 溫莎堡景觀民宿 – Seafood Dinner near KeeLung 基隆 North East Coast, + Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park + Keelung Miao Kou Night Market

Note: I have included some places of interest from my latest Taiwan Trip into the itinerary with a “+” sign. Pingxi, Jiufen, Jinguashi, Keelung are townships that lie adjacent to each other. It is best to spend 2D1N to cover places of interest like Pingxi + Jiufen + Jinguashi + Keelung Night Market (spend a night in Jiufen). Mode of transportation includes inter-township buses, taxis or chartered car. It is best to charter a car (check with the B&B owner) to avoid complications and to save time, and the view along the way from Jiufen to Jinguashi (North East Coast東北角海岸) is spectacular!

Day 5
LuoDong, Yilan County: Yilan Braised Duck – Lo Dong Night Market 羅東觀光夜市Rothenburg Bed & Breakfast 羅騰堡民宿

Day 6
Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園Wu Fen Pu 五分埔商圈 + Raohe Street Night Market- Tripod King Ma La Steamboat 鼎王麻辣鍋

BONUS! From Taiwan August 2009

Day 1

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Our “hand-made” guide book with maps and all…

Taoyuan International Airport

Transportation Information:

http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/english/transportation/taipei_e.jsp

Things to Do:

1. Redeem Digital Tour Buddy (consist of a hand set, sim card with talk time of NT200 and phone charger). Remember to apply online 7 days before departure.

2. Apply for Youth Travel Card at the tourism passenger service centers or any of the NYC Youth Hub nationwide to enjoy Youth Travel Special Discount.

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Just to see two of the museum’s most treasured objets d’art-Jadeite Cabbage & Meat Shaped Jasper.

National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院

Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM daily

Extended Hours: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM every Saturday (during extended evening hours, free admission)

Getting Here:

Take the Red Line to the Shilin Station. At Exit 1, take bus R30 (Red 30) to the National Palace Museum.

Other routes that will take you to and near the Museum plaza are buses 255, 304, Minibus 18 and Minibus 19.

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Shihlin Night Market士林夜市

 

Getting Here:

Take the Red Line to Jiantan Station. The food court is located directly across the street from the station with the rest of the night market spreading out to the north.

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From Top L to Bottom R:

1. Very Juicy Meat Rolls with Spring Onions NT 10

2. A very popular stall with perpetual queue – Fu Zhou Peppery Sao Bing NT 45

3. Famous Oyster Omelette inside the food court NT 50

4. Must try Ah Sheng’s Big Sausage Wrapped Small Sausage NT 50

5. Trademark of Shihlin Night Market – Big Biscuit Wrapped Small Biscuit NT 30

6. Huge Bubble Milk Tea for only NT 30

DAY 2

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Fu-Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿 (MUST GO!)

2F, Huashan Market Building.

Operating Hours: 530 am to 1030 am daily

Getting Here:

Take the Blue Line to Shandao Temple Station. At exit 5, the Huashan Market Building is on your right.

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A typical Taiwanese breakfast at it’s best – salted soy milk, thick flat bread with deep-fried dough sticks, thin flat bread stuffed with eggs and green onions, shao bing

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Taiwan Story Land 台灣故事館

50, ZhongXiao W.Rd, Sec. 1, B2 (basement of K-Mall)

Operating Hours: 1030am to 11pm daily

 

Getting Here:

Take exit 6/8 from Taipei Main Station and walk to the B2 level of K-Mall (next to ShinKong Tower)

Admission Ticket: NT 280 with NT 150 cash voucher

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Ah Sui Sai King of Pork Trotters 阿水獅豬腳大王

1, Ln 235, Sec 4, Zhong Xiao E. Road, Taipei.

(MRT Zong Xiao Dun Hua station exit 3)

Operating Hours: 10am to 9pm

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Are you rubbing your eyes? Beef Noodles for NT 1000, 3000 & 10000 (RM 111, 333, 1110)?

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688 Beef Noodles 牛爸爸牛肉麵

16, Alley 27, Ln 216, Sec 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Taipei

台北市忠孝東路四段216巷27弄16號

(MRT Zong Xiao Dun Hua station exit 3)

Operating Hours: 11am to 9pm

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101, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, New York New York

 

Getting Here:

Take the Blue Line to the City Hall Station exit 2 and continue by (FREE) shuttle bus to Taipei 101. Hours of operation are 1100-2100, with buses coming every 15 minutes on weekends and every 20 minutes on weekdays.

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From Top L to Bottom R:

1. TangLung braised stuff – our plate costs NT 135

2. Arnold’s Crepe – the best that we have ever had! NT 40

3. Xu Kee Pan Fried Bao – the queue was crazy! NT 7 for one

4. Salted Chicken NT 60 for a quarter chicken – kgboy’s favourite!

* all four stalls are using this digital numbering system (just like the banks). Just press for a number and wait patiently. Trust me, the wait is totally worth while!

Shida Night Market 師大路夜市

 

Getting Here:

Take exit No. 3 of the Taipower Building (台電大樓) MRT Station (Green Line).

DAY 3

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Yang Ming Shan National Park 陽明山國家公園

 

Getting Here:

From exit M1 of Taipei Main Station, take bus 260 to Yang Ming Shan main bus station. From there, get a unlimited bus ride for leisure bus 108 (NT 60)  to go around Yang Ming Shan area.

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Our Japanese Style Hot Spring Villa – NT 200 per person

BeiTou (Hot Spring) 北投

 

Getting Here:

From Yang Ming Shan, take bus 230 to Xin Beitou MRT Station.

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Danshui Old Street 淡水老街

 

Getting Here:

Turn left as you exit the MRT and then turn right along the river to get the DanShui Old Street.

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From Top L to Bottom R:

1. Mister Donut – say good bye to Krispy Kreme. NT 25 – Nt 45 for one

2. NT 10 ice cream that sucks

3. huge barbequed squids NT 50

4. Sing-Ya Dorayaki – very very delicious. NT 35 for one

5. Ah Ma’s sour plum drink that tasted weird

6. DanShui’s A-Gei – delicious! NT 30

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Lover’s Bridge & Fisherman’s Wharf 情人桥,淡水漁人碼頭

 

Getting Here:

Take the Red Line to Danshui station, and then transfer to Bus Red-26, 836, or 837. Alternatively, take a ferry ride from Danshui Ferry Pier to fisherman’s wharf (NT 50, more expensive).

day 3

Ah Zong Mee Sua & Cheng Du Star Fruits Ice/Pineapple Ice

西門町 XiMenDing

 

Getting Here:

Ximending is accessible via exit 6 of Ximen Station (Blue Line)

Day 4

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Riding the humble Pingshi line in northern Taiwan to three deserted mining town in Taiwan – JingTong 菁桐 – PingShi 平溪 – ShiFen 十分 makes a great day trip.

Getting Here:

From Taipei main station, take Taiwan Railway to RueiFang station. From there, buy a one day pass at NT 54 for unlimited rides along Pingshi line. Most people will start from the last station JingTong, before making pit stops at PingShi station and ShiFen station.

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JingTong. JingTong train station – one of the three Japanese style wooden train station left in Taiwan.

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JingTong. Here you can write your wishes on bamboo sticks and hang them up.

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PingShi. Buy a paper lanterns from the grocery shops along the old street and bring it to Pingshi Sky Lantern Park.

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PingShi. Be taken aback by the grandeur and beauty as the lanterns carrying our wishes are sent off to the heaven.

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ShiFen. Shifen old street-train passes through the resident area, right in front of their doors

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ShiFen Scenic Area

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JiuFen 九份

 

Getting Here:

1.From Taipei, take the train north to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang take the Keelung Transit bus from the bus stops in front of the train station to Jiufen. Be sure to line up across the road to go to Jiufen and Jinguashi.

2.From Taipei, take the Jiufen bus from the Adventist Hospital bus stop on Bade Road, east of the intersection with Fuxing Road. Alternatively, take the same bus from Songshan station or Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station Exit # 1.

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From Top L to Bottom R:

1. Famous Aunty Ah Gan Yam Balls & Sweet Potato Balls NT40

2. Ah Lan’s glutinous rice cake NT 10

3. JiuFen Red Wine MeatBall with Glutinous Rice Skin NT 40

4. JiuFen’s fishballs that tasted bad NT 25

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Windsor Bed & Breakfast 溫莎堡景觀民宿

NT 3200 per night. The B&B’s owner, Mr Hsu will provide pick up services from Rueifang Train Station. It was very kind of him to offer to bring us around JiuFen & Jinguashi too.

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Squid Sausages – made of squid and squid ink.

Mr Hsu & wife brought us to this seafood restaurant near the port for a scrumptious dinner before we call it a night.

Day 5

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Breakfast, made with love by Mrs. Hsu.

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From RueiFang station, we took a train to Luodong Station 羅東鎮 (Yilan County). We stopped by this famous braised duck place for lunch.

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LuoDong Night Market 羅東觀光夜市 is awesome! The food stalls offer vastly different snacks and food from Taipei’s night market.

From Top L to Bottom R:

1. Yilan Spring Onion Dough – very sweet and juicy. NT 35

2. Dragon Phoenix Roll – its actually minced pork wrapped with lard’s net. so sinful! NT 35

3. Yilan Fried Pork – very flavorful. NT 50

4. Yilan Spring Onion Bing NT 35

5. Dang Gui Mutton Soup – the boss was interviewed by a host from Hong Kong’s tv station while we were eating there. NT 50

6. Stinky Tofu – we were shocked because it stinks so much! but it was sooo good! NT 30

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Rothenburg Bed & Breakfast  羅騰堡民宿

NT 3300 per night. Our host picked us up from LuoDong night market. 10 minutes later, we arrived to our B&B and were stunned by what greeted us.

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Good night’s sleep.

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Breakfast was splendid, with a grand variety of delicious food. It made us feel at home so much.

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We cycled around Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園 and did nothing for the rest of the day.

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Paddy Field in front of our B&B.

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The owner, Mr Hsu offered to drive us around Yilan to do some sightseeing but we have to turn him down. We were eager to do some last minute shopping at Wufenpu.

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WuFenPu 五分埔商圈 - Cheap clothes, famous big sausage wrapped small sauge, deep fried chicken chop.

Getting Here

Take a MRT train to Houshanpi Station (blue line), go to Exit 1 and walk north along Jhongpo N. Rd. to the intersection of Jhongpo N. Rd. and Yongji Rd. IMG_2770

Our most expensive meal in Taiwan ( NT 1481 / RM 164) – Ma La Steamboat Dinner supper at Tripod King. 鼎王麻辣鍋

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As a token of appreciation, the waitresses need to do a 90 degree bend whenever they approach the patron’s tables.

It was 2am by the time we finished eating. We hailed a cab back to our hostel to do some packing and stuffing before taking a 4.40am bus to the airport. Zai Jian Taiwan!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Comments

  1. Weina says:

    Nice and simple summary…I just back from Taipei and it was a great great holiday. Will go again next time for sure ^_*

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  2. celine says:

    i plan to go Taiwan on Dec 2011 for 14days … i would like to have whole taiwan tour … any more recommended place & food as u both know ?

    really like ur blog …

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  3. Ena says:

    Hi Kampung boy city gal,

    Where can I Redeem Digital Tour Buddy when I travel to taiwan?

    Thanks
    Ena

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi ena, you need to fill up the form in the youth taiwan website, and collect ur phone at the airport :)

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  4. Angeline says:

    Hi, it is my first time to taiwan. Can I have a softcopy of your guidebook? Your help is very appreciated to prevent me from getting lost there.

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    Angeline Reply:

    Ohya, especially on how to get around too. Thanks in advance. Looking forward to your reply as my trip is in end of june.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi angeline, i’ve already uploaded all the softcopy to the ‘download’ page :)
    to get around in taipei, you can take cab or the “jie yun” (mrt). we also took train (like our ktm) to go to other states :)

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    Child Forever Reply:

    where is the download page?

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  5. blurblu says:

    may i know which is the best month to travel at taiwan at the same time a lot of clothe to buy back to malaysia….wakakakaa

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi best time would be spring. march to may :)

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  6. Sally says:

    Hi!

    Thanks for the taiwan post!
    Can i please check with you the rates for Suite.apartment?
    The one you listed as your favourite?
    Went to the website but as it’s all in Chinese, i have some difficulty navigating.
    Dont mind can you please help?

    I will be heading to Taiwan from 24-31 July!

    Thanks so much!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi the rate is about RM 150 to RM 250, depending on the location and the size of the room. How many of you are travelling? I can try to look for a suitable room for you, and you can email to them indicating your room type. :)

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  7. Sally says:

    Thanks so much for your response!
    Erm how many locations are there for the Suite.Apartment?
    There’s one at ZhongXiaoFuXing right? You stayed there before ya?
    Just the 2 of us! My bf and I!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi sally, sorry to inform you that suite.apartment and angel suites are only a/v for monthly rental as of 2011. i will recommend city inn / city inn 2 with great location (just opposite taipei main station) to u.

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  8. Sally says:

    Hi!
    Thanks!
    Do you have pictures of city inn and city inn 2? Or perhaps to website so i can view how the rooms look like?
    Also, can you please check on the rates?
    Thanks so much!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi the website is here – http://www.cityinn.com.tw/
    u can choose english as ur language option. city inn I/II/III is ok, as they are minutes away from the main staion :)

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    Sally Reply:

    Thanks so much!!!

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  9. amy says:
  10. Peter says:

    Hi guys, i came across ur blog plannning for taiwan 2 weeks from now.

    A quick question, as my trip in TP is abt 10 days, am planning to stay at Suite.Apartment. The totak amount i see for 10 days is just the deposit?

    Wanted to stay at ZXFX apartment, bu its full. Now choosing city hall outlet. :(

    Thanks and i must say that ur blog is AWESOME!!!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi peter, thanks for dropping by. just the deposit? must double confirm with them regarding the total amount. someone told me they have revised their rate.

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  11. cs says:

    hi, wanted to ask, you stayed at this hostel last time?

    http://taipeihostel.blogspot.com/

    Is this good? How you made payment? If pay to Malaysia RHB account will lost currency?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi yeah, I stayed there before and I pay when I get there. the room is clean and simple, near to MRT but the alley is quite smelly at night

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    cs Reply:

    Thanks for reply me. Then you pay the booking fee or not? Seems need to pay around RM 100? Can pay to their RHB bank but will lost a lot currency?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi cs, I did not pay booking fee. the rhb bank acc should be a local account, from what i understand.

  12. Kelvin says:

    Anyone engaged any local tour guide when travelling to Tai Chung?if yes,can share your tour guide contact?Im desperate for the contact.will be going to Taiwan end of oct. This will be our 1st trip travelling on our own,try to make it as fun as possible.
    Appreciate if any of you can share,Thanks

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi i didn’t, i reckon you can go for car rental. it would be easier.

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    Kelvin Reply:

    Ic,even for Tai Chung. You also drive by yourself?I heard that the road around Tai Chung quite dangerous and challening.

    7Days & 6 night is it sufficient time to travel to Taipei and Tai Chung?

    I will use your itinerary as my guideline in planning my upcoming trip.

    Thank You

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi kelvin, I think you misunderstood, we did not drop by tai chung for this trip. I’ve only been there once few years back. we also never drive around taipei, use train all the time.
    only the road around taroko gorge is dangerous. our 7 days trip covers only taipei and yilan.

    what i would suggest u is to hire a cab driver to bring you around. or take a train to taichung and move on from there. Thanks for reading our blog :)

    Kelvin Reply:

    you are right. Hahaha
    I got it wrong on the Tai Chung Part..
    Almost got everything planned…still need to finalize few things,so looking forward to this trip

    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    np kelvin :) hope u enjoy ur taiwan trip

  13. Sharon says:

    Hi,

    Reading from your travel blog, I reckon you are quite familiar with Taiwan. I would like to ask you whether there are any temporary luggage storage at Taipei where we can put our luggage while we are shopping around? Because out check out time is 12 noon but our flight is 10 at night.

    Thanks very much in advance! Your help to this question would be greatly appreciated!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi sharon, there is, we stored our luggage at taipei main station and rueifang train station before.

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  14. Jasmine says:

    Hello, Kampung Boy, City Gal

    Glad that I’ve found your blog. Interesting and detailed info you have. Am planning a free & easy trip with a colleague to Taiwan end of Oct’11. Would appreciate if you could email me the itinerary to the email stated above (soft copy) Thank you :) )

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  15. MC says:

    Wow, your blog is DE BEST! I’ve been trawling the internet since 2 months ago when I started planning for our Taiwan holiday, and only just chanced upon your site. It is so comprehensive, detailed and full of “great-to-know” info. I had already planned our to-do overview, and your invaluable input on how to get there, what to do/go is supremely handy, esp for Taipei, Pingxi, Jiufen, Keelung. I thought I would have to spend a lot more time to check timings, etc… but thanks to you, I’ll be saving loads of time and hassle!

    We’re doing 3 nights in Taipei, 3 in Kaohsiung, 3 in Taroko and back to Taipei for 5 nights. The idea is to shop and eat like mad in Taipei and Kaohsiung, rejuvenate in Taroko and then shop/eat like mad again in Taipei and its surrounding areas. Do you have any insights on Kaohsiung or Taroko to share?

    Greatly appreciate your graciousness in sharing…

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi mc, thank you so much for our kind words. Qow 2 weeks in taiwan, I’m so jealous! sounds like a good trip with a good mixture of food, shopping and r&r time. Unfortunately, we are not too familiar with Kaohsiung n Taroko area. We are planning for a trip to these areas next year. *fingers crossed*

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    MC Reply:

    Citygal, thanks for taking time to reply :-) . Hmmm, I’ll fill you in with my trip details on Kaohsiung n Taroko then to “repay” your kindness. I’m in my 50s lah, so have a bit more leisure time than u young ones. My trip is in Nov – talk to you then. Do continue enjoying life!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi MC, thanks for sharing! will wait for your updates :)

  16. kelsey says:

    hi can i ask where to stay in tw will be cheaper and suitable for 2 people and last about 2 weeks ?

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  17. JM says:

    Hi there,
    I am not able to locate your write-up of “Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園” on Day6 of your Taiwan itinerary. Do you have more details, e.g. on what you did or ate there? and how did you travel there from the Luodong hotel? Thx

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  18. DD says:

    when is the best timing to visit taiwan???

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    for cool climate, it will be december. for cherry blossom it will be march

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  19. wslee says:

    Hi Kampung Boy/City Gal

    Thanks for the summary of your trip :)

    I had just got back from Taiwan on Sunday,what a lovely place to visit.
    The people there are so warm,food are excellent as well
    Shopping is so cheap esp in the night markets

    Cant wait to visit Taiwan again

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  20. Audrey says:

    Hi, can I know the exact name of the japanese style hot spring villa that you went to in Beitou?

    Thanks.

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  21. Cherlyn says:

    Hi,

    Can email me your DIY guidebook, the informations you provided are helpful to us, else we’re lost at planning itinerary.

    Thanks
    my email: lovecy14@yahoo.com.sg

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi dear, i’ve shared everything in the guide book in this post already :)

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  22. JJ says:

    Hi kampong boy,

    We will go Taiwan next month. Can you share your Taiwan handbook? Saw you hold it in your blog

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  23. Ivy says:

    Hi, do u know when is the lavendar farm n when is the best time to visit there?

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  24. sunflower says:

    wat camera u use n wat lens is that ? all ur photo very nice n do u edit on ur photo ?

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  25. Anonymous says:

    may i have your soft copy of the guide book too?

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  26. amies says:

    Hi, can i have your soft copy of the guide book too?

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  27. Anonymous says:

    hi…im going taiwan in april..can i have your guidebook in softcopy??

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  28. Ms.Au says:

    How can i get the contact of MR.HSU?? pls reply me ASAP. tq!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    u may call +886 0912-547-078 or + 886 0960-576-258
    or email to service@windsor.idv.tw

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  29. jean says:

    i going to taiwan this august 2012

    From Luodong Station 羅東鎮 (Yilan Country) to RueiFang station, can we took train early in the morning as 6.00am, do we need to purchase early the train ticket

    thank
    jean

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi jean, u need to check the train schedule. you can just buy the ticket there

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  30. Sharon Lee says:

    How do you book the Rottenberg b&b as I don’t seem to be able to locate their website?

    Thanks
    Sharon

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    http://www.rothenburglodge.tw/about.htm here u go. It is better to call

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  31. carolyn says:

    hi,

    May I please check how long is the journey from taipei to Jiufen, Shifen, Pingxi etc?

    And is it easy to move around once we get to the train stations/bus stations in the various places? Can we walk around to look at the sights and scenaries and find food or must we cab or take a bus?

    The Beitou hot spring takes children? Males and females share or individual?

    Thanks.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi from taipei, u take a 45 min train to rueifang, then transfer to pingxi line. if ur heading to jiufen then can take bus from rueifang or take a one hour bus from taipei.

    yes it is easy to move around. we just walk around pingxi, then take train to shifen, walk around shifen then take train again. some share and some individual, u can book for different type

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  32. Warren says:

    Wow..it must be a great experience.Thanks for sharing with us , the pictures were awesome =)

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  33. PN Wong says:

    It is amazed to look at your itinerary, for 6D5N to be able to cover so many places. Very well organized trip and interesting blog, make me recall of our previous trip to Taiwan.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thx dear. was a bit rush, that’s y we revisited and take a slower pace this yr :)

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  34. Serene says:

    Hi , i have been reading through your blog repeatly while planning for my next week trip & it is much pleasure reading with the organized content! Thank u for bringing us such excellent blog!
    Can I ask for your opinion, is it ok to pop into the hotels only when we reached Taipei? Reason is because i’m not good at time management & is it ok that we can just pop into any hotel or inn there if we shop quite late at that location … Will there be no room available ? I’m planning locations like jiufen, Keelung , ximending, 101, wufenpu, shilin.. Sad to say we have only 4d3n. Hope to cover as much as possible… Any comment on my intented location? Or where else is a must.
    Looking forward to your reply!!!!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks for supporting our blog serene, really happy to hear that. yes you can provided that it’s a not a peak travel season, plus you get a discounted rate for really last minute check in. my friends did it at hotels around ximending. however I’ve never done that as I like to plan everything ahead :)

    If you intend to do iufen, Keelung, then it is recommended to stay one night at jiufen. the nice B&B there need to book early, can’t do walk in. you should also go to danshui + beitou hot spring, if time permits

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    Serene Reply:

    Thank you so much!! Oh then i hope I will still be able to book your fren’s b& b tomolo as I just going to book my air ticket tomolo too. I’m quite worried now cos I browse through some hotels in ximending & your recommended hotels all are fully booked! Wondering y now off peak with rainy season still so many ppl!!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    taiwan tourism is a big thing, that’s why hehe. good luck ya. my friends are super friendly

    Anonymous Reply:

    Hihi!! I send my enquiry through email on availablity in the 日光涵管 but they say fully booked & the only available is 老舍. is it still as good? any room that you can recommend in this 老舍?hope the sea view is still good.. a pity that the big room is not available.. the wood bathtub look interesting .. :(

    Could you also advise how to go from taoyuan airport to the train station that goes to ruifang? quite confusing on the direction …

    Thanks!!!

    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    from taoyuan airport u can take the shuttle bus to taoyuan high speed rail station, then to taipei main station, then to rueifang station. or u can take an airport bus to taipei main station, then to rueifang (cheaper)

    Serene Reply:

    Hihi! I had send an email to ask bat the availability of the 日光涵馆& sad to say its fully booked. They say the only available is the 老舍。can u advise is this as good? The view & room? Sea view? Very far? Sad that the other 1 is not available…the wood tub looks interesting :(

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi serene, aww too bad ri guang is the best. lao she is a normal room without a view, its location is still good.

  35. Yvonne says:

    Hi,

    The digital tour buddy link for redemption online is not working, can you please advise the link?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks :)

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  37. SY says:

    Hi may i know how much is your budge for this trip? I am thinking of whether to go to bangkok or taiwan. does both cost around the same? both of your blog posts looked amazing!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi SY bangkok is definitely cheaper as you can get a flight tic for around 300 plus while taipei costs 800-1000 :)

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  38. The Yum List says:

    Taiwan continues to be on my list of must visits. But that list just seems to get longer quicker than I’m able to cross off any.

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  39. Huey LI says:

    Hi Citygal, I plan to go taiwan year end OCT and NOV around 12 nights. Can you advise which month is better for traval and is the accomandation rate far between these 2 months?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi huey li, these 2 months does not differ much, in terms of weather and hotel rate.

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  40. Fenny says:

    Hi, i m going to taiwan Dec 2013, can I have a softcopy of your guidebook , so easy for me to travel and not getting lost there. Thks

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi fenny we do not have a soft copy guide book. we have posted all the maps into the post, you can click on each post to dload the map :)

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  41. smwah says:

    hi, very nice details on your trip.
    Anyway, you stay 2 different places for day 4 and day 5. It is troublesoome if i carry two big laugage bags? How is the train at taiwan, does it has place for laugage storage or placing?
    So the host of the B&B pick up and send you to train station?
    Tq

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    We placed our big luggage in taipei and bring a small hand carry for day 4,5. i think thats the best way

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  42. Mango says:

    Hi, may I ask, if we were to take bus. How we know where to alight? Tell the bus driver before hand? Or have to use map to see? Thks

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  43. Aileen says:

    Hi,

    I must say you have done a really great job with your blogs on Taiwan. The descriptions and pictures makes reading your blog really enjoyable and it has helped me in the planning of my trip to Taiwan next month.

    I just wanted to check if you have been to Taichung, Nantou, Hualien and would like to seek your advice on my itinerary below. Do you think it is do-able, is it too rush? Thanks!

    Day 1 – Taipei – Wu Fen Pu, Shihlin Night Market
    Day 2 – Taipei – Danshui Old Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Yeliu, Ximending
    Day 3 – Taipei – Jingtong, Pingxi, Shifen, JiuFen, Keelung Miao Kou night market
    Day 4 – Taichung – Feng Jia Night Market (what else is there to do in Taichung?)
    Day 5 – Nantou – Sun Moon Lake (what else is there to do in Nantou?)
    Day 6 – Hualien – Taroko Gorge (what else is there to do in Hualien?)
    Day 7 – Taipei

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  44. Glen and Angie says:

    Hi,

    Just want to drop by and say thanks for your informative blog! Was looking for information on Yilan and coincidentally our itinerary’s are similar to yours. Keep up the good work and the blog too!

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  45. Sue says:

    hi just curious about your Day 4 itinerary. Is it possible to see Juifen, Jinguashi and the rest in 2 days and 1 night?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    yes 2d1n is possible

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  46. MrLonely says:

    thanks for sharing, i will have some idea to go liao~
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  47. Vincent says:

    Hi both,

    Can share with us the handmade guidebook to Taipei? Much appreciated.

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  48. Eve says:

    Hi,

    Any recommendation place in Yi Lan?

    Thank you

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  49. Celeste says:

    Hi there, may i know how much to budget for a 6 days 6 night itinerary such as yours?

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  50. jo says:

    hi,

    im planning to bring my parent to taiwan this year . this is our first trip to taiwan. do u think we should follow tour agent or we can walk around ourselves? thanks

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