Beach Vacation

Once a while, we need to de-stress ourselves from work therefore planning a beach vacation will be a good idea. But the worst part of planning for beach vacation can be quite a task to decide for the destination to have your holidays. As you may know that there are many locations all over the world you can go like exploring those beaches in Hawaii or just having a relax sport in golf. Well, here will be some of the recommendation that maybe able to help you to decide where you want to have your relaxing holidays.

First choice will be the Hawaii resort where you can make use of your frequent flyer mileage for a good use and be on the island of Hawaii to enjoy the beach vacation. At the resort beach, you will be able to relax or swim in the ocean and have a game of golf and even to indulge yourself in one of those relaxing spa treatments to de-stress from work. You can indeed enjoy one of the best weather in the world in Hawaii thus making this to be one of your best selection to enjoy a relaxing beach holidays.

Or you can opt to go to Georgia beach and have a relaxing golf sport at the same time. It is one of the popular are in the East Coast, Cloister at the Sea Island in Georgia where it does provide you with 54 holes in championship golf with sandy beaches and a variety of stuffs you can be involved with.

Another recommendation will be the Oahu beach holidays resort for relaxing. You can book the hotel at Kahala Mandarin Oriental and you will be surprised with the kind of treatment you will be pampered like you never experience before. Over there, you can enjoy yourself with a good spa, learn how to scuba dive in class lessons or even go for a great swim with some dolphins. The location of this resort is conveniently within 15 minutes distance from Honolulu and Waikiki beach and you will definitely enjoy your moment.

A nice holidays vacation can also be going to the Virgin Islands. This is also one of the tourist’s spot in vacation destination as you simply can help yourself to enjoy those blue waters and sandy beaches. You can stay at either the Ritz Carlton or St. Thomas resorts which will give you the best offer as luxury hotels during your stay in Virgin Islands for a much more relaxing beach vacation.

Have you heard of the Half Moon Bay in California? It is just located in a distance of 30 minutes drive from San Francisco and at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay will be one of the best place you can have a quick beach holidays away from those hectic normal busy work life in the city. Yet you can have a choice to go to the luxury Beach Resort in Bermuda which will be only 2 hours away from the New York City. At Bermuda, this will be a great place to have a quisk and yet ideal holidays away from the East Coast area. At Ariel Sands resort, it offers you with 47 guest rooms that serves gourmet food while you enjoy those breathtaking views in the hotel.

You might want to enjoy some form of romantic vacation, then the choice of seclusion in Jasmica will just fit in your idea. At this place, it has unique rooms with a great splendid views of the Caribbean which includes gourmet cuisine with amazing beaches you can enjoy. At the Caves resort in Jamaica will simply provide you with the type of beach holidays mood that you have never experience before in your life. Some other people might prefer the Lakeside Resort in Georgia that will be close to Altanta Georgia as the Lake Lanier Islands provides a splendid golf course for all those golf lovers as well as a waterpark that comes with several water rides, slides and alot of the water attractions to allow everyone to enjoy their moments of vacation.

Lastly will be having your family vacation in Hawaii at the Kona Village Resort where it offers you will a numerous vacation options of activities which include snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, volleyball game, tennis, fishing, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours as well as many other entertainment and food that covers your holidays vacation needs.


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Thailand holiday vacation

Arrived in Bangkok and managed to drag our luggage all the way to our hotel that we booked numerous times in our vacation over those years. It seemed to be one of our best choice in selection for our vacation as we loved the environment and convenient location as well as the good services they provided during our stay.

View in hotel room
Fridge available
Shower
Bathroom
Terminal 21

After we checked in our hotel, we went to Terminal 21 to have our meals. It was very convenient to walk to Terminal 21 from the hotel as it was just around 5 minutes stroll.

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

We ordered two different version of Pad Thai to try and turned out to be very tasty and nice. For all our trips in Thailand, we would ordered this particular dish as it was much tastier than those places we can get in Singapore. Somehow the taste is much better when you are getting it from Thailand itself. Maybe the seasoning they used for Thai people is different from those we get in Singapore.

Christmas Tree

We were there in late November 2019 and we could see that the streets were already filled with Christmas decoration.

Street view
Mango sticky rice

Another dessert that we would never miss will be the Mango Sticky Rice. It is always the delight to taste the freshly cut mango with the sticky rice. Though we tried making our own mango sticky rice here in Singapore, we still loved to get our mouth filled with it when we are in Thailand. It is something that we will never miss to try during all our visits in Bangkok.

Latte coffee
Salad
Eggs with bread
Eggs bacon and bread
Rice bacon and egg
Yogurt

It was time for our breakfast and we ordered a few items just to get ourselves ready to shop for the rest of our day today. Overall our breakfast was pretty nice.

Erawan Shrine

Our first visit to start off our day was the Erawan Shrine.

Layout of the area

A quick look at the layout of the area we would be exploring after our visit to Erawan Shrine.

Amarin Hotel

Here we passed by Amarin before reaching Erawan Shrine.

Photo shoot

A quick stop for photo shoot.

Erawan Shrine

We finally reached Erawan Shrine and everyone was making their prayers.

Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine

After finishing our prayers at Erawan Shrine, we proceeded to go for our lunch at the MK restaurant.

MK restaurant
MK restaurant
MK restaurant
MK restaurant

This time at the MK Restaurant, the food overall was just okay unlike the last time we were here. Somehow the food wasn’t as nice as we had previously experience. Wondering why…

We continued shopping at Terminal 21.

Terminal 21
Terminal 21
Terminal 21
Terminal 21
Terminal 21
Wat Mangkon

We took the MRT to Wat Mangkon.

Wat Mangkon
Wat Mangkon
Wat Mangkon
Wat Mangkon

Took a break and had ice-cream.

Eating ice-cream
Chatuchak Park

Our next stop was to Chatuchak Park.

Buddha
Entry wristband
Children’s Discovery Museum

We dropped by the Children’s Discovery Museum to visit.

Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
MixT Chatuchak Food Court

We went to MixT Chatuchak Food Court to have our meals.

MixT Chatuchak Food Court
MixT Chatuchak Food Court
MixT Chatuchak Food Court
MixT Chatuchak Food Court
MixT Chatuchak Food Court
MixT Chatuchak Food Court

Our trip lasted for 7 days as there were lots of shopping to buy stuffs as well as tasting different types of Thai food. There were lots of photo taking and we believe that you too will be able to enjoy yourself when you visit Thailand. We had lots of fun while having our vacation and also kind of relaxing as we were not in tight schedule since we were doing our own free and easy travel vacation unlike tour packages.

Of course if you book tour packages, you can covered more attraction sites but it would rather be kind of tight schedule. We loved to be travelling free and easy as we could control our timing as where we wish to visit without the stress.

Here are some more photographs before we end our trip in Bangkok. Unfortunately we cannot upload all since we took more than hundreds of photos during this trip.

MixT Chatuchak
Icon Siam
Icon Siam
Icon Siam

Hope you will also enjoy your trip to Thailand as we did.

Holidays in Thailand Bangkok

Taking a break from the hectic life of working and enjoy a week vacation in Thailand – Bangkok. Set off on a Sunday to Changi Airport Terminal 1 in the morning. We took our time as we had 3 hours ahead of our flight so we spent a while admiring what was there at the airport. Our flight was slightly delayed as the plane just landed in Singapore airport and it took about an hour for them to clear the passengers and cleaning up before we were allowed to go onboard.

Food onboard Thai Airways

We boarded Thai Airways for our flight to Thailand. It had been awhile since we took Thai Airways but to our surprise that the food provided onboard for seafood and muslim meals weren’t nice. In the past, we had better meals than this. Guess it is no longer true for present time. Both of our flight from Singapore to Thailand and Thailand back to Singapore were similar and it tasted horrible. The appearance looked good but not for the taste though.

Finally we had arrived in Bangkok and checked into our hotel. Here were snapshot of the Queen size bed including the shower and wash basin. This place is where I stay for all my years of travelling in Bangkok. It is pleasant and nice including the services provided by the hotel staffs.

Went to Terminal 21 to enjoy a simple meal of Pad Thai with 2 different types of noodle servings. Frankly, it was much better than those we had tasted in Singapore in comparison.

Here was one of the tallest Christmas Tree we saw while walking passed the roadside.

Whenever we are in Thailand, there is one thing we surely help ourselves will be the Mango Sticky Rice. It is our favorite food that will never be missed when travelling to Thailand.

We took a trip to CentralWorld as well as to visit the Erawan Shrine for prayers.

We arrived at the Erawan Shrine and made our prayers.

Next favorite place to eat would be the MK Steamboat meal.

Had a nice dinner at MK steamboat. It is still as nice as the last time we came to Bangkok. Recommended to try at least once if you are in Thailand.

Had ice-cream in the New Chinatown area.

Had fun at Children’s Discovery Museum. Took quite a lot of photographs but only showing some in this blog though.

Went to MiXT Chatuchak where we had our lunch.

Comparing the Pad Thai from MiXT Chatuchak with Terminal 21, I still preferred the one in Terminal 21 as it tasted better.

Another huge Christmas celebration display.

Had our meals at the Central World.

Will have to stop here as I am going for lunch. Will update more soon. Hope you can also enjoy yourself if travelling to Thailand.

Pool of London

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Monument Station:

  • Total travel time is about 37 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
  • Take the District Barking to Monument Station
  • Total travel time is about 30 mins (15 stops)
  • 12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House, 14th Stop: Cannon Street Underground Station

Alight at Monument Station

We may take RV1 single decker bus for this route.

The best seat for this single decker is on the right-hand side, at the front of the highest level seats.

Pool of London
Circular Walk
Leisure walker: 2 hours
Power walker: 45 minutes

START: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Monument → London Bridge → Southwark Catherdral → Borough Market → Clink Prison → Golden Hinde → London Bridge Experance → Hay’s Galleria → Britain at War → London Dungeon → H.M.S. Belfast → City Hall → Shad Thames → Design Museum→ Butler Wharf → Tower Bridge → St Katherin’s Dock → Tower of London → Monument (Great Fire of London)

FINISH: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Stop 1 – Monument, London Bridge, Southwark Catherdral

Our Pool of London STARTS at Monument Underground Station. Exit the station at the Cannon Street EXIT and turn sharp left. Walk down the west (right hand) side of KING WILLIAM STREET EC4 onto LONDON BRIDGE. Continue over the right-hand side of LONDON BRIDGE to Glaziers Hall. Take the narrow flight of steps behind Glaziers Hall down onto MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1 (Thames Path) and turn right at the bottom. Follow Montague Close around to the left, walking behind Southwark Cathedral.

Stop 2 – Borough Market, Clink Prison

  • We may have our lunch at Borough Market and pack extra for when we are in Museum of London.

Turn right onto WINCHESTER WALK SE1 then left through Jubilee Market into Borough Market. After walking around the markets exit left back onto Winchester Walk. At the end turn right into STONEY STREET SE1 then left into CLINK STREET SE1 for the Clink Prison Museum.

Stop 3 – Golden Hinde

Re-trace your steps back along Clink Street into PICKFORD’S WHARF SE1. Passing the 12th century ruins of Winchester Palace walk up to the Golden Hinde.

Stop 4 – London Bridge Experience, Hay’s Galleria, Britain at War, London Dungeon, H.M.S. Belfast, City Hall

Walk around the front of the Golden Hinde onto CATHEDRAL STREET SE1, and then turning sharp left back into MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1. Follow the road under LONDON BRIDGE to the London Bridge Experience.

From the London Bridge Experience continue under LONDON BRIDGE into TOOLEY STREET SE1. Turn left down the narrow passage way just before Saint Clave House, turning right at the end onto the Thames Path (The Queen’s Walk). Walk along the riverside path to Hay’s Galleria.

For the Britain at War and London Dungeon attractions walk through Hay’s Galleria back onto Tooley Street, turn right and cross the road. Walk back through Hay’s Galleria to re-join the walk.

Continue along the riverside path pass Hay’s Galleria to H.M.S. Belfast.

Continue along the riverside path from H.M.S. Belfast to City Hall.

Continue along the riverside path from City Hall to Tower Bridge.

Stop 5 – Shad Thames, Design Museum, Butler Wharf

Walk under Tower Bridge and along the narrow SHAD THAMES SE1 road to the Design Museum.

From the Design Museum walk back to Tower Bridge along the riverside path, in front of Butler’s Wharf restaurants and shops, to the passage way at the end that leads back through to SHAD THAMES SE1. Turn right and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE.

Walk up the west (left hand) flight of steps onto TOWER BRIDGE and walk across to the first flight of steps on the other side. Walk down the steps on to ST KATHERINE’S WAY E1. St Katharine’s Way.

Stop 6 – Tower Bridge, St Katherin’s Dock, Tower of London, Monument (Great Fire of London)

After walking round St Katherine’s dock take the footpath leading to the front of the Tower Thistle Hotel and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE. Walk under Tower Bridge along the cobbled road to the Tower of London and Traitors Gate. Continue along the river front path past, Three Quays, Sugar Quays, Customs House and Old Billingsgate Market to LONDON BRIDGE.

Walk under the first part of LONDON BRIDGE, turn right and take the steps up onto LONDON BRIDGE. Turn right at the top of the steps on to KING WILLIAM STREET EC4. Continue a short distance and turn right into MONUMENT STREET EC4for the Monument column.
To Bank Of England Museum

Take Bus 133 Bishopsgate from Monument (Stop Q)
2 stops
Alight Bank Station Threadneedle St (Stop C)

  • Bank Of England Museum
  • Museum Of London
  • Roman Fort Ruins, just a wall

Museum Of London

Find the entrance
The museum’s entrance is located on a pedestrian high walk which can be reached by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street; London Wall or St Martin’s-le-Grand.
Free WiFi
Connect your mobile or tablet in the museum free of charge

Opening Times:
Museum is open 10:00am to 6:00pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

Museum of London
Address: 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7001 9844
Website : http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Public transport:
Tube: St Pauls / Barbican / Moorgate. Barbican/Moorgate: Follow signs to the Museum along the High Walk.
Tube
Barbican (5 minutes walk) St Paul’s (5 minutes walk)
Bus
4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 172, 242, 521

The Bank of England Museum [FREE] – This museum details the history of the Bank of England, beginning back in 1694. Some of the oldest bank notes in existence are on display here, as well as forgeries from over the centuries, historical artefacts, and a genuine solid gold bar – which you can even try to pick up yourself!

Royal London Tour

Royal London Tour, River Thames Walk
Breakfast options: Food purchased the night beforeMacdonaldsSushi from WasabiDoorstepHome-made sandwiches, muffins, dougnuts  
Note: Starting this tour around 10:00 will result in being near St. James’s Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Start: Green Park Underground Station Finish: Parliament Square for Westminster Underground Station Duration: 2 – 3 hours depending on watching the Ceremony
After breakfast, we shall commence our Royal London Tour. From Hotel to Green Park Underground Station: Total travel time is about 21 mins. From Hotel  walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway Take the  Piccadilly Arnos Grove to Green Park Underground StationTotal travel time is about 14 mins (7 stops) 4th Stop:  South Kensington, 5th Stop:  Knightsbridge, 6th Stop:  Hyde Park Corner Underground Station Take the exit for BUCKINGHAM PALACE.   Walk towards the black marble DIANA FOUNTAIN. This is our Start Point  
We will be making the following places for photo ops:   Plan Route: Stop 1 – Green ParkStop 2 – Buckingham PalaceStop 3 – Clarence HouseStop 4  – St. James’s PalaceStop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s HouseStop 6 – Trafalgar SquareStop 7 – Admiralty ArchStop 8 – St. James’s ParkStop 9 – Horse Guards ParadeStop 10 – 10 Downing StreetStop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big BenStop 12 – Westminster Abbey (Paid) – Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Open Monday -Saturday (Sundays are for worship only) the public is free to wander around at their leisure.  
Stop 1 – Green Park: Take the path that directs us towards BUCKINGHAM PALACE and follow it to the end of the park.
Stop 2 – Buckingham Palace: We now want to walk AWAY from Buckingham Palace. Look at the VICTORIA MEMORIAL and notice that her back is to the Palace and she is facing down a long red road known as THE MALL. Walk down the MALL and stop when we see large black gates on the left side of the road.  
Stop 3 – Clarence House: Continue down the Mall and take the first LEFT onto MARLBOROUGH ROAD. Walk to the end of the road and make a LEFT onto the main road, PALL MALL.
Stop 4 – St. James’s Palace: Now go back on ourself, staying on PALL MALL, cross over MARLBOROUGH ROAD and continue going straight. Stop at 80 PALL MALL.
Stop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s House: Now continue down PALL MALL until we walk to TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Stop 6 – Trafalgar Square Leave Trafalgar Square by crossing PALL MALL toward The Admiralty pub. Take the small road to the right of The Admiralty, SPRING GARDENS. This road will bring us back to the red road of THE MALL.
Stop 7 – Admiralty Arch: Walk to the first set of traffic lights between us and the Palace. Here, carefully cross the road and, where it is safe to stop in the middle, we can see the entire length of the road toward Buckingham Palace. Cross to the other side of THE MALL. Continue walking straight ahead from the traffic lights down a small path with the concrete bunker (covered in ivy) on our right. At the bottom of this path is HORSE GUARDS PARADE.
Stop 8 – St. James’s Park  
Stop 9 – Horse Guards Parade Now walk toward the huge white building and walk through the CENTRE ARCH. As we go through the courtyard here we may see some of the Household Cavalry who are stationed here. Between 11:00am and 10:00pm there are usually two, mounted on horses, at the front of the courtyard here. Walk straight ahead onto the main road of WHITEHALL. Turn RIGHT and walk down until we get to the large black gates on our right side.
Stop 10 – No. 10 Downing Street Continue down WHITEHALL until we get to the huge traffic junction with BIG BEN on the opposite corner. Turn RIGHT onto PARLIAMENT STREET, where we will see Parliament Square opposite and red phone boxes on our side of the road.  
Stop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big Ben Here we also have a brilliant view of Big Ben.The small bells ring what we call ‘The Westminster Chimes’ every 15 minutes, and Ben rings at the top of the hour only Continue down PARLIAMENT STREET with Parliament Square on our left. When we get to the traffic lights, cross over and walk down PARLIAMENT SQUARE – with the square still on our left, and the statues of George Canning and Abraham Lincoln on our right. When we get to the corner, cross AGAIN into the courtyard of Westminster Abbey.
Stop 12 – Westminster Abbey Now cross BACK over the road into PARLIAMENT SQUARE
Stop 13 – Parliament Square  
Stop 14 – The Jewel Tower  
Lunch at: Flat Iron https://flatironsteak.co.uk/ The Laughing Halibut http://thelaughinghalibut.com/contact/
River Thames Walk Boasting some of the most picturesque views in London, this River Thames Walk will take us along the River Thames, taking in historic sights and beautiful skyscapes. This walk can be done both at night and in the day time. Estimated Time to Spend:  3 hours
START: Westminster Underground Station Take the EXIT for the River Thames and Westminster Pier. As soon as we exit the station we will see Statue of Boudica
Plan Route: Stop 1 – Statue of BoudicaStop 2 – London County HallStop 3 – The London EyeStop 4 – Cleopatra’s NeedleStop 5 – Somerset HouseStop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel StatueStop 7 – Temple GardensStop 8 – OXO TowerStop 9 – Millennium BridgeStop 10– Tate Modern MuseumStop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreStop 12 – The Clink PrisonStop 13 – Winchester PalaceStop 14 – GOLDEN HINDStop 15 – Southwark CathedralStop 16a – London Bridge Stop 16b – Borough Market  
STOP 1 – Statue of Boudica With the river to your RIGHT, walk away from the statue. Stop opposite the long building with the green tower in the centre.
Stop 2 – London County Hall CONTINUE in the same direction for around a minute before standing directly opposite the LONDON EYE.
Stop 3 – The London Eye Continue in the same direction. Go under the bridge until we reach CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE on the edge of the river (our RIGHT).
Stop 4 – Cleopatra’s Needle Continue in the same direction, under another bridge. On our LEFT will be SOMERSET HOUSE.
Stop 5 – Somerset House Continue until we reach the traffic lights. The statue on our left is of ISEMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
Stop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel Statue Stay along the river and continue walking until we see MIDDLE TEMPLE LANE on our LEFT.
Stop 7 – Temple Gardens We may wish to explore Temple Gardens. When we are done, return to the river and take note of the tall tower on the opposite side.
Stop 8 – OXO Tower Continue on until we reach Blackfriars Bridge. Continue along the river path UNDERNEATH the bridge. Stay on this path until we hit the MILLENNIUM BRIDGE. Walk across the Bridge, pausing in the middle for some good photo opportunities.
Stop 9 – Millennium Bridge At the Southern side of the Bridge is the TATE MODERN MUSEUM.
Stop 10 – Tate Modern Museum   Open today 10.00am–6.00pm   Get off the Bridge in front of the Tate Modern. As we step off the Bridge onto the Southbank, the Thames will be in FRONT of us and the Tate will be BEHIND us. Head to our RIGHT to visit SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE.
Stop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Keep the Thames on our LEFT and continue walking. We will cross under SOUTHWARK BRIDGE. Continue on until we walk past THE ANCHOR pub. The River path will then veer to the RIGHT. Follow it and we will be led underneath another Bridge toward THE CLINK.
Stop 12 – The Clink Prison Keeping the Clink on our RIGHT, continue down the cobbled path-way until we can see the ruins on our RIGHT.
Stop 13 – Winchester Palace Just AHEAD of us is a Ship. Walk to it, our next stop.
Stop 14 – GOLDEN HIND With the Golden Hind on our LEFT, walk down the road and then we will be facing SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL.
Stop 15 – Southwark Cathedral With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the LEFT and head down the path. On our LEFT side we will come to a set of stairs. CLIMB THE STAIRS. This puts us on top of LONDON BRIDGE
Stop 16a – London Bridge? The Tube and Rail Station are to our RIGHT and if we walk to the middle of the Bridge we can get stunning views of the City, as well as Tower Bridge.
Stop 16b – Borough Market With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the RIGHT and head down the street. This will bring us into BOROUGH MARKET. The wholesale market opens every morning from 2 a.m. but the retail market is Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Photographs of sightseeing below:

Taichung City Day Tour

TAICHUNG CITY 1 DAY TOUR – TO SET OFF EARLY

After breakfast, we commence our journey to Taichung for a 1 day tour.

From Taipei to Taichung City

  • Take HSR from HSR Taipei Station to HSR Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 50mins to 1hr4mins.
  • From HSR Taichung Station, walk about 5mins to TRA Xinwuri Station to take train to Taichung City.
  • TRA Xinwuri Station to TRA Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11 mins.

From TRA Taichung Station, we go to Miyaharu, which is about 190m (3 mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.

From TRA Taichung Station, take a slow walk to Taichung Second Market ( 第二市場 ) for eating & shopping.

  • About 700m (9mins) walk from Miyaharu

Taichung Park is nearby the Taichung Second Market. Can drop by for a walk / sightseeing.

From Taichung Second Market, it is about 11 minutes’ walk (850m).

After that, will procced to Yizhong Street for eating & shopping.

  • About 850m (11mins walk) from Taichung Park.

From Yizhong Street, walk to Banana New Paradise for eating & shopping.

  • About 950m (12mins walk)

Taichung Confucius Temple & Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine are nearby. Can drop by to visit if keen.

Exploring the Night Markets in Taichung City:

Smile Life Night Market

  • About 230m (3mins walk) from Banana New Paradise

Fengjia Night Market

  • From Smile Life Night Market, take Bus No. 33 from 進化國瑞街口 & alight at 河南崇義街口 . Walk about 65m.
  • Total Travel Time is about 1h11mins.

After Fengjia Night Market, we will head back to Taipei City.

  • Take Bus No. 25/35 from 頂湳仔 & alight at Gancheng Station, walk about 130m (2mins) to TRA Taichung Station.
  • Total travel time is about 1hr.
  • Take train from TRA Taichung Station to TRA Xinwuri Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11mins.
  • Walk to HSR Taichung Station from TRA Xinwuri Station & take HSR back to Taipei.
  • Total travel time is 50mins to 1hr4mins.

From HSR Taipei Station, walk back to hotel to rest for the day.

Summary of places:

Miyaharu 宫原眼科-醉月楼沙龙
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Address: No.20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Used to be an Ophthalmology Clinic, previously owned by Japanese man named Miyaharu during the Japanese Occupation period of Taiwan. Now it is opened by Dawncake – an established store in Taichung that sells pineapple tarts and other pastries in nice packaging. Worth visiting to see the shop’s interior & to buy some gifts for friends & relatives.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g297910-d3539748-Reviews-Miyahara-Taichung.html

Taichung Second Market 第二市場
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 16:00
Address: No.87, Sec. 2, Sanmin Rd., Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Built in 1917, used to be famous for its delicate & pricy goods. Now, it is a 7000sqm market with more than 50 shops & 300 stands. Special characteristic of this market is that its design is hexagonal. It is now famous for its food. This market reflects the history of Taichung.

Yizhong Street 一中商圈
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Yizhong St., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Yizhong Street is a shopping area and there is a night market too. It is like our Singapore Bugis Street where most youngsters hang out.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d2385711-Reviews-Yichung_Shopping_Street-Taichung.html

Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 00:30
Address: No.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
One of the most extraordinary teahouses in Taichung, comes alive with a recreation of a Taiwan street between 1920 & 1940, complete with Qing dynasty & colonial-era stone fronts, & original antiques & collector items.
It is also a restaurant whereby visitors can sit at tables along the street or inside the shops to enjoy affordable Taiwanese meals in very Taiwanese setting.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1590010-Reviews-Xiang_Jiao_Xin_Le_Yuan-Taichung.html

Taichung Confucius Temple 台中孔廟
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠 
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Next to Taichung Confucius Temple, Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to the fallen heroes of China’s wars. The impressive gateway & the traditional Chinese palace-style architecture makes this impressive neighbour to the Confucius Temple.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Smile Life Night Market 微笑世紀國際觀光夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 00:00 (Fridays to Sundays)
Address: Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404, Taiwan (R.O.C)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00
Address: Fengjia Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Night market in Xitun District, Taichung. It is located next to Feng Chia University & claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

Note: Nearby TRA Taichung Station, there is a big shopping mall, Taroko Mall. It consists of 13th levels of shops, restaurants, etc. About 1.0km (13mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.
http://www.tarokomall.com.tw/index.html

Here are some photographs taken in Taipei.

Visit Taipei

Singapore to Taipei

Meet 06:00 at Changi Airport Terminal One, Cathay Pacific Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Have a light snacks / shopping before boarding.

Plane take off at 08:00 & arrive at HK Airport at 12:00. Take next plane that take off at 13:10 & arrive at TPE Airport at 15:10.

Upon arrival at TPE, proceed for Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.

Purchase Taiwan Prepaid Mobile SIM card (10-Day Pass)

Proceed to UBUS Service Counter to purchase bus tickets to THSR Taoyuan Station.

  • UBUS No. 705
  • Frequency: 5mins
  • Travel Time: 25mins

Exchange for THSR Pass @ Taoyuan Station. We make seat reservation at the same time for our HSR Train from Taoyuan Station to Taipei Station. Otherwise we can simply just board any train that comes along.

  • Travel Time: 21 to 23mins depending on which train we are taking.

Note: To purchase THSR Pass online prior to departure.

From Taipei Station, walk about 10mins to Taipei M Hotel – Main Station to proceed for check-in.

Explore the Taipei Main Station & purchase the EASYCard /iPass at the Taipei Main Station Metro.

Slowly walk to Ningxia Night Market for shopping, eating, etc.

Ningxia Night Market
  • About 1.2km (17mins) walk from our hotel

After visiting the Ningxia Night Market, slowly walk back to hotel to rest.