Thursday, October 29, 2015

Taiwan Day 5 & 6 - Sun Moon Lake and Taichung City

In a blink of an eye, we're on our 5th day in Taiwan!
As usual, we will have breakfast nearby our AirBnb and this time, we tried the doujiang (aka soya bean drinks) with you tiao (aka yao char kwai or eu zhar kuey) which is located right next to our AirBnb.




Honestly, the soya bean was a little bland, almost tasteless. We were supposed to wrap the you tiao in the roti canai-lookalike dough but we didn't know...so we ate them separately hahaha.
Still disappointed though. :-/

Our breakfast for 3!

Then we checked out from our lovely AirBnb and headed south to Sun Moon Lake (SML)!
To go to SML, you'll have to take the High Speed Rail (HSR) from Taipei Main Station to Taichung HSR Station (NT$700 each way, you can use credit card for this).
From there, take a bus (we used Nantou) for slightly more than NT$100 one way to head to Sun Moon Lake straight. No transfer is needed.

We stayed at Doris Home which was amazing (will share the photos at the end of the post)!
Greg, the host was so welcoming and he made sure that we had all we needed. Definitely the best host I've ever come across.
We even got ferry tickets prepared for us by Greg so after a short rest at Doris, we headed to the pier for a ferry ride around SML.

Shuishe Pier at SML.


First stop was a disappointment. All we did was walked down from the ferry and bought each a tea egg. THAT'S ALL. I didn't even bother to take any photos because there were too many people around and it was a little uncomfortable tbh.

2nd stop was slightly better. There were shops selling food, snacks and souvenirs but it felt like a deserted little town..







The stretch of road with the most food stalls.




I think we walked for about an hour and decided that it's not worth our time anymore. Haha!



On the ferry while heading back to the main side of the island.

At night, nothing is ALIVE..most shops close at 9pm and the only shop still opens (besides 7-11) is this bar called Sunny Lake Wonder.
Loved the vibes and cooling weather though. :)






In the next morning, we woke up at 5am to cycle around the lake.
It costs NT$200 for an unlimited riding hours as it easily takes up to 2 hours to return (NT$100 for an hour).
The view was really worth it! So if cycling is part of your itinerary, do remember to wake up earlier (maybe not as us), the bicycle shops open at 6.30am.

Beautiful scenery early in the morning but the sun was already so high up..







Group pic one last time!

Before ending this post, let me show you how Doris home looks like:


Entrance to the guestrooms.





Lovely breakfast prepared by the host!



The name of the room we took.

That's all for our Taiwan trip! To head to Taoyuan Airport from SML, you can take the same Nantou bus and reach Taichung HSR.
From there, you can take the train to Taoyuan (NT$590/pax) and pay NT$30 for the bus ride to Taoyuan Airport. It's cheaper that way!

Oh actually we went to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi shopping mall to kill time when we reached Taichung HSR before heading to the airport.


Beautiful sunset on our last day in Taiwan. :)

Till then,


xoxo,

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