A budget-friendly guide to Taiwan

A month ago, I’ve been obsessing over Taiwanese dramas and re watching some old series like Meteor Garden, It Started with A Kiss and Devil Beside You. So one night, I was wondering what if I really book a flight to Taiwan and make my childhood dream come into reality. And then I searched for a cheap fare and voila, PHP 4,000 back and forth. I didn’t think twice that night and I booked another spontaneous trip of my life. No regrets.


RECOMMENDATIONS:

*KLOOK :

  • this is the one that I highly recommend because of convenience, no long lines, super savvy, and accommodating personnel
  • You can either print the confirmation or just download the voucher

1. Internet

– you can choose from a 3, 5, 7, or 10-day Unite Traveler 4G SIM Card and enjoy 4G access across Taiwan. YOU CAN BOOK HERE.

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2. MRT Ticket (Taoyuan to Taipei via EXPRESS LINE)

– you can choose one way or round trip ticket and be in Taipei in just 40 minutes. YOU CAN BOOK HERE.

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– you can also choose this MRT ticket via express line with EasyCard special package. EasyCard is a reloadable tranportation passYOU CAN BOOK HERE.

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3. Transport Fun Pass

– get unlimited rides on the Taipei MRT, city buses, 5 Taiwan Tourist Shuttle routes, and Maokong Gondola.

– you can choose between one to two days of unlimited transportationYOU CAN BOOK HERE.

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Here is my 3-day guide:

Day 1 : NAIA to Taoyuan Airport

04:00 AM
- NAIA Terminal 3
- Tax: Php 1,620

07:50 AM
- Departure in Manila
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10:10 AM
- Arrival at Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1
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(and yes, I was greeted by Lee Minho!!!)
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11:10 AM 
- KLOOK KIOSK 
   📍 Terminal 1, 1st floor - Arrival Hall (counter #3)
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12:00 NN - 01:00 PM (Taoyuan to Taipei Station)
   📍 the escalator south of B1 Food Court leads to A12 Airport 
      Terminal 1 Station

(the interiors were pretty amazing!)
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(views from the outside)
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(it was raining when I arrived, good thing all of my to-do-list 
for this day were all indoors)

01:30 PM 
- Lucky One Hostel
   📍Minquan West Road, Exit 5
    (this is a dorm-type hostel and the facilities are really 
    good and cozy! I stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights 
    (Php 1,300)
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03:30 PM
- Taipei 101
   📍Taipei 101/ World Trade Center Station , Exit 4
   📍 89th Floor, No.7, Hsin Yi Rd Sec. 5, Taipei 101
      (Ticket Booth & Entrance are located at the 5th floor 
       of the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall)
   🕒 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

*KLOOK
- for a hassle free service, JUST BOOK HERE.
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(Taipei 101 Mall is freakin huge!)
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(5th floor)
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(*Did you know that Taipei 101 has the fastest elevator that 
serves from 5th floor up to 89th floor in just 37 seconds)
(89th floor and it was foggy!)
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(twinning with my friend, Anj)
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06:00 PM
- BT21 (Taipei)
    📍Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi A11
- CLICK HERE FOR MORE BT21 DETAILS
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07:00 PM
- Shilin Night Market
   📍 Jiantan Station, Exit 1
   🕒 3:00 PM to 01:00 AM
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(AAAAH STINKY TOFU RIGHT THERE!)
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Day 2 : Chiayi, Ximending

* This is purely optional but as for me I went to Chiayi for my Meteor Garden feels ‘coz I’m always a fan of that series! You can go to Jiufen Old Street, Shifen Station or try Maokong Gondola

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY METEOR GARDEN TOUR IN CHIAYI

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06:OO PM
- Ximending
   📍 Ximen Station, Exit 6

(feels like Myeongdong/Hongdae in Korea and Harajuku in Japan)
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(my lovessss)
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(Anpanman, my favorite!)
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(I never tried Coco in Manila, until...I saw it here! Legit!)
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(There's a place here known for GAYKE LAND, because...)
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Day 3 : Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending 

08:00 AM 
- Last day at the Hotel and we met a new friend, Una Wu :) 
  Thank you for the brekky!
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09:30 AM
- Minquan West Road Station
*because our 2-day unlimited transport pass was already expired
 we tried the single-journey pass
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10:00 AM
- Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
   📍 C.K.S Memorial Hall 
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(this is one of my childhood dream concert! I really love S.H.E!)
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(taken from my go pro)
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01:00 PM
- Jia Jia Shop (Kpop Shop)
   📍 Ximen Station, Exit 6
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(much pricier than BTS)
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(BTS HAUL!!!!!)
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(Korean series!)
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11:00 PM
- Back to the Airport :(
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(HAHAHA I THINK IM IN THE WRONG FLIGHT ^^)
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Thank you Air Asia for the free upgrade to a hot seat !
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CIAO TAIWAN! I HAD FUN!
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Much love, 

aaa

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