Taiwan-t You Back! A DIY Itinerary for First Timers in Taiwan

With the recent announcement of Taiwan being Visa-Free starting this October 2017 for Philippine Passport holders, I guess this would be indeed very timely especially for tourists who are visiting Taiwan the first time πŸ™‚ Here’s my version of DIY Itinerary for First Timers in Taiwan! Enjoy reading! πŸ™‚

 

August 27:

  • 10:00pm ETD in Manila (but of course, there was a 2-hour delay in our flight. Thank you, Cebu Pacific! LOL!)

 

August 28:

  • 2:30am Arrival in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

To spare ourselves some money, we opted to sleep in Taiwan Airport rather than checking in on a hotel at the wee hours of the morning. No need to worry as there are lounges and benches comfortable enough to spend a few hours before heading for the day.

  • 7:00am Pick-up Wifi Router we availed through Klook in Unite Traveler which is inside Taoyuan Airport.
  • Β 8:00am Go to Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport or Kuo-kuang Line. Take Bus 1819 to reach Taipei Main Station.

EasyCard can be bought on all 7/11’s and Hi-Life convenience stores. We bought ours in Hi-Life which is just inside Taoyuan Airport and nearest to the bus station.

EasyCard can be used for MRT’s, convenience stores, bus rides, taxi rides aaand a lot more πŸ™‚

Go down the escalator from where you picked-up the wifi then you’ll see this πŸ™‚
Off to Taipei! Weee <3
  • Β 9:30am ETA @ TAIPEI MAIN STATION
  • Β Taxi ride going to TAIPEI SUNNY HOSTEL and leave luggage at the lobby

You can read about Taipei Sunny Hostel from my recent article: It’s Always SUNNY (Hostel) in Taiwan

  • 10:00am Walk from Taipei Sunny Hostel to 228 PEACE MEMORIAL PARK which is literally just across the street.
1st stop for the day!

 

  • 11:00am Walk to Ximen from 228 Peace Memorial Park and have brunch @ AY-CHUNG FLOUR RICE NOODLE
Nothing fancy! Just real Taiwanese food! Gotta eat what the locals eat! <3
Best served with vinegar! Promise!!!
  • 12:00nn Go to LONGSHAN TEMPLE. (Alight @ LongShan Station) or ride a taxi cab from Ximen.

 

Me and my kids. Whahahaha!
  • 1:00pm Go to SUN YAT SEN MEMORIAL HALL. Alight @ Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station
OMG! Excited to see Taipei 101!!!
  • 2:00pm Ride a cab to CHIANG KAI SHEK MEMORIAL HALL and watch the Changing of the Guards. Others said it is okay to walk but with the scorching heat of the sun. NEWP! Hahaha! Unfortunately, we were not able to see the changing of the guards. Next time! πŸ™‚
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  • 3:30pm Take a cab and have snacks @ LIN DONG FANG. WUW sa snacks. Hahaha! Lin Dong Fang was said to have the best beef noodles in Taipei πŸ™‚
IBAAAA. Ang sarap nitooo! But be careful putting too much chili paste. ANG ANGHANG! Hindi ako na inform. LOL!
  • 4:00pm Go to TAIPEI 101 to view Sunset. Alight @ Taipei 101 Station. Since we are too tired, we rode a taxi cab again. Hahaha!
My colors <3
Just in time to see the sunset! πŸ™‚
City lights from 101. It’s beautiful <3
  • 8:00pm Go to SHILIN NIGHT MARKET (Tamsui-Xinyi Line to Jiantan Station or Alight @ Shilin Station)
My 1st night market!
First time ever to eat a Wagyu beef! Thank you, Taiwan! <3
Takoyaki with Baby Octopus <3 YUM YUM!

It is also recommended to try Stinky Tofu. I did not have a chance to, though! Again, there is always a next time <3

  • 11:00pm Go back to hotel

 

August 29:

  • 6:00am WAKE-UP / Prepare
  • 8:30am Go to TAIPEI WEST BUS STATION TERMINAL B (Ride KUO KUANG BUS 1815)
  • 10:00am Arrival at YEHLIU GEOPARK
Welcome to Yehliu!
Better wear something comfy during this day as it requires a lot of walking and sweating. LOL!
There are no food stalls in Yehliu but thankful they have this! Ang iniiiit!
  • 1:00pm Ride KEELUNG BUS 788 to JIUFEN. Right infront of Yehliu’s entrance, you can see the bus terminal going to Jiufen, Shifen, etc. I suggest that you buy snacks from 7/11 to fuel up for another set of walking! πŸ™‚
  • 3:00pm Arrival at JIUFEN Old Village
A lane of pure goodness and food <3

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, we were not able to go to Shifen to light up some sky lanterns. πŸ™ to cut the story short, we missed the stop. HUHUHU! Again, next time! More and more reasons to come back! πŸ™‚

  • 5:00pm Since we missed the stop going to Shifen, we just opted to go to the Rainbow Bridge πŸ™‚ (Alight @ ShonShan Station. Head where Raohe Night Market is.)
SongShan Station! My favorite πŸ™‚
2nd night market! πŸ™‚
So serene under the Rainbow Bridge. Perf place to cap off a very tiring day πŸ™‚

10:00pm Go back to hotel

 

August 30:

  • 6:00am WAKE-UP / PREPARE
  • 9:00am Go to TAIPEI MAIN STATION. Alight @ TAIPEI ZOO station
  • 10:00am Ride the MAOKONG GONDOLA
Choose the crystal floor…
For the best experience πŸ™‚
I am at awe πŸ™‚
Ticked off another one from my BL! πŸ™‚
  • 11:00am Eat at a cafe @ the last station of the Gondola ride
Yakult slushie is so perfect in all ways. <3
Told you! Eat at a Cafe. Literal! πŸ™‚ LOL!
Seafood Pesto and some breakfast waffles for lunch! <3
  • 2:00pm Right outside the Cafe, wait for a PINK-colored bus which will be the main transportation going to Taipei Zoo. Actually, it will literally stop right infront of it πŸ™‚ Super hassle free! πŸ™‚
  • 3:00pm Explore TAIPEI ZOO! Visit the Pandas! <3
Wasn’t expecting to see flamingos! They’re too sexy and slayin’ those long legs! Love it! <3
Hi Baby!!! Can I take you hoooome!!! Huhuhuhu! My life is complete! LOVE PANDAS! <3
  • 5:00pm Go to Gudetama Cafe (Alight @ ZhongXiao Station and walk)

We went there to take photos! Yes, you read that right. Not eat. Just take photos — Karen and Melanie are obsessed. Haha! πŸ™‚

Now I understand why people get obsessed. Such a cute egg! <3
Yes, all we need is an egg πŸ™‚
  • 5:30pm Go to HUASHAN 1914 Creative Park. Alight @ Zhong Xiao Xing Sheng MRT station. Take Exit 1 and walk straight until we see an underpass and a giant red diamond. It is across the street. But we opted to take a taxi cab because we were all too tired from all the walks we did since day 1. LOL!

Huashan 1914 Creative Park is a place where local vendors sell local goods. This is one of the places I loved in Taipei. πŸ™‚ I was not able to take that much photos because I really enjoyed the every space we went in to. It actually inspired me, us πŸ™‚

Ate Girl is the main reason why April and I have decided to put up a shoe business here in the Philippines.

Weird as it may sound, nainggit kami na mukha siyang fresh and she looks like she really like and love what she’s doing πŸ™‚ fuck corporate life! Welcome to the business world. Soon! We will be like her πŸ˜‰ WATCH OUT FOR A.MARI SHOES COMING SOON! LOL. Shameless plugging. :p

One of the many bakery and cafes in Huashan. πŸ™‚ I wish we had more time to explore!
Bubble Waffle! Yummy πŸ™‚ But I wish it has filling!
  • 7:00pm Go to Ximen Walker for last minute shopping of pasalubongssss.
Guess where I bought clothes as pasalubong? LOL! Hahaha!
I wish Manila had these colorful lights too πŸ™
  • 9:00pm Go back to hotel and prepare for check-out

 

August 31:

  • 1:30am Take a bus from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Airport
  • 3:10am Goodbye Taiwan! See you again very soooon! <3

 

Other Taiwan Articles:

It’s Always SUNNY (Hostel) in Taiwan

 

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