The visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipinos was supposed to start June this year but was put off until November so we still had to get Travel Authorization Certificates at that time. Lucky for you guys – Philippine passport holders – you may now enter Taiwan completely visa-free. All you need is a passport and off you go! Here’s everything that went down during our stay in Taipei.
TAIPEI DAY 1: TAIPEI 101 + DIN TAI FUNG + MODERN TOILET RESTAURANT
- Our arrival in Taoyuan Airport was way too early (12:10 AM) so we rented an AirBnB apartment nearby for a day.
- After a good rest, we left the apartment at around 8 AM and took a cab to make our way back to Taoyuan Airport.
- We picked up the Unite sim card we bought from Klook at the airport since it was cheaper online.
- We bought an EasyCard for 500 TWD at the airport and used that to pay for our express train to Taipei Main Station.
- Left our luggage at self-operated coin lockers available at the station and paid about 50 TWD for the first 3 hours.
- Took the metro subway from Taipei Main station to Taipei 101 station so we can have our lunch at Din Tai Fung.
- Converted our Taipei 101 Klook tickets so we can enter the city’s most famous observatory.
- Retrieved our luggage back and made our way to Ximending station to check-in at our budget hostel, Lane to Life.
- We rested at the hostel for a while and went outside to eat at Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending.
TAIPEI DAY 2: CKS MEMORIAL HALL + TAMSUI OLD STREET + SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
- The first attraction on our list was to see National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Admission is free.
- We also visited National Palace Museum for about an hour and paid 250 TWD for the admission fee.
- We took an hour train ride from Shilin station to Danshui station to see the lovely old street of Tamsui.
- Bought a lot of great souvenirs there and had the most delicious hotpot ever near the subway station.
- We were supposed to go to Jiantan station to see one of Taipei’s best – Shilin Night Market.
- It was late in the evening and we were all tired so we headed straight back to our hostel in Ximending.
TAIPEI DAY 3: YEHLIU GEOPARK + SHIFEN + JIUFEN + RAOHE NIGHT MARKET
- We woke up early to meet with our tour guide from KKday at Taipei Main Station.
- It took an hour and a half for our bus to reach our first stop in New Taipei: Yehliu Geopark.
- We were given 60 minutes to see the mushroom rock landscape – one of most famous wonders in the world.
- Next stops were Shifen Old Street and Shifen Waterfall. They gave us 90 minutes to see both tourist spots.
- Our last stop for the day is Jiufen Old Street. It’s a bustling place known for its narrow streets and food stalls.
- We were dropped off at Taipei Main station and went to Zhongshan station for Raohe Night Market.
- At one of the oldest night markets in Taipei, we tried their famous Black Pepper Buns.
TAIPEI DAY 4: MAOKONG STATION + XIMENDING + TAOYUAN AIRPORT
- My friends were still exhausted from yesterday’s tour so I went alone to Maokong station.
- To get there, you need to get to Taipei Zoo station first then ride the Maokong Gondola.
- One-way travel time takes about 20-30 minutes to reach Maokong station. It depends on the system speed.
- I made my way back to Ximending station to meet up with my friends. We had lunch at CoCo Curry.
- Spent the last few hours in Taipei shopping in Ximending. It’s similar to Seoul’s Myeondong district.
- After we finished packing, we took the train and got dropped off at Taipei Main Station.
- From there, we used our EasyCard to ride the express train all the way to Taoyuan Airport.
Like every travel itinerary I publish here at Escape The Confines, I’ll be doing a separate post for each of the tourist attractions. 🙂