[TAIWAN] TRAVEL GUIDE – Places to Visit (Part 2, end)

New Taipei City
New Taipei City

Have you visited the part 1 of recommended places to visit in Taiwan? After Taichung and Alishan, in this second part, we will be sharing recommended places we visited in Taipei, Tainan, Chiayi and New Taipei City. Let’s start the tour, shall we?

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Just an intermezzo, the name of certain cities in Taiwan resembles its location, for example Taipei ‘pei’ or ‘bei’ means north and Taipei is located at the north area of the island, Taichung ‘chung’ means center and it’s located in the center of island, while Tainan ‘nan’ means south and the city is located at the south area.

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say hello to Sun Go Kong
say hello to Sun Go Kong

CHIAYI

Cypress Forestry Life Village (檜意森活村)/ Hinoki Village
Hinoki Village or Cypress Forest Life Village is a culture village in Chiayi, Taiwan. This place consists of 28 old wooden Japanese-style houses that are used to be dormitories of the Chiayi Forest division of Forestry Bureau of the Taiwan Governor General Office during the Japanese rule of Taiwan.

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Now it has become a tourist spot filled with some shops of creative cultural works like wooden furniture and food, as well as some small museums.

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Tofu Sandwich set with Tea Jelly Drink NT$ 79 at Cha Yeh Tan
Tofu Sandwich set with Tea Jelly Drink NT$ 79 at Cha Yeh Tan
Tofu Sandwich set with Tea Jelly Drink NT$ 79 at Cha Yeh Tan
Tofu Sandwich set with Tea Jelly Drink NT$ 79 at Cha Yeh Tan

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Address:
Cypress Forestry Life Village (檜意森活村)/ Hinoki Village
No. 1, Linsen E Rd, East District
Chiayi City, Taiwan 600

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Peimen Station (北門火車站)
Not very far from Hinoki Village, there’s an old station along with trains that have become city’s historical sites.

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Address:
Peimen Station (北門火車站)
No. 482, Gonghe Rd, East District
Chiayi City, Taiwan 600

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Spraying of Water Chicken Food (嘉義噴水雞肉飯)
The chicken rice dish might looks simple, but it tastes da bomb! It is a popular and delicious rice dish with turkey strips on it created in 1949.

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FYI, here in Taiwan the rice is very fluffy and a bit sticky, pretty similar with Japanese or Korean rice. The signature chicken rice dish consists of fluffy rice topped with tender juicy turkey strips and then drizzled with soy based seasoning and serve with pickled radish. The rice was already sooo good by itself thanks to the use of lard :p

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It is so good, you guys seriously have to try it! One of the best meal we’ve ever had during #AnakJajanTAIWAN trip!

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Address:
Spraying of Water Chicken Food (嘉義噴水雞肉飯)
No. 499號, Zhongxiao Rd, East District
Chiayi City, Taiwan 600

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TAINAN

Sicao Mangrove Preserve (四草綠色隧道)
In this place, take a tour to the mangrove by riding 30 minutes boat ride (Adult NT$200 / Children NT$100) inside the green mangrove canal.

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The therapeutic view of mangrove green tunnel is just sooo beautiful and worth to visit. If you get lucky, you can also spot some beautiful looking birds.

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Address:
Sicao Mangrove Preserve (四草綠色隧道)
No. 360, Dazhong Rd, Annan District
Tainan City, Taiwan 709

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Fort Zeelandia Museum – Anping (安平古堡)
A historical area of Anping, this is a 17th-century fortress built on a peninsula by the Dutch East India Company and it is now has become a museum, the admission fee is NT$50 for adult or NT$25 for children.

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Address:
Fort Zeelandia Museum – Anping
No. 82, Guosheng Rd, Anping District
Tainan City, Taiwan

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Around the area of Anping Old Fort, there are lots of souvenir and food/drink vendors both traditional and modern. AnakJajan found this funny looking ice cream that is shaped like crown.

It's never too cold for ice cream. Let's Jajan!!🍦 Ice Cream NT$70 #anakjajan #TravelWithAnakjajan #AnakJajanTAIWAN

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Tainan Flowers Night Market (臺南花園夜市)
Taiwan is famous for its night market, in Tainan every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, you can visit Tainan Flowers Night Market the largest and most popular night market in Tainan.

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Fried Squid NT$80
Fried Squid NT$80

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Fried Chicken NT$55
Fried Chicken NT$55

Compared to Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Tainan Flowers Night Market is actually not that huge but it’s filled with so many tasty looking snacks, from sweet to savory, light bites till heavy meal, AnakJajan had a fun non-stop eating experience.

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Cactus Flower Drink NT$ 30
Cactus Flower Drink NT$ 30
Cactus Flower Drink NT$ 30
Cactus Flower Drink NT$ 30
Trio Potato Ball NT$ 30/bag
Trio Potato Ball NT$ 30/bag

Our favorite find was the Pepper Bun or Hu Chiao Ping NT$ 40, during our flight from Jakarta to Taipei, we watched a show about night market in Taiwan and we were very tempted with this local delicacy and lucky us it was available at Tainan Flowers Night Market. The pepper bun was very delicious with juicy peppery savory minced meat filling.

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Pepper Bun or Hu Chiao Ping NT$ 40
Pepper Bun or Hu Chiao Ping NT$ 40
Pepper Bun or Hu Chiao Ping NT$ 40
Pepper Bun or Hu Chiao Ping NT$ 40

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Other than food, there are also small section in the market that is filled with souvenir and fashion vendors, along with game vendors.

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Address:
Tainan Flowers Night Market (臺南花園夜市)
Section 3, Hai’an Rd, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704
Opening days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 5pm till midnight.

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Tayih Landis Tainan (臺南大億麗緻酒店)
This upscale hotel is located in a very great location in Ximen road, right beside the hotel there is a shopping mall and various shops around. The interior inside the room was modern and chic, we enjoyed our night there.

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set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan
set dinner at Banquet Hall, Tayih Landis Tainan

Address:
Tayih Landis Tainan (臺南大億麗緻酒店)
No. 660, Section 1, Ximen Rd, West Central District
Tainan City, Taiwan 700

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Ten Drum Culture Village (十鼓文化村)
The property that is used to be an old retired sugar cane refinery has been conserved/ redesigned into the 1st drum-themed international art village in Asia, Ten Drum Cultural Village.

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Inside the village, there are introduction hall, drum museum, drumming experience room, Ten Drum Restaurant, mini-theater, water tank theater, chimney square, forest trail, Ten Drum praying hall, etc. The visitors can enjoy various experience such as the historical walk of the building, riding the old train that was used to transport sugar cane, learning how to use drum percussion, watching Ten Drum Art Percussion performance, etc.

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cafe
cafe

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Address:
Ten Drum Culture Village (十鼓文化村)
No. 326, Section 2, Wenhua Rd, Rende District
Tainan City, Taiwan 717

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Chi Mei Museum (奇美博物館)
Chi Mei Museum is one of the newest museum in Tainan. The majestic building of museum was built with the European concept making the visitors feel like in Europe. Unfortunately photo taking is not allowed inside the museum, so we couldn’t show you what’s inside.

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The museum has an extensive collection of art objects, historic weapons, musical instruments, ancient objects and exhibition areas both local and international collections.

Address:
Chi Mei Museum (奇美博物館)
No. 66, Section 2, Wenhua Rd, Rende District
Tainan City, Taiwan 71755

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Taiwan High Speed Rail
Taiwan High Speed Rail is a high-speed rail line that runs approximately 345 km connecting Taipei and Zuoying on the northern edge of Kaohsiung, passing through ten counties, Taiwan’s four biggest cities, and 77 townships en route.

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It is the fastest and most convenient transportation in Taiwan especially for long-distance travel. AnakJajan took the Taiwan High Speed Rail from Tainan to Taoyuan, the distance between two cities is around 265km, normally it took approximately 3hours via bus, by using Taiwan High Speed Rail it tooks an hour and 20 minutes only.


TAIPEI

Shilin Market 士林夜市
Shilin Market is a night market situated in Shilin district of Taipei. It’s considered to be the largest and the most famous night market in the city where you can find countless of vendors selling food, clothes, souvenirs, etc. I’m gonna write a detail blog post about what to eat and what to shop in Shilin Nigh Market on separate blog post. Stay tuned!

Address:
Shilin Market 士林夜市
111, Taiwan, 台北市士林區基河路101號

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Ximending (西門町)
If Tokyo has Shibuya, Seoul has Myeong-dong, then Taipei has Ximending. Ximending is a very famous shopping district in Taipei, this busy district is full of amazing eating and shopping scenes. Definitely a must visit then you’re in Taipei. A complete guide about shopping and eating scene in Ximending will be written in another blog post.

Address:
Ximending (西門町)
Taipei City, Taiwan 108

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NEW TAIPEI CITY

transportations in Taiwan
transportations in Taiwan

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Vigor Pineapple Cake Dream Factory (維格餅家)
Taiwan’s Pineapple Cake is one of the most popular gifts, besides its delicious taste, the pineapple itself is also considered as a symbol of good luck coming, it’s pretty similar with Indonesian nastar but the dough is more buttery and the pineapple jam is a bit different.

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Vigor Kobo is one of the most famous brands for pineapple cake. Besides purchasing the pineapple cakes, you can also have fun by joining DIY (Do It Yourself) and learn to make your own pineapple cakes.

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Address:
Vigor Pineapple Cake Dream Factory (維格餅家)
No. 87, Section 1, Chengtai Rd, Wugu District
New Taipei City, Taiwan 248

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Hotel Royal-Beitou (北投老爺酒店) – Taipei Wellness Clinic and Resort
Hotel Royal-Beitou is Taiwan’s first “wellness Hotel” that provides diversified services such as luxury hotel service, physical check-ups, health management and cosmetic services.

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The room is very stylish and comfortable with private hot spring bath in each room!! It is the coolest and our most favorite hotel room we’ve stayed during this trip.
For you guys who are interested in having a relaxing Health or Beauty Vacation, this place could be a great choice.

Address:
Hotel Royal-Beitou (北投老爺酒店)
112, Taiwan, 台北市北投區, 中和街二號

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Taiwanese Dessert
A visit to Taiwan would not be complete without having the Taiwanese shaved ice dessert with various toppings such as red bean, mung bean, taro balls, sweet potato balls, taro paste and tapioca balls (bubble) just like picture below.


Overall, #AnakJajanTAIWAN trip was a fun experience. We would like to thank China Airlines and Taiwan Tourism Bureau for making this trip happen and for the fun time in Taiwan. Stay tuned for another Taiwan travel post. Let’s Travel!

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2 thoughts on “[TAIWAN] TRAVEL GUIDE – Places to Visit (Part 2, end)”

  1. hi. loved every bit of your blog. May I know how many days you stayed in Taiwan to complete your itinerary. Thanks!

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