March 7, 2017 (Day 4) It’s our last day in Taipei today yet we still have places to visit before we catch our respective flight tonight. Yes, we’re flying separately because she’s heading back to Singapore while I’m bound for Manila. So before ending our #TaiWandering we have 3 more spots to visit. On top of our list is Beitou Thermal Valley followed by Modern Toilet and of course the last minute shopping in the bustling Ximending.

At Beitou Station, waiting for the pink line to Xinbeitou.

map-point 11 AM Beitou Station

As usual, we started our day with an energy-boosting breakfast complimentary by our hostel then soon after we checked out right away and deposit our luggage at the Hostel counter for free.

From UINN Hostel, we walked towards the nearest MRT Station and hop on a red line to Beitou Station. At Beitou Station, we transfer to the pink line and alight at the next stop called Xinbeitou. Then from Xinbeitou, we explore the place by foot.

map-point 1130 AM Sushi Express

Sushi Express at Beitou

We spotted a Sushi Express restaurant along the way and decided to give it a try. What we love about this Sushi Conveyor Resto is that they offer a flat rate of NTD30 for any Sushi or Maki plate and that comes with free green tea. Though please don’t expect much, the Sushi and Maki are incomparable with Japan in terms of quality but still good enough given the price. The atmosphere is a plus since it’s nice and quiet.

Mussels and Sashimi ^_^

map-point 1230 PM Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch

Taipei Beitou Public Library

Apart from the famous hot-spring, Beitou is home to the first ever green library. I wish I have the time to roam this eco-friendly library in Taipei. I also read somewhere that they also have an impressive collection of English book. So I’ll make sure that next time it will be on my list.

The building is made mostly out of timber and is equipped with photovoltaic cells, a rainwater-capture system and large windows that provide light and ventilation. Aside from that, it is located in a lush environment with so much greeneries. The environment-friendly building focuses on ecology, energy saving, waste reduction and health.

map-point 1 PM Beitou Thermal Valley

Efficient Signpost

After the delectable meal, we leisurely walk towards Thermal Valley. Finding this hidden gem is way too easy just walk past the Beitou Park and you’ll reach it in about 15-20 minutes.

Map & Direction

It’s a walking tour so definitely these signposts, map, and directions are valuable in finding the hidden gem. I’m talking about Beitou Thermal Valley which is tuck away from the rest of the city.

If you don’t have tour guide reading a bit of history tidbit works ^_^

Guys, this is the most important tip I can give if you’re coming here! Please don’t dare to try the spring water because it’s extremely hot as in super hot! The water temperature is between 80℃ and 100℃ and its called Ghost Lake or Hell Valley.

Geothermal Valley

Beitou is one of the three major hot spring locations in Taiwan along with Yangminshan and Wulai. Geothermal Valley is a pool of steaming sulfur water hence it is very hot with water temperature as high as 100℃. If you want to try its healing properties, you may take a bath and or soak feet at the nearby resorts or immerse yourself in a public pool. Aside from the hot spring, it’s also home to Beitou Rocks which is mildly radioactive and can only be found in two locations here and in Japan.

Moi with the steaming “Ghost Lake”

Stop for a while and enjoy the mist rising up nonstop.

Aside from the mist, the water is divinely gorgeous with emerald-bluish-green color. They also refer to it as Jade Spring.

map-point 3 PM Xinbeitou Station

At Xinbeitou Station

Weather in Taiwan is unpredictable so bringing an umbrella is a must. If you don’t like the idea of the bulky umbrella just purchase those cheap plastic raincoats for convenience.

map-point 330 PM Ximending

Rainy Ximending

We stayed at Thermal Valley for about an hour and walked our way back to Xinbeitou Station. Then, we hop on a train to Ximending. Details on how to are provided below so make sure to read my blog until the end.

Had a little shopping with my fave Korean Brand SPAO and WHO.A.U.

Ximending

Located in the Historic Wanhua District and often called as the Harajuku/Shibuya of Taipei. Ximending is a certified food and shopping mecca. Similar to what Myeongdong and Shibuya offer, you can find a multitude of shops, restaurants, and bars all based in one place.

Spotted: Doraemon’s Chummies

map-point 5PM Modern Toilet

Modern Toilet Frontage in Ximending.

After a little spending, we moved to our last stop for the day before we leave Taipei—Modern Toilet Restaurant. This is my second visit and undoubtedly, it’s got a kawaii poop vibes to it. I have another blog post about it so for more details click this link.

Gelai’s Order Seafood with Tomato Sauce Pasta NTD260

My Strawberry flavored Iced Shavings NTD120

map-point 7 PM Taipei Main Station

Yey! We are one of the first o try the newly opened Taoyuan Airport MRT ^_^

Around 6 pm we flag down a taxi to our accommodation, get our things and get another cab that will take us to Taipei Main Station. Luckily, Taoyuan Airport MRT just opened a few days ago after our arrival so we are one of the first to try this express train to Taoyuan for just NTD160 per paying passenger. I will have another review about it so keep on visiting my blog for more information.

Gelai enjoying the Airport Express train from TMS to Taoyuan Terminal I

map-point 830 PM Taoyuan Airport

Departure Area

We arrive at Taoyuan Terminal 1 Airport 30 minutes past 8 in the evening, We were very cautious with our baggage weight that’s why we weigh our luggage first (just to avoid paying extra) before Gelai checks-in for her flight. Luckily she won the last minute bidding for a business class upgrade and so she flew back to SG on a business class with wifi onboard (Jealous Much! lol ^_^).

She’s so happy she won the bid for a business class upgrade.

map-point 11 PM Check-in for CebuPac

See you in MNL in a bit!

With so much time in my hand, I was able to roam the airport freely and took a lot of photos. Also, I come up with a comprehensive review as well as detailed airport guide for my readers.

handy wifi

I checked-in around 10:30 pm but before I go to immigration I went to Unite Traveler Kiosk and drop off the wifi router I rented for days. I highly recommend this mobile wifi when you visit Taipei. If you’re interested click this link to know more about this affordable travel arsenal.

Since I have plenty of spare time, after finding my boarding gate, I decided to wander more and I find this #tasameng printer which you can have your photo printed via Instagram instantly.

Till we meet again Taiwan!

As promised, I met up with Ate Cynthia at the airport and we boarded the plane together few minutes after midnight. Well, this concludes our 4Days 3 Night BFF Taiwan Trip.

SMILE Budget & How To?

HOW TO GET HERE?

 How To Get Here?

Beitou Thermal Valley

ship-car By MRT Take the Tamsui-Xinyi RED Line towards Beitou Station then hop on another Xinbeitou Pink Line towards Xinbeitou. Walk to the valley for about 10-15 minutes.

Ximending

ship-car By MRT Take Blue Line 5 or Green Line 3 to Ximen (西門).

Modern Toilet

Go to Ximen via Taipei Metro and Exit No. 6, from there walk west along Cheng-Du road, Google Map is very efficient and I posted down below the street view for your reference.

BUDGET

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  • Conversion as per exchange we had at NAIA. NTD1 to Php1.75.
  • You can swipe/scroll the table to see Note if you have a small screen.
DETAILS CATEGORY NTD PHP NOTE
CKS to Xinbeitou  Transpo NT$45 ₱78.75
Sushi Express  Food NT$150 ₱262.50
Xinbeitou to Ximen  Transpo NT$40 ₱70
Modern Toilet  Food NT$120 ₱210.00
Taxi to Uinn  Transpo NT$55 ₱96.25 Shared
Taxi to TMS  Transpo NT$50 ₱87.50 Shared
Airport Express  Transpo NT$160 ₱280.00
Coffee (VM)  Transpo NT$30 ₱52.50
Total  Transpo NT$650 ₱1,137.50

Note: I didn’t include the souvenir/items that I bought in Ximending because these are optional.

TRAVEL TIPS

Tips to Remember

 For Your Taipei Journey, Buy Easy Card for easy traveling on the Metro plus it comes with Transpo Discount.

 Thermal Valley like most other spot is closed on Monday.

 Wear comfy shoes if you want to travel DIY.

 Keep yourself a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

 Bring Cash it’s hard to locate ATM.

 Always ask for Train timetable to save you from being stranded.

 There’s plenty of other places to cover so make sure to plan ahead of time and include travel time when planning.

Thanks again for dropping by! What’s next? A Giveaway, Budget Breakdown and the much awaited Taiwan Free and Easy guide. Feel free to use the comment area below for questions and or share your experience with me by sharing it here. Also, I’m prepping my Youtube Channel so please do show me some love by subscribing at RunawayMariaTV Don’t forget to follow my journey through my INSTAGRAM @runawaymaria and Facebook by tapping LIKE! See you in my next post.

 

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