Best 3-Day Taiwan Itinerary

Friday, February 15, 2019


It's my first time traveling out of the country.  What better way to jump start this wanderlust than at the 'Heart of Asia', Taiwan!

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

AIRFARE 

Now first things first, AIRFARE! We were able to score really cheap tickets via Cebu Pacific Promo. We got a roundtrip airfare for two for P4,155 only! Yep, that's around 2,000 each! But we booked months in advance.  Our trip was last November 2017 and we booked the flight in May. 

VISA

We were lucky that our trip was right in time for the implementation of the visa-free entry. It's currently on a 9-month trial period which will end on July 2019. This is for Filipinos who intend to stay in Taiwan for 14 days or less. 

Requirments for the visa-free entries are as follows:
  1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry;
  2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveler's next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required;
  3.  No criminal record in Taiwan;
  4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements for tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.

FROM TAOYUAN AIRPORT TO TAIPEI

You have 3 options:
  1. By renting a car - Klook and KKday offer Airport transfers. 
  2. By bus 
  3. By MRT/train
Take note that the bus and train do not operate 24 hours so be sure to cross check with the time you arrive. For us, we arrived around 2am so we opted to rest at the airport and wait for the first train ride at 6am. 

Welcome to Taiwan!

WHERE TO STAY

There are tons of affordable choices on AirBnB depending on your preference. Just make sure to choose a place near an MRT station (preferably within the red, blue or green line) since you'll be riding it a lot. 

The place we were able to snag was perfect! It's walking distance from Ximen Station. There's a 7-eleven and Family Mart right below our building and it's a stone's throw away from the best shopping place in Taipei, Ximending Market! 

HOW TO GET AROUND

Getting around Taipei is really easy. The Taipei Metro is so convenient and easy to understand that I felt like a local while walking around and finding our way. Most attractions are near the train stations that's why we preferred the MRT compared to the bus. We downloaded this app, the Taipei Metro Route Map. It shows the number of minutes it takes to get from one station to another as well as how much it'll cost. It's really super convenient and useful!



Instead of getting the 72-hour Taipei Pass, we purchased the EASY CARD, it's a reloadable card that you can use on the MRT, buses and convenience stores like Family Mart and 7-eleven. We opted for the Easy Card since we felt that we won't be able to maximize the unli-pass since we availed an all-day tour package on KKday for our 2nd day. 


PLACES TO VISIT

There are tons of places you can visit in Taipei alone. Get a glimpse of Taiwan's arts and culture at Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, National Taiwan Museum, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Longshan Temple

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall


228 Peace Park

One of the main attractions you shouldn't miss is the Taipei 101. It was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. There's a 360 Observatory located at the 89th floor and an outdoor observatory on the 91st. Too bad it was quite windy the day we went there so the outdoor observatory was closed. TIP: Get your Observatory Ticket on Klook to avoid long lines and get a discount!


Taipei 101

We spent our second day visiting Yehliu Geopark, Shifen Old Street, Shifen Waterfalls and Jiufen Old Street. Since these places were quite far from the metro we opted to book a day tour via KKDay. It was so convenient and hassle-free. 


KKDay Bus

The tour guide was helpful, giving us advice on what local food to try and where it's best to try them. This tour definitely made going around Taipei easier.

Yehliu Geopark



At Shifen Old Street you may buy lanterns make your wishes fly. It's important to choose your lanterns wisely since each color represents something like love, happiness, career or family.



Shifen Old Street
From Shifen, you may rent a motorcycle or walk to Shifen Waterfalls. In our case, the KKDay bus took us there. 

Shifen Waterfalls

Last stop in our KKday tour was the famous Jiufen Old Street. 



Jiufen Old Street
Other places we visited were Taipei Zoo and Maokong. We rode the Maokong Gondola going there, we rented out the crystal cabin for the special experience. 

Taipei Zoo

Maokong Gondola

You may also visit Beitou Hot Spring, Elephant Mountain, Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, Longshan Temple if you're staying for more than 3 days.


NIGHT MARKETS

Shilin Night Market
Being one of the largest night markets in Taipei. It's filled with rows of general merchandise in the ground floor and tons of restaurants in the basement.

Shilin Night Market

Raohe Night Market
One word: FOOD! Raohe Night Market is known for all the delicious food you can try. From pork buns, to different seafood dishes, to the ever so famous stinky tofu and many more. Oh, can't forget to mention my favorite, the torched beef cubes!

Raohe Night Market


Ximending Market
Shopping! Ximending is the best place to shop and buy all your pasalubongs. Everything is really affordable. At night, some vendors put up stalls along the streets and sell really cheap goodies! Really loved that our place was walking distance to Ximending Market cause we were able to do some last minute shopping!

Ximending Night Market
Aside from the Night Markets, you can also buy meals at 7-Eleven and Family Mart and they are surprisingly really good!


Here's our itinerary: 


TAIWAN TRAVEL ITINERARY
DayTimeItinerary
DAY 0 7:00 PMDepart to Airport
8:00 PMArrive at Airport
11:40 PMDeparture Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
DAY 12:05 AMArrive at Taoyuan Airport
Sleep at Airport
5:30 AMAvail 4G Wifi (Klook) Airport
6:00 AMTravel to Taipei via Bus
8:30 AMBreakfast
10:00 AMCheck In at AirBnb
1:00 PMModern Toilet
2:30 PMTaipei Museum and 228 Peace Park
3:30 PMSun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
4:30 PMChang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
5:00 PMNational Museum
6:00 PMTaipei 101/Taipei Mall
7:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMXimending Youth Shopping District
DAY 27:00 AMBreakfast at 7-Eleven
8:40 PM7-Eleven East Gate 1 Taipei Main Station
9:00 AMKKDay Tour Departure
KKDay TourYehliu Geopark
Shifen Old Street
Shifen Waterfalls
Jiufen Old Street
5:30 PMReturn to Taipei Main Station
6:30 PMRaohe Street Night Market
9:30 PMXimending Youth Shopping District
DAY 38:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMTaipei Zoo
11:00 AMMoakong Gondola
11:30 AMLunch
2:00 PMBack to Taipei Zoo
3:00 PMShopping at Shinjuku 
5:00 PMRest at AirBnb
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMShilin Night Market
9:00 PMXimending Youth Shopping District
DAY 41:00 AMDepart to Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1
4:00 AMTaiwan Departure
6:25 AMArrival Manila Terminal 3


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