No. 24, Taiwan: Taichung

When I made the decision to head to Taiwan, I knew that I would want to head to Taichung, the second most visited place in Taiwan. Probably the only time that I will head to Taiwan, I definitely have to check off all the places I am interested in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake, Taichung and Taipei. Previously I mentioned that I was spending about 5 days in Taichung, arriving from the High Speed Train, I made it a journey to check out Taichung! Besides the usual, Yizhong Street, Feng Jia Night Market, I also went to places like Rainbow Village, Xinshe Castle, Zhong She Flower Market and Gaomei Wetland.

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No. 24, Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake

Planning my trip to Taiwan and especially headed to Taichung, the whole trip was built around visiting the Sun Moon Lake, I feel that it is a must see, especially for a trip to Taiwan and I have to do it since I will probably not be back anymore. Taichung is known as a gateway exploring Taiwan mountainous interior, including nature areas like Sun Moon Lake, in the central mountain area of the country. This is Taiwan largest lake, where the east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name of the place. I had book a taxi to take us around the region throughout my stay in Taichung and one of the days we visited Sun Moon Lake and the surrounding. I will just like to briefly share a little on my day trip to 日月潭! 

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No. 24, Taiwan: Splendor Hotel Taichung

After a very efficient high-speed train journey that I took from Taoyuan to Taichung, Taiwan second largest city, I arrived here in the afternoon. It is sure a journey and I am exhausted. A full day of travelling, from the plane, to mrt, to train then finally a bus ride, I am sure happy to check in and wash up. I was staying at the Splendor Hotel Taichung, one of the top rated hotel in Taichung and if not the best. The location is impeccable as well. Right opposite the Sogo Department store and the free bus transfer to the high speed rail station stop right outside. It is also connected to a shopping centre itself, surrounded by many stores and eateries. There are numerous convenience stores around the hotel. The entrance is sure grand!

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No. 24, Taiwan: Scoot 787 Dreamliner SIN – TPE – SIN

There is always time for a first and this is one of them, my very first time onboard a Scoot flight. While there are usually nothing much to share about on Economy flight, let alone on a budget carrier, I will still like to briefly share my thoughts on Scoot. Scoot is consistently assume to be the best among their counterparts, probably due to the new planes and connections to Singapore Airlines. I am also very keen to try them out for the very first time. I will only be sharing very briefly on the experience and I will definitely not do a separate one for the return flight. Scoot currently depart out of Terminal 2 from Changi Airport, a little out of the norm given that most budget depart from Terminal 4.

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No. 24, Taiwan: Ambassador Transit Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 2

It had been ages since I flown out of Terminal 2, in comparison to the other terminals, it felt kind of foreign, unfamiliar. Usually, I am either in Terminal 3 for SQ long haul, if not, Terminal 1 for budget airlines for trips to nearby countries. I was in fact hopping to have a chance in trying the newest Terminal 4, but Scoot loves being the odd one out, the only low cost carrier left hanging out in Terminal 2. But I believe this is due to code sharing and ease of transit for passengers towards Singapore Airlines. I have actually planned to visit the SATS Premier Lounge, but in a turn of events, ended up at the Ambassador Transit Lounge instead. That is another story for another day.

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No. 24, Taiwan: Introduction

Welcome to the next trip report of mine! I took a trip back then in end August right before I start my studies. I knew that I needed to take a break from work, to recuperate, to recover my energy from the taxing work schedule, furthermore I knew that I will be rather busy once school start. Being the ever wanderluster in me, I needed this trip! Again, it took me quite some time before penning down my thought on this trip. I have been packed and partly, procrastinating as well. I love sharing in a chronological order as well, so I have to finish up the Beijing trip first. Of course, speaking on the trip report name, No.24. It represent that I have again reach another milestone in travelling. Taiwan was country NUMBER 24 for me and the 60th & 61st city that I have visited. Let me share a little on why was it Taiwan that I have decided to go to! I knew that I wanna go somewhere. I had about 10-11 days. At first it was Bali and Penang, but my friends aren’t free. I wanted to head to Korea to visit a friends, but it is pretty expensive and I have been there before. Things were really getting more expensive since it is pretty last min. Australia was within my budget, but I can’t be driving solo! For Hanoi, I can’t take the cruise alone since the supplement is really high! So Taiwan it is, many of my friends have been laughing at me, that I have not been to Taiwan after being all around the world!

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Peking to Beijing: Air China First Class Lounge Beijing Capital Airport International Terminal

While my flight home to Singapore only departs at 4.40pm, I headed to the airport much earlier than expected. After returning from a little walk in the morning, we took a cab slightly after noon to the Airport. The journey was smooth, although still took about an hour. Beijing Capital Airport is one of the most gorgeous one out there, the design definitely made it look airy and spacious. There was a little queue for check in although it definitely didn’t took long given the amount of counters that were open! I even managed to get an Extra Leg Room Seats at upgrade, which was so awesome. How impressive was the airport when you have a dragon sculpture at the Airport. I was really excited to check out the Air China First Class Lounge! I was impressed that it is a Priority Pass Lounge since this is like the flagship lounge of an airline in their own hub!

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