Finally updating this space with another travel post after what seemed like forever. I attribute my absence to adulting 🌚 it’s tough to plan plenty of trips when you’ve got no money because you’re a broke student and then it’s also hard to plan a trip when you’ve got only 10 days of leave because you’re fresh in the industry.
All these aside, hello Taiwan 🇹🇼! Or in particular Taipei because of time restrictions. I went during the ending of summer which is also the typhoon season so I was told to expect hot and wet weather which can be quite a bummer during a trip. But thankfully the weather was still bearable with occasional short shower. Day 1 was just very simple, landed in the late morning and so I took my aunt on a High speed rail experience. It took 19mins from Taoyuan to Taipei and omg the train is spacious and clean despite the fact that food is allowed onboard lol. I would definitely suggest buying the railway bento for an experience 😂
Originally planned to take the hop on and off bus to tour around after the check in to our Airbnb but then decided to just use the MRT to explore instead 🚈. Ended the night with a visit to the famous Taipei 101!
Day 2 begins with exploring the MRT and TRA for a trip to Shifen! It’s relatively easy, just take a train to Taipei main station and transfer to the TRA for any train bound north EXCEPT TO KEELUNG and change to Pingxi line. Released a lantern on the railway tracks, ate some 卤肉饭 (lu-rou-fan) and walked to Shifen waterfall. The walk wasn’t long, it probably took about 20min with me snapping pictures here and there.
And we are exhausted by the time we are done with the waterfall so we just hailed a taxi and did a taxi tour to the nearby photo spots before heading to Jiufen and back to Ximending in Taipei.
Day 3 started off with a short trip to Beitou hot spring but alas it’s Monday and everything there was closed 🤦🏻♀️ then followed by going to Tamsui. Decided to venture a little and head to OIA cafe and Shimen cave by taking the public transport (bus 862) and following Google maps. I would say it’s so worth it! The view by the sea is astonishing! The sunset was almost perfect by Tamsui’s lovers bridge and food is great and Tamsui old street!
Last day in Taipei came by so fast I can’t even 😭 did some shopping at Wufenpu, it wasn’t cheap tbh but definitely huge. I would suggest going after 2pm so most of the shops are opened. And after shopping, you could recharge with goodies at Raohe night market and enjoy the night view by the rainbow bridge 👍🏻
Soooo yup this marks the end. Bye till the next trip 🙃
Return flight for 2: $500
Airbnb for 4 nights: $150
Money used for 2: $700