Backpacking Mainland SouthEast Asia – 3 Countries – 5 Cities – 8 Days for 19k

I don’t wanna crossover between this genre, that genre. Between you and I is where I wanna crossover, cross the line. I just wanna go further between here and there grow wiser… together you and I, we can cross all borders, you and I – Utada Hikaru sings on her Interlude. It was the most repeated song as we toured 3 of Mainland SouthEast Asia’s countries – Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand.

My girlfriend is a big fan of Thailand (mainly because of Mario Maurer’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love movie) so I was always eyeing for pisofare to Bangkok. I told her it is possible to go to other SouthEast Asian countries by land travel and we both decided to do this epic tour – excited and kinda scared at the same time.

EXPENSES 2 PAX PER PAX
Roundtrip Airfare with 20kg Baggage Allowance 5935 2967.5
Travel Tax 3240 1620
Mekong Delta Tour – Vietnam 954.66 477.33
Accommodation – Vietnam 3070.14 1535.07
Accommodation – Phnom Penh Cambodia 885.99 442.995
Accommodation – Siem Reap Cambodia 1791.7 895.85
Accommodation – Bangkok 2390.71 1195.355
Pocket Money 20000 10000
GRAND TOTAL 38268.2 19134.1

Always flying on Pisofare, I grabbed this Manila – Ho Chi Minh – Bangkok – Manila airfare for only 5935 for two – P2967.5 roundtrip inclusive of 20kg baggage allowance. Thank you Cebu Pacific Air as always! Keep those low fares coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

Indochina Itinerary

Let’s fly!

DAY 1

Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Backpacking Indochina

We arrived at NAIA around 730PM for our 1030PM flight. We just breezed through the bag drop as well as the immigration process. This was probably the shortest international flight – just an hour or so of flying and I can already see the ground lol I didn’t even get the chance to sleep.

It was a smooth touchdown at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. After clearing the airport procedure, we checked the money changers and looked for the best rates. We exchanged just 50 USD and had more than a million VND. Outside the airport, there are guys offering taxi deals but we found it ridiculously expensive. We used Grab instead using the free airport wifi and found it way cheaper than what the guys were offering.

We then boarded the Grab car and it was about 45mins ride to District 1, where our hotel La Felix Hotel is located. We checked in and went outside to get something to eat.

Lights out.

DAY 2

Mekong Delta Tour
Bui Vien Walking Street

We woke up very early for the 9AM Mekong Delta Tour. Our stay includes free breakfast buffet so we took advantage of that before heading to The Sinh Tourist.

We availed of the Mekong Delta Tour for 438,000 VND – roughly 954.66 pesos for two – which makes it 477.33 pesos per person! You can book directly from their website.

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The Sinh Tourist is located just few steps from La Felix Hotel. The staff assisted us and we didn’t have any problems with our tour booking. We then followed the other guests to the tour bus. There are vendors selling souvenirs and they can be very pushy – I was able to buy some ref magnets.

The tour was from 9AM to 5PM and includes free lunch. Just a reminder, check your boat and tour-mates very carefully. We boarded the wrong boat and it was a shame cause the other tourists laughed at us lol.

We arrived back at District 1 around 5PM and went back to our hotel to freshen up. We then strolled around District 1 and found ourselves in Bui Vien Walking Street. It was a very busy street with tons of restaurants and street foods. We had dinner in one of the restaurants around here.

DAY 3

War Remnants Museum
Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)
Notredame Cathedral
Saigon Central Post Office
Opera House
District 1
Departure for Phnom Penh

It was raining hard the next day. We wrapped up for our departure to Phnom Penh before having our buffet breakfast. It was nice meeting fellow Filipinos during the elevator ride and who were also headed for the breakfast. We talked about itineraries and they were surprised that it’s possible to go to Cambodia and Thailand just by land travel.

Originally, we were supposed to have the Saigon Walking Tour but it was raining hard. We headed outside for some iced coffee. We were running out of time so we didn’t get too far from the hotel.ย  We checked out at 12PM for our 1PM ride to Phnom Penh. There are lots of tour operators near the hotel and we were offered transfer options, we picked the cheapest one to save a few dollars.

We reached Bavet, Cambodia in less than 2 hours of ride. We dropped off and queued for immigration process. We were asked to pay a few dollars but we told them Philippine Passport holders are visa-free in Cambodia. They stamped our passports and we walked our way to the exit. We waited for all other tourists and then continued the ride.

There are stop-overs during the ride for food and toilet break. Just in case you got a wrong timing, you can politely request the driver to pull over and he will stop at the next gas station.

We arrived at Cambodia’s capital around 6PM but we were greeted with heavy traffic that it took almost an hour to get to the drop point. We then boarded a tuktuk upon disembarking since it began raining again. We asked the driver to wait for us for a money changer and I had exchanged a few dollars for Cambodian Riel. We paid $3 for the tuktuk ride.

We checked in at Hotel Zing Phnom Penh and had our cold fried rice that we bought at the stop over as dinner. We weren’t able to go outside because the rain started pouring like there’s a storm.

DAY 4

Royal Palace
Central Market
Departure from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Pub Street
Angkor Night Market

Another rainy day. We were supposed to go to the Royal Palace but the rain stopped us. We just walked around the area and found ourselves in the Central Market. Lots of stores are still closed and we just ate noodles and iced coffee for breakfast.

We were picked up by the bus at 9AM for our trip to Siem Reap which would take roughly 6 hours. There were only 8 tourists on the bus and it was very very spacious. We had some stop overs for lunch and souvenirs.

We arrived at Siem Reap around 3PM and we boarded a tuktuk to our hotel. The driver offered us the tour for Angkor Wat for $20 dollars (1k pesos – 500 pesos each). It was not a bad deal so I grabbed it. If we were on a group of 4, it would only cost us just 250 each. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The staff at Day Day Inn explained gave us tourist map as well as offered us some tours and transfers thus we booked our bus to Bangkok. We saw fellow Filipinos at the hotel and we invited them to join us on Angkor Wat Tour but they said they have a different itinerary the next day. We just shared the tuktuk ride together to Pub Street.

We had food trip at Pub Street and Angkor Night Market. I totally loved the Fried Ice Cream here. If you’re brave enough, you can try their exotic foods like snakes and spiders. We grabbed some drinks and fried rice from the restaurant and headed back to Day Day Inn. The pool was very inviting so we had night swimming together with the foreigners. It was nice talking to Europeans and Americans who are loving the SouthEast Asia. I invited them to visit The Philippines and they told us it was part of their tour.

Lights Out.

DAY 5

Angkor Wat
Ta Phrom
Bayon Temple
Pub Street

Backpacking Indochina

We woke up at 2AM for the 4AM call time. Our tuktuk driver arrived before 4AM and we then headed to Angkor Wat Tourism Office. There were so many tourist already lined up for the ticket. The ticket costs $37 each (1850 pesos) and then we headed to Angkor Wat. There are vendors before entering the temple and we bought some banh mi (not sure if it’s still called banh mi here in Cambodia hehe).

We were inside Angkor Wat just before the sunrise and it was priceless to see the sun shine the temple. All tourists flocked on the lake portion of the tower but we were already at the entrance lol. Their goal was get the post-card Angkor Wat picture. We explored every part of the temple and it felt like being thousands of years in the past.

We had lunch at one of the restaurants inside the Angkor Wat and it was funny because they are named from Hollywood. We ate at James Bond’s restaurant lol. There were also kids selling ref magnets and they can even speak Tagalog and they also accept the Philippine Peso. I bought some ref magnets and we also shopped for some Cambodian outfits.

We met our tuktuk driver waiting outside and we headed to the next temple calledย  Ta Phrom. Angelina Jolie’s first Tomb Raider was filmed here. I totally loved the big trees here, it felt like being in Final Fantasy IX. We bought some softdrinks outside because the sun was scorching hot and then off to the next stop called Bayon Temple.

The tuktuk driver offered us some more tours for $10 but since it was very very hot that afternoon, we decided to just go back to the hotel to swim. We woke up around 6PM and went back to Pub Street for some shakes and fried ice cream.

DAY 6

Departure from Siem Reap to Bangkok
Khao San Road

The hotel staff booked us our bus ticket to Bangkok during our check in. We prepared early and then we had a lite breakfast as we waited for the bus. The bus arrived before 8AM and it was almost full. We were seated at the last row.

It took roughly 3 hours to reach Poipet where the border and immigration control is located. We got off the bus and went to the immigration process. We were not asked to pay anything and the immigration officer just stamped our passport.

We had lunch outside the building as we waited for other tourists. It was almost 2PM when we finally departed. There are some stop overs and I can’t help but eat the grilled pork again and again – it’s so good for just 10 baht.

Backpacking Indochina

We arrived around 7PM in Khao San Road – very busy tourist spot with lots of items and foods for sale. We looked for our hotel and checked in before heading back again to Khao San Road for dinner.

DAY 7

Bangkok City Tour

Our first stop is the Grand Palace, unfortunately, there seems to be a program and all of the students in Bangkok are there. My girlfriend was in a bad mood over this because this is her goal in Bangkok. We just walked around the city and found ourselves in Wat Mahathat.

A middle-aged guy offered to tour us around the temple and even took pictures of us (Thank you!). He told us that there’s free entrance at the Grand Palace at 2PM because it’s Buddha Day. Then he offered us a floating market boat which is 1000 baht one way and that would cost us 4000 baht (almost 8k pesos). He said it would be perfect to take the offer and we will be back right in time for the free entrance. It was an obvious scam and we told him we don’t have enough money because we already spent a lot in Vietnam and Cambodia. He got upset and sent us away from the temple.

We then crossed the Chao Phraya River which only costs 7 baht for two. We found ourselves in a new temple and then we feasted street foods and iced drinks.

Backpacking Indochina

DAY 8

Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Last day of this epic tour. I felt a bit sad and I wish weย could extend.

We woke up very early since our flight is at 9AM, we should be at the airport at around 6AM. We booked a Grab to the airport since the bus is not yet scheduled to depart. We arrived with a very beautiful sunrise at the airport.

WOW, Suvarnabhumi International Airport is indeed the Pride of Thailand. I love this airport more than I love Narita and KIX (sorry Japan).

Backpacking Indochina

We boarded our scheduled flight and safely landed at NAIA Terminal 3.

It was such an amazing tour and I wish we could do it again, adding Laos on the itinerary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Where to Stay in Taipei, Taiwan?

Looking for a place to stay in Taipei, Taiwan?

Check out One Plus One Hotel which is located near the Ximen Station (just 1 station away from Taipei Main Station)

This is a small hotel which is located at the 3rd Floor of #34 Kunming St, Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. It is very near the Ximending Night Market so you are surrounded by convenience stores, foods and drinks, as well as souvenirs.

HOW TO GO TO ONE PLUS ONE HOTEL?

From Taipei Main Station, go to Ximen Station which is just 1 station apart. Go to Exit 6 and walk to the right towards Kunming St and find the building #34. It might be hard to find the first time so ask around or use Google Maps. ๐Ÿ™‚

Below are some pics taken during our stay and check out my quick One Plus One Hotel review.

One Plus One Hotel

One Plus One Hotel
One Plus One Hotel

The elevator and lobby. You can get free candies from the jar ๐Ÿ˜€

One Plus One Hotel

One Plus One Hotel reception area. The owner is very nice and could help you with your Taiwan itinerary.

One Plus One Hotel

The hallway

One Plus One Hotel

The doors are using regular keys

One Plus One Hotel

Our clean and comfy bed.

One Plus One Hotel

Everything is white in this comfort / shower room! It was very very clean when we arrived!

One Plus One Hotel

Our room has a big television. My nephew enjoyed watching animated films though in Chinese language.

One Plus One Hotel

A gentle reminder posted at the back of the door.

One Plus One Hotel

There’s free coffee as well as hot and cold water located near the elevator so take advantage of that ๐Ÿ™‚

One Plus One Hotel

We had an amazing stay at One Plus One Hotel, look at how my nephew sleeping so soundly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out rates and book thru Agoda.

 

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Taipei City to Taichung Station by Bus 1826

People who set their eyes on Taiwan will probably have Taichung on their itinerary. Taichung is 3 hours away from Taipei and is perfect for a day trip from the capital. The most popular destinations are Houli Flower Farm, Rainbow Village and the Sun and Moon Lake.

My cousin is working in Taichung so we took the time to go to Taichung to meet her and we planned to go to Houli Flower Farm and Rainbow Village together.

All set, we opted to go to Taichung DIY-style, by taking the Bus 1826 from Taipei Main Station, instead of hiring a private car to go there.

First, go to Taipei Main Station and head to the bus platform. I know Taipei Main Station is quite like a maze so don’t hesitate to ask the people around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

We went to the Kuo-Kuang Bus Station which is located outside the Taipei Main Station. They directed us to go to the one inside the mall instead.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The Bus Station inside the mall looks great and is well maintained just like the main bus station. The air-conditioning and space gives travelers cool head while waiting for their buses.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The booth for Kuo-Kuang Bus. Here you can purchase your ticket.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

Taipei to Taichung costs NTD 270 per adult.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The Kuo-Kuang 1826 Bus bound for Taichung.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

We boarded the bus just in time for our 9AM departure.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The bus has mini TV which my nephew enjoyed just seeing himself from the reflection lol

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The bus offers high-speed Free WiFi.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The bus leaves exactly as the departure time so be sure to be early or you might miss your bus.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

There’s a charging port so no worries about your mobile device getting low power.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

It has a comfort room so you don’t have to worry about your weak bladder.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

We arrived in rainy Taichung around 12noon, just in time for the 3-hour ride.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The child ticket costs only NTD 155.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

The Kuo-Kuang Ticket Office in Taichung Bus Terminal. According to their staff, the last trip going to Taipei is at 11PM.

Taipei to Taichung by Bus 1826

Lastly, you can use your credit card to purchase the bus tickets. The receipt is for 3 adults and 1 kid.

Taiwan Itinerary

If you’ve read my Taiwan Itinerary, you probably knew that we failed to go to the Flower Farm and Rainbow Village due to the heavy rain. Despite that, it has been a fruitful tour because we were able to reunite with our relative.

I hope to be back in Taichung again and hopefully on a sunny day. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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#WalangForever in Taiwan – 6D5N Itinerary for 15k

I first set sights on Taiwan after watching the movie #WalangForever way back 2015. I thought it was going to be my next destination but it was only this year (2019) that I was able to go to Taiwan.

Taiwan is currently visa-free for Filipinos. I did not actually worry about Taiwan not extending the visa-free status since I can enter Taiwan with the use of my Japan Tourist Visa.

Let’s explore Taipei, do-it-yourself style ๐Ÿ˜‰

Below is the summary of my expenses:

EXPENSES AMOUNT
Roundtrip Airfare (Pisofare) 2026.79
Baggage Allowance 2198
Travel Tax 1620
6D5N Accommodation at One Plus One Hotel 2489.75
EasyCard 925
Airport Bus Roundtrip 408.58
Taichung Bus Roundtrip 829.26
Pocket Money 4500
TOTAL 14997.38

I scored another pisofare deal from Cebu Pacific Air way back last year. PHP 8107.16 for 4 persons equals PHP 2026.79 roundtrip airfare to Taipei!

Below is the screenshot of the payment details ๐Ÿ˜‰
cebu pacific pisofare taiwan

For the accommodation, we stayed at One Plus One Hotel which costed PHP 9958.99, divided by 4 equals PHP 2489.75 each for 6D5N.

To be honest with you, my tour in Taipei was incomplete. There’s so much missing, so many places we didn’t get to visit due to the rain. My heart is longing to be back as soon as possible. Despite the rain and missing pieces – we were able to enjoy Taipei.

Day 1 – Touchdown Taiwan!
Taoyuan International Airport
Taipei Main Station
Ximen

Taiwan Itinerary

Cebu Pacific Air welcomed us to Taoyuan International Airport as we touched down the sunny Taiwan. Our lansones was confiscated at the airport. Just a reminder, if you’re heading to Taiwan, do not bring fruits and vegetables. Good thing there was no fine at all. Meanwhile, bringing meat products could cost 1 Million NTD.

My nephew was so energetic and is taking the lead. We decided to take the bus to Taipei and had lunch at Taipei Main Station.

We bought 4 EasyCards with 400 NTD each for use in our train rides in Taipei. Ximen (my nephew calls this X-Men Station) is our home station and is just next to Taipei Main Station.

Taiwan Itinerary

We had hard time finding our hotel, we went to the opposite end of the road and that the hotel is on the other end, as usual, charge to experience. We were so exhausted with all the baggage and heat. We checked-in and stayed for a bit (AC finally!) and went out for dinner. I was surprised to see Ximending especially during the night – it feels like I was teleported to Tokyo! Huge billboards, overwhelming crowd, bright lights, it’s like a city that never sleeps.

Day 2 – The Cable Car Ride and The Great Panda
Maokong Gondola
Taipei Zoo
Taipei 101

My nephew is a big fan of Panda and this is his main quest in Taipei – to see for himself the Great Panda. We woke up early and left the hotel just around 8AM. The owner was very helpful and guided the shortcut to Ximen Station as well as the train route to take. We reached Taipei Zoo Station and my nephew was already hungry so we ate biscuits at the benches before heading to Maokong Gondola.

I loved the Cable Car in Singapore and I’m not letting the chance to ride the Maokong Gondola pass me by. I was about to use my credit card to buy tickets but the staff told me to use theย  EasyCard for $20 discount ($40 discount roundtrip). Great deal! We opted for see-through Crystal Cabin.

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I love the Crystal Cabin but my nephew seems so afraid.

It was very windy up top and we had lunch at Hi-Mart. I also loved the sweet potatoes outside the station. We grabbed some fruit drinks and sat by the stairs for about 30 minutes before heading down the zoo.

The little guy was so hyper for the zoo, this is his first time. He has tons of energy and goes ahead of us. He kept yelling once he sees new animals and drags me to see them too lol. And finally, his dream to see the Panda came true.

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He asked me to take a photo of him and acted like he was bitten by the Black Panda.

All of us were exhausted exploring the zoo and it was scorching hot too so we decided to go. My nephew was the only one who disagreed saying there are more animals to see. It’s 3 vs 1 so he lost – and he gave in to his hunger so he agreed to leave as well lol.

The Taipei 101 was our last destination for the day. We took groufies outside the stationย for the tower and headed inside to look for food. For pasalubong, check outย Jason’s Marketplace – there are mark down items and some are on Buy 1 Take 1 promo. One more thing to note is that they offer $50 OFF on $500 purchase (this offer may be for a limited period only). We grabbed some chocolates and Taiwan’s famous Pineapple Cake for pasalubong.

We went back to Ximen and explored the area a bit before heading back to the hotel.

Day 3 – The Failed Trip to the Flower Farm and a Mini Reunion
Taichung Station
Taroko Mall
Taipei City Mall

Taiwan Itinerary

We woke up very early for Taichung! My cousin works in Taichung and we haven’t seen her for like 3 years now. The goal was to meet her and we’ll go together to the Flower Farm and Rainbow Village.

It was a sunny morning in Taipei and we headed to Koh Kuang Bus Station to board a bus to Taichung. The weather gradually changed as we travel to Taichung. We reached Taichung Station just in time for lunch and it was raining hard.

My cousin Rose was already there waiting and we braved the rain and headed to Taroko Mall for lunch. My mother and my cousin had a lot of catching up to do. From time to time, we were checking if we can proceed to the Flower Farm but unfortunately the weather was not cooperating.

We headed to RJay Supermart, a Filipino grocery just a few blocks away from Taichung Station. They sell cheap pasalubong and we grabbed some chocolates and goods. The ladies there liked my chubby nephew and they were teasing him that he can eat everything he want but he should stay there.

5PM and still it was raining, we failed to see the Flower Farm and Rainbow Village. Too bad I know. Good thing we got reunited with my cousin so the trip there wasn’t a waste at all.

We boarded the 5:15 bus back to Taipei and arrived around 8PM. We saw another Jason’s Marketplace and hoarded more pasalubong before going home.

Day 4 – Very Lazy Rainy Day
Guanghua Digital Plaza
National Theater and Concert Hall
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Alarm was set for 7AM. We had coffee and bread for breakfast and even prepared. It was still raining and we were all tired from the trip to Taichung (and probably down because we did not see the Flower Farm lol) so we decided to take a nap first.

My nephew woke us at around 1PM nagging he was hungry. We left the hotel at around 2PM and had lunch at the Japanese restaurant in Ximending Walking District.

Taiwan Itinerary
Gundam Base Taiwan – Guanghua Digital Plaza

I am currently looking for a PlayStation 3 controller so I Googled the best place for electronic gadgets in Taipei. Our next destination was Guanghua Digital Plaza, a massive cyber zone in Taipei. My nephew immediately saw the Nintendo Switch and he wanted me to buy it for him – reminding me it was his wish for his birthday last August. He was throwing tantrums and we were not in good terms during the entire exploration in Guanghua. I wasn’t able to find a PS3 controller though since most stores are on PS4. It was past 4PM when we left Guanghua.

We next headed to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, one of Taipei’s famous landmark and tourist spot. This was shown in the movie #WalangForever as well. We were lucky to witness the changing of guards here.

If you could stay until around 6PM for sunset and the night lights, here’s what you can expect to see:

Taiwan Itinerary

Day 5 – More of Taipei
National Taiwan University
Longshan Temple
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Taipei 101

Technically our last day in Taipei, we set the alarm for 6AM so we could maximize the day. We will never leave without visiting the National Taiwan University which was home to the hit Taiwanese drama Meteor Gardenย so it was the first in the itinerary for the day. We had lunch at Yoshinoya which is located just across the university.

The next stop was Longshan Temple which is located just outside Longshan Temple Station. They say that Longshan is the most loved temple in Taiwan and I felt that during our stay. People are solemnly praying and somehow I felt like being in ancient Formosa. We had merienda near the bakeshop and my mom got tired from all the walking and told us she’ll return to the hotel and call it a day.

We all went back to Ximen and rested for a bit. Originally, our next destination is the Elephant Mountain but my mom did not want to hike due to the injury and decided to just stay at the hotel. My nephew wanted to go with us but we told him to stay with his grandma.

We continued the journey and headed to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park instead so we can save time and skip hiking. We also saw the Taipei Dome which is still under construction – in my head I was wishing Utada Hikaru Live in Taipei awww. We walked through the park all the way to the Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101 Station. Back to Jason’s Marketplace, we bought some foods for dinner and the final stretch for pasalubong.

Taiwan Itinerary

Taiwan Itinerary

Day 6 – Going Home ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Taoyuan International Airport
NAIA

Sad that it’s time to go home. We woke up at 4AM and had lite breakfast. We prepared and checked out at 6AM. We have heavier luggage now due to pasalubong. We again decided to take the bus to go to the airport.

We departed the Taipei Main Station at 7AM and arrived around 8AM at Taoyuan International Airport, plenty of time for our 10:45 flight back to Manila. We checked-in at Cebu Pacific Air counter and dropped our 60-kilo baggage. We had another breakfast at the food court before proceeding to the boarding gate.

Back to reality…

I will skip Taipei next time and just head straight to the below destinations ๐Ÿ˜€

Shifen
Jiufen
Yamingshan National Park
Xinshe Sea of Flowers
Zhongshe Flower Market

At least I have more reason to come back to Taiwan right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus

Cebu Pacific Air welcomes you to Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan.

I can still recall the First Officer’s DJ-like voice that welcomed us to Taiwan.
After clearing the airport security and immigration, we grabbed our luggage and I asked my family how we will travel to Taipei City.

There are many ways to go to the city and we excluded the taxi as an option because it is very expensive. We are down to taking the train or the bus. The train is faster but a bit more expensive and we thought that it may be full because most people prefer to take the train. It would be hard to hold the luggage and we have a kid traveling with us so we decided to take the bus so everyone can sit comfortably without the luggage.

Let me convince you to take the bus to Taipei! ๐Ÿ˜‰

From Taoyuan International Airport, follow the signs that says Bus to City, it will lead you to the lower levels of the airport.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus

There’s my nephew who loves to go first, he’s the leader for our tour. Keep following the signs to the lower level.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (1)

You can see the buses lined up outside once you’re at the terminal. Inside, the bus companies’ ticket booths are lined up where you can buy tickets to your destination.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (3)

Kuo-kuang Bus 1819 was the most recommended online that’s why I chose this company. An adult ticket costs NTD 135 and for the child, it is NTD 70. The 1819 buses leave at 30 minutes interval and operates 24/7.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (6)

Show your ticket to the driver and he will get your luggage and store it at the lower compartment of the bus.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (4)

The bus has 2×2 seating arrangement and almost half empty. Everyone is seated comfortably without worrying about their luggage unlike at the train where we might be standing.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (8)

The bus has Free wifi with really good speed and has charging ports as well so you’ll never run out of battery. Just plug your cable and connect the port to your mobile device.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (7)

After an hour, we arrived at Taipei Main Station, like the name says, it is the main gateway to every trains and buses in Taipei. From there you can take the local train to where your hotel is.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (11)

Going home, we again decided to take the bus to Taoyuan International Airport. The station is located just outside the Taipei Main Station. Just make sure you have ample time to catch your flight just to be safe.

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (9)Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City by Bus (10)

The adult ticket is NTD 135 and the child is NTD 70.

I recommend traveling by bus to or from Taoyuan International Airport especially if you have kids traveling with you. It was a very pleasant experience for our travel in Taiwan.

 

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City?

We touched down at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City very late at night. After exchanging money at the airport, we hailed a Grab Taxi to our hotel which is located in District 1. It took about 45 minutes from the airport to reach our hotel.

The hotel is surrounded by 24/7 stores and restaurants. We grabbed a bite first at the nearby convenience store before checking in.

We paid 3070.14 pesos for 3D2N stay (divided by 2 = 1535.07 per person for 2 nights).ย  You can check rates / book thru Agoda.

La Felix Hotel

The staff are very approachable and helpful. After verifying our passports and stay details, they assisted us and showed us our room.

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La Felix Hotel

Our room was very spacious. It has a very comfy bed and a TV (which we did not even bother using). We enjoyed the very fast wifi connection even inside the room.

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Shower and toilet were clean. I just don’t like the glass shower cover as I feel like it’s going to get broken. The towels are very soft and there’s also free shower kit.

La Felix Hotel

La Felix Hotel

The restaurant is located at the top floor and it has a great ambiance with music and city view.

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Our stay has breakfast included. We thought it’s just going to be a small bite breakfast but we were really surprised – it was buffet breakfast – eat all you can! They have rice meals, bread, egg, fruits and vegetables. For drinks, they offer tea, coffee and fresh juice drinks.

The location is great – it is very near some of the must see tourist spots in Saigon like the ones below:

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
Pham Ngu Lao Street
Ben Thanh Market
Reunification Palace
War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh Square
Bitexco Financial Tower – Saigon Skydeck
Central Post Office

Too bad during our stay it was raining so we never get to visit those ๐Ÿ˜ฆย 

Additionally, it is surrounded by travel agencies where you can book tours like the Mekong-Delta Tour. Also, these travel agencies cater to booking bus/vans bound to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia as well as Bangkok, Thailand.

I totally loved the features offered and felt like it was totally worth the money. Will definitely stay here again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the rates in Agoda. Click the image below to book.

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