Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Taiwan: Taipei - Travel information and foodie!

This is my 4th time back in Taiwan. Love the shopping, foodie here and that explains why I kept coming back.

It is very easy to stay connected with internet access in Taiwan. You can either rent a Taiwan WIFI router at Changi Airport, or buy a Taiwan Sim Card from one of the Telecom counters located at the airport when you arrived at Taiwan (usually is Chung Hwa or 台湾大哥大). 

If you decided to rent a Taiwan WIFI router which allows you to connect up to a maximum of 5 devices, do remember to reserve online at least 3 days before departure to ensure that there is stock for you. We forgot to reserve online beforehand and on the day when we reached Changi Airport, the lady at the counter told us that it was out of stock. For more information and promotion for the WIFI router, check out Changi Recommends Website.

The other alternative is to buy a Taiwan Sim Card when you touch down at the airport in Taiwan. The Data packages provided by the 2 major Telecoms in Taiwan, i.e. Chung Hwa and 台湾大哥大 have really good deals. But when you compare this to the option of having a WIFI router, the downside is Sim Card can only be used by one device. In order to share the data, you have to open your personal hot spot which drains the battery really fast. So if you are travelling in a group and you prefer everyone to have data, WIFI router is still the best option.

For more information on the location of the Telecom counters in Taiwan Airport and the various data packages provided by the 2 Taiwan Telecom, you can refer to this guide.  

Upon arriving at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, we proceed to buy the bus tickets from the bus counters at the Airport. You might be confuse by the many bus counters as each bus brings you to a different place. It is best to double check with the bus counter operators if their bus will bring you to your destination before buying the tickets. Our hotel is located very near Taipei Main Station and so we took the Guo Guang bus which took us directly to Taipei Main Station. 

Guo Guang bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main Station -
Fare: 125NT per person
Bus Interval: 15-20mins
Bus Journey: approximately 1 hour

Queuing up for Guo Guang bus
We check in to our hotel:
Main Inn Taipei
Add: 2F, No. 12, Lane 21, Zhengzhou Road, Datong District, 103 Taipei, Taiwan 
6 mins walk from Taipei main station, walk through the Taipei underground mall, exit Y13. It's just very near to the exit.
A down side of this hotel is that it is located on the second floor and the steps are quite steep and narrow. It's quite dangerous when you still have a bulky luggage to carry up and down. I won't recommend this hotel if you have elderly travelling with you as they might have problems climbing the stairs. Nonetheless, the service is good, staff is friendly and the room is modern and clean.

Our hotel is near to Ningxia night market and hence, that's our first stop!

Ningxia Night Market

Add: Ningxia Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103

It's fun looking how they cooked the beef cubes. It's quite tasty but the beef cubes were not as tender and soft as I thought it should be. Most of the night markets have this. 

Nice as always. I like Taiwan's 臭豆腐!
啊宗面线 still the nicest!

Yummy! Long queue but must try! Glutinous rice stuffed in squid. This will be a very filling dish though.
Muah Chee Ice. Special and yummy. Nice to have a bowl in a hot day!
上引水产 Addiction Aquatic Co. Ltd
台北市民族东路410巷2弄18号, zhong shan district.
Opening hours: 0600 to 2400.
Getting there: Nearest MRT station – 行天宫站 OR 中山国中站, then walk another 15mins or 1.3km.
行天宫站: Take bus 642, 3 stops; 中山国中站: take bus 74, 5 stops

Prices are quite steep here. You will have proper seats if you dine at the restaurants. If you decide to just buy food from the counter, like us, you will have to find seats yourself. When we were there, it's very crowded, we could not find a table and have to eat while standing.

Raohe Street Night Market
Nearest train station: Song Shan

Jelly stick!

This was so nice! It's crispy on the outside and when I put in my mouth, the fragrance milk just flowed out. Tasty and special! 

Very juicy chicken thigh. It's quite fattening though as you have to eat it together with the chicken skin that's wrap around the meat.
There were many stalls selling grilled squid in various night markets. It's a tad salty as they sprinkle too much seasoning on the squid. The best grilled squid I have eaten was at Qi Jin in Kao Hsiung. Check out my post on Kao Hsiung!

Talking about foodie in Taipei, how can we miss out the all time favourite, 阿宗面线 at Ximending!There were long queues no matter what time of the day.

Check out my other posts on other parts of Taiwan!

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