Last updated on August 7th, 2018
Taipei is such a city full of wonders. No surprise that Taiwan is known as the heart of Asia with its border not connected to any other country – and in terms with that, there are a lot of places that you gotta see in Taipei City that even a single day would not be enough of an exploration.
We spent 9 days in this wonderful country and yet, we haven’t even explored every tourist destination there is in Taipei City alone. Taiwan has so much to offer that we would like to see and experience but 9 days of stay was still not enough.
Our exploration wouldn’t have been great without the help of a tour partner, KKday. KKday is a travel start-up in Taiwan, specializing in tours and services, and they have the best tours to offer for the best price. They have quite the good rankings and there was no doubt to trust in their services. If you have been following this blog, we also availed the Taipei 101 Observatory and National Palace Museum thru them.
Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour via KKday
We knew that Taipei City would better be explored if we availed this service, the Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour. It’s the one similar to what there is in Kuala Lumpur.
So basically, what happens is this, once your booking is verified, you can hop-in and hop-off the bus at designated drop-off stations close to the tourist spots. Bring your own earphone to hear the English audio guide on the bus.
After you have been dropped off to your preferred spot, you have your own time to spend at the location. Note though, that the bus has schedules and arrives on time. The bus arrives again after 30-40 minutes. Do the same thing, present your voucher or QR code and tell them where to drop off next.
A convenient and fun way to spend a day touring around the city!
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How to Book for the Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
1. Go to KKday website or visit this link for Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour.
2. Select your preferred ticket options. Note: We availed the 24 Hour Pass.
• 4-Hour Pass: unlimited hop-on, hop-off access for 4 hours on red & blue routes
• 24-Hour Pass: unlimited hop-on, hop-off access for 24 hours on red & blue routes
3. Select the dates you will be using the ticket/bus pass and click Book.
4. Login with your FB or Google account (or register and sign-in).
5. Update and input your information. If you have a promo code, please add it. This will save you some cash for the trip.
6. Pay using a credit card or debit card. Your debit card needs to have a Visa or MasterCard logo in order to be used.
7. You will receive an email regarding your voucher which can also be viewed using the KKday app. Print the voucher and present it to the bus concierge/staff. Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Must-Visit Places in the Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
There actually are a lot of places to you can surely visit when you avail this particular service from KKday and you have either 4 hours or 24 hours to use the voucher. As mentioned, we availed the 24 hours or One Day Pass as it appears to be the most suitable best option for the two of us.
There are two lines you can opt to go with, the Red Line and the Blue Line.
Red Line: Ximending, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Yongkang Street, Da’an Forest Park, Taipei 101, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Blue Line: Ximending, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Shilin Night Market, Shilin Official Residence, National Palace Museum
Red Line’s Must Visit Spots
Ximending is a trendy area and best visited at night. During the day, you can only see the plain street, but at night, it boasts a great amount of energy and lively vibes in the city. Never miss a chance to drop by and spend a night in the Ximending Night Market.
2. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was established in recognition and memory of General Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area. Also officially known as Liberty Square.
3. Taipei 101
Prepare to be amazed by the 360-degree view of whole Taipei. If you want to see the mountains, go in the morning. If you want to see the sparkling view of the city, the best time to get there is in the evening. Tickets are available at the 5th-floor ticketing counter but you can also avail the tickets via KKday. Better if you avail the KKday Express Shuttle Bus: Taipei 101 Observation Deck – National Palace Museum. But make sure to visit at the best time convenient to your schedule.
4. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Also known as “National ‘Father of the Nation’ Memorial Hall”. The main entrance to the hall contains a statue of Sun Yat-sen. Every hour, there is a formal changing of the guards, which is a popular tourist attraction. Best to visit during the day.
I’m not limiting you to these options only but these are the most interesting spots in the Red Line.
Blue Line’s Must Visit Spots
Blue and Red Line routes are crossing with Ximending and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall mentioned in the Red Line so here are other must-visit spots for the Blue Line.
1. National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum has nearly over 700,000 collected artifacts from the ancient times including artworks. The collection in this museum consists of 8,000 years worth history to the latest ones. Now, is a fully modern museum, the Palace Museum also participates in Taiwan’s National Digital Archives Program, using the latest trends in digital technology to preserve its ancient artifacts digitally. The museum uses high technology to improve the museum experience for visitors.
2. Shilin Night Market
Probably one of the largest and most popular night markets in the city of Taipei. Enjoy a few hours mingling among thousands of locals and tourists, this market is full of food stands and small stores, and of course – people! You can find basically anything for anyone here. You’ll have plenty to buy, from food to clothes. The best time to get there will be before 5 pm, that way you won’t feel that the place is so crowded or get lost easily. Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
3. Ximending (see above)
4. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (see above)
Again, I am not saying that you should limit yourselves to visiting only these spots but these are the most interesting spots for my liking.
Getting this Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour is totally worth it especially with KKday.
Some of the spots are quite far from where we stayed so it has been very convenient for us to visit the places mentioned above. Though the blue line’s schedule of operations stops at 4:30 PM, we had all day to visit and stop at the tourist spots that it could offer.
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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO VISIT IN TAIWAN
For hassle free tours and packages, we highly recommend booking with KKday. The list below is highly advisable to be experienced by first-time visitors in Taiwan.
1. Day Tour from Taichung: Sun Moon Lake Adventure (☆☆☆☆☆)
2. KKday: KKday Express Shuttle Bus: Taipei 101 Observation Deck – National Palace Museum (₱ 175) (☆☆☆☆)
3. KKday: Taiwan Northeast Coast Day Tour (₱ 1,690) (☆☆☆☆☆)
4. KKday: Day Tour from Taipei: Jiufen Old Street, Golden Waterfall, and Bitou Cape (☆☆☆☆☆)
5. KKday: Day Tour from Taipei: Jiufen, Yehliu, and Shifen (₱ 1,749) (☆☆☆☆☆)
6. KKday: Taipei Night Market Walking Tour (₱ 874) (☆☆☆)
Stay connected while in Taiwan
We availed the 5 Days Unlimited Data SIM Card for Taiwan via the Pinoy Traveler’s Unlimited Sim Card. Read our review and why we love this particular product sold in the Philippines. As a digital nomad, being connected all the time is my number one priority. REVIEW and HOW TO AVAIL.
Alternatively, you may opt to choose a WiFi device rental via KKday.
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