Friday, May 18, 2012



Back from family vacation and now, it's back to reality, back to blogging! I undoubtedly have many stories and thousands of pictures to share (we were on an 8-day tour that covered almost the whole of Taiwan Island), but I've been busy since getting back home, so you can expect to hear more from me about Taiwan in the coming weeks!

Before I begin with the nitty-gritty details, here's a brief summary of our vacation that was organized by Best Holiday Sdn Bhd, a tour agency based in Malaysia.


Map of Taiwan (this small, sweet-potato-shaped island is approximately 36000 square kilometers in size)

Travel Period: 5 May - 12 May 2012
Season: Late Spring - Early Summer

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Taoyuan


@ Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), we flew with EVA Air!


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport


Zhongli Night Market

Hotel: Park Hotel @ Taoyuan

Day 2: Taoyuan - Taipei - Hualien


Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall @ Taipei


Yehliu Geopark


Nanfang'ao @ Yilan


Taroko Gorge @ Hualien

Hotel: Na Lu Wan Hotel @ Hualien

Day 3: Hualien - Taitung


Chihsingtan Beach @ Hualien


Lingzhi and Tea Art Center @ Hualien


Tzu Chi Foundation @ Hualien


Marble Factory & Showroom @ Hualien


Rice Field @ Hualien


Lu Yeh Hot Spring @ Taitung


Hotel: Master Bear Resort @ Taitung

Day 4: Taitung - Kaohsiung


Fo Guang Shan Monastery @ Kaohsiung


Meinong Hakka Village @ Kaohsiung


Hai Bao Pearl & Jewelry @ Kaohsiung


Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel @ Dream Mall


Love River @ Kaohsiung


Liouhe Night Market @ Kaohsiung

Hotel: Best Hotel @ Kaohsiung

Day 5: Kaohsiung - Taichung


Tea House


Sun Moon Lake (National Scenic Area) @ Nantou


Puli Wine Factory


Aboriginal Local Product Store


Fengjia Night Market @ Taichung

Hotel: Wen Won Hotel @ Taichung

Day 6: Taichung - Taipei


LeoFoo Village Theme Park @ Hsinchu


Grand Hotel @ Taipei


National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine @ Taipei


Chung-Hwa Pui-Shiou Museum


Taipei 101 Mall

Hotel: King National Hotel @ Taipei

Day 7: Taipei


Yangmingshan National Park




Jiufen Old Street




Ximending

Hotel: King National Hotel @ Taipei

Day 8: Taipei - Kuala Lumpur


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport



The itinerary was fast paced in order to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time and I couldn't imagine a country, which is geographically tiny, has a host of interesting places to visit! Also known as Formosa, meaning "Beautiful Island", the island of Taiwan is full of life, not only it has heaps to see and do and buy and eat, getting around is a cinch!



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