I must say that traveling to Taipei nowadays is very popular among young adults, millennials and budget travelers because aside from the visa-free privilege granted by the Taiwan Government to the Filipino’s, the promotional fares offered by some airlines are very tempting. Am I right? That’s why we were tempted to fly to Taiwan last August 13 to 16, 2017.
Actually, I did not prepare the itinerary and did not do any research about this country for this trip. I depended on my friends who took charge of all the preparations.
Let me tell you about how our trip went in the next few paragraphs.
As far as I remember, we left the hotel and started our day around 10:00am. It was August and the weather that time was very hot because it was summer. We walked going to the Taipei Main Station to go to our first stop: Din Tai Fung. Most travelers would say that a trip to Taipei would not be complete without visiting the first branch of this popular restaurant chain. It took us two hours waiting just to try the original vaunted xiao long bao, dumplings and other specialties. I must say that it was worth the wait.
After our brunch, we went to the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith Exhibit. To be honest, I don’t know who Paul Smith is. Hahaha. They told me he was a fashion designer. He had an exhibit going on at that time. Surprisingly, the artworks were very interesting and I loved them.
At night, we had our bountiful dinner at Mala Hot Pot courtesy of Geoff and Denise. I must say that the shabu-shabu here is the best! It’s an eat-all-you can shabu shabu restaurant chain that I would believe is popular in Taiwan.
The next day, my friends and I decided to book for a Taiwan day tour at https://www.kkday.com/en-ph. Yes, we booked at KKday to patronize their services because they’re one of our clients. The day tour covers Yehliu Geopark, Shifen Old Street and Shifen Waterfalls.
We arrived at Yehliu Geopark at 10:00 am. I thought that this park was perfect for my Instagram feed. I took a lot of photos without taking note of the time. I really thought that we were given until 12:00noon to explore the area until I received a call from Geoff at 11:00 am informing me that I need to be hurry because the tour bus is leaving in 5mins. I ran as fast I can but too late…Geoff and I was left behind and the bus headed on to the next destination. Even if my other friends were asking the tour guide for another 5mins to wait for us, the request was denied.
Left behind, we just stayed outside the Park had our lunch at the cafeteria. While having our lunch, we did some research on how to follow them. We asked some locals for help, some taxi driver offered us but it was too expensive. The subway and bus station from the park were too far but we had to find a way to follow them. According to google map, it will take us 15 to 20minutes going to the station by foot. So we walked. When we arrived at the station, we found out that the station suggested by google map was the bus station and not the subway station that we expected. We needed to wait another 30 minutes for the next bus to arrive. After much deliberation, Geoff and I decided not to follow them and just go back to the hotel. We booked an Uber ride for a whooping NTD 1,150.00 (PHP 2,100.00 Estimate Cost).
On our last day in Taipei, we just explored Ximending area and the girls did their last minute shopping. We left the hotel at around 10:00pm going back to the airport.
I promised myself to go back and visit Taipei again, do some research and make an itinerary beforehand, be more ready and most of all, be extra attentive next time.