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Taiwan 7 days Itinerary

I've never imagined myself to be traveling in Taiwan, let's just say I'm more delighted with tropical beaches. However, my friend persuaded me to join her and the taste of another adventure tickles my wanderlust feet. When I got the chance to land on a promo fare ticket bound to Taipei I did a little research about the country I'm heading next. I had a hard time doing my research because I was still spellbound by my paragliding experience in Jakarta a few weeks ago and getting off the high of flying was hard for me to let go. During my research I discovered that Taipei offers a variety of activities , it's not only for sightseeing enthusiast but also for adventure seekers like me. I got my eye on Hualien where there's a hiking activity and a river trekking. What attracted me most with this activity is the river trekking where they highlighted waterfalls jumping on the webpage. Immediately my high hopes for another adrenaline rush adventure in Taipei exhilarated my traveler's soul. I have to give credits to all the blogs I've read about Taipei, it inspired me and more importantly guided my Travel Itinerary.

I'm holding a Philippine Passport and we're advised to get a visa through the Taiwan Consulate in Singapore. From the MRT take the yellow line, Alight at Labrador Park MRT and exit going to ARC Mall.

Taipei Representative Office in Singapore
Address: 460 Alexandra Road #23-00PSA BuildingSingapore 119963
Traffic Route: Bus Services:(PSA Bldg) 10、30、30e、51、143、175、176、188、188e, Bus Services:(NOL Bldg)51、57、61、93、97、97e、100、166、175、963
Nearest MRT Station:CC 27 Labrador Park
Telephone: (65) 6500-0100 Fax: (65) 6278-0095
Email: visataipeirep@gmail.com

During the processing I've prepared all the needed requirements below as stated in their webpage. However, during the submission in the counter they only took a copy of my IC/employment pass ID, Passport and the Printed Online application form in the website. It's better to come prepared and provide all the documents as written in the website. I've provided a 3 months transaction copy from my bank and even with my payslip. 

Visa Processing in Singapore: 
✔️bank statement 3 months
✔photocopy ️ of contract with 3 months payslip
✔️photocopy of IC/ employment pass ID and passport
✔️ Taiwan Itinerary 
✔️ Accommodation print outs 
✔️ Printed Online application form (go to the taiwan embassy website and complete your form application with your correct details)
✔️ Passport picture (3.5 x 4.5 cm) glossy with white background
✔️ SGD 65 Processing Fee

Taiwan Itinerary: 
Budget: SGD 500 / USD 400 / NT 11,000

22 July 2015 
Purchased Easy Card : NT 500 / SGD 22
24 hours bus service from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station,  Bus 1819
Visit: Dashui Old Street

23 July 2015 
First Day in Hualien
Airport to Taipei Main
Travel time: 1 hr 
Taipei to Hualien : 2-3 hrs
Expected Arrival : 10am

Early train from Taipei to Hualien (Train guide)
Normal Rates: Chu-Kuang Express NT 340 

Chu-Kuang Express
Shulin-Hualien 7:08-10:03 
2 hours and 55 minutes
Discounted Rate: NT 969 / SGD 43 ( 3 tickets ) 

Tze-Chiang Limited Express, 2 hours from Taipei to Hualien, NTD 440, either Taroko Express and Puyuman Express. 

Check in Check in: Clearsky Backpacker Hostel
3D2N: SGD 95.94 ( SGD 31.98 each )
Visit: Nanbin Park, Pine Garden and Ziqian Night Market

24 July 2015
Second Day in Hualien - Taroko National Park Hualien, Taiwan Tour
1 pax: NT 700 / SGD 30

25 July 2015  
Last Day in Hualien - River Trekking Tour
1 pax: NT 1,200 / SGD 53

Afternoon train from Hualien to Taipei Main Station
Normal Rates: Tze-Chiang Limited Express  NT 440 / $20

Tze-Chiang Limited Express 
Hualien to Shulin 17:49-21:01 
3 hours 21 minutes
Discounted Rate: NT 1254 / SGD 56 ( 3 tickets )

Ximen, Taiwan
Check in: Here-There Hostel
4 days 3 nights
NT 3,800 - 2 bunk beds ( mixed room )

26 July 2015
Fourth Day - Taipei
Hike in Yangmingshan National Park
Relax at Beitou Hot Spring 

27 July 2015
Fifth Day 
Release Sky Lanterns in Shifen
Food Trip in Jiufen's Old Street

28 July 2015 
Sixth Day 
Noon time flight back


Arrived Taipei and visit DanShui Old Street ( July 2015 )

I arrived early in the afternoon in Taoyuan Airport and my friends were coming late at night. I didn't intend to wait for them all afternoon, so I did my research and had my first tour of Taipei on my own. The airport is not connected to the MRT , taking a cab or the bus is the only option to the city. No need to worry there's a shuttle bus from Taoyuan Airport that goes straight to the Taipei Main Station. Make sure to buy your Easy Card, its equivalent to EZ link in Singapore and Octopus card in Hong Kong. The easy card will get you conveniently around the city, it will serve as your transportation fare when taking the bus and the local train except for the high speed railway trains. Loading stations for easy card can be done in 7'11 outlets, bus, train station and most convenient stores in Taiwan. The easy card is available right in front of the arrival exit in the customer service counter inside the airport. You don't need to go far as it is situated in the center of the arrival hall. Purchased one if you're planning to go around Taipei City. 

Easy Card : NT 100 (non-refundable)
Top-up at least a minimum of NT 300 for the train and bus fare. The remaining balance for the easy card can be converted into cash, we had our credit balance exchange in Taipei Main Station Customer Service. 

After purchasing my easy card I was off to Taipei Main Station. Take the escalator going down from the arrival hall and follow the sign to the bus terminal. Before you head out for the bus purchased your bus ticket bound to Taipei Main Station in Counter 7. Fare ticket NT 125. I used my Easy card for the transaction or you can pay cash too. 

How to get there:
Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station
Take Bus 1819 from the Bus Terminal outside the airport,Row 5. 
Ticket Fare: NT 125 
Travel time: 40-80 minutes (depending on traffic)

I alighted at Taipei Main Station and immediately look for the storage locker for my bag while maneuvering my way inside the station. I spotted the lockers but I don't know where I was. The signs were all over the place so if you're heading to the MRT, just follow the signs. Unfortunately, I'm don't have the gift of knowing where I'm heading, Left and Right didn't make sense to me once I was inside the building. In the end I wasn't able to rent a locker because it needed coins and I was afraid I won't be able to find the lockers when I get back to the station. According to my research there's a minimum charge for the storage locker, NT 25 which will last for three hours. The maximum time allowable for storage is up to 3 days (72 hours). 

Visit DanShui Old Street and buy a Jumbo Ice Cream


Bare in mind to keep Following the Signs, if all else fails ask store personnels or nearby station counters. There are plenty of tourist going around the station so its better to ask the stationed employees around the area. 

I spotted the MRT station and boarded the Red Train Line to Tamsui-Xingyi Line and got off at Tamsui (also known as Danshui) Station. Once you get out from the station turn left where you can see the river. 

The 7'11 outlet served as my starting point for two directions: you go straight and there you have a panoramic view of the river, turn right for the Danshui Old Street. DanShui Old Street offers shopping and food trip experience. I wanted to see the river first and planned to just sit around there munching some snacks. The place is quite famous with bloggers especially for their Jumbo Ice Cream, the outlet is just facing the river, along the street that sells variety of street foods. The street also leads to another way to the Danshui Old Street. 

I bought the Ice cream as recommended by a few numbers of bloggers. However, it melted in seconds, i just took one picture, walked 5 steps away from the store and it started to drip endlessly. Maybe its the weather or its really the ice cream itself. You have to be fast and furious or you'll end up with a stained pants and a messy hand. The taste isn't that satisfactory considering that I'm an ice cream lover and worst I can't even say its ok. But of course don't let my bitter review stop you from feeding your curiosity and just try it out. 

I also bought a Chinese Lumpia with Chicken meat paired with salad and a Soy milk drink beforehand from Tapei Main Station, it was a set meal for NT 99. Not bad for my first meal in Tapei. I waited for the sunset and then headed back to Tamsui Station.

I took the red line train back to Taipei Main Station and this is where the fun begins. It was already drizzling therefore I decided to skip the night market and go back early to Taoyuan Airport to meet my two friends. I was  trying to find the Taipei West Bus Terminal B, Oh boy Wohooo! all the signs didn't make sense to me, I asked passerby's and they seemed unwilling to help and some are even confused. There were a few of them who helped me but some of them pointed me to the wrong direction or I just didn't figure out correctly the sign language. 

Good thing a policeman , a storekeeper and a fine lady pointed me to the right direction. In the end, I still had to figure out my way and it wasted a lot of my time. I'm so glad I didn't leave my bag in the locker around the station, or maybe I should have, the weight of my bag kept pulling me down straining my neck and my shoulder thus resulted to poor cognitive process ahahaa. Important thing is I made it to the Airport.  

How to get there: 
Taipei Main Station to Taipei West Bus Station
Look for signs: Shinkong Mitsukoshi/Zhongxiao W. Road and Station Front Mall
First Option: Find K-Underground Mall and Exit from K12.

Second Option after exiting the MRT: In Basement 1, Exit from M5, go to the underground mall and go to Exit Z3. It will take you to the street, turn right and don't go far because that little door a few steps away from you is the terminal you're looking for. 

The first option took me to Taipei West Bus Station because I came out from the MRT after I took the Red Line Station. Proceed to the nearby ticketing counter for the Airport Express Bus to Taoyuan International Airport. Take the express bus to the airport if you're in a hurry, or you if have ample of time take Bus 1961 for NT 90. 

Taipei West Bus Station to Taoyuan Airport
Ticket fare: NT 125 
Buses departs every 15-20 minutes 
Travel time: 40-80 minutes (depending on traffic)

Terrible Experience
I waited for my friends in the airport, they have a waiting lounge outside the arrival and departure area. There's a wifi connection around the airport and my favorite food outlet Subway was there to keep me company too. The food stations in the airport is not 24 hours and the Subway outlet closes around 11pm. One of my friends arrived late yet we've still managed to take a bite in Subway and purchased a few snacks in the convenient store inside the airport. The 24 hours convenient store we've found is a corner away from the bus ticket counters before heading out to the bus terminal. The bad news came early for this trip my other friend didn't make it to her flight not because she was late or due to immigration problems. The staff in the check-in counter of Cebu Pacific in the Philippines told her that her visa was not valid. It was an online application. She was allowed to do so because she was holding on to an employment pass visa in Japan. We tried to help her out by asking the immigration office inside the Taiwan Airport, we have a copy of her online visa which she managed to sent by email. The officers printed it out and confirmed that the Visa is valid to travel to Taipei. They were even confused why the check in counter wouldn't allow my friend to board the train. The immigration officer inside the Manila airport should be the one to decide whether the visa is valid because they're more familiar with the subject. The check in counter staff of Cebu Pacific mentioned that they have emailed the Taiwan Embassy regarding her online visa and they implied that the Taiwan immigration office replied that it wasn't valid. We told the Taiwan immigration officers about the email and they confirm there was no email received from cebu pacific and no reply email was sent as well. It was disheartening to know that my friend wasn't able to get to her flight, even if she files a complain letter to the airline company the travel experience we've planned together already dispersed into thin hair. Wasted money for booked accommodations, tours and train tickets, wasted time for research and wasted effort for everything with the trip. I hope our experience won't happen to anyone but it's quiet common in the Philippines. Even if you have provided the right and valid documents some people will still try to pull you down and destroy what you've long and planned for. Period. A lesson learned. Moving on.

We didn't booked a room for the night so slept in the airport and woke up as early as 3:30 in the morning to purchased our bus ticket in counter 7 to Taipei Main Station to catch our 7 am train ride to Hualien. Good thing they provide 24 hours bus service from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station, Bus 1819, Ticket Fare is NT 125 and Travel time of 40-80 minutes (depending on traffic). If you're catching a train in the morning please ensure to be in the train station at least 1 hour before time especially if you're a clueless tourist like us. The trains are efficiently on time and leaves a minute after the arrival. An hour early gives you plenty of time to get lost, be in the correct platform, , figure out that you have to be in right car train, refund a ticket, have some snacks and most of all have a relaxing waiting time for the train. 

We booked our train/TRA from Taipei to Hualien online. Fare Rates  NT 340 - NT 440, depending on the express train you choose. During the online booking don't be alarmed if you don't see Taipei as the starting point, Shulin is another station before Taipei, it means it will pass by Taipei for other passengers. At the same time don't be alarm If you don't see your destination as the last point during you're online booking. It only means that you're destination is not the last stop, it will drop by to your desired place and will keep going to other stations as well. For online booking you can have your train tickets printed at most convenient stores like 7'11, at a fee of NT 28, or have it printed in train stations for a lesser fee. 

Chu-Kuang Express
Shulin-Hualien ( 7:08 am - 10:03 am )
2 hours and 55 minutes
Discounted Rate: NT 969 / SGD 43 ( 3 tickets ) 

Hualien here we come! 

From Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station
Taipei Railway Administration to Hualien

We slept in the airport and woke up as early as 3:30 in the morning to purchased our bus ticket in counter 7 to Taipei Main Station and catch our 7 am train ride bound for Hualien. Good thing they provide 24 hours bus service from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station, Bus 1819, Ticket Fare is NT 125 and Travel time of 40-80 minutes (depending on traffic). 

If you're catching a train in the morning please ensure to be in the train station 1 hour before time. The trains are efficiently on time and leaves a minute after the arrival. An hour early gives you plenty of time to get lost, be in the correct platform, right car train, refund a ticket, have some snacks and most of all have a relaxing waiting time for the train. 

Online Train Booking 
We booked our early train from Taipei to Hualien online. Fare Rates  NT 340 - NT 440, depending on the express train. During the online booking don't be alarmed if you don't see Taipei as the starting point, Shulin is another station before Taipei, it means it will pass by Taipei for other passengers. At the same time don't be alarm If you don't see your destination as the last point during you're online booking. It only means the you're destination is not the last stop, it will drop by to your desired place and will keep going to other stations as well. For online booking you can have your train tickets printed at most convenient stores like 7'11, at a fee of NT 28, or have it printed in train stations for a lesser fee. 

Chu-Kuang Express
Shulin-Hualien ( 7:08 am - 10:03 am )
2 hours and 55 minutes
Normal Rate: NT 340
Discounted Rate: NT 969 / SGD 43 ( 3 tickets ) 

There are other train services like Tze-Chiang Limited Express: either Taroko Express and Puyuman Express, 2 hours from Taipei to Hualien for NTD 440 . We had plenty of time for the day so we took the cheaper price and an hour more of travel time to enjoy the scenic view of the countryside, besides we need our beauty sleep too. Don't lose your ticket even if you've boarded the train and keep it somewhere accessible for last minute glance of train details before boarding , and for the ticket collection afterwards.

What to do in Hualien

First Day in Hualien, Taiwan ( July 2015 ): Nanbin Park, Pine Garden and Ziqian Night Market

Welcome to Hualien! Now what?!

Hualien train station to Clearsky Backpacker Hostel. Taxi NT 130. You can ask for an airport pick-up if you want to, we forgot to remind the hostel about our arrival time.
Address: No. 18, Jianlin St, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
Phone: +886 3 831 5665
3 Days 2 Nights
SGD 95.94 ( SGD 31.98 each )

Hostel Bike Rental NT 100 for deposit (refundable) and NT 5 per hour
Visit: Nanbin Park, Pine Garden and Rainbow Night Market

It was my first time to cycle in the streets. I was scared but I've eventually got used to it after a few metres ride. Our chinese map plus google map screenshots and our sense of direction was put to test during this activity. Our first time, our first day in Hualien and we're on our bikes right away going around the city. There are no turns at all just follow the big road and you'll eventually see the park. 

First stop: Nanbin Park

From Clearsky Backpackers Hostel head to the main road and cycle straight in He Ping Road. Passed by several traffic lights, make sure to give way to cars and motorcycles and keep your bicycle to the sides. 

Second Stop: Pine Garden 

From Nanbin Park cycle all the way to end of the park. Once you've reached the road outside the park, take the Hai Bin Street. We had our late lunch or a quick snack at a small cafe we passed by named California 66 spent NT 410 for lunch. A pricey meal for a great ambiance. Afterwards we continued to cycle straight pass by a small street towards a temple, Kangli Street, Guanghua Street and etc. Just keep your eye on the main road. Once you've spotted Hualien Harbour cross the street to Minquan 1st Street, cycle straight up the hill, then cross the intersection and make your way uphill to the small road that has the Song Yuan Street sign. We were greeted with an Entrance Fee of NT 50 to get inside the garden. ( The picture on the left shows Song Yuan Street, just go straight uphill after you cross the traffic light. )

We cycled back to the hostel, passed along the same signs, this time around everything looked differently so be careful which way you turn. Cycle downhill from Pine Garden in  Song Yuan Street, made our way back to Minquan 1st St, crossed the street again and back to the main road. 

Along the way in Hai'an Road we saw the Rainbow Night Market formerly known as Nanbin Night Market. The largest night market in Hualien. When we arrived there they were setting-up the stalls for the big business that evening. It's nice to see the other side of the night market where its calm and clean. We stroll for a short period of time and went back on the road again. 

Rainbow Night Market 
Address: Intersection of Rd. Nanbin and Rd. Heping, Hualien City, Hualien County 970, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

We had dinner nearby the hostel, just infront of the FE24 Mall. An authentic Taiwanese meal for a cheap price of NT 200. I totally love unexplored restaurants by tourist, you can enjoy the food way better and more importantly its not crowded.

Ordered Wanton Noodle Soup, Minced Meat with Wanton Noodle Soup, Friend Tofu and Pigs Heart.

We were fully satisfied with our meal but we can't end the night without having a bubble tea. Bubble tea is the most famous drink in Taiwan, the founder of the oh-so-good tasting milk tea. Our first milk tea in the Heart of Asia. The Georgpeck milk tea was just a steps away from the restaurant, we ordered their specialty which is named after the outlet, Georgpeck Milk Tea for NT 90 . 

Just beside the milk tea outlet were these giant watermelons! If only I can drink one more cup then I would have bought that evening. We decided not to leave Hualien without ever tasting these gigantic watermelons. 

As we arrived in the hostel we had some chitchats with the owner, Mr. Robert and two working-holiday students. A pineapple in the center of the table kept our conversations going until it was time for bed. Hualien Train guide

Second Day: Taroko National Park 

Taroko National Park is located in the east part of Taiwan. It lies across 3 areas: Hualien County, Taichung County, and Nantou County. The eastern end of the highway is Taiwan's Central Cross-Island Highway that crosses the national park.

Address: Taroko National Park 291, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township 97253 Hualien County Taiwan, R.O.C

How to get there:
Take the train from Taiwan Railway Administration bound to Hualien
Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (depending on the train timing)
Ticket Rates: NT 340 - NT 440

Taroko National Park ( booked in Hostel ) 
Tour Package NT 700

We booked our Taroko National Park tour with Clearsky Backpackers Hostel. It was a whole day tour from 8am till 5pm. Our excited toes was up and running before 8 in the morning for our tour. A van picked us from the hostel and thus raised our hopes of a great day, however, the van stopped at a nearby station. All the passengers including us were confused for a moment, it turns that the van was just there as a pick up service for everyone and the real tour was with the big bus. The bus was crowded with Chinese tourist and the tour guide was a bit rude to us for no specific reason. My advised to you is don't ever go with a bus tour, yes its cheaper than a private one but you'll thank me later when you do as I said, unless your Chinese then the bus tour would be alright. Good thing, we are used to traveling and fully aware of language barrier issues, and one backpacker from our hostel joined the trip too, she tried to translate everything for us. We totally forgot about the Chinese guide as we drove down the road the captivating view of the Taroko National Park is all we need to satisfy our wanderlust souls. 

Taroko National Park is located east of Taiwan and north in the city of Hualien. It takes an hour or so from Hualien City to reached the National Park passing by endless view of beautiful mountains, lush vegetation and flows through by the Liwu River. The bus drove in between the mountains and finally we arrived in the Taroko Gorge. It was as if a theater curtain  slowly opened to present their newest attraction. The winding roads leads to a marble-like color of steep,rocky walls and a crystal clear stream running through it, the gorge was breathtakingly beautiful. 

Our first stop was in the red bridge where the Changchun Shrine(Eternal Spring Shrine) can be seen. The shrine situated on top of the waterfalls commemorates all the 226 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway from 1956 till 1960. Visiting time: 35-40 minutes. 

Everyone was tasked to have a short toilet break then we proceeded to the next section of the park along the connecting tunnels. The driver dropped us off in one of the tunnels, they called the place Jiuqudong tunnel or also known as "Nine Turns of the Coiled Dragon". I can't imagine the troubles they went through making all the zigzag and tunnel roads. The bus waited for us at the end of one of the tunnels and drove further more to breathtaking cliffs and light blue waters running through big boulders of white rocks.

Food is not provided in the trip. This is something unusual, during my tour travels in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia everything was provided, most especially if you to go to touristy islands in Thailand like Phuket and Krabi. We had lunch in a restaurant, the only food outlet I guess around the area that serves food with an exquisite view of the mountains. Lunch NT 220

Next stop is the Baiyang Trail. We were advised to buy a raincoat to avoid getting wet inside the waterfalls. I've actually brought one for this trip but then I left it in the hostel, great mindset I have that day. Raincoat: NT 40. My smart friend brought hers from our trekking in Mount Kota Kinabalu last time. It was a short hike in the middle of the mountains and we walked through dangerous cliffs along the trail. The cliffs are safe just stay away from the sides, don't push around, watch your step and everything will be fine. After a short walk we reached the Cave also known as Water Curtain (Shui-lian-dong) Cave. We donned our raincoats over our clothes and belongings then we made our way inside the cave that leads to the waterfalls. The stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave looked like tiny sparkling swarovski crystals. It actually reminds me of my trip in one of the mystical caves of Krabi in Thailand. The raincoats kept us dry all the way to the end of the cave where the curtain-like waterfall acts as a barrier between the other side of the cave. It wasn't that strong once you get through it you'll realize how it got its name from. It wasn't really a waterfalls, the cracks from the cave made way for water deposits in that fragment thus making the waterfalls.  I had fun with this part of the tour. A refreshing break from the warm weather of Hualien. 

We meet a British Guy named Darren during the tour. He was on a solo trip, an English Teacher in China and currently on vacation. We had a small chat as we dry our feet and made our way back to the trail. We thought the fun was over little did we know we'll be crossing a suspended bridge further more from the trail. The bridge moves with every step we made. It was breathtaking and most especially for those with fear of heights, and that includes my friend. To make things more interesting her phone was attached to my untrusted selfie stick as I hold on it till we reach the end of the bridge. She was scared of heights and I was scared for her phone. We walked slowly as the video clip captures everything, with me constantly checking and ready to catch the phone if it falls infront of me. It was such a funny video and it makes me want to record more videos with all my travels in the future. We took a picture with the two solo backpackers we've meet, the Guy Darren and the sweet girl from Hong Kong Preda. I believe that it's a good habit of taking pictures with people you meet during your trips, you can offer to exchange emails to send the pictures too. 

We were back in the road again and our next stop is the Qingshui Cliff, situated between Heren and Chongde on the Su-Hua Highway. An amazing overlooking view of the Pacific coastline where the blue waters sits calmly on the horizon as white waves crashes to the shorelines. I really wanted to stay longer here  it has an alluring ambiance that makes you want to just stand still and listen to the waves. However, the day was almost over and we have to get to our bus. 

Our last stop was the Heren Shingle Beach a pebble beach with a great sunset view. The road back to the city was smooth, we then asked the guide to drop us off at Shijan Night Market to have our late night dinner bonanza. 

We wanted to try authentic Taiwanese foods, the old school, old companies which means authentic flavors. 

Corn NT 80, Barbeque NT 60, Fried NT 70, Ice cream NT 90 and Watermelon Shake NT 70

The two hungry girls spent the night eating like there's no more tomorrow. NT 500 was solely spent on food and it was a perfect way to end the night. The third day we went River Trekking in HualienHave fun and be safe ^__^

Check out more cool places in Taiwan:

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go River Trekking in Hualien, Taiwan.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to visit my sister in South Korea and visit the land where my favorite Korean dish "bibimbap" materialized in this world. 

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