2012 Jan Taiwan Itinerary

If you ask me, what’s the main highlight for 2012 Jan Taiwan trip ?

– Celebrate New Year’s eve at Taipei 101

– Feast at ‘No Menu’ Yilan restaurant

– Experience 3D2N Hualien in a different way

– Experience Taipei Luxury Car Motel

– Join in the Chinese New Year festive market at Dihua Street

Transportation was mainly via public transport (bus or train), taxi for Yilan attractions and 2 days with guided tour. Also, hitched some free rides from minsu. Haha !

Below is my itinerary:

Day 1 – Singapore to Taipei (Taipei Master Inn Accomodation)

For this trip, we planned to celebrate the New Year Eve at Taipei. The arrangement for accomodation on 31 Dec was a nightmare. The hotels were fully booked by November. Finally, I managed to find a apartment accomodation at Taipei Main Station, but the room cost was double the normal rate.

Read here for the New Year fireworks and Taipei Master Inn Accomodation. Of course, the fireworks was fantastic !

We managed to get back to our accomodation around 1am plus which I thought was pretty fast.

Day 2 – Taipei to Yilan via coach (Beautiful Ilan Minsu)

Next day, we took the coach to Luodong. This 2D1N Yilan trip (read here) was mainly to try out the No Menu restuarant.

We were lucky to have the minsu boss picking us at train station and even gave us a lift to the No Menu restaurant.

Read here for Beautiful Ilan Minsu review.

At night, we went to the famous Luodong Night Market.

Day 3 – Yilan to Hualien

We had a lazy morning – chit chat with the minsu boss and another couple who also stayed at the minsu. We left around noon to catch the train to Hualien.

My plan was to do food hunting after checking into the See the Railway minsu. The minsu was located in the heart of hualien city. Pretty convenient ! They also gave us a map that indicated all the local food. Read here for the Hualien food hunting !

Read here for Hualien Minsu – See the Railway review.

Day 4 & 5 – Hualien 2 days Tour

The next two day in Hualien was guided tour by XiaoXi who was our driver cum guide. Read here for the Hualien 2 days tour.

For this Hualien trip, I have stayed in 3 different minsu. Read here for review on Happy Ocean Minsu.

My last night in Hualien, we stayed at Echo Villa minsu. This minsu was not too far from hualien city, but needed a cab to the city area. They also provided free pick-up and drop-off service at train station. I also loved this minsu as the room was all full glass windows.

Day 6 – Hualien to Taipei

We took the train back to Taipei around noon. After leaving our luggages at Mia hotel, we went for afternoon tea at Miramar Garden hotel. We bought a voucher for a 9 square plate afternoon snack with 2 drinks of your choice, and a platter of fruits.

Miramar Garden Hotel Afternoon Tea

Miramar Garden Hotel Afternoon Tea

9 square plate afternoon tea at Miramar Garden hotel

9 square plate afternoon tea at Miramar Garden hotel

In the evening, we went to Miramar shopping centre. Our hotel for the night was the anticipating car motel – Mulan Motel. (We arranged to put our luggages at Mai Hotel first and brought an overnight bag instead)

Read here for the raving Mulan motel review.

Day 7 & 8 – Free & easy in Taipei.

Read here for Taipei Mai hotel review.

Our 2 days f&e in Taipei. We also went to Royal Seasons at Beitou for private room hotspring. I still preferred the Jiaoxi hotspring as I could feel my skin smoother.

During these 2 days in Taipei, we went to two cafes – Melange Cafe & Dazzling Cafe.


We also had the opportunity to visit the Chinese New Year market at Dihua Street. We went in the morning, around 10am plus. Around noon, it was super crowded. Do make a visit to experience the CNY festival mood !


Day 9 – Back to Singapore.

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  1. Hi! I really love what you had posted about your trip. The pictures are
    extremely beautiful and informative. I am interested to engage your driver XiaoXi for HuaLien. Would you be able to e-mail me the driver’s contact number/company details please?
    Also I wish to know how much did you pay for the driver.
    Thank you very much!

    1. Replied to your email.

  2. Hi. Could I have the contact for your driver as well? My email is liew.si.qi@gmail.com. thank u! (:

    1. replied to your email.

  3. Helen Teh · · Reply

    Hi, Thanks for making available your blog on your Taiwan visit. Two friends and I will be visiting Taiwan for about 10 days. Hualien is in our itinerary. Would greatly appreciate the contact for XiaoXi in Hualien and the approximate amount we would have to pay for 2 days sightseeing. Thanks.

    1. Replied to your email.

  4. Sally Leong · · Reply

    hi there! im so glad that i found ur page with so many detailed info! is it also possible for u to share XiaoXi’s contact?

    1. Replied to your email

  5. Love your blog. Can you share the driver’s no and how much did you pay?

    1. Alr replied you. Hope my blog helps you.

  6. Marisa · · Reply

    Hi, i love your photos.. My family and I are also looking for a reliable bus driver to bring us around Hualien.. Would you be able to give me the contact? Thanks.
    Marisa Lim

    1. Replied to your email.

  7. Hi, thanks for your sharing! Is it possible to share with me your driver XiaoXi’s contact? Thanks in advance (:

    1. Replied to your email.

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