Exploring Beitou in Taipei

Steam of Thermal Valley, Beitou, Taipei, Taiwan

On our 6th day, or last day in Taiwan, we woke up late, had complimentary breakfast from Go Sleep Hotel Xining, and explored Beitou. We didn’t really have chance to explore Ximending even though we stayed there. We checked out, stored our luggage with the hotel, and then took MRT from Ximen to Xinbeitou.

Beitou is famous for its hotspring. It’s easy to navigate at Beitou, thanks to the abundance of detailed signage and signboards. Read More


Ita Thao Village, Sun Moon Lake-Taichung-Taipei, Ximending, Rao He Night Market

Skyline cable car of Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Ita Thao, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

On the 5th day, we had a hearty breakfast. Our guest house owner bought us glutinous rice with soya milk. It was great and filled our tummy to the fullest. We then packed our stuffs and the owner’s friend drove us with our luggage to Shuishe. We stored our luggage for free at the information center. After that, we walked to the pier and boarded the ferry to Ita Thao. The ferry stopped at Xuanguang first, but we didn’t have time to explore this station.

From Ita Thao Pier, we walked to ropeway station. We followed the signage but got lost somehow. We found the station in the end and took the ropeway to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (some refers it to Ita Thao Village). After we arrived at the village, we took skyline to the Amusement Isle. Read More

Cingjing-Puli-Sun Moon Lake, Cycling around Sun Moon Lake

Trail No 3 (Tree Plantation), Cingjing, Taiwan

Our day 4 was spent half in Cingjing and half in Sun Moon Lake. Our hotel didn’t provide complimentary breakfast, hence we had chips, banana, and coffee that we brought and ate it in our hotel room. We then showered, packed our luggage and checked out, but we stored our luggage with the hotel. We waited for bus at the bus stop near our hotel, on the main road. Around 10.30am, Nantou bus from Puli passed by, we flagged, got on the bus, told the bus driver that we wanted to go to Little France, and paid the fare (which is cheaper compared to calling the pickup-service), but of course we had to stand because the bus was full. Then we ate our early lunch at a restaurant there. It was surprisingly not so expensive. Read More

Keelung-Taipei-Taichung-Puli-Cingjing , Little Swiss Garden, Green Grassland (Cingjing Farm)

At Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan

We woke up very early in the morning because we wanted to catch the 2nd train from Keelung at 5.33am, so that we could catch the first HSR in Taipei. We got up at 4.40am, washed our face and packed our luggage in rush, called the receptionist to help us book cab and eventually checked out from our hotel E-Coast Star Hotel at 5.00am. We took the cab to Keelung train station, which is probably about 5-7 mins cab drive. We rushed to the ticket machine and bought our tickets for normal train. Surprisingly, we could make it for the 1st train, at 5.15am. I was so relieved!  Read More

Jiufen to Keelung – Yehliu Geopark – Keelung Harbor – Miaokou Night Market

Keelung Harbor

The plan for our second day is to make our way to Keelung and explore Keelung. We woke up not too early, packed, and had complimentary breakfast from our hotel Long Men Ke Zhan. Again, we had great view for our breakfast, the view of Jiufen and the sea. Breakfast was great. We then checked out and walked to Jiufen Old Street bus stop to take bus to Keelung. Read More

Taipei and Jiufen – Badouzi, Buyanting, Gold Waterfall, Shuinandong / Yin Yang Sea, Gold Museum (Jinguashi), Jiufen Old Street

We landed at Taoyuan Airport early in the morning, at 6.00 AM. Our original plan was to get to the city of Jiufen by public transport and explore the city for the whole day. However we had a twist of plan because a friend of us offered to pick us up from airport and drive us to Jiufen. Taoyuan airport has a strong public wifi, hence we were able to get online to contact our friend, Ab. Read More

6 Days Taiwan Trip Overview (10-15 September 2015) – Itinerary & Cost

Days leading to the trip:
Booked a plane ticket 5 months in advance during promotion period
Researched 1 month in advance of the trip
Booked hotels 1 week in advance (LOL) Read More

Last Day in Yangon – Shwedagon Pagoda, Relaxing Day

We arrived in Yangon around 6.30 am and our driver hasn’t arrived yet by that time. So we went into JJ express office and waited on the bench. At 6,45am our driver came and drove us to our first destination, Lucky Seven Restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant was very crowded and there were plenty of tourists.

After fully recharged with energy, we went to Shwedagon temple, finally. Entrance was USD 8 for foreigners. It was a huge compound. Unfortunately, there was some restoration going on, therefore the big pagoda was covered with scaffolds, but the shape is still very visible. There was a smaller golden pagoda that was restricted to foreigner, and we felt very disappointed with this discrimination. Read More

Visiting Inle Lake, Myanmar

We arrived at Nyaung Shwe at 5.50am. The bus dropped us at Nyaung Shwe, where we can walk directly to Inle Lake. At first we thought that the bus will drop us at Shwe Nyaung junction, and we had to do transfer by car to Nyaung Shwe, fortunately our driver in Mandalay helped us check with JJ express staff and told us that we will arrive directly at Nyaung Shwe town near Inle. Read More

Amarapura, Mingun, Sagaing, U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

It was one ambitious day of squeezing so many places in a day. We had breakfast at hotel, and checked out at 8.30am. Our first stop of the day was longyi workshop in Amarapura. All these times, I never understand how weaving machine works. Upon observation in this workshop, I finally got some basic idea how the machine works and how the pattern is formed. Weaving is a hard work. Read More