Taiwan, Travel

11 days in Taiwan: Jiufen + Shifen on Day 9

Red lanterns, Jiufen, Taiwan

I don’t really have any specific activities or things to look out for in Jiufen and Shifen…it’s mostly about soaking in the atmosphere when you’re there so be warned that this post is going to be more pictorial than anything. Breakfast at Fuhang Doujiang To start off, here’s a special mention for breakfast before you …

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Tried and Tested: Accommodations in Taiwan

Travelling to Taiwan - Accommodation in Cingjing - Fonchin Minsu (1)

Where to stay in Taiwan? Here’s a quick post to share the accommodations that I’ve tried during my 1.5 weeks vacation. Not the best bargain deals but definitely value-for-money and inexpensive places to stay at. These are the regions I’m covering: Taipei Star Hostel (Taipei Main Stations) Via Hotel (Ximending) Hualien – Mini Voyage Taichung …

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5 tips on accommodation for solo travelers

Accommodation tips for solo traveler - read reviews

I think finding accommodation as a solo traveler is a little bit more tricky than usual. Here are some tips I gathered from my Taiwan trip: 1. Stay near places with night activities. By this, I don’t mean clubs or pubs. In Taiwan, it would be the night markets and shopping districts. It’s safer for …

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11 days in Taiwan: Day 8 from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to Houshanpi

Back in Taipei for the last leg of my Taiwan trip! Before I set off to hunt down money changers in Taipei city to save my dwindling funds, I used the remaining dimes to treat myself to some economical Taiwanese breakfast fare. Ximending streets are really quiet in the mornings by the way. Just across …

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11 days in Taiwan: Taroko National Park on day 7

Qingshui Cliff Cing shui duanya hualien taiwan

Being a lazy tourist, I signed up for a half-day tour in Taroko National Park with Mini Voyage, the hostel I was staying at. I didn’t do any research about the national park at all, because I thought everything would be taken care of by the tour. But what I probably should have noticed, was …

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11 days in Taiwan: Day 6 from Taichung to Hualien

hualien, justice bao, gongzhengbaozi

Last morning in Taichung and my biggest regret was not trying one of the breakfast shops near my homestay. Regardless, after packing my loots, I had to drop off the minsu keys at the letterbox, flag a cab for Taichung HSR and set off for Taipei before changing to the TRA to Hualien. I was …

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11 days in Taiwan: Day 5 in Park Lane by CMP

View at Park Lane by CMP

I think Park Lane by CMP is a relatively new development. It’s a vibrant area with a cool museum, park and Eslite (just about the most popular hangout bookstore in Taiwan) and you just can’t miss it if you are in Taichung for the weekend. If I had to voice out one grouse, it’s the …