Day 2 (09 Apr 2008, Wednesday) ~ Kaohsiung, 29degC Sunny
0750hrs: Breakfast (hotel)
0930hrs: MRT (Metro) Ximen station to Taipei main station
about 5mins trip, cost NTD$20/pax.
For transportation on Taiwan MRT (METRO), you can purchase a topup card 悠游卡 (Easycard) like our ezylink card for NTD500 inclusive of a refundable NTD100 deposit. Do remember to refund it at the end of your trip before you leave for Singapore. Refund can be done at the MRT control station. Some bus services also accept the use of this card.
We didn't buy their easylink card cos we found it a bit troublesome to do the refunding later... laZy bugs... :)
Click here to Taipei Metro Map Taipei Metro official website
Taipei Main Station (the 3 in 1 station) ~ 捷运 MRT (METRO), 高铁 HSR and Railway in this area
We booked our High Speed Rail (HSR) tickets online ~ Taipei station to Zuoying station (kaohsiung). Cost NTD$2380 for 2. At first we hunted for the HSR ticketing counter, only to find it with such a long queue, fortunately we got our tickets from the automated ticketing machine with the helped of their nice and friendly staff (need your passport number and reservation number to obtain the tickets).
Click here to Check schedule for High Speed Rail (HSR) 台湾高铁
1030hrs: Onboard HSR to Kaohsiung (Zuoying station R16)
Vending machine also available in the train.
1230hrs: MRT Zuoying station (R16) to Kaohsiung main station (R11)
about 15mins trip, cost NTD$25/pax
Tourist information can be found at Kaohsiung railway station 高雄车站 (beside Kaohsiung main station R11)
Click here to Kaohsiung Metro Route MapMap of Kaohsiung MRT Station
1300hrs: Look around the hotels near Kaohsiung main station (R11)
With 10+kg on our back and under the hot sun, sweat man~~~
Check-in hotel near kaohsiung MRT station "Nice Hotel - 国眾饭店" (not recommended as the room is really very old and lousy), but it is quite near to the MRT station and the price is only NTD$600/night nia, that’s why we decided to stay here... Tomorrow we'll look for the better ones...
1400hrs: Unpacked, and take MRT again to Sanduo Shopping District 三多商圈 (R8)
about 10mins trip, cost NTD$20/pax
Walked around the shopping area and bought some food and drinks at Shincong night market 兴中夜市 (opposite SOGO shopping centre 太平洋崇光百货).
Click here to Map of Sanduo Shopping District 三多商圈
Kaohsiung 85 tower
about 5-10mins walking distance from Sanduo MRT station, entrance fees NTD$100/person
Click here to Kaohsiung 85 Hotel Website
2000hrs: Back to Kaohsiung main station (R11) to Liuho Tourist Night Market 六合观光夜市
Liuho night market 10 - 15mins walking distance from MRT station or taxi (cost about NTD$80)
Click here to Liuho Tourist Night Market 六合观光夜市 Website
Back to hotel and recorded down the activities we had done during these two days
Completed… tomorrow going to Kenting nation park 墾丁国家公园 ~~~~ wowhoo
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