Taiwan : Itinerary and Expenses
My short, crazy, fast-paced 3-day solo Taiwan trip. If you’re this insane traveler like me, you may follow my itinerary (lol). I suggest not. However, I hope that this article can somehow give you idea on things you can do and how cheap to travel around this pea-sized country is. If there’s one thing that I’m sure about my solo Taiwan travel is that I really enjoyed it. It was fun after all despite the tight budget and schedule.
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|1:00 AM||Arrived at Taipei Airport Terminal 2|
|Taipei Airport- Kaohsiung|
|2:00 AM||At the airport, moved down to T2 G/F & rode the green Ubus bound for Kaohsiung||Bus fare: 20 TWD|
|2:30 AM||Bus stopped at Zholing Station. Got off and waited for another Ubus|
|3:00 AM||Reached Kaohsiung & got down at Kaohsiung Train Station||Bus fare: 420 TWD|
|6:01 AM||Kaohsiung Main Station to Yan Station. Turned left and walked straight until the Pier.||Train fare: 20 TWD|
|8:01 AM||Yan station to Kaohsiung Main station. Turned left & walked straight for 10 mins until reached the crossing & turned left & found the Love River||Free Entrance|
|10:01 AM||Returned to Main station. Took breakfast||Food- 40 TWD; Milk tea- 20TWD|
|11:00 AM||Passed by Formosa Station||Train fare: 20 TWD|
|11:01 AM||Formosa Station to Zuoling Station.
Upon exiting, rode bus #8501 heading for Fo Guang Shan
Spent more than hour and waited same bus # @ 2 PM, then, traveled from Zuoling station to Cultural center station
|Free Entrance (Buddha);
Bus fare- 63 TWD x 2; Buddha souvenirs: 160 TWD
Train Fare: 30 TWD
|2:31 PM||Searched and checked in at the Hotel Riu.|
|3:31PM||Relaxed at the hotel & prepared for dinner at Night Market||Hotel rate- 380 TWD|
|7:30PM||Walked straight from Hotel Rui, turned right at the end of the road & continued until reached the station.
Got off at station. Exited & walked straight to Night Market
|Food- 90 TWD; Milk Tea- 50 TWD
|8:00 AM||Breakfast at the Hotel Rui||Free Breakfast|
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|9:30 AM||Rode again Cultural Center station to Zuoling station. Took wrong station.
Went back, from Zuoling station to Kaohsiung Main station.
|Train fare- 30 TWD|
|10:31||Got down at the right station, Kaohsiung Main Station. Looked for Ubus.
Turned left & walked straight until saw a white bus terminal, in front is the Ubus station (fare is cheaper than the white bus).
|Train fare- 20 TWD; Bus Fare- 200 TWD|
|11:00 AM||Waited for the bus to depart|
|2:00 PM||Arrived at Taichung terminal.|
|2:01 PM||Inquired at the Tourism Office inside terminal for the direction of my hotel;
took lunch at a stall a few walk from the Moon Lake hotel
|Food- 45 TWD|
|3:01 PM||Checked in at the hotel and asked at the receptionist how to go to Carton King, Castle & Rainbow Village||Hotel rate- 550 TWD|
|3:31PM||Form the hotel, walked a block away to wait for the bus||Bus Fare- 24 TWD|
|4:00 PM||Got up the bus # 30 going to Rainbow Village|
|5:15 PM||Arrived at the Rainbow Village; driver dropped me off in front of a school, walked straight until reached the said town.|
|6:30 PM||Walked to the highway in front of a school, then turned right and waited for Bus # 38|
|6:31 PM||Climbed up the bus going to Fengjia Night Market||Bus Fare-20 TWD|
|7:01 PM||Dinner & window shopping at Fengjia Night Market||Food- 150 TWD|
|9:01 PM||Took bus #25/35 to go back to the hotel||Bus Fare- 20 TWD|
|7:00AM||Ate breakfast. Checked out & walked straight from Hotel Moon Lake.Then, turned left at J.. Street. Walked straight again up to Taichung Terminal.
Came down the underground, first turn went left & continued until the stairs. Ubus station is right ahead.
|9:15 AM||Got up the bus going to Taipei.||Bus fare- 220 TWD|
|12:16||Arrived at Taipei Main Station.Followed exit from Main station .
Walked straight, then turned left at the sign of Riufan Station.
|Train fare- 49 TWD|
|1:01 PM||Got down the train, walked straight for 2 mins., turned left on the first corner, continued walking straight until the Juifen Bus stop.||Bus fare: 20 TWD|
|1:15 PM||Got off at the bus stop & the Santorini-like vista greeted us.
Swarmed through the throng of crowd along the food & souvenir stalls.
|Taiwanese Sausage- 30 TWD;
Dorayaki ice cream-30 TWD;
Ice cream- 40 TWD,
Tea- 20 TWD
|2:31 PM||Went back to the bus stop & rode bus going to Golden Waterfall.||Bus Fare- 20 TWD|
|2:45 PM||Rode a yellow van going to Golden Waterfall.||Bus Fare-50 TWD|
|3:00 PM||Enjoying the beauty of the waterfall.||Free Entrance|
|4:00 PM||Rode bus going back to Juifen Park||I forgot to pay:(|
|4:15 PM||Rode another bus returning to Riufan station||Bus Fare- 20 TWD|
|4:44 PM||Got off in front of Riufan station, across Well Pharmacy. Bought ticket.||Train Fare- 49 TWD|
|4:45 PM||Arrived at Taipei Main Station.|
|6:00 PM||Taipei Main station to Taipei 101||Train Fare-30 TWD|
|6:10 PM||At Taipei 101|
|7:00 PM||Taipei 101 to Ximen Station||Train Fare-30 TWD|
|7:15 PM||Right in front of the station is the Ximending station.Wander around & bought souvenirs|
|Souvenirs– 500 TWD|
|8:15 PM||Dined out at Modern Toilet||Food- 300 TWD|
|9:00 PM||Ximen Station to Taipei Main Station||Train Fare-30 TWD|
|9:15 PM||Exited the station. Outside the terminal is the bus bound for Taipei Airport||Bus Fare- 120 TWD|
|10:00 PM||Bus departed for Taipei Airport|
|11:00 PM||Arrived at T2. Went up the third floor & proceeded at 3rd floor check-in counter||no baggage|
|1:00 AM||Air Asia departed|
1 TWD= 1.80 PHP
|TOTAL (without airfare,souvenirs & travel tax)||5,445.22|
If you’d ask me what’s the top 3 things to do in Taiwan, this video sums it up: