Taipei 101 is Taipei’s icon. The 101 Mall is at the base of the building with offices on the higher floors, indoor observatory on the 89th floor and an outdoor observatory on the 91st floor. We did not go in the building, but just viewed it from afar. I like Taipei 101 better during the night. As a comparison, Continue reading
After strolling along the Xinyi Shopping District, we decided to eat at ATT 4 Fun (a shopping center), not due to any particular reason, but simply because there was a display of restaurants outside on an advertisement board and it was easy for us to see what choices we had.
So why did we eat in a Japanese restaurant when we were in Taiwan? Continue reading
Since the Red House (西門紅樓) was just across the street from the hotel, that was the first place we visited (You can get there by taking the MRT, get off at Ximen Station, exit 1). The Red House was completed in 1908 and Continue reading
We arrived at Taoyuen International Airport at around 3.30pm. You can either get to Taipei by cab (I think it’s around NTD 900 or so) or take a bus to Taipei, a popular one to take would be the “Free -Go” bus, also known as “飞狗巴士” in Taiwan.
When you exit from the arrival gate, you will see sign boards that will lead you to the bus station.
Then, keep going straight, Continue reading
Gary got pretty hungary after arriving at the hotel as he didn’t eat much on the plane. The hotel that we stayed in, Neijiang Hotel, was super convenient as it had a lot of typical, local food around (also known as 小吃). This restaurant, Yongfu Fuzhou Style Fish Ball Restaurant, was a just a few doors away from us. One thing I find about food in Taiwan, is that it’s always good ! Whether it is night-market street food, simple local food, casual dining or fine dining! Yongfu Restaurant of course did not contradict my finding:)
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City Corner is a low profile homestay, or more commonly known as “Minsu” (民宿) in Taiwan. It is on located in Hualien City, in the residential area on lane 138 off Zhongshan Road. As you can see from the outside, there is no signboards at all to indicate that it’s a minsu! Continue reading
We stayed in Neijiang Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan in April 2012 from 8th to 11th, and one more night on the 14th, for total of 5 nights . The hotel is strategically located at the Ximending shopping district, just 3 minutes walk from the Ximen MRT station (exit 1), 3 minutes walk to 4 convenience stores near by. (Yes, it is a phenomenon in Taiwan where convenience stores are everywhere !) The hotel is also surrounded with restaurants, Continue reading
Our Langkawi itinerary was quite relaxed, not so much of rushing around to go to the next destination or the next city. We took our sweet time going from place to place, and spent some time by the pool and the beach. But if you are tight for time, I think you can still use my itinerary for a 3 days 2 nights stay. Here is our actual itinerary:
The Kilim Geoforest Park received its Unesco World Heritage status in 2007. When you are in Langkawi, the only way reach the park would be taking the boat tour (if yo have a helicopter, that would be different story…)
We took the 2 hour boat tour which included visits to: Bat Cave, Fish Farm, Eagle Feeding, Mangrove Sightseeing, Crocodile Cave, Open Sea (Andaman Sea) and Kilim Geoforest Park. The package was by the boat, 2 hours for RM180 so if you are backpacking, this tour can be pricey.
First Stop : Bat Cave
We walked through the limestone cave that had bats hanging off the ceiling. It’s actually not as scary as I thought it would be. The bats were pretty docile and just stayed where they were although there were a lot of tourists walking beneath them. Would be a good idea to rent torches at the entrance of the cave for you to see better in the cave.
Second Stop: Fish Farm with Mangrove sightseeing along the way.
Reaching the fish farm:
The fish farm tour is perhaps the most educational part of my Langkawi trip and my favourite part in the Kilim Geoforest Package.
Did you know that the blood of horse shoe crab is being researched as anti-cancer drug? And it costs RM 10,000 per crab!The fish farm dude as a way to illustrate to us that the crab is totally harmless, put the crab on his head and told us that the crab is a good head massager! Lol!
Did you know that the spitting fish can aim precisely and spit few meters high, with the force strong enough to shoot down insects from the tress? You can view the spitting fish video here. The fish farm dude also asked us to place one finger at the edge of the floor plank, the fish actually aimed at our fingers and spat on our fingers!
Another fun bit in the fish farm would be stingray feeding (with the poisonous barb removed of course…). They can actually turn over on their backs so you can rub their white bellies, kinda similar to rubbing a dog’s belly. The fish farm dude told us that the sting ray had no teeth and can’t bite, so we could put our hands into the stingrays’ mouth to feed it (which gave me a funny tingling sensation).
Next Stop: Eagle Feeding
To say eagle feeding, would be a marketing gimmick used by the tour company because really there was no feeding but just watching the eagles fly. But honestly, it would be pretty scary to have wild eagles charging at you trying to eat food off your hand…. nonetheless, we enjoyed our close encounters with the eagles ! We sighted up to 4 eagles at one time flying around.
Next Stop: Crocodile Cave
Crocodile cave really meant cave that used to have crocodiles. The boatman took us in and out of the cave.
Next Stop: Kilim Geopark and Andaman Sea.
The boat took us around the geopark, where we could see beautiful limestone landscape and geological formation on Andaman Sea. If you are from Malaysia and have travelled the North-South highway between Kuala Kangsar and Kuala Lumpur, the landscape on the highway is quite similar to the limestone landscape in the geopark, except one is on land, and one is on sea.
The Geoforest Park tour marked the end of our journey in Langkawi. The tour was seemingly short but it was surprisingly eventful.
We went back to the hotel, picked up our over-weight luggage (yep, too much duty-free shopping) and adios, till next time !
Websites which you may find useful:
Langkawi Kilim Geopark http://www.langkawi-geopark.com/
Mangrove Tour and Geopark Package http://www.langkawimangrovetours.com/
On the 3rd day of our trip in Langkawi, we went for the Langkawi cable car aka “Langkawi Panorama Skycab”. The base station is located in the Oriental Village in Pantai Kok, at the f00t of Machincang Mountain. The Oriental Village would be a good place to buy souvenirs, feed fish at the pond (which is what I am doing in the picture), and to take photos with pythons wrapped around you!
Initially I was not so keen to go on the skycab as I am afraid of heights, and I have been on cable cars quite a few times elsewhere. But i decided to go on it and withstand the fear as I wanted to see the sky bridge.
As soon as I saw the sky bridge hanging in the sky, all the fear went away as my attention was caught by the magnificent structure hanging in the sky. No regrets about this decision and would highly recommend this spot to everyone (even the ones that are afraid of heights).
Magnificent structure hanging in the sky:
The skycab travelled upwards for about 15 minutes or so from the base station to the 1st viewing platform, where you can get off and spend just about 15 minutes to look around as the 1st viewing platform is relatively small compared to the 2nd one.
The skycab would take another 5 minutes to reach the second viewing platform, where you can spend quite a fair bit of your time walking the sky bridge, enjoy the breeze and the view of clusters of islands that surround Langkawi.
On the bridge itself:
There’s a short hike for 5-10 minutes from the viewing platform to descend to the sky-birdge, so it would be a good idea to wear shoes with a good grip.
Our next destination was the 7-wells waterfall (or Telaga Tujuh in Malay), which was just 10-15 minutes drive away from the Oriental Village. We did a short 10 minutes trail before reaching the waterfall. Along the way, we kept wondering if we are on the right track as there was no sound of waterfall at all ! It turned out that it was dry season and there was not much water but bare rocks only…… unlucky 🙁 But otherwise we would have been able to see the 7 wells of water streaming down at various heights and converging as one water fall.
Some information which you may find useful
Panorama Langkawi Skycab http://www.panoramalangkawi.com
Oriental Village http://www.orientalvillage.my/
Seven – Wells Waterfall http://www.langkawi-info.com/waterfalls.htm