How to Get to High Speed Rail Taichung Station from Taoyuan Airport?

From Taoyuan International Airport Exit 5, to buy a bus ticket going to the Taoyuan Airport. THSR Bus tickets must be purchased ahead of time for each journey. Only UBUS #705 has a direct trip to the THSR from the Airport. The ticketing windows are located at the Arrivals Lobby of Terminals 1 & 2.
Ticket Price: Regular: NT$30 (Php45.00) | Discounted: NT$15 (Php22.50)

For a more detailed guide on how to take UBUS #705, please click here.
After buying the ticket, go to where the “Bus to High Speed Rail” station is located. In Terminal 1, it’s not clear where the bus station is, but in Terminal 2 it’s located on the first floor just outside where the ATM machine is located. Just follow the signage you will see along the way. Or ask about the location when you purchase the ticket. Travel time is 25 minutes. Interval is every 5 to 10 minutes during peak times.
At the HSR Station, you will be dropped off either near the Exit 3 or Exit 5. You can either buy the ticket on the spot or book online at There’s a 20% discount for an early bird reservation. If you haven’t bought the ticket yet online, you can buy it at the ticketing window located at the 1st floor of the station on the right side after Exit 5. There are also ticketing machines scattered in the area.
Ticket Price: Regular: NT$540 (Php809.20) | Group: NT$510 (Php764.00) | Early Bird (Less 20%):NT$432 Php647.00)
After buying the ticket, head to the ticket barrier and head to the platform located at Basement 2. There’s only one stop from Taoyuan Station to Taichung so travel time takes approximately 40 minutes
Schedule from Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station
Bus stations are located just outside the Exit 5 & 6 of the station located at the First Floor. Nantou buses going to Cingjing are located at the Exit 5.

If you contacted a company for a car service or booked a shuttle prior to your arrival, they will let you know where to meet up.

Again, always check the most current fare schedule and timetable to avoid hassle on your trip.

How to Get to High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station from Taoyuan Airport via THSR Shuttle Bus?

THSR Bus tickets must be purchased ahead of time for each journey as they do not accept payment inside the bus. Only UBUS #705 has a direct trip to the THSR from the Airport.

How to Get to Cingjing (Qingjing) Farm from Taoyuan International Airport?

There are many options on how to get to Nantou County, specifically Cingjing Farm. It depends on your budget and how much time you have. For us, since we’re arriving earlier than the available schedule of shuttles, we opted to just contact someone for a car service.

On how to get to Taichung Station from the Airport, please click here.

Option 1: Car Service
Bus is not an option for us because the travel will take too much of our time. Car service is recommended if you are 4 or 5 people in a group because the price different versus van/shuttle is not that much. Aside from that, it’s more convenient because we don’t have to wait for other people or dropping people.

We’re staying in Cingjing Spring Ground Bed & Breakfast so we arranged a car prior to our departure. I have contacted them and negotiate for the price and what service we will avail. We’re only staying in Taiwan for 4 days and 3 Nights and we have a lot of places that we want to visit during our stay. So instead of arranging just a one way car service, I have negotiated with them for a drop off and pick-up the next day.

Their rate for drop off only is Php3, 596.00 for 4 people which give us Php899.00 per person. I asked my friends if they want a pick-up service the next day, and they said yes so I negotiated with the company.

I got the deal for NTD5, 000.00 (Php 7,804.70) for a group of 4 people. That gives us Php1, 951.18 per person. And I’m telling you, it’s really worth it because it’s really far and there are parts of the road that’s very scary because it’s zigzag going to the highest part of the county.

But of course, it also depends on your budget and time; so here’s the comparison of the total if you want to know how much the difference taking a bus, shuttle or car service.

I just searched the internet for possible car rentals and negotiate with them. Generally, Tawainese are very nice people. Here are the contact information of the person I contacted to arrange the car service. I will be providing 3 companies (individuals) because when my friend went back there in December, she got a different one.

1. Elite Tours Services Team
刘奕銘 (小奕)
Telephone / Whatsapp: 0981-900316

2. Driver: Meeky Yang

3. Driver: Phyllis Hung
Since the drivers are only allowed to the assigned areas they can service, we just met him at the parking area of Taichng High Speed Rail Station. We did not have a hard time locating him because of the information they provided ahead of time.

Option 2: via Bus
Most of the time, you will have to travel from the Airport to Taichung Station to get on the bus, shuttle or car going to the Nantou County. I have never found, in my many search, of a bus going directly from Taoyuan International Airport to Cingjing Farm.

One you are in Taichung Station, there are tickets booths located on the first floor, Exit 5 going to Nantou County. There a single journey ticket and a Cingjing Farm Pass Package, below is the price:
Regular Ticket (One Way): NT$251 (Php376.00)
Cingjing Farm Pass (Round Trip): NT$600.00 (Php899.00) Entrance Fee is NT$200.00 (Php299.00).

Make sure to buy the ticket that is bound direct for the Shouting Station in Nantou. Ask the staff at the Bus Counter to help you inform the driver to drop you off at the said station. Travel time is 2 hours and 10 minutes. Spring Ground B&B is just a 2-minute walk from the Shouting Station.

Taichung - Puli - Cingjing Farm Direct Bus

Below is the bus schedule from Taiching to Nantou:

Via: Shuttle Service
To get a cheaper deal, make sure to check Klook or KKDay when booking the shuttle going to Cingjing Farm. Make sure to check the schedule because it’s limited. The reason for this is, the road going to Cingjing is very scary at night, cars, shuttles and buses do not travel when it’s dark.

Once you booked the ticket, arrange with the company where you will be picked-up and dropped off. Easy getting in and out of Cingjing Farm, express ride super convenient. Customers can specify the pickup locations in Taichung airport, high-speed railway Taichung station, Taichung train station by the express shuttle to Cingjing bed & breakfast, and vice versa. We would opted for this service if only our arrival time in Taichung matches the schedule of the shuttle.

To know the price difference for the 3 options, see below:
Via Bus One Way (Estimated travel time is 2 1/2 to 3 hours):
Php45.00 - Bus fare Airport to High Speed Rail Taoyun Station
Php647.00 - Ticket Fare From Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station. This is if we book early, there's a 20% discount online. Original price is Php809.00.
Php376.00 - Bus Fare from Taichung Station to Spring Ground B&B
Php1, 068.00 - TOTAL

Via Car One Way (travel is 1 1/2 to 2 hours)
Php45.00 - Bus fare Airport to High Speed Rail Taoyun Station
Php647.00 - Ticket Fare From Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station. This is if we book early, there's a 20% discount online. Original price is Php809.00.
Php899.00 - Car Fare from Taichung Station to Spring Ground B&B
Php1, 591.00 – TOTAL

Option 3: Shuttle Service One Way (Estimated travel time is 1 1/2 to 2 hours)

Php45.00 - Bus fare Airport to High Speed Rail Taoyun Station
Php647.00 - Ticket Fare From Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station. This is if we book early, there's a 20% discount online. Original price is Php809.00.
Php765.00– Shuttle Service from Taichung Station to Spring Ground B&B
Php1, 457.00 – TOTAL

Please take note that you can use this as a reference, but still make sure that you check the internet or contact the drivers for the most updated rates and schedule.

How to Get to Laoag, Ilocos Norte?

Laoag, Ilocos Norte is further north from Vigan and can be traveled via public vehicle in approximately 2 hours. If you are planning on visiting Vigan, make sure to visit Laoag and Pagudpud, the Boracay of the North.

How to Get to Vigan, Ilocos Sur?

Ilocos Sur is far north from Metro Manila and it takes up to 8-9 hours drive to get to Vigan, one of the oldest city in the Philippines and the center of business of the province. I know a lot of people that want to go there but they just can't take the long travel. Although there's a flight there daily, it's kind of expensive compare to commuting.

How to Get Out of Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) International Airport?

Last Updated: September 22, 2017
Like most International Airports, Taoyuan also has a complete array of transportation choices to get to your desired destination. There’s the THSR shuttle bus routes network connecting the airport, Novotel Hotel, and THSR stations; providing comfortable, convenient, low-cost and practical transportation option for travelers. There’s also a taxi and a pre-arranged car services. It just depends if you want convenience more than price or adventure more than the convenience.

Transfer Between Terminals at Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) International Airport

For those who need to get to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 of the Taoyuan International Airport for a transfer or just to meet with friends, here's how:

Taoyuan International Airport: Arrival Procedure

There are 3 airports in Taiwan but Taoyuan is the busiest among them. Taoyuan or TPE Airport has two terminals for specific airlines. See below for the list of airlines assigned to each terminal. We've traveled via the Philippine Airlines and two my friends traveled via EVA Air, so we arrived at two different terminals.

Stay Connected When in Taiwan: 4G Pocket Wi-Fi or 4G Sim Card?

Last Updated: June 5, 2017
Are you planning on traveling to Taiwan but still want to be updated and connected with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or just surf the Internet? Using your local network while surfing in another country is very expensive and I'm sure you don't want that.

Taiwan 4G Pocket Wi-Fi Pick-up & Droff-Off Locations

4G Pocket Wi-Fi can be picked-up conveniently at the airports. Check your ticket for the airport before you reserve as there are 3 airports in Taiwan. Below is the exact location for the pick-up and drop-off locations:

Brunei Darussalam Handicraft and Souvenir Shops

Handmade items sold at the Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Centre

For souvenir shops, you  might want to check these stores when you're in Brunei: 

Brunei Darussalam Shopping Centres

Yayasan Complex
One of the many reasons people travel is the pleasure of looking and finding something they like. Some people really go out of their way to buy native or unique local products that they can bring home to family, friends or just for themselves.

Sariaya Church (Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church)

A few steps from Natalio Enriquez Ancestral House stood the town's church, the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church. Same as the other churches in the Philippines, this one suffered a lot, from natural to man-made disasters.

How to Get to Lucban, Quezon Province?

1. Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there’s a free wi-fi on board. Regular fare from Buendia to   Lucena is Php209.50.

How to Get to Tayabas, Quezon Province?

1.  Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there’s a free wi-fi on board.

Dining in Brunei Darussalam

There's a lot of options when eating out in Brunei. It ranges from informal and casual eateries to more established restaurants and fine dining cuisine. I only ate at one of the local hawker centres, Asian restaurant and a local cafe, but if you want to try some of them, here's the list:

14 Must See Attractions in Belait District, Brunei Darussalam!

Although this is the largest District in Brunei, the attractions you can see the are only half of what you can see in Muara-Brunei. It is, however, the production base of the nation's main export commodities, oil and gas.
If you ever want to to visit the district, here are the list of what you can see there:

Negara Brunei Darussalam: My First Out of the Country Trip

Brunei Darussalam or formally called Negara Brunei Darussalam is a small but very rich country. It's so rich that the people currently enjoy free medical service, education, housing and pay no tax.  Its sovereignty once stretched across the entire island of Borneo and some parts of the Philippines. Although it is small, you still need more time to see all the hidden jewels this country has to offer.

8 Must See Attractions in Temburong District, Brunei Darussalam!

Temburong District even though part of Brunei was separated from the other districts by Brunei Bay and a sliver of Sarawakian territory. Going to Temburong is like stepping out of another world. To get there, you have to sail the river to reach the capital of the district which is the Bangar, not to be mistaken to the capital of Brunei-Muara, Bandar.

Tasek Lama Recreational Park (Taman Peringan Tasik Lama)

You might think that the capital centre of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, is just a place for malls, mosques and market, but you are wrong. Brunei is one the countries that really takes care of their nature, improving it and at the same time, protecting it.

4 Must See Attractions in Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam!

I wasn't able to visit all the interesting places in Brunei but I'll make sure I do when I go back there. Depending on what you're interested in, Brunei offers a variety of attractions. You can choose from historical sites, religious or natural attractions.

Brunei Darussalam Public Holidays and Business Hours

If you are planning on visiting Brunei, make sure to check the holidays and events so you can prepare your itinerary accordingly. Aside from Christmas, New Year & Chinese New Year, here are the events that they celebrate every year.

28 Must See Attractions in Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam!

Brunei has 4 Districts only, these are: Belait (Largest), Tutong, Temburong and Brunei Muara (Smallest).  I was only able to visit Brunei Muara, but let me tell you, even though it's the smallest, it is the site of the nation's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, and the center of all commerce. You will need more than 3 days to fully explore this district.

Brunei Darussalam Day 3: 45-Minute Free Viewing of the City | Istana Nurul Iman|Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Training Centre | Malay Technological Museum | The Empire Hotel & Country Club | Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

It's our last day in Brunei, but I'm really looking forward to it because of the much awaited visit to the 6-Star rated hotel and the biggest Mosque in Brunei. These are the highlights of our visit in Brunei.

Brunei Darussalam Day 2: Royal Regalia | Tasek Lama Recreational Park | Kampung Ayer | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Even though we had a (mis)adventure on our first day, I'm still excited and looking forward for our second day in Brunei. I love historical sites more than shopping malls and I'm so glad Brunei has a lot to offer.

Brunei Darussalam Day 1: Tamu Kianggeh | National Day Celebration | Tamu Selera | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Travel Date: February 23-25, 2014 (Sunday to Tuesday)
Brunei is my first ever out of the country trip and it made me so excited and at the same time anxious.  I got a little bit scared too because even though it's not my first time to fly, it's the first flight that is more than an hour. The flight feels like forever, i was just thankful that our flight was smooth and we arrived in Brunei safe and sound. For the complete itinerary, please visit: Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Church of Our Lady of Assumption: The Only Catholic Church in Bandar Seri Begawan

When I was preparing our itinerary my friend told me that I have to include us attending the mass in Brunei. Brunei is a Muslim country so I had to search for the nearest Catholic Church and found the Church of our Lady of Assumption. It's about 15 minutes walk from city proper and along the way are the other attractions in Brunei.

Negara Brunei Darussalam National Day: Abode of Peace

When we booked our trip to Brunei we had no idea that our first day is their National Day, until I started making the itinerary. Brunei National Day is always celebrated every 23rd of February. It is the the National Day of Brunei that was first celebrated in 1984. This holiday marks full independence from the United Kingdom in the same year.

The Mall's Food Court: The Biggest Mall in Gadong District

It's our last night in Brunei and we've decided on eating at the night market called Pasa Malong in Gadong near the "The Mall". It's said to be one of the popular night markets in Brunei, however, it's still early when we went there so there's not much food to choose from. Our driver was long gone after we agreed on the time he's gonna pick-us up, so we just walk to the mall since it's near.

How to Get to Tamu Selera?

It only takes about 10 minutes to get to Tamu Selera from Jubilee Hotel, with a few stops to take pictures. However, if you don't want to walk, you can hire a taxi via your hotel to take you there. It's nice to walk in Brunei since almost all of them have a car, it felt like we own the road (LOL). If you plan on walking up there, here's how:

Tamu Selera: Brunei's Malaysian & Indonesian Food Centre

If you want to try local dishes at a very cheap price go to Tamu Selera. It's an old fashioned hawker center set in a shady park with colorful tarps and parasols. It's an open area with ceiling fan that offers Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. If you've been to other Asian countries, you'll know by now that this is the kind place to get the best of the local dishes and local culture. Tamu Selera literally means "Appetite Park", an excellent night-time food stall area.

Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Brunei has a lot of historical and religious places to see, not to mention luxurious hotels and museums. But since it's a Muslim country there's nothing much to do at night. For me, 3 days and 2 nights is enough to explore the majority of the tourist spots in Brunei. Below is the original itinerary I prepared prior to our trip, and the actual itinerary after.

Regular (RoRo) Ferry Schedules: Cebu to Bohol & Vice Versa

Last Updated: February 06, 2018
Going to Bohol from Cebu and vice versa is very easy, it just depends on your time, budget and the exact location in Bohol you want to reach. If you want to get there in just 45 minutes or so, please check the Fast Ferry Schedules. However, for those who have enough time and low budget, you can check the Regular Ferry Schedules below. This is also perfect for those people with car or carrying bulky and heavy cargo.

Fast Ferry Schedules: Cebu to Bohol & Vice Versa

Last Updated: February 06, 2018
Fast ferry is the most convenient and fastest way to get to Bohol from Cebu or the other way around.  It only takes an hour or two, depending on which port you want use. There are two ports in Bohol: Tagbilaran & Tubigon, and in Cebu there are four piers, assigned to specific shipping lines. Sailing via Tubigon port is much cheaper and faster than Tagbilaran. 

List of Hotels/Inns & Lodgings in Quezon Province

Please find below the list of accommodations in Quezon Province. This is just a list and does not guarantee the current room rates, addresses, contact numbers and quality of service of the hotels. It is advisable that you do a full and thorough research about a specific hotel before booking.

Limited Posts Showing on Blogger's Homepage: How to Fix It?

Ever since I used a third party template on blogger, I thought it's the reason why my posts on homepage was limited only to 2 posts. I checked the number of posts I want to show from the Layout and even by editing the HTML of my blog but to no avail.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple or just simply Wong Tai Sin Temple is located just a station away from Nan Lian Garden. The temple is passable through a large memorial arch and covers an area of about 18,000 square meters. The temple is home to three religions: Taoism, Confucianism & Buddhism. It is said to grant all wishes, no wonder it's  that very popular among locals and tourists and the most busiest temple in Hong Kong. It is busier and more popular than Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery.

How to Get to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is conveniently located just a few minutes away from the Wong Tai Sin MTR Station.

How to Get to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus?

If it's your first time visiting Hong Kong, you'll surely need a detailed guide on how to go to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus. But once you get there, you'll find out that it's really not that complicated and actually very easy. We had a guide on the way there but going back we it did by ourselves.

The Peak Tram

Aside from riding the cable car, I was looking forward to ride the Peak Tram before our trip to Hong Kong. Not only because it's one of the oldest means of transportation in Hong Kong but because of the visual illusion one will experience when riding it.

Ngong Ping 360: What to Do & See?

Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands and is almost double the size of Hong Kong Island itself. It is located 10km west of Hong Kong Island and is about 25km in length. The island has a lot of tourist attractions to offer and one day is not enough to see them all. You can, however, enjoy a visit to one of the the most popular visitor destinations, not only in Lantau but also in Hong Kong, Ngong Ping.

Tian Tan Buddha (The Big Buddha)

Tian Tan Big Buddha, popularly known as just the Big Buddha, is I think the most recognizable among the attractions in Ngong Ping 360, not to mention overpowering them all. I said that because wherever you take pictures, the Buddha is always on the background. It's so big that it can be seen across the bay as far as Macau on a clear day.

Chi Lin Nunnery

Adjacent to the Nan Lian Garden is a very large monastic complex called the Chi Lin Nunnery. It is a Buddhist temple home to about 60 nuns. The nunnery was built in 1934 but remodeled and reconstructed in 1990 and was finally opened to the public in 2000.

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery is another popular attraction in Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. A visit at the themed village is not complete without visiting the Monastery. It's a must see next its extension, the Tia Tian Buddha or popularly known as the Big Buddha.

Ngong Ping Piazza

The path from Ngong Ping Village will lead you to the Ngong Ping Piazza, where the Twelve Divine Generals are lined up. They are believed to be protectors of the Buddha. The Piazza is visible as soon as you passed though the archway of the Ngong Ping Village.

Ngong Ping Village

From the descending car to Ngong Ping Station, you will already see the Big Buddha and glimpse of the Ngong Ping Village. When I was preparing our itinerary, I thought this is a real village with the locals. What I have in mind the the village like what they showed in Kung Fun Panda (LOL).

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

When I was preparing our itinerary for our Hong Kong trip, I was so excited to ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car. I'm afraid of height but when it comes to trying new things and have an adventure, it won't stop me.

How to Get to Ngong Ping 360?

Ngong Ping Village is the first attraction we visited when we're in Hong Kong. We went there straight from the airport to save time since our arrival is early. In all of our trips, I'm always the one who prepared the itinerary and I always make sure that we spend our time wisely, besides traveling is not free. If you are planning on going there as soon as you arrive in Hong Kong, here's how:

Twelve Divine Generals at Ngong Ping 360

Lined up along the path to the Po Lin Monastery & the Big Buddha in Ngong Ping are the statues of the Twelve Divine Generals or the Twelve Heavenly Generals. They are the protective deities of the Buddha of Healing or the Medicine Buddha, Yakishi Nyurai. They originated in India, but in other countries they are believed to be the attendants of an Armor-clad God or Warrior that protects the righteous.
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