Saturday, August 19, 2017

TAIWAN 10 DAYS BACKPACKER

你好! I just went back from my backpacker trip to TAIWAN with 2 my crazy friends, Cath and Chacha. We prepared this trip around 2 weeks before departure. We kinda budget not budget trip #youknowwhatimasayin? HAHA we wanted to save money but we ate alot so yeah we chose all cheapest accomodation and transportation to save our money for food. #KIDDING at first we wanted 7days trip but my friend in Kaohsiung, Marcel said it wouldnt be enough and must be exhausting, 10 days is perfect. So yes! This is !

10 DAYS BACKPACKER TRIP AROUND TAIWAN
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🔻ITINERARY🔻

DAY 1 | 08 AUG // SEOUL- TAOYUAN by airplane - TAICHUNG by bus
DAY 2 | 09 AUG // TAICHUNG - SUNMOONLAKE- TAICHUNG- KAOHSIUNG by hsr train
DAY 3 | 10 AUG // KAOHSIUNG- KENTING by bus
DAY 4 | 11 AUG // KENTING
DAY 5 | 12 AUG // KENTING- HUALIEN by train via fangliao&taitung
DAY 6 | 13 AUG // HUALIEN-TAROKO GORGE by bus 
DAY 7 | 14 AUG // TAROKO GORGE - TAIPEI by train via xinchengst.
DAY 8 | 15 AUG // TAIPEI-YEHLIU-JIUFEN-SHIFEN-TAIPEI
DAY 9 | 16 AUG // TAIPEI
DAY 10 | 17 AUG // TAIPEI-TAOYOAN-SEOUL

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🔻BUDGET ESTIMATION🔻

(per-person)

// Flights
Flight SEOUL-TAIPEI-SEOUL (by Eva air)   = ₩280.000
➥Flight total = ₩280.000 (1 KRW = IDR 12) = Rp. 3.360.000

// Transportation in Taiwan
Bus TAOYUAN AIRPORT-TAICHUNG (by local bus )  = TW$ 280
Bus TAICHUNG-SUNMOONLAKE-TAICHUNG ( by localbus)  = TW$200
HSR Train TAICHUNG-KAOHSIUNG TW$790
Bus KAOHSIUNG- KENTING (by NO.88)  = TW$ 392
Bus KETING ONE DAY PASS(by Klook.com) = TW$ 80
Bus KENTING-FANGLIAO TW$ 209
Train FANGLIAO-via taitung-HUALIEN CITY TW$ 565
Bus HUALIEN ST.- TAROKO GORGE  = TW$20/stop x5 = TW$100
(I stop at taroko visitor center,shakadang,lushui,yenzhukou, and back to taroko)
Taxi TAROKO-XINCHENG ST TW$160:3 =TW$55
Train XINCHENG-TAIPEI TW$391
Taipei transportation card for 4days = TW$300 (barely use it cause of walk)
Airport Train TAOYUAN  TW$180
➥Bus total = TW$ 3.542 ( 1TWD = IDR440) = Rp. 1.558.500

// Stays
( based on private room price)
USD 23/person x 9 nights = USD 207 ( 1USD = IDR 13.356) = Rp.2764.700

// Tours
We booked several tours from Korea and some package one the spot
➛YEHLIU-JIUFEN-SHIFEN (1-day trip by 여행가는길)  = TW$429
➛TAIPEI 101 (by klook.com)  = TW$510
➛SUNMOONLAKE BLUEPASS (boat tour,cablecar on the spot)  = TW$330
➥Tour total=  TW$1.269 (1TWD = IDR440) = Rp. 558.400

// Meals
Eat budget (heavy meal) TW$100 x 2 ( lunch & dinner) x10days = TW$2000
Meals fee total = TW$2.000 (1TWD = IDR440) = Rp.880.000

GRAND TOTAL
Rp. 9.121.600
( ~USD 701 // ~KRW 760.000)

what do you think? MAN!! if you read my vietnamcambodia backpacker its the same budget! Taiwan isn't as expensive as i expected but im suprised with their transportation and accomodation that even more expensive than my Japan trip :/ but as for food its damn cheap no water for everyday just MILK TEA HAHA

P.s if you out of budget here our tips
#1 use AIRBNB and ask more friend to join your trip,hostel and hotel in Taiwan not really help your budget since the price is similar
#2 instead of HSR or high speed train within cities, you can use train or bus. but it'll takes a loooong time.
#3 walk all the time! Tourism objects always located not really far one to each other just within 5km HAHA so try to walk because especially in Taipei, their MRT is expensive around NTD 30-50 or try to take bus less stairs and just NTD15!
#4 my NTD100 meal is super decent meal because actually taiwanese meal only around NTD 40-50 for a bowl of pork rice or rice noodle on a street shop. Better take a heavy meal in one time than trying snacks on the night market or regular street for NTD100 just to make your teeth dirty.
#5 bring your water bottle! Mostly restaurant doesnt give your water or some just give you paper cups so better bring your water bottle and fill it when you find water tank to preven bubble tea craving on the street
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After itinerary and all the money that we used now i will give you detail each city and some important travel tips to survive in Taiwan!

#1 BEST TIME TO VISIT 
Taiwan is super famous with their typhoon so have to ready anytime HAHA especially around mid august to September . We suggest you around JUNE TO EARLY AUGUST. It hot as hell but hello its holiday right HAHA taiwan also has winter but no snow just lil bit cold in Taipei but in thr southern part like kaohsiung just a cool breeze. No need coat or what just a hoodie will be fine.

#2 VISA NEEDED?
You can check depends on your country you can check your country list here www.roc-taiwan.org 
. But me Indonesian needs visa BUT for you who holding America, Schengen, Australia,Japan and Korea visa just need online visa here niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast/

#3 MONEY! 
TAIWAN DOLLAR 
Their money changer is super rare almost no money changer inside the city. Because all the money controlled by the goverment so you can only change your money at the airport or some bank in the city. But becareful they only accept fews like USdollar,Euro and Pounds so like JapaneseYen and Koreanwon or other money currency have to recheck because not all bank will receive it. Or just take money from the ATM. but you have to bring cash since mostly street food and transportation doesnt accpet credit card.

#4 SIM CARD / LOCAL NUMBER
you can buy in the airport or local provider office. Depends on how many days you stay in Taiwan. Usually it priced around NT$100/day for unlimited data and phonecall. But if you go together with your friends better rent a wifi. I rented at klook.com for only NT$90/day for 5 devices.

#5 GET FROM CITY TO OTHER CITY
Well Taiwan has HSRhttps://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/TimeTable/SearchResult(high speed train), regular trainhttp://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx, buses. It depends on your budget. You can click on transport name for direct link to each website but for bus i use google map to detect the timetable. I personally used everything so i changed everytime i went to other city so i could try all Taiwan's transportation. For big city like Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, kaohsiung (western part) all covered by highspeed train but for southern and eastern part only have regular train. For taiwan's train, they offer you discount for early bird booking ( you can check on their website) but because i dontk now what time i done with my schedule, i bought all on the spot so sometimes i didnt get a seat and ended up sitting on the floor. But for some "difficult" train trip like from Kaohsiung-Kenting, Kenting-Hualien and Taroko-Taipei i will explain it more below!♡

#6 GET AROUND CITY
Taking bus is the best and cheapest HAHA. Google map super helpful for this one. If you together with so many people just take taxi better.

#7 TRANSPORTATION CARD
Whole taiwan uses "transportation card that known as EASY CARD. You can use this card for everything, bus,train,taxi, and even shopping in some merchants. You can get this at the airport at the machine or buy at 7evelen for NTD 100/card and then you can top up that empty card at station or 7eleven.

#8 EATING 
For this backpacking post, i hardly giving recommendation of the restaurant SINCE all name in chinese and i had so many difficult times also in ordering and finding the restaurant. Mostly taiwanese food is similar with chinese but not as greasy as that. But still it chinese afterall HAAHAHA me and my friends barely eat super heavymeal because we wanted to try lots of food. The comfy part is Taiwan is not like Japan and Korea where we have to order each person each meal so usually when entering resto we 3 person just ordered 2 or 1 meal HAHA.

#9 BUBBLE TEA CULTURE
coffee shop? Nope pretty tea shop ? Nope but MILK BUBBLETEA EVERYWHERE everymorning, afterlunch, snacktime,before dinner all bubble tea HAHA all places price ranges around NTD35~60 which super affordable and yummy. I cant say recommendation place for this. But the biggest chain is 50lan that you can find it everywhere and the rest like comebuy, chatime,happy lemon, prestea, blablabla so many brands but only one only one that for me HAS THE BEST MILKTEA EVER even the price is 3 times more expensive than regular brand but it super worth to try. They also have D.I.Y bubble tea class so read more at 
CHUN SUI TANG TEA HOUSE & BUBBLE TEA CLASS

#10 SOUVENIR!
Indonesian cant live without oleh2 like usually. So! Here
5 BEST SHOULD BUY FROM TAIWAN

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TAIPEI
As the capital and biggest city in Taiwan, Taipei offers tons of attraction from cultural side to the skyscraper. From morning till morning, you can find easily foods in every corner of the street, quite complicated yet beautiful.
(+) many tourist objects which super interesting and walk distance friendly
(-) city lively no natural objects.
BEST PLACE TO STAY: XIMENDING AREA / TAIPEI 101
MY AIRBNB : http://abnb.me/EVmg/qGrZ4gMVKF
REASON: its cheap and also convenience to take a bus to everywhere

Read also:
5 MUST DO IN TAIPEI
ONEDAY TRIP YEHLIU,JIUFEN & SHIFEN
YONGKANG STREET FOODVENTOUR
TAIPEI101 OBSERVATORY
CAFE GUDETAMA CHEF
XIMENDING NIGHT MARKET
HOW GO TO TAIPEI FROM TAROKO

KAOHSIUNG
same like korea, Taipei can be said as Seoul and Kaohsiung as Busan. Taiwan's 2nd largest city is much slower and less city feel as taipei. Everybody is walk clamly and super humble. 
(+) less crowded, slow city
(-) nothing to be seen actually
BEST PLACE TO STAY: NEAR RAOHE NIGHT MARKET/ ZHUOYING HSR STATION
MY AIRBNB: http://abnb.me/EVmg/cSMU8oYVKF
REASON: because i need to take bus and train fast in next morning so i prefer stay near station so i can wake up late LOL 

Read also:
5 MUST TO KAOHSIUNG
HOW GO TO KENTING FROM KAOHSIUNG

TAICHUNG
3rd largest city after Taipei and Kaohsiung. As Industrial city its kinda hard to recommended Taichung as must visit in Taiwan. People only knows it as transit place when you want go to Sunmoonlake but nobody knows it has the BIGGEST night market in Taiwan
(+) easy to reach sun moon lake
(-) everything LOL i just cant stay here more than a day
BEST PLACE TO STAY: FENGJIA NIGHT MARKET AREA
MY HOSTEL: MAKIDO HOSTEL (by booking.com)
REASON: its cheap and i wanted till mid night so i chose this hostel.

Read also:
HOW GO TO TAICHUNG 
5 MUST DO IN TAICHUNG
ONE DAY TRIP TO SUNMOONLAKE 
TRYING TAIWAN HIGHSPEED TRAIN TAICHUNG-KAOHSIUNG

HUALIEN
Same as Taichung, Hualien also famous city if you want to transfer to TAROKO GORGE but i discovered it more than that!! HUALIEN is full of youngers and great food, landscape and beach
BEST PLACE TO STAY: NEAR HUALIEN ST. OR DONGDAEMUN NIGHT MARKET 
MY AIRBNB ( HUALIEN): http://abnb.me/EVmg/NHYUgUrWKF
REASON: his is super clean and own by handsome guy LOL KIDDING WILLIE 
MY AIRBNB (TAROKO): http://abnb.me/EVmg/PWWx4gAWKF
REASON: if you spend 2 days in hualien might be boring, so i tried oneday stay in mountain area for healing and this airbnb super lovely! The owner is super kind, delicious breakfast and fantastic mountain view from your private room
(+) i ate more than 10times a day here
(-) i gained weight

Read also:
HOW GO TO HUALIEN FROM KENDING VIA FANGLIAO
HUALIEN FOODVENTURE
ONEDAY TRIP TAROKO GORGE (overnight in taroko)
HOW GO TO TAIPEI FROM TAROKO

KENDING
Southest part of Taiwan has the best view so far. As i love beach more than mountain it just the right place to enjoy summer.
BEST PLACE TO STAY: NANWAN ( for watersport lover) / KENDING STREET ( for eating lover)
MY HOTEL: HONGBEN HOTEL ( by booking.com)
REASON: Its right in the middle of kending street where the night market everyday be held. And just 1 mins walk from kending express bus stop from zuoying, kaohsiung 
(+) great beach great night market
(-) sun burn and emba looked skin.

Read also:
HOW GO TO KENTING FROM KAOHSIUNG
5 MUST VISIT PLACES IN KENDING
5 MUST EAT KENDING NIGHT MARKET
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**SPECIAL PART**
I was flight using EVA AIR and suprisingly for my flight TAIPEI back to SEOUL i got EVA AIR SANRIO EDITION!! badtzmaru plane hikkk so cute.

Read more:
FLIGHT ON EVA AIR SANRIO
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Everybody said TAIWAN is nothing boring blablabla i think that to at first but when i was there, Taiwan just so beautiful, friendly people even they cant speak english, delicious cheap food and exhausting sun HAHA this my very first trip without luggsge and totally felt adventureous. Hope can go back to Taiwan special for food tour since it never enough. Hope this post help you all as your itinerary recommendation.
Muchlove,
HJ

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

[KOREA] BELIEF COFFEE, HAPJEONG

HEY BLOGGG! its super long long gone post since i just sank into laziness lately. Come back with *HAPJEONG CAFE ALERT* if you dont know hapjeong is ststion next to Hongdae or Hongik univ. So actually its quite walkable less than 1km. So my friend recommended me this coffee shop and it also quite hipped tho. SO i tried it together with my friend

빌리프 커피
BELIEF COFFEE

HOW TO GO
Hapjeong MRT Station exit 2 just turn left when you find mapo mandu and go straight
서울 마포구 양화로11길 50

OPEN HOUR
9.30~23.30
Oh yes the decoration is super prettt and cozy.
1st floor - pretty romantic look
B1 floor- stairy seats and brewing

Overall looked super instagramable and when i sat at the 1st floor i super love it big windows and natural light just made me feel like i am in Union Plaza Senayan my favvvv bistro ♡ but really lately i am super into coffee MORE THAN THE DESIGN well korea changes me alot HAHA ( i still save MY BEST COFFEESHOP post for later while i looking for the better one) so lets get into the moment of coffee truth. 
I ordered ICE CAFE MOCHA ₩6000 and CHEESE CREAM BROWNIES ₩5500. I expected alot since my friend said it 11:12 with my fav coffeeshop and BLAAAAH so sorry coffee just too light both coffee and milk quite watery and brownies just okey i found better one

TASTE 7/10

My qualification of coffee is increased HAHA i do light coffee like cold brew ( and i really into it lately) but HEAVY CREAMY CREAM just the must. See you around for more coffee post
Ciao!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

[KOREA] SEOULLO 7017

FINALLY! i just done my dayoff visiting newly opened Seoul attraction near Seoul station. It might be looked like regular pedestrian but long time ago on 1970 it was transportation highway but now 2017 turned into beautiful Sky pedestrian way with gardens , cafes, and connected to fews tourism attraction like seoul station, namdaemun market, and shopping mall.

SEOULLO 7017 

HOW TO GO
Seoul Station MRT exit 1/2 (line 1)

7017 itself is the combination between 19(70) and 20(17). Actually you can enjoy this view for free but i just found something interesting from onemoretrip.net where you can find lots of seoul or korea tour package and one of their programme
 "SEOULLO 7017 $1 GOES FAR!
Which you buy a package for only $1 but you can get eco bag and voucher total worth more than $20! And this programme is special for Foreigners so you only can pay use creditcard applied outside korea. Get it fast because it only available until July 15th! So yes lets get started!!

#1
BOOK YOUR PACKAGE AT ONEMORETRIP.NET
and after you get confirmation, print screen your voucher.

#2 
GO GET YOUR KIT AT TRAVELLER'S CAFE
but before! You have to upload photo about seoullo 7017 to your sns as your proof to get your kit. It contains ECO BAG, WATER, SEOULLO INFORMATION &MAP, and VOUCHER ₩10000 for Seoullo shop, ₩5000 for hydrangea bread, and ₩9000 for Seoullo 7017 bibimbab.

P.S: if you spend less than the amount you cant get money or change and if you spend more you have to pay extra.

#3
GET YOUR SOUVERNIR AT SEOUL 7017 SHOP
i suggested you get this first, since it located furthest. EVERYTHING SO CUTE and everything homemade by Seoulista ( or we called Seoul people?) So all the idea and design is local. Postcard ₩2500, Magnet ₩3500, Notebook ₩2500, Clothes ₩27000, or my choice is MUG ₩10000 super pretty 

#4
GRAB LUNCH AT SEOULLO 7017 BIBIMBAB
so this one located on the other side of shop so quite far HAHA for ₩9000 voucher, you can get wild mushroom bibimbab i think this vege HAAH i cant eat without meat so i chose upgrading my bibimbab to BULGOGI BIBIMBAB ₩9500 with additional ₩500. And they will give you free magkolli or korean rice wine tester which is super refreshing for hot day.

#5
GRAB SNACKSAT HYDRANGEA BREAD
I thought this must be the best last stop of the tour for chilling while waiting for sunset and take a beautiful night scenery. They sell bread,toast and coffee. So for my last voucher ₩5000 i used it for HAM & CHEESE TOAST SET together with Ice Americano for ₩6500 (so i add ₩1500). Suprisingly super good they made it like half cooked omellete and crispy toast ♡ love it so much.


#6
UPGRADED YOUR MEAL AT SEOUL TERRACE
if bibimbab just not match our taste. You can go to Seoul terrace for grab up level restaurant like indian food, burger, japanese and starbucks!

#7
FOOT DIPPING
reduce the heat by foot dipping in a small pool around. The water changes every 2 hours so dont worry about the hygiene.

#8
PLAYING TRAMPOLINE
But for only child below 140cm

#9
ENJOY NIGHT VIEW!
i suggest you come here around 3/4 pm, so you will not wait too long for night, since it summer usually the sunset is around 7pm.

So how do you think? Dont forget to put this list on your seoul must to do list! CIAO!

Friday, June 30, 2017

[JAPAN] FUKUOKA: REDROCK BEEF BOWL

One of my best meal in Fukuoka, and i just knew that this restaurant is not only in Fukuoka but also have some branches in other city. Actually so hard to find this restaurant but it's totally worth it. Pub looked-like restaurant serving the best bowl of steaks 

RED ROCK

HOW TO GO
Tenjin Area
Japan, 〒810-0041 Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Chūō-ku, Daimyō, 1 Chome−12−26

OPEN HOURS
11.30~23.00
(Breaktime 14.00~17.00)

STEAK BOWL
small ¥880 large ¥1158
Medium rare steak on super delightful rice and dressing with sauce. SUPER LOVEEEEEE HIKKKKK craving again while writting this post. Chewy tender sliced steak super generous and i didnt know what sauce is that but tasted like beef gravy very light and savory.
TASTE 10/10
ROAST BEEF BOWL
Small¥815 large ¥1065
Different with steak one, this one full of sliced roast beef, cream dressing and beautiful perfect egg yolk on top. for this one is super eyegasm and egg lava instagrammable HAHA you can tasted smokey flavoured but not over powering the beef and actually the cream dressing quite bland but yah i prefer steak one
TASTE 8/10

Thursday, June 29, 2017

[JAPAN] FUKUOKA: DAZAIFU SHRINE

Visiting japan is not completed without big shrine right HAHA actually i am not a big fan of historical place especially... temple and stuff but yeah once in a lifetime while visiting fukuoka. Actually this shrine is located out of fukuoka city so like bekasi HAHA you need taking a bus around 45 minutes until you reach Dazaifu area

DAZAIFU SHRINE

HOW TO GO
taking a train or bus get off at Dazaifu St. Stop
If you take a bus from Hakata bus station. 1st floor at gate 11
They has direct to Dazaifu or via Airport
(But it doesnt really matter)
Japan, 〒818-0117 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Saifu, 4 Chome−7−7番1号
Just around 10 minutes walk from Station you can see the shrine itself. Quite big with park, small bridges and fish pond. But compared to shrine in Tokyo, and kyoto hmm it is okey but not really amazed me. 

You can buy lucky or love charm HAHA #ew or drinking shrine pure water from the mountain (HAHA kidding i dont know where it is coming from) but i just washed my hand because i saw some stupid chinese tourist put... their .... foot... almost.. inside...the pond.. #SUPEREWHHHH 

And so easy if you want to go back to Fukuoka just take bus or train from the station you arrived at. And typical Japanese attraction along the way to the main attraction there is always full of street food,souvernirs, and cafes dont forget to check out one famous famous starbucks in Fukuoka area

For more special "starbucks" information click here!