For my first blog post about my trip, I think it would be wiser to dissect it down to what we did on a daily basis so that I can provide more detail about the trip rather than rush through my narrations. So let's begin...
I booked my flight tickets through AirAsia as it offered a good price for travelling from Adelaide to Taiwan, despite having to transit over in Kuala Lumpur for at most 40 minutes. The seats were comfortable and there's plenty of leg space for the sister and I. Ordering our food when we booked the tickets saved us a few dollars and we figured, might as well have a bit of food onboard rather than starve throughout the journey.
No entertainment or blankets provided on board but you can easily purchase it from the flight attendants. Alternatively, bring a reasonably thick cardigan and wear long pants/jeans to prevent yourself from freezing on board. A few passengers brought their laptops/ ipads to keep them entertained. The sister and I spent our time chatting to pass time.
Picture above is chicken briyani. Was yummy for something that's being served thousands of feet up in the sky.
Whisking through Taoyuan's international airport was a breeze. Clean and efficient probably best describes it. After picking up our luggage, we caught a taxi to our hotel, Fu Hau Hotel. Not all taxi drivers understand English so I would recommend obtaining the chinese characters for your hotel's accommodation or anywhere else you intend on going, just in case. Pronouncing it differently can worsen the situation.
From memory, the three of us paid NTD1,300/ $aud48 but you can definitely save cost by catching the train. At 11.30pm, we couldn't be too fussy though :/
Fu Hau's hotel receptionist was very accommodating and spoke good English so it simplified our check-in process. Got to our room and admittedly, it is smaller than expected. Beds were fairly large for us and snacks and bottled water were provided. Gotta love their attention to detail:)
So that was day 1 in Taiwan. Will be blogging about the next day soon;)