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Jul 08

Taiwan Free and Easy (Day 1)

Day 1 (08 Apr, Tuesday) ~ Taipei, 31°C Sunny

1300hrs: Onboard Jetstar

 Jetstar plane ~ we are going with this “small toy” to Taipei…

We bought mineral water before boarding the plane, but unfortunately during the check-in we were told to discard our food and drink as no outside food and drink were allowed in the plane. Jetstar serves hot meals and drink at extra cost, SGD$8 – $10 for hot meals (chicken rice, nasi goreng & etc…) and SGD$3/drink (soft drink, mineral water and etc).

This is our first time going with Jetstar, too bad Jetstar did not provide any entertainment throughout the 4hrs journey (TV, games and etc) Jasz and I had nothing to do and what else? …… Just zzZZZ slept through …. My fault~~ should have done more research ya…

 Jet cabin – 3 seats in a roll  

Budget airline tips found from the web after our trip:

Try to book the seats on the emergency exit row(12 & 13). This will give you 100% more leg space.

Seats/leg space for this small toy is really very narrow (for my size I means), if you can’t get the emergency exit row, then try to book the seat at the back. Why I am saying that? What we have observed mostly those “uncle & auntie” (boarding alone), they will try to choose the front seat normally (3 seats / row), so you and your partner may have “higher chances” to have 1 extra seat if you are seating at the back.

 Filling up Taiwan immigration card (provided by Jetstar)  Nasi goreng SGD$12 comes with a drink.

 Quick link to Jetstar Airline Official Website

 

1740hrs: Arrived in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (Terminal 1 一航)
Free-Go Bus (direct bus to all the hotels in Taipei city)  Tel ~ 886-2-25863065

We were looking for Free-Go bus to our pre-booked hotel (TS hotel 大顺饭店) in Ximending 西门町, according to the information I found from forums, Free-Go bus counter should be at our right hand side once we exit airport, but actually it was located at left hand side instead. Anyway quite easy to find and the arrival hall is not that big…

Taipei Taoyuan/Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (Terminal 1 一航) – Bus Station
 KuoKuang bus – another alternative getting to Taipei
Operating hours: 0540hrs – 0050hrs
Contact number: 886-3-3834004
Freego bus ticket indicated the hotels name in their service route

Free-Go Bus – might transfer you to a smaller bus/van halfway through depending on which hotel you are going.

 

1920hrs: Check-in TS Hotel 大顺饭店
(NTD$2180/night – breakfast included) Tel ~ 886-2-23818710
Phone booking ~ pay upon check-in only (cash or credit card)

Ta Shun Hotel Taipei Take note on the top ceiling ~ leaking? some condensate formed…

The room is a bit old and some condensate formed at the ceiling near to the corner of the bed. We did not bring up the issue to the management since we stayed only for few hours.

Quick link to TS Hotel (大顺饭店) Website

 

2030hrs: Ximending (西门町)
Walked around Ximending for some snacks and drinks (about 5mins walking distance from TS hotel)

Ximending (西门町)
Here you can see lots of people standing at the road side enjoying famous “Ah zong mian xian”
Chicken cutlet (超大鸡排) NTD$40-45
Egg oyster 蚵仔煎 NT$50

Some others desert can be found in Ximending (西门町): mango ice, bubble tea and etc…

Click here for Map of Ximen(西门)


 

2230hrs: Back to hotel, we got some information from the friendly hotel staff on how to get to the Taipei Main Station (Metro Station) and confirmed the High Speed Railway Station is at the same location of Metro Station.

 

Taiwan’s Log: Itinerary | Day 1 | Day2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9

 

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