Hi Feline,feline.eyes wrote:To Taipei City-
Some of the airlines that fly to Taipei:
Thai, Malaysia, Cathay Pacific, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Eva, Jetstar, etc.
Your international flight will stop at either of the terminals (there are two) of Taoyuan International Airport (formally known as Chiang Kai Shek International Airport).
1. You can catch a cab to town ; there are plenty of cabs waiting outside the airport and they are metered and will cost you about 1200NT.
2. Instead of catching a cab to town which will cost you an arm/leg, you can catch the shuttle bus provided by UBus to the Taoyuan Station of Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR). The bus is provided by the UBus company and is green and will cost you 30NT. It runs about every 20 mins and takes about 20 mins. You can then catch the THSR from the Taoyuan Station to the Taipei Station for about 125NT (but if you are travelling on weekdays and if you choose the non designated seats, you can get a discount). It will take about 20 mins. The THSR Taipei Station is linked to the MRT Taipei Main Station.
3. There are also buses from the airport that will bring you directly to the MRT Taipei Main Station for about 125NT in about an hour. The buses run every 15 mins until midnight. It will make stops along the way at major hotels and you can try to find out from the driver if he will stop at your hotel, if not go to the final stop which is the MRT Taipei Main Station and make your way to your destination.
You can get tickets for the buses to the MRT Taipei Main Station and the THSR Taoyuan Station at the buses ticketing counter located within the airport. There are also buses to Song San Airport (domestic airport). Ask around if you can't see the buses ticketing counter.
To Kaohsiung City-
Some airlines that fly to Kaohsiung:
Cathay Pacific, Silkair, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc.
4. Your international or domestic flights will land at Siaogang Airport (or Xiaogang Airport). There is a MRT Kaohsiung International Airport Station located right beside the airport. You can hop on the MRT and get to most areas within Kaohsiung.
5. If your flight lands in Taoyuan International Airport and you want to make your way to Kaohsiung city, follow the instruction number 2 that leads you from Taoyuan International Airport to the THSR Taoyuan Station. From the THSR Taoyuan Station, you can get to the THSR Zuoying Station in about 1 1/2 hours for about 1060NT (you get a discount on weekdays and for choosing a non designated seats). The THSR Zuoying Station is linked to the MRT Zuoying Station.
6. You can of course take a cab to your destination. The cab fares in Taiwan (both in Taipei and Kaohsiung) are reasonable and around what you would expect in Singapore.
Some helpful websites:
Hi Feline,feline.eyes wrote:Hardcore? Well, that will depend on why you say that and what do you mean...
As in terms of procedures, I think I am not one of the most altered forumers.
In terms of giving detailed information, I think I should because it will help others who also met with difficulty getting information on Taiwan. I had trouble when I was researching for my trip so I can understand that it is not easy.
So what inspired you to make such a jocular reply?
I think you would have to be seriously challenged to go lost for real in Taiwan, or if you venture out to the less touristy regions and can't speak a word of Mandarin. Ask. The locals are very friendly and helpful, and especially to tourist. If you can only speak English, approach the younger generation. They are taught English in school and though a little slow to reply (Be patient. Though they were taught, due to a lack of practice, can be a little awkward), they will try their darnedest to help you.kittygirl8 wrote: Hi Feline,
Thank you so much for posting this up, it it really very informative and I truly appreciate that. I would most probably be traveling here alone by myself so you can imagine how scary it'll be for me and I really wish I wouldn't get lost.
By the way, which hotel did you stay at and do you actually travel to Kaoshiung from taipei via the high speed bullet train and not the MRT? I got alittle confused while reading your post and wanna ensure that you took the high speed bullet train and not the MRT....
Hmmm you know I met up with a girl who did PS afew months ago and although she look totally gorgeous, she kinda have the same feeling as you - I would call that 'identity crisis' after the surgery. I should say she looked totally different that what she used to look like and I can understand the struggle having to cope with a new face, even though the outcome was awesome. Just take it easy for now and concentrate on letting your body heal.
Lastly, hope you could take some time out to advise me about the 'bullet train' thingy, and hope you have gotten yourself some sunnies cos I know I would as i dun really have a bridge now to carry that ever....
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