January 30, 2017 (Day O) – As some of you know I’ve quite a lot of pending travelogues already. I promised myself that I need to finish everything about my recent birthday trip within this week. Since I also wanted to publish my 2016 Korean Spring travel this March. Hence, I’m obsessed, and I’m pushing all my Formosan Travelogues at least this week or the next. Let’s start with our flight to Taipei. We leave Manila last January 30, around 10 PM and just like the usual, I did the web check-in earlier and got our seat assignment in advance.
NAIA Terminal 3
Online check-in nowadays is so efficient that we don’t need to be at the airport 3-4 hours before the flight which actually saves us time. My Boo and I arrived one and half hour before the scheduled flight which we think is ample enough for the whole pre-flight procedures. We proceeded to Travel Tax Counter first to pay the required hefty travel tax. If there’s one pet peeve I hate about traveling is this enormous fee which I hope will be reduced the sooner the better. Imagine paying Php1,620 every time you go out of the country. I also hope that there’ll be discounted group fee if you’re traveling with family.
After that, we make sure that our carry on and luggage is within the required weight so we used their weighing scale at the airport. Then we went straight to the check-in counter for Taipei; dropped our baggage, and get our boarding pass, we also change some PHP to NTD at the Money Changer kiosk near the counter, passed the immigration and moved on to another screening. I always keep departure card ready and so we don’t need to stop and pause for it.
And Since we still have time before boarding we stopped and ate at TokyoCafePH. Eating at the airport is still cheap compared to onboard eats, so I prefer eating somewhere in the airport or at home (which is way cheaper) if I have the time or purchase a takeaway (after screening of course) if you’re in a hurry. We spend Php600 for the two Japanese set and one fruit smoothies. After dinner, we patiently wait for boarding and boarded around 9:30 PM.
Travel 101: When boarding a Cebu Pacific flight you have to be keen and observant because most of the time they tend to change the gates so be aware of this if you don’t want to miss your flight.
We took off a little later than 10 PM, Manila to Taipei is more or less two hours and 10 minutes by plane, and so we landed Taoyuan Airport safely and smoothly around 12:23 AM.
When passing immigration, be sure to prepare your passport, visa or travel certificates, your onboard ferry or return ticket (just in case they will ask) and don’t forget the arrival card of course. We passed the immigration quickly, grab our luggage from the carousel and bought a coffee for NTD38.
We hop on to the earliest 1819 Kuo Kuang bus to Taipei for NTD125/person and the whole trip takes about 60-90 minutes depending on traffic and the stops that will be made along the way. The last stop will be at Taipei Main Station where you can hire a taxi to your accommodation. For details on how to get to Taipei from Taoyuan and vice versa, you might want to check it here.
Taxis are widely available at Taipei Main Station and so getting to your hotel won’t be a problem. From TMS, it cost us NTD200 for 15 min ride to Hey Bear Capsule Hotel.
Travel 101: Be sure to print out the accommodation address in Chinese or save a screenshot of taxi helper if you booked via Agoda and in this case, your taxi will be prompted to the proper address. One thing that I do is that I also set the hotel address with my google map so that I’ll know the quickest and safest route.
- 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.
|WEB ADMIN FEE||AIRFARE|
|1819 Bus to Taipei||TRANSPO||NT$250||125/Person|
|Taxi to Hotel||TRANSPO||NT$200||Shared 100/Person|
|1 NTD = 1.75 Php||₱854|
|Day O Total Expenses||₱5,494.00||P2747/Person|
Watch out for more Taiwan entries in a few days and since we traveled DIY, I will be posting Taiwan Free and Easy guide after my travelogues. 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 support 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.