Tuesday, October 28, 2014
After settling our hotel rooms, we quickly make our way to Fengjia Nite Market which is just a short walk from Kun Hotel. The night market is just beside Fengjia University. Saw this shop claiming to be more than 30 years old, must be good to have last long hahaha, so we just popped in to have dinner. They have free winter melon drinks, tasted very good and soothing to throat. We had one bowl of spicy beef noodle, two bowls of pork chop noodles and one bowl of chicken cutlet noodles and one bowl of dumplings. Total cost of our dinner was TWD365 (est about S$15) We need to tick our orders on this ordering sheets, they are all in mandarin and doubt they understand English. You might need fellow diners to translate or order for you if you dont understand mandarin. Alternatively just point to some food pictures on the wall. After dinner, was time for some shopping and snacking. It was really crowded at the night market especially since it was the weekend. Duck feet anyone? Ooo love the guava, we ate so many fruits during our trip, almost every night market, there were many fruit stalls like this. Lots of selfie stick for sale, slightly cheaper than those sold back home. Wow lots of pig's internal organs for sale hahaha. These children's clothings were so cute, with words of I love to be hugged, I love grandpa, grandma, mum and dad. Stall selling cooked pig's internal organs. Very vibrant and exciting Fengjia Night Market
Monday, October 27, 2014
As usual, we booked our hotel through Agoda.com, got good rates and instant confirmation and no need pay immediate. Kun Hotel is about 5 to 10 minutes walk to Fengjia Nite Market (the biggest in Taiwan). Highly recommend this hotel, it was clean and cozy and the staff very friendly and helpful, the only negative was there's only one lift, need to wait long if happens there's a group check in of tourists other than that we have no problem with the lift. We booked two rooms with double bed but given triple room for both rooms, the triple room came with one double bed and one single bed. Very happy for the bigger room.:) My sis's room is bigger, it had an extra sofa at the corner of the room. Love the hotel's lobby, very thoughtful to have lots of magazines for guests to read. Free use of wifi in the hotel and rooms too, and computer with printers and at the corner there's a coffee dispenser. The TV and newspaper corner, with snacks (cookies, wafer, biscuits, etc), all snacks are free of charge. They provided special rates for transport to the Taichung HSR station,Taichung Railway Station,Bus Station and airport only for guests who booked rooms online. You can use this service with the special rate only once. Map provided by the hotel to show the way from the hotel to Fengjia Nite Market.
Taiwan Trip 2014 Day 1 - Taking the long distance Bus from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung (how to go to Taichung from Taoyuan International Airport)
Finally, am back from Taiwan to post my travel story about the trip. This time, we took China Airlines cause the fare was attractive but the negative side was we could not select our seats in advance but we managed to get window seats on the day we checked in. After take off, we were give some mixed nuts as snack, love the ball shaped nuts was easy to bite and crunchy but we were not be able to find the same type of snack in Taiwan hahaha. For lunch, hubby had hainanese chicken rice. I had the curry fish rice. The flight was pleasant and we reached Taiwan in less than 5 hrs. From the plane(approaching Taiwan,still in flying mode), we could see the peak of the mountains protruding out of the clouds, wow the mountains must be very high. On landing, we were in Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1, after claiming our luggages, we proceed to the bus station to continue our journey to Taichung. It was easy to locate the bus station, just follow the sign directions. We decided to take the long distance bus to Taichung which was about 2 hours ride. There wont be any toilet break/rest stop, so best to empty your bladder or get some drinks/food from the convenience shop located on the same level as the bus station. There were a few companies offering these bus services, going to different areas/town of Taiwan. If you choose to travel via the High Speed Rail, you need to take the shuttle bus from the airport to the high speed rail station and the fare is NT30. The shuttle bus ride would take about 15 mins and the HSR would take about 1 hour to travel from Taoyuan HSR Station to Taichung HSR Station and I estimated it would take about one and half hour from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung via the HSR Train while the long distance bus leaves direct from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung and takes about 2 hours. So the bus ride is our choice. Depending on the location of your hotel in Taichung, you have to make sure whether to alight at Chaoma Station (2 hours bus ride) or Taichung railway station (2 and half hour ride). Our hotel is about 15 mins cab ride from Chaoma Station, and we choose to take U Bus 1623 to Chaoma Station cause the bus was leaving in 5 minutes time. The bus fare is NT240 from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung. The bus is really very comfy and the air condition is cold, remember to take luggage receipt if you placed them in luggage storage of the bus. You need to show the receipt to the driver on arrival to collect them from the driver to prove ownership of the luggages. After two hours, we arrived the first stop in Taichung, i.e. Chaoma Station, (did not take any photo cause was too dark to take any photos), we just waved for any available cabs along the street. The cost of the cab fare by meter is about NT130(lesser if no traffic jam) to our hotel (Kun Hotel) about 15 mins away. Most cab drivers dont speak English, best to print our the address of the hotel and telephone number so they can find the hotel via their car's GPS. For more information on different bus companies offering the bus services from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung,you can view the official website. For other town/cities within Taiwan, you can view from the same website by just clicking the name of the town/cities.