It's been a week since I came back from a 11 days vacation to Taiwan with my husband and his family. This was undoubtedly, our longest overseas holiday to date and now, I am excited to share all of our wonderful adventures in Taiwan!
We decided on Taiwan as our first family overseas holiday destination at the end of March. I must say it was a very last minute decision since we only have about a month time to plan and settle everything for our trip.
It is definitely not easy to filter through all the 3000 + photographs which I have took in Taiwan and I wonder how much motivation I will need to edit every one of them before I actually upload and post them up on my blog. It will probably take me months to finish my entire Taiwan travelogue, so please be patient with me.
To be frank, I seriously do not have any idea how to write or start my Taiwan travelogue. There are simply too many experiences and photographs that I would like to share. So, for easy reference, I figured out that putting up an itinerary first might be the best way to start my adventures in Taiwan.
For our flight from Kuala Lumpur to Taiwan, we decided to fly with Eva Air, a Taiwanese international airline based in Taiwan.
This was the first time we flew with Eva Air and I figured out that it might be good for me to share some of my experiences I had with the Taiwan-based airline.
The service was great, but it was disappointing that flight attendants did not offer water to us often enough. Throughout the 4 hours flight, we were only offered water twice. The first was right after the flight took off and the second was when our meal was served. We could have asked, but I believe we should not be asking at all. It will be good if Eva Air could make some improvement to this.
The food was awful. We get to choose between two choices - chicken spaghetti or beef rice. Between the two, I chose the chicken spaghetti which comes with a bread bun, mango cake, fruits and salad. I did not even finish half of it and I noticed that I was not the only one who did not finish the meal. As for the in-flight entertainment. the options was good, but we feel that there could be better selections.
Overall, the flying experience was pleasant, but unfortunately, I was not feeling very impressed. If I am given a choice to choose between carriers, I would probably skip Eva Air and fly with another airline the next time instead.
Private customized tour package
As this was our first time visiting Taiwan, we have no idea how we should go about planning our trip. After some discussion, we decided to engage the service of a private tour guide to help us plan an itinerary, book all of our accommodations and drove us around the island.
You may ask why did we decided to engage a private and customized tour service rather than going free-and-easy? Well, it is largely due to the flexibility, privacy, convenience and comfort which a customized tour service can offer. I will say it was a great choice indeed as we get to experience and discover Taiwan from many different angles. The entire trip was pleasant, hassle-free and unforgettable.
Mr Rocky Tsai 蔡天赐先生. I must say that choosing Mr Tsai was really one of the best choice we had made for our trip. We had a really enjoyable travel experience!
Now, let me explain and summarize in details what are the things that made us felt so pleased and satisfied with the service provided by Mr Tsai.
1. Prompt in replying
Our first interactions were on Facebook messenger after we added Mr Tsai as friends. We provided him our travel dates and expressed our interest in engaging his services for our trip. So, he asked us where we would like to visit so he could draft out a detailed itinerary for us and quote us a price. We listed a few compulsory places of attractions which we would like to visit and at the same time, expressed our desire to do a round island tour in Taiwan. A round island tour in just 8 days time!
Mr Tsai was really quick in replying and drafting a detailed itinerary for us. All of our discussions were done on Facebook messenger and it usually would not take him more than a day to get back to us.
Our subsequent message exchanges went on smoothly as well. It took us about 2 weeks to confirm our itinerary as we kept on making amendments to the itinerary which Mr Tsai has drafted out for us. Even so, he was still very patient in answering our inquires and tries his best to accommodate to our requests. Once we are satisfied and confirmed everything on the itinerary, we are requested to transfer him a small amount of deposit to book down his dates for the trip.
2. Clean & Spacious car with WiFi
Mr Tsai drives a 9-seater Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle that offers us ample of storage space for our luggage. His van is very clean, well-maintained and comfortable. There is free portable Wifi provided in his van, which allowed us to stay connected throughout the entire trip. This also explained why there is no need for us to purchase a pre-paid SIM card since we touched down in the country. Dual port USB chargers are also available for us to charge our phone any time. So, there is no need for us to worry about our phone running out of battery at any time during my trip.
In addition to that, Mr Tsai is also thoughtful enough to provide us with a local mobile phone to enable us to contact him easily. Free flow of bottled mineral water are available as well for us to drink while travelling on roads.
3. Careful & Experienced Driver
Mr Tsai is a very careful and skilled driver with at least 20 years of driving experiences. Throughout the entire trip, we have never felt any discomfort arising from the torturing long car ride. Be it climbing uphills to the top of the mountains or driving around the winding mountainous roads, he has no problem delivering us to our destination safely at the shortest time.
3. Professional & Punctual
Our flight was delayed and we arrived in Taiwan 30 minutes later than expected . Upon arrival in Taiwan, we were delighted to find Mr Tsai was already at the airport waiting for us. From our conversations, we got to know that he had been waiting for us since more than an hour ago. He was at the airport early to ensure that he will not be late to pick us up.
Apart from that, Mr Tsai was always very punctual to fetch us from our hotel and start our itinerary for the day. He was humorous and hardworking guy who is always trying his best to entertain and assist us whenever we needed his help.
Throughout the 11 days we spent with him, he will never rush us to get to the next destination. We were free to visit and explore every destination at our own pace. He will not bring us around for shopping unless we requested him to.
For those who are interested in engaging the service of Mr Tsai, you may contact him either via:
Facebook: Facebook Messenger
Whatsapp: +886-926-123000 (International) / 0926-123000 (Domestic)
11 Days 10 Nights Round Island Tour Itinerary
The below shows the itinerary we have planned and covered during the 11 days we spent in Taiwan. Hopefully, this will be helpful to those who are planning to visit Taiwan any time soon.
All the places on the itinerary below will slowly be linked to the individual blog posts that will follow by in the next few months. So be sure follow me on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!
Our itinerary includes the following:
Taipei 台北 > Taichung 台中 > Nantou 南投 (Puli 埔里 > Sun Moon Lake 日月潭) > Nantou 南投 > Pingtung City 屏东县 (Kenting 垦丁) > Taitung 台东 > Hualien 花莲 > Yilan 宜兰 > Taipei 台北
Kuala Lumpur International Airport 吉隆坡国际机场 > Arrival Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 台湾桃园国际机场 > Taichung Xitun District 台中西屯区 > Check In Feng Jia Inn 逢甲Inn > Feng Jia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Day 2: Taichung 台中
Taichung Xitun District 台中西屯区 > Breakfast 早餐 > Zhong She Toursight/ Chung She Tourism Flower Market 中社观光花市 > Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 > Lunch 午餐 > Xinshe Castle / Summit Resort 新社古堡庄园 > Dakeng Lovers' Bridge 大坑情人桥 > Feng Jia Inn 逢甲Inn > Feng Jia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Day 3: Taichung 台中 / Nantou 南投 / Cingjing 清境
Puli King Garden 埔里元首馆 > Puli Brewery 埔里酒厂 > Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 > Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 18 度 C 巧克力工房 > Cingjing 清境 > Check In Brilliant Twins of Seattle 清境西雅图璀璨双城 > Dinner 晚餐 @ Inako Scenic View Cafe Restaurant 伊拿谷景观咖啡餐坊
Day 4: Cingjing 清境 / Tainan 台南 / Kenting 垦丁
Brilliant Twins of Seattle 清境西雅图璀璨双城 > Cingjing Farm - Green Green Grassland 清境农场 - 青青草原 > Tainan, Pingting Country 台南 屏东县 > Kenting 垦丁 > Check In Kenting An B&B 垦丁An 民宿 > Kenting Night Market 垦丁大街
Day 5: Kenting 垦丁 / Taitung 台东
Kenting An B&B 垦丁An 民宿 > Sail Rock 船帆石 > Shadao Ecological Reserve / Sand Island 砂岛 > Eluanbi Park 鹅銮鼻公园 > Kenting National Park 垦丁国家公园 > Duoliang Station 多良火车站 > Check In Taitung Midori B&B 台东米多丽精致民宿 > Dinner 晚餐
Day 6: Taitung 台东 / Hualien 花莲
Taitung Midori B&B 台东米多丽精致民宿 > Taitung Little Yeliu/ Xiaoyeliu 台东小野柳 > Terrace of Three Immortals / Sanxiantai 三仙台风景区 > Donghe Baozi 东河包子 > Mr Brown Avenue / Brown's Road 伯朗大道 > Chihshang Bento Museum 池上包饭~文化故事馆 > Hualien 花莲 > Check In Qixing Tan Qixing Hai B&B/ Chishingtan Chishinghai B&B 七星海民宿
Day 7 : Hualien 花莲 / Yilan 宜兰
Qixing Tan Qixing Hai B&B/ Chishingtan Chishinghai B&B 七星海民宿 > Qixingtan / Chishingtan Scenic Area 七星潭风景区 > Zheng Ji Mochi 曾记麻吉 > Qingshui Cliff / Cingshui Cliff 清水断崖 > Nanfangao Observation Deck / Nanfangao Observatory 南方澳观景台 > Nanfangao Nanning Fish Market 南方澳南宁鱼市场 > Baimi Clog Village 白米木屐村 > Luodong Night Market 羅东观光夜市 > Check In Jiaoxi Quan Jia Hot Spring Hotel 礁溪泉嘉温泉会馆
Day 8: Taipei 台北
Jiaoxi Quan Jia Hot Spring Hotel 礁溪泉嘉温泉会馆 > Yehliu Geopark 野柳地址公园 > Jinshan Old street / Jinbaoli Old Street 金山老街 / 金包里老街 > Dingshan Shell Temple 顶山贝壳庙 > Tamsui Wharf 淡水渔人码头 > Tamsui Old Street 淡水老街 > Check In Taipei Beautiful Inn 台北美栈
Day 9: Taipei 台北
Remains Of The Thirteen Levels 十三层遗址 / Shuinandong Smelter 水湳洞精炼厂 > Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海 > Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布 > Jiufen Old Street 九份老街 > Shifen Old Street 十分老街 > Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布 > Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 > Taipei Beautiful Inn 台北美栈
Day 10: Taipei 台北
Free & Easy 自由行 - Taipei Ximending 台北西门町
Day 10: Taipei 台北 / Kuala Lumpur 吉隆坡
Taipei 台北 > Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 台湾桃园国际机场 > Kuala Lumpur International Airport 吉隆坡国际机场
So, basically, this is my itinerary for my 11 days round island trip to Taiwan. I will be posting individual posts about the places we visited in Taiwan soon. So, be sure to follow me on my Facebook or Twitter to get the latest updates on my 11 days Taiwan adventures! Also, do not forget to share my blog posts with your family and friends if you find them helpful. In the meantime, you might also want to check My Wanderlust page for some of my other travel adventures.