It’s been a month since we went to Taiwan. It’s crazy how time flies! I still remember counting the days since I got our tickets sometime in December of 2018.
Anyway, I’ll be sharing with you our DIY Itinerary and a list of our expenses. I hope it helps you plan your Taiwan trip. I hope you won’t get a lost like we did. It was fun though.
Taiwan is visa-free for Philippine passport holders until July 31, 2019.
So, we’re from Mindanao. We flew all the way from Davao to Clark. Yep, it was a long trip for us just to get to Taiwan, The Heart of Asia. No regrets though!
Day 1 – January 18, 2019 (Friday)
- 6:05 PM – Depart Clark International Airport.
- 8:05 PM – Arrival in Taoyuan International Airport, Terminal 1.
- Exchanged our Philippine Pesos to New Taiwan Dollars. PHP 19,500 = NT$ 10,017 (less NT$ 30 for their service charge, NT$ 9,987). Was in queue for about 30 minutes.
- We cleared the immigration after one hour.
- Claim SIM card at Unite Traveler Counter – 1F Arrival Hall.
- Claim Roundtrip MRT tokens at Ezfly Service Counter – front of the MRT’s entrance gate.
- 10:00 PM – Took the Express Train from Terminal 1 to Taipei Main Station – about 30-40 minutes trip.
- Our initial plan once we arrive in Taipei Main Station was to take the MRT from the Main Station to NTU Hospital Station, but we arrived late and we couldn’t find the right way to the red line MRT. So we decided to take the taxi.
- 11:00 PM – Checked in at Backpackers Inn Taipei.
Day 2 – January 19, 2019 (Saturday)
- 7:00 AM – Breakfast.
- 8:00 AM – Bought Easy Card in 7-Eleven.
- Walk from our hotel to Ximen Station.
- Took the MRT from Ximen Station to Zhongxiao Dunhua Station (Bannan Line).
- Took Exit # 4. Looked for the bus stop for Bus # 1815 heading straight to Yehliu.
- We got lost, A LOT! Google Map didn’t help. It kept redirecting us to different ways. Lost in translation too. Most of the locals can’t speak English. We were on our own.
- After what felt like years of walking and sweating like crazy (even though it was really cold), we found a bus stop that says Bus # 1815 stops there. We waited for the bus.
- When Bus 1815 arrived, the driver wanted us to step out of the bus. He pointed the bus stop across the street. I guess he figured we were heading to Yehliu Geopark, which we are. Good thing I understood what he meant even though he was speaking in Chinese.
- 10:00 AM – Took the bus heading to Yehliu Geopark.
- 11:00 AM – Arrived in Yehliu Geopark. Thank God the weather was great!
- 12:30 PM – Took Bus # 862 bound to Keelung.
- Ladies and gentlemen, we stopped at the wrong bus stop. The good thing here was we’re in Keelung, so we we’re like “no biggie!” But I must admit, our feet felt like they were about to get separated from the rest of our body. We stood for the whole bus ride from Yehliu to Keelung.
- We were supposed to have lunch in Keelung. But we got so busy looking for the terminal and get on the bus heading to Jiufen.
- After hours of running around Keelung, we found the bus stop for Bus # 788 from Keelung heading to Jiufen. You guessed it right! We weren’t able to have our lunch.
- 3:00 PM – Jiufen Old Street. A little late than our intended time of arrival. We didn’t stay long. There wasn’t much to see, for us, at least. Just a bunch of hawkers, street foods, and tourists. We did try some food, the free taste ones! LOL
- 4:30 PM – From Jiufen, we took the bus heading to Ruifang. I forgot the bus number, but you will easily spot which bus to take since there are signs there that can guide you.
- Ruifang – We rode the Pingxi Branch Line going to Shifen.
- 6:00 PM – Flew a lantern.
- Rode the next train heading to Ruifang. Forgot about the time already.
- Arrived at our hotel around 10:00 PM. We were so tired that we forgot we were hungry.
- Based on our itinerary, we were supposed to go to Raohe Night Market that night. But it didn’t happened.
- After we washed up, we were fast asleep. Yep, we’re that tired.