Jul 08

Taiwan Free and Easy (Day 2)

Day 2 (09 Apr, Wednesday) ~ Kaohsiung, 29°C Sunny

0750hrs: Breakfast (hotel)

Just a standard meal, we found the food a bit salty and feel very thirsty after served.


0930hrs: MRT (Metro) Ximen station to Taipei main station

About 5mins journey, cost NTD$20/pax

For transportation on Taiwan MRT (METRO), you can purchase a topup card 悠游卡 (Easycard) like our ezylink card for NTD500 inclusive of a refundable NTD100 deposit. Do remember to refund it at the end of your trip before you leave for Singapore. Refund can be done at the MRT control station. Some bus services also accept the use of this card.

Didn’t buy the easy card because we are lazy to do the refunding later.. :p

Taiwan Metro (MRT) one way token
MRT automated ticketing machine similar to Singapore’s one
Boarding platform

Click here for Taipei Metro Map & Taipei Metro official website


Taipei Main Station (the 3 in 1 station) ~ 捷运 MRT (METRO), 高铁 HSR and Railway station

We booked our High Speed Rail (HSR) tickets online ~ Taipei station to Zuoying station (kaohsiung). Cost NTD$2380 for 2. At first we hunted for the HSR ticketing counter, only to find it with such a long queue, fortunately we got our tickets from the automated ticketing machine with the helped of their nice and friendly staff (need your passport number and reservation number to obtain the tickets).

Click here to Check schedule for High Speed Rail (HSR) 台湾高铁


1030hrs: Onboard HSR to Kaohsiung (Zuoying station R16)

High Speed Rail average speed at 300km/h, it takes only 2 hours from Taipei to Kaohsiung Snack and drinks selling on the HSR
High Speed Railway (HRS) ticket
Semi-Auto cabin door, push the button on your left to open

Vending machine also available in the train.

All our bumps were numb we finally arrived at our destination Kaohsiung Zuoying station
We had booked our HSR ticket from Zuoying back to Taichung online, last minute change our plan to Taipei straight, so…
Free of charge for the first changes made, subsequently NTD$$20/changes


1230hrs: MRT Zuoying station (R16) to Kaohsiung main station (R11)

About 15mins journey, cost NTD$25/pax

Tourist information can be found at Kaohsiung railway station 高雄车站 (beside Kaohsiung main station R11)

Click here to Kaohsiung Metro Route Map & Map of Kaohsiung MRT Station


1300hrs: Look around the hotels near Kaohsiung main station (R11)

Hotel near kaohsiung MRT station “Nice Hotel – 国眾饭店”. Located near to the MRT station and the price is NTD$600/night only. With the hot baking weather outside and the heavy load on our back, we decided to stay in to this “Nice” hotel. After check-in to their room and we realised that “what you pay is what you get”! (Not recommended! The room is really very old and lousy). Tomorrow we will look for the better place to stay…

1400hrs: Unpacked, and take MRT again to Sanduo Shopping District 三多商圈 (R8)

about 10mins trip, cost NTD$20/pax

Walked around the shopping area and bought some food and drinks at Shincong night market 兴中夜市 (opposite SOGO shopping centre 太平洋崇光百货).

Stinking beancurd, suitable for vegetarian as well. NTD$40
Noodle “Dan Zai” 担仔面. NTD$35-45
Xiao Long Bao 小龙包 – NTD$20   We didn’t try this – 猪血糕

Click here to Map of Sanduo Shopping District 三多商圈


Kaohsiung 85 tower

About 5-10mins walking distance from Sanduo MRT station, entrance fees NTD$100/person

Kaohsiung 85 (this photo was taken infront of Shincong night market 兴中夜市) View of Kaohsiung city 高雄市

Click here to Kaohsiung 85 Hotel Website


2000hrs: Back to Kaohsiung main station (R11) to Liuho Tourist Night Market 六合观光夜市

Liuho night market 10 – 15mins walking distance from MRT station or taxi (cost about NTD$80)

Walk along the street behind Jasz about 10 – 15mins to Liuho night-market 六合夜市 (Kaohsiung Main Station 高雄车站 was in front of Jasz)
Finally we are here!! ~~Liuho tourist night market 六合观光夜市
  Ice-cream with freshly cut mango… yummy… NTD$170
Oyster egg – NTD$50
Coffin wood (toast) 棺材板 at Liuho
Alishan sausage 阿里山香肠 Vegetarian stall in Liuho – We notice vegetarian food quite popular in Taiwan


2300hrs: Back to hotel


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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