TRAVEL GUIDE: Kaoshiung and Taipei Itinerary in Taiwan

Our very first out of the country together! All were very excited with our 5D4N trip to Taiwan. Our May 2018 flights were booked last September 2017 via Cebu Pacific. We got them on a seat sale! According to our source, Visas will be lifted for Filipino passport holders by November 2017. True enough, we were able to visit Taiwan without the need to have a visa. As far as I know, Taiwan is still a visa-free country until July 2019. 
Two months before our flight, we already checked and listed the possible places we will be visiting. Some of my friends made the itinerary for Kaohsiung while I was responsible for the Taipei trip. We were all very excited. Our itinerary was finalized three days before our Taiwan trip. We also rented a van for our Taipei trip to save time and effort roaming around the city. And the van was really worth it.
Our accommodations for Kaohsiung and Taipei were booked via Airbnb app two weeks prior to our flight. TIP: Based on our experience it is much cheaper booking on the Airbnb app plus the rooms were really spacious.

The day has come, we all met at the airport. We arrived 5 hours before our flight just to make sure that we have enough time for the pre-departure tasks. First off, we lined up to pay for our travel tax which amounted to 1620 Php. Then, we checked in our baggage and got our plane tickets. Before heading to the immigration, we decided to eat first. After an hour, we now proceeded to the immigration counter. Some of my friends were first time to travel outside of the country. TIP: Don’t forget to bring supporting documents with you to avoid problems in the immigration. Make sure also that you are confident in answering their questions. Fortunately, we all passed through the immigration officers without any problem. Really, “Taiwan, wait for us!!” feeling.

We arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at around 01:30 AM. No time difference from the Philippines. Same process, we lined up in the immigration counters. Most common question asked is how long will you be staying in Taiwan. After that, we went straight ahead to the money changer inside the airport to exchange our USDs to NTDs. TIP: It is much better to bring USDs. Also, unlike in the Philippines, money changers in Taiwan were only located in the airports, Taipei 101 mall and inside their banks. Please make sure you have enough NTDs for the duration of your stay.
After having our NTDs, we went to Taipei Bus Main Station to ride a bus going to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. We will be staying in Kaohsiung for 2D1N. It is much better to check on the bus schedules to avoid ruining your itineraries. Schedules can be found on the internet.

Here’s the itinerary we used for our Taiwan Trip.

ACCOMODATION: Booked via Airbnb app.

1st day

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Taipei Bus Station - Datang District
MOS Burger
Dreamland Mall
Liouhe Night Market - Sinsing District
Formosa MRT Station Boulevard

Holy Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica
2nd day

50 Lan Tea Shop
Sanmin District
Holy Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica
Yancheng District
Pier 2 Arts Center
Port of Kaoshiung
Cijin District
Cihou Lighthouse
Cijin Seaside Park
Rainbow Church

ACCOMODATION: Booked via Airbnb app.

3rd day

Taoyuan Station
Keelung Park
Yehliu Geopark
Shifen Waterfalls
Pingxi District - Lantern
Jiufen Old Street
Shilin Night Market

Shifen Waterfalls
4th day

National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei City Zoo
Modern Toilet Ximen
Tamsui Old District - Original Cake
Ximen Walker - Hotstar Chicken (Superstar)

Pingxi District - Lantern
5th day

Taipei 101
Chun Shui Tang - First Milk Tea store
Jhongshan District - EEC Grocery

Shifen Bridge
PHOTOS: Aldrin, John, JK, Greta, Marvin, Ron  

IMPORTANT NOTES: Buses in Taiwan has a corresponding numbers depending on the location you will be going. Bus stops have their own screen which displayed the buses arriving and the time of the arrival of each bus. Also, there were lots of free wifi area around Taiwan, so, it will not be difficult to check on the internet if ever you will be lost. I did include the cost because it will depend on how you will use your NTDs, however, 15,000 Php each (changed to NTDs) was enough to cover our whole Taiwan trip. We even managed to bring souvenirs to our loved ones.

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