Hey Hungry Pips! It’s been a while since the last time I posted a travel blog. I never thought that working life can be so exhausting. I do travel a lot this past month(since my La Union blog). Most of my travels include hiking. I’ve been to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Sawi and Mt. Marami. I will blog about those pretty mountains soon. And I think for the whole year so far, I just stop travelling last month in preparation to my first out of the country travel, Taiwan.
We spent 3 days in Taiwan – October 2-5, I would not consider our departure date because we go back to Manila around 2 am in the morning. In our trip, we paid PHP 2768.18 for Taiwan E-visa. I think I don’t need to write something about it because Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines just announced that Taiwan is a visa free country for Filipinos starting in November 1, 2017 under a 9-month trial period until July 31, 2018. Here are the requirement for free visa:
- Purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, ROC, for a duration of stay up to 14 days
Budget for Taiwan:
You can definitely travel Taiwan on a budget. Here are our expenses during our 3 Day Taiwan Trip:
Roundtrip Airfare (Cebu Pacific) = Php 3227.85
Airbnb Rent (2 Days) = Php 1130.8
E-visa = Php 2758.18
Pocketmoney for 3 days = Php 8500
TOTAL: Php 15,616.83
Note: On our first day, we went to my friend’s cousin house in Taoyuan which is near in the airport. But sadly, airport taxis are very expensive and rude. In our experience, our fare is just NTD 459.00 and he asked for NTD 500.00. I gave him NTD 1000.00, he gave our change and asked us to go because he said he dropped us in the right place. But we are on a strange place at 2am in the morning. So, we had a panic attack because we don’t have a wifi and we are separated in our group and no one is passing by. And guess what, because of the incident its too late to find out that he just gave us NTD 400.00 as a change. So, I will suggest that if you have an early arrival just stay at the airport and wait for the bus. That is very affordable and the bus will drop you in a bus stop that is easier to find in Google Maps or Waze.
What to expect in Taiwan:
Even though we had a bad experience in our first day, its not a sign to stop enjoying Taiwan. Taiwan is my happy place. It is the Philippines that we are dreaming of when we are talking about Transportation System, Internet Connection, and even trust and loyalty.
So, the transportation system is the bomb. I never been to other country but I must say I never missed Philippines’ traffic while I’m in Taiwan. They have several connecting trains, which mean when you are around the city you can go to a specific area by changing train lines from one another. They also have public buses and bikes which are very affordable. And what is more exciting is you can use Easy Card on the major transportation around the city.
In using their internet, we rented a pocket wifi using Klook. It is so reliable when you are travelling do it yourself style. Plus, it is so affordable and you can pick up those babies in the airport.
I said trust and loyalty, because in Taiwan you can actually leave your bikes or motor bikes for ages but no one will ever try to steal it. We saw a lady leaving her bag at the table in Mcdonald’s to order her food. And no one stole it! I must say, hello Filipinos can I just save my seat using my bag and don’t try to steal it. Well, I wish we have that. In terms of loyalty, I just noticed that there are so many Taiwanese product in local night markets. Like, they are selling shoes and bags that are made in Taiwan and they are proud and I can see that even Taiwanese pips are patronizing their own products.
Where to go in Taiwan:
In 3 days, we manage to go in beautiful places in Taiwan with a budget of PHP 8500.00 – it includes food, fare, pasalubong, shopping and entrance fees.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – it is a monument dedicated in memories of Chiang Kai-Shek, a former president of Republic of China. It is located at No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100.
Jiufen Old Street
- Jiufen is very famous because of the movie Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli. It is located in northeastern Taiwan. We get there by taking a bus in near in Ruifang Train Station.
- Shifen Train Station is very famous for lanterns. There are many stores that offers lanterns where you can write your wish and fulfill a childhood dream of flying one. It costs us NTD 150.00 for 4-colored lantern. Note: The guy who are selling lanterns are pro in taking your photos. Its our first group shot by a stranger.
- Be amazed on Nature’s creations in Yehliu Geopark. Its a 2 hour bus ride from Taiwan. The entrance fee costs NTD 80.00 for adults. Be sure to bring sunscreen and water especially on hot seasons.
Shilin Night Market
- Shilin Night Market is the most famous night market in Taipei – and the most crowded. We spent the most of the our 1st night in Shilin because I thought we need time to find cheap shoes or other stuff here but for the prices, I won’t recommend Shilin at all. But I would recommend the Fried Chicken near the pedestrian. It is soooo good and it cost like NTD 70. Just find the longest queue of people in Shilin that’s the line.
Raohe Night Market
- I would recommend Raohe Night Market because it is so affordable than Shilin. Plus, I really like the variety of food here. We really enjoy Raohe than Shilin.
2/28 Peace Park and Huashan Creative Park
- What I observed during my stay in Taipei is Taiwanese people love spending their time in parks. That’s why there are so many parks in their country. I love the idea of spending your weekend in the parks with your love ones. I love Taiwan so much because of the simplicity of the people.
- If you love shopping, Ximending is your happy place. Ximending is the shopping district of Taipei. What I love about this place is you can find so many beauty products that is on sale!! Yes, I hoarded 20 pieces of Taiwanese facial mask for NTD 10 each, a esfolio facial foam for NTD 99, and a pimple patch for NTD 36 only. I wish I doubled what I bought.
That’s all. I hope you like my kwento about our Taiwan trip, do I wish to come back in Taiwan? Definitely! I love Taiwan. I hope the visa free will become permanent. If you want to ask me about Taiwan. Just leave a comment below.
Always hungry for adventures,