Monday, September 28, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Taitung 台东 - Midori B&B 米多丽精致民宿

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No.105, Lane 998, Minhang Road, 950, Taitung 台东市民航路998巷106号

Leaving Duoliang Station 多良火车站, we got back in the van once again and drove further into Taichung city 台东市 where we checked in Midori B&B 米多丽精致民宿 for the night.

Midori B&B 米多丽精致民宿 

Midori B&B is a beautiful six bedroom, double storey terraced house located just 5 minutes drive away from Taitung airport 台东机场.  The property is surrounded by open countryside, gardens and farmland.

Types Of Room &Rates

Midori B&B offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and need. The types and rates of accommodation offered by Midori B&B is as per below. Please note that the following rates stated below is inclusive of breakfast.

Types Of Room
Sun - Thurs
Fri & Sat
Public Holidays
Chinese New Year Period
Small Double
TWD 1,500
TWD 1,500
TWD 3,000
Medium Double
TWD 1,800
TWD 1,800
TWD 3,500
Large Double
TWD 2,000
TWD 2,000
TWD 4,000
TWD 2,400
TWD 2,400
TWD 5,000
TWD 3,400
TWD 3,400
TWD 7,600
TWD 3,600
TWD 3,600
TWD 8,000

As usual, Mr Tsai has booked a 6-person room in order to accommodate the 6 of us. Payment for our room was made in cash upon arrival.

The B&B is situated in a very quiet location, away from the bustling crowds, noisy traffic and pollution. There are no convenience stores, restaurants and anything nearby the property. Although the B&B is located near to the airport, its location is not easily accessible by public transport. I would only recommend anyone to book this B&B only if you have a driver.

We were greeted with a warm welcome upon arrival. The owner were exceptionally helpful, friendly and accommodating.  

Free private parking is available on site, so parking is not an issue. The house has a nice front porch area with ample of space for vehicles of any size.

The owner was kind and happy to show us around his farm and mini garden. Its quiet location provides a very relaxed atmosphere and a perfect place for rest.

Once in the house, we were asked to remove our shoes and change into a pair of indoor slippers. However, I prefer to walk barefoot around the house because it feels more comfortable to me.

The spacious ground floor is made up largely of windows, which allowed plenty of sunshine into the home.

The moment when we stepped into the house, we felt very welcomed and comfortable. It was well-lit with yellowish lights, which gave the entire place a very warm and comfy feel.

The ground floor features an open-plan living room with fully fitted kitchen, dining area and a toilet.  

Midori B&B offers all the comfort of home, with well-furnished and comfortable rooms and the delight of home-cooked breakfast prepared by the owner's wife. Breakfast was very basic but filling, consisting of plain rice congee and a few side dishes. Fresh milk, coffee and tea are also served with breakfast.

Water cooler is also provided for guests to refill their water bottle at any time of the day.  

The second floor accessible by a parquet staircase offers four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony.

The staircase landing features a built in bookcase filled with books for reading pleasure.

Fitted with parquet flooring, the modern air-conditioned room was elegantly decorated and it felt just like home as soon as we stepped in. The room was spacious, clean and well-equipped with three queen sized beds, a small round coffee table, a red 2-seater sofa, satellite TV and individually controlled air-conditioning.

TV selection was great, with plenty of channels to flip through. In addition to that, we also enjoyed free, fast and strong Wifi connection throughout our entire stay at Midori B&B.

Beside each bed, there was a small cabinet for us to store our belongings in an easy to reach place. The room is a decent size with plenty of space for us to place our luggage without tripping over them.

The beds were extremely comfortable that we fell asleep as soon as our head hit the pillows. Despite being so close to the airport, there was minimal plane noise. The surrounding was quiet, so we had a really good night sleep.

Other amenities include a large built-in wardrobe, dressing table and a mini fridge.

Basic toiletries such as comb, shaver, disposable toothbrush and toothpaste are provided for guest use. Each of these are packed in individual sachets for complete hygiene. 

Apart from that, there were also sufficient towels provided in the room for every guests. Each of the towels were nicely folded and stacked neatly in place on a dressing table. 

Our room also features an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in glass shower.  The bathroom was spacious, well-maintained and spotlessly clean. There was plenty of space for us to hang our clothes and towels when we shower. Thus, we do not have any worries about getting our clothes wet.

Some of the other bathroom amenities include a hair dryer, bidet and makeup mirror.

Other than that, the bathroom is also well-equipped with soap, hair shampoo and conditioner mounted on the wall in a dispenser.

Our room also opens out to a private balcony overlooking the garden and countryside.

The balcony is a great place to unwind with a cup of tea or to relax with a book. This was where we can leave all the hustle and bustle behind and enjoy a slower pace of life.

The B&B is a perfect place for anyone who is tired of the hectic and exhausted city life.

Overall, we had a wonderful time staying at Midori B&B. We thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome and gracious hospitality provided from the owner and his wife. The property was immaculately clean, spacious and comfortable.

It was a truly home away from home! I wish we could stay here longer than just a night. However, we could not extend our stay due to tight itinerary.We were very happy to stay at this beautiful property and really appreciate every little effort that the owners put in to make our stay pleasant and unforgettable.

Price wise, it was very reasonable and affordable. I would definitely recommend Midori B&B to anyone looking for a clean and quiet place to stay in Taitung City. This is where we get to sit back, relax and enjoy the laid-back pace of life. Absolutely the perfect place to escape mass tourism from the city.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Taitung 台东 - Duoliang Station 多良火车站

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No. 8-1, Longsi Road, Duoliang Village, Taimali Township, Taitung Country 台东县太麻里乡多良村泷溪路8-1号

Leaving Kenting National Park 垦丁国家公园, we embarked on a long car journey to Taitung 台东 via the Southern Cross-Island Highway, located at the southeast coast of Taiwan facing the Pacific Ocean.

Taitung is third largest country in Taiwan, yet its remote location makes it the least visited and least well-known destination on the island. The drive from Kenting National Park to Taitung takes about 2 hours through narrow winding mountain roads. Although tedious, the sights along the way were exceptionally breathtaking.

After a 2 hours car journey, we arrived at Duoliang Station 多良火车站.

Duoliang Station 多良火车站

Located in Taimali Township, Taitung, Duoliang Station is one of the train station of South-Link Line operated by the Taiwan Railways Adminstration. Built and completed in 1991, the 98.2 km long South-Link Line runs along the southern tip of Taiwan, connecting the eastern and western coasts.

Named as the most beautiful train station in Taiwan, Duoliang station is known to have officially ceased its railway services in 2006 due to low patronage. Currently, the station serves as a tourist spot for both local and international visitors.

Duoliang Station is located up a slightly steep slope, along the No.9 Provincial Highway. It had rained earlier and was slightly drizzling when we arrived.

I believe some of you must be wondering why Duoliang Station is named the "most beautiful train station" in Taiwan.

This is the only train station in Taiwan that overlooks the breathtaking landscape of the Pacific Ocean. 

The entire train track run along the coast, with beautiful Pacific ocean on one side and lush green mountains on the other.

We walked down a few flight of stairs that leads to a viewing platform offering a stunning panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding landscapes.

From the platform, the view is beautiful beyond description. This is a perfect spot to enjoy the amazing view below.

We were delighted to be surrounded by amazing ocean view, lush greenery and mountains. The coastline and mountainous inland are exceptionally stunning and largely unspoilt. It was so picture perfect.

I was glad that the drizzle was able to stop for us to capture some nice looking group photos.

Since the drizzle has stopped, we took our time to admire the scenery that surrounded us and took plenty of pictures. The picturesque scenery offers great backdrop for photo opportunities.

The station is not crowded and  almost never crowded since this is not a well-known attraction in Taitung. We were glad to enjoy uninterrupted photo-taking time while admiring the view.

Just like any other tourist destination, there is a coin-operated binocular that allowed one a close-up view of the area.

I could feel the gentle breeze on my face while the waves delicately kiss the shoreline. Everywhere we looked, it was peaceful and calm. 

Next to the train station,there is a souvenir shop selling some of the usual tourist souvenirs. Unfortunately, nothing really caught our eyes so we left store empty handed

Taitung is relatively undeveloped compared to the rest of Taiwan, with most of its areas being left unspoiled. Being one of the least-visited country in Taiwan, Taitung is far less crowded with both locals and international visitors, thus making it a great place to enjoy tranquility and nature. 

I would recommend anyone to include Duoliang Station in your itinerary if you are visiting Taitung. The view is absolutely stunning and breathtaking. Definitely worth a visit!

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Kenting 垦丁: Kenting National Park 垦丁国家公园

Photo By: Elin Chow

Leaving Eluanbi Park 鹅銮鼻公园, we continued our journey north, spending the rest of the day driving and exploring the eastern coast of Kenting National Park 垦丁国家公园 before embarking on a long journey to Taitung 台东.

Kenting National Park 垦丁国家公园

Situated at the southern tip of Hengchun Peninsula, Kenting National Park is the oldest national park in Taiwan. Known for its tropical weather, white sandy coral beaches, towering mountains, breathtaking seaside cliffs and stunning coastline, Kenting is a popular beach destination in Taiwan, attracting over 6 millions of local and international visitors each year.

It was a hot and sunny day in Kenting. We drove for miles on this bright blue day with the dazzling azure ocean on our right and cool green mountains on our left. Along the drive, we stopped at several scenic locations just to stretch our legs a bit and take some photos of the surrounding scenery.

Fongchueisha 风吹砂

First, we stopped at a place named Fongchueisha 风吹砂, which translated means "wind blown sand".

Located between Eluanbi Recreation Area on the east coast and Jialeshuei Recreation Area, Fongchueisha is formed by unique weather pattern in the area.

During wet seasons in summer months, eroded sands are being washed into the ocean; the flow of sand forms a "sand river". During winter, the strong northeastern wind blows the sand up to the top of the cliffs, thus creating the spectacular view of sand falls, sand rivers and sand hills.

We stood on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean, enjoying the warm breeze and sunshine. I could feel the summer heat on my face and arms, but the ocean breeze blew away the heat.

The picturesque natural landscape offers plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photgraphy. 

We spent some time taking photos and admiring the spectacular view from the top before continuing our journey further north.

Just as its name suggests, the wind was so strong in this area that it picked up sand and drove it against our skin. Sand was flying everywhere around us, piercing straight into our skin like countless needles. 

After our photo opportunity, we got back into the car and continued our drive north. Along the route, there are spectacular views around every corner to stop, admire and take a photo of. But of course, it was impossible for us to stop at every one of them. 

We stopped at a roadside rest stop next. The rest stop offers an uninterrupted stunning views over the ocean and surrounding mountains, providing excellent photo opportunities.

It was a peaceful place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax under the warmth of afternoon sun as you listen to the calming ocean waves.

Step back, take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, slow down and forget everything for a moment.

We sat silently for a while, enjoying the glorious scenery accompanied by a gentle ocean breeze. 

An unspoiled haven of natural beauty, Kenting National Park is an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys breathtaking scenery and stunning ocean views at every turn. It is one of the perfect place for people who are looking for peace, tranquility and nature.

Much of the national park remains largely unspoilt and undeveloped, making it a delight to explore. The roads were empty, the surface was good and the natural scenery was fantastic. Whether you are a nature lover or not, Kenting National Park is definitely a must visit place if you are in Kenting.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!