Taiwan Trip with Family – 24 Mar 2013 (Day 1)

This year Mar 2013, I went to Taiwan with my Family!
We Scoot to Taiwan and arrived early morning 5.40am at Taoyuan Airport.

Our first destination will be Taichung 台中, we going to stay in Taichung for 1 night and move on to Taipei the 2nd day.

1 month before the trip, I booked our High Speed Train Tickets from their website http://www5.thsrc.com.tw/en/. Book your HSR tickets early and enjoy early birds discount!
The HSR arrived timely and leave the station on time, so do not be late and arrive the station before your boarding time.
You can take UBus 705 from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan HSR Station, the journey is around 15 mins.
UBus Info: http://www.ubus.com.tw/html/bus/bus.php?num=20

Very clean and spacious 台灣高鐵!

HSR Duration from Taoyuan to Taichung took around 40 mins, if you take a car/bus ride from Taoyuan to Taichung is around 2 hours.

Upon arrived Taichung HSR station, I arranged a private driver Mr Sun to pick us up for our 1 day tour (一日游) in Taichung.

Mr Sun’s taxi is a 7 seater cab, with 4 of us include our big luggage is still very spacious.
Our 1-day tour itinerary: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林Summit Resort 新社古堡Carton King 紙箱王& Moncoeur 心之芳庭.

Mr Sun is very nice, he initiated to pick us up from Taichung HSR station and bring us to hotel to deposit our luggage before we start our tour.

Our first stop: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林

I’m a Lavender lover so Lavender Cottage is a must visit place for me!
February and March is a great time to be in Taiwan, you will be able to see lots of pretty flowers there and of course of the cooling weather makes you extra comfortable!

Must try! Lavender and Lemon Grass Ice-cream!

Lavender House

Lovely Lavender Field!

Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 (新社)
No. 20, Zhōngxìng Street, Xinshe District Taichung City, Taiwan 426
+886 4 2593 1066
Entrance Fee: 200 NTD
You will get 100NTD worth of discount coupons for your purchases in Lavender Cottage.
Second Stop: Summit Resort 新社古堡

Summit Resort is more of a photo-taking place, you can find beautiful castles and fountains in there.
We spent around 30 mins inside for photo-taking and enjoy the scenery of  the beautiful castle structures and buildings.
Summit Resort 新社古堡
地址:台中市新社區協成里協中街65號 ‧電話:04-25825628
Entrance Fee: 250 NTD
100 NTD worth of meal coupons in return for your spending in Summit Resort
It’s almost noon time after our visit to Summit Resort, so its time for Lunch!
Carton King 紙箱王 is famous with their Carton Theme Restaurant, we decided to settle our lunch there.
Inside Carton King, all the structures are made by Cardboard and Paper! 

Looks real isn’t it?

The menu frame was made up by cardboard.

Honey Green Tea inside the carton.
Carton King theme restaurant interior, tables and chairs were all in cardboard materials even the “glass” for your water.  
My set lunch: Fried Chicken Thighs.. 
Carton King 紙箱王
Entrance Fee: 200 NTD
100 NTD worth of coupons in return for your spending in Carton King.
After lunch we moved on to Moncoeur 心之芳庭
This place was recommended by the driver, he told us 心之芳庭 is a beautiful place where a lot of couples will hold their wedding there and its also a popular place for wedding shot

Moncoeur indeed is a lovely place with pretty cottages and flowers.
Vintage cute van selling ice-cream.
Seoul has Love Lock, Moncoeur has Love Spoon!
Write your love wishes on the wooden spoon.

Moncoeur 心之芳庭
Entrance Fee: 200 NTD
100 NTD worth of coupons in return for your spending in Moncoeur.
Before heading back to hotel, we requested Mr Sun to bring us to 九個太陽 台中太陽餅專賣店 Nine Suns Taichung Specialty
Sun Biscuit is Taichung specialty, its a must-buy when you come Taichung.
There are a lot of Traditional Sun Biscuit Specialty stores in Taichung, I choose to go Nine Suns its because of Super Junior. KyuHyun and Ryeowook visited Nine Suns before when they were in Taiwan.
 Pictures and signatures of Kyuhyun and Ryeowook spotted in the store!
Appreciated Mr Sun for bringing us there. After shopping for Sun Biscuits, we finally heading back to our Hotel for rest before exploring 逢甲夜市 Fengjia Night Market!
Our Hotel – Beacon Hotel 碧根行館
Beacon Hotel is right inside 逢甲夜市Fengjia Night Market, very convenient! 
I booked a room for 4 pax, there’s a queen size bed and 2 single beds in the room. Beds are comfy with 2 TVs and seating area, very spacious and clean!
But the toilet is a bit small.
Overall we still glad with our stay in Beacon, I will go back if I go to Taichung again.

Beacon Hotel 碧根行館
407 台中市西屯區福星路427號
7-9F, No. 427 Fu Hsing Rd., Taichung City,Taiwan
TEL +886-4-2451-5828
It was raining quite heavily when we were in 逢甲夜市 Fengjia Night Market so I didn’t manage to take pictures 🙁
We went back hotel to rest quite early as we were extremely exhausted after the midnight flight and the 1 day tour.
For those who planning to go Taichung and looking for private driver, you may look for: 
Mr Sun 孫先生
Tel: 0912677400
Email: taxi.victory168@gmail.com
Mr Sun is a very helpful and friendly driver, he even provide me his extra mobile phone when we reach each destination, so that I could call him to inform him to pick us up at the entrance.
Stay tune for my Day 2 & 3 Taiwan Trip with Family Post, we heading back to Taipei on Day 2 🙂

  1. Anonymous

    March 31, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hi, may i know how much it cost you to hire Mr Sun? Thanks :))

  2. Yan Teng (tebisha)

    March 31, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Mr Sun charged me 3500NTD for 1 day tour in Taichung. 🙂

  3. Sheirly Tan

    April 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, nice to meet u. I saw your blog about your trip in Taichung. You have engaged the taxi driver called Mr.sun right? I am going to Taichung around this coming November too. I would like to engage Mr. Sun for my trip . May I know how is he? Is he a good driver well as tour guide?

  4. Yan Teng (tebisha)

    April 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Sheirly,

    Mr Sun is very nice and friendly. He will gives suggestions to the places you want to go and recommend any worth to go attractions.. Give him your itinerary beforehand, so that he can plan the route for you… 🙂

  5. Sylvia Lim

    April 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Hi! Chanced upon your blog and I've to say its a great post 🙂
    Anyway, I was just wondering around what time did you reach taoyuan HSR? Because i'm thinking of pre-booking the tix as well and i'm scooting over at the same time!
    Thank you 🙂

  6. Yan Teng (tebisha)

    April 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Sylvia,
    Thanks for reading my blog..
    If I remembered correctly, I booked 7.21am HSR to Taichung.. By 7am, I already reached Taoyuan HSR..

  7. fiona chua

    April 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Hi, would like to check if you have bought your HSR tix online and where did you board the HSR, Taipei main station?

  8. fiona chua

    April 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Hi, did u booked ur HSR ticket online? Where did you board the HSR, Taipei Main Station?

  9. Yan Teng (tebisha)

    April 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Hi Fiona,
    Yes, I booked my tickets online the link was stated in my blog post above. Because I travel to Taichung straight after I touched down at Taoyuan airport, so I board the HSR at Taoyuan HSR Station.

  10. smilz

    January 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Hi, can i ask how many luggage did your family bring? This is so as i am going to Taiwan in March with my family (total 4 people) and am thinking will it make a difference in the type of car to rent if we bring 2 or 3 luggage(check in size) . This is so as i do not want to hire such a big car if i can get one that fit 4 adults and 2 luggage

    Thank you

  11. Yan Teng Teo

    January 17, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Hi, we brought 2 medium luggages, 1 cabin size and 1 large luggage. 🙂

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