Hello my dear readers! 🙂
I hope you’ve already read my comprehensive Taiwan Travel Guide. Chos! 😉
Our flight number to Taipei was 5J310 via Cebu Pacific (NAIA Terminal 3). Our departure time was 10:00 in the evening with 2 hrs and 25 minutes travel time. But upon checking their website earlier, they adjusted the departure time to 11:40 in the evening. We bought our round trip tickets for P21, 600 and that was for four passengers. So, ’twas P5,400 per person. I was with my sizzies! 🙂 #4ne1inTaiwan HAHAHA
Since our arrival time in Taiwan was around 00:30 am, we asked our AirBnb host to book a rent-a-car service for us. We paid NTD1,300 (P2,200) for the van rental which was good for 8 persons. Sorry I can’t give you his contact number. I already uninstalled my WeChat. 😦 Btw, Line and WeChat are the most commonly used messaging apps in Taiwan. Taipei is an hour away from Taoyuan Aiport so I highly suggest the car rental service if you’re arriving late at night for your safety and convenience.
You may avail the following airport transfers online:
The following are the actual pictures of our AirBnb during our stay.
The picture above is the landmark of our AirBnb. The building is quite old but the room is nice and it has a good location too. Click here for more details.
We started this day with a savory breakfast at Dr. Guo Stinky Pot. Price ranges from NTD120 (P200) to NTD160 (P270) per serving. I ordered seafood pot. Yum! 🙂
The nearest station to our accommodation is Zhongshan Elementary School. And the first tourist spot for our Day 1 was Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
Zhongshan Elementary School Station -> Minquan W. Rd. Station -> Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station (Exit 5)
Total fare: NTD20 (P33)
I mentioned in my travel guide that most of their train stations are named after different tourist spots. And that’s one thing I like about Taiwan, it’s very tourist-friendly. 🙂 You may check the Taipei Metro Map here.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument and tourist attraction that was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It opens daily from 9am to 6pm and the entrance fee is FREE. 😉
Our next stop was Peace park.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station -> NTU Hospital Station (Exit 1)
Fare: NTD15 (P25)
But we didn’t take the subway, we just walked. 🙂 Entrance fee is FREE. It is open 24/7.
228 Peace Memorial Park was dedicated to the victims of 2.28 incident or also known as the February 28 massacre which killed thousands of civilians. The picture below is called the Tribute wall or the Memorial wall.
Fourth stop was the third tallest building in the world, Taipei 101.
NTU Hospital Station – > Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station -> Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station (Exit 4)
Total Fare: NTD25 (P42)
We purchased our Taipei 101 observatory tickets online. The regular price is NTD600 (P1,010) but we bought it for only NTD511 (P861) each. Click here to avail this discounted ticket. Taipei 101 observatory is open from 9am to 10pm daily (last admission is 9:15pm).
Taipei 101 observatory gives you an amazing 360-degree view of Taipei. But going to the 89th floor requires an exhilarating ride on the world’s second fastest elevator. I usually visit skyscrapers at night because I love city lights. We weren’t able to take good photos because you need to see the incredible view with your own eyes. 😀
Last stop for Day 1 was the Ximending night market. There are so many night markets in Taiwan and one of the famous ones is Ximending.
Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station -> Ximen (Exit 6)
Fare: 20NTD (P34)
We had our dinner at KFC! 😀 Meal for 4 people costs NTD660 (P1,110). I don’t like their fries. But I love their egg tarts! So delish! 🙂 I hope they will also sell them here in the Philippines. 😦
I highly recommend torched beef!!! 🙂 So yummy yummy yummy wow! 😀 I’m planning to put up this kind of street food biz here in our country but I think Kwek-kwek will be my major competitor. HAHA
That’s all for Day 1! 🙂 If you’re not that busy, kindly watch our Taiwan travel video entitled “4ne1 in Taiwan” by clicking the image below. Xie xie! 😀