Day 2 starts now!Got up early to have another daytour out of Taipei. This time I booked our tour from Harton Tours. They are a local tour operator from Taiwan. This booking is more of a car rental with a driver. There are no tour guides. They just drive you to your destination. I say this is still worth it at the price of Php 1,100.00 per person. Because it saved us a lot of time and energy to go to one place to another, plus we can rest and take a nap in the car while we go to the next destination.
We started off by going to the Flower Clock. This area is huge but we didn’t get the chance to roam anymore, it was so hot that day!
Up next is the Xiao You Keng Recreation Area. This is where active volcanoes show their might to people. The smell of sulfur will greet you upon entering the thermal valley and the whistling sound of steam from all over can be heard. There are also some boiling spots of water from the ground.
Another stop on this tour was the Calla Lily farm. The festival has just ended so there’s not much flowers anymore. And there’s a fee if you want to get up close.
Onto our next stop, we are starving so we made our way into this tiny but yummy restaurant just outside Beitou Hot Spring. It became our pitstop. We rested for about an hour here. The food was yummy and it’s not that expensive. Their drinks were superb too!
After our much needed rest, we walked towards the Beitou Thermal Valley. The steam and mist coming from the hot spring was really hot. We took some pictures and left. We forgot to drop by the Hot Spring Museum.
Next stop is Tamsui! This is where the so called Lover’s Bridge could be found. It opened on February 14 that’s why it’s called its name. It connects the fisherman’s wharf together. You can go biking here but it’s too hot to do that.
A few minutes car ride from this area will bring you to Tamsui Old Street. Shops and more shops line up the street.
The end of our tour but instead of dropping us back to the hotel, I requested to be dropped at the foot of the Elephant Mountain.
Hiking up the Elephant Mountain was a hard challenge. Little did I know that the climb up will be so exhausting. But hey, we made it and the view is just captivating! 4 of us even managed to climb up a rock for a more adventurous experience.
The way down is just as hard. Tip? Climb slow and don’t force ourself.
Before reaching the train station, another mesmerizing view of Taipei 101 surprised us!
All exhausted but good and funny memories definitely filled our memory banks that night.
Oh wait, this is not the end of our Day 2 yet!
We got our 1 day unli train rides card and went to our shopping stop at Shilin Night Market!
Shopping and eating street food made everyone busy so no more pictures. We made it back to Ximending before the train closed. Left our things at home and went down to shop until the stores closed!
As for me, I didn’t forget to have my Prince Cheese.
See you on our Day 3!