Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday


Whenever I am traveling to a place for the first time, I see to it that everything is well-planned, because 1) I want to make sure that I able to see and visit beautiful sceneries that a certain place offers 2) make the best out of my travel so I can share more stories to my friends and loved ones, and 3) a hassle-free vacation so I can enjoy almost everything. So, with this Taiwan trip, I am glad that I was able to travel with people dear to me who shares the same vision.

Its been almost two months when we got to finalize everything, it was quite challenging though in terms of creating and deciding which place to visit first because we were consist of five people travelling with different day and time arrival, my friend and travel buddy Effie and I were the first ones to arrive in Taiwan. But of course, having people who have itchy feet like me, we always end up making our trip wonderful with lots of fun and even dramas in between and more discoveries worth to laugh at and to be shared.

Meanwhile, my first on the list of my “must visit when in Taiwan” was the Houli Flower Farm in Taichung and since everyone also wanted to see that beautiful farm we decided to do a do-it-yourself trip in Taichung when everyone arrives and with that, I decided to go first in Taichung to check the weather and see if it is a good season to visit the flower farm. And voila, I booked a "Day Tour from Taipei: Taichung Gaomei Wetlands and Rainbow Villagetour via KKday. KKday is the leading e-commerce travel platform that provides authentic local tours and activities that aims to provide an unforgettable journey by providing an easy to find activity or best places to visit which caters Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Paris and many more, of course they also offer tours and activities in Philippines. What I liked about it was that, booking was easy-breezy and tours were cheaper and affordable. Check it out here and see for yourself.



Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
at National Taichung Theater

Moving on to our trip, Day Tour from Taipei: Taichung Gaomei Wetlands and Rainbow Village was a day tour from Taipei to Taichung (as the name of the tour implied). It was an almost 12-hour trip with KKday. We started our day by meeting KKday tour guide and everyone at 7 Eleven inside Taipei Main Station Exit E1, which was easy to locate and KKday representative was also easy to identify. We just showed our booking reference wait for clock to ticked at 9 o’clock and then, we headed to the bus designated to us. Guys, they’re punctual so make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes before the call time, take note of your line or number and who your tour guide is because they’re might be numerous tours during that day, so it is better to be attentive.

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Welcome to Taichung

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
walking around and taking lots of photos

Travel time from Taipei to Taichung is 2 hours, that’s why I was able to took in between naps while our joyful tour guide, Meike, explains our itinerary and some facts about places that we’ve visited in different languages – English, Mandarin and even Nihongo. Taichung is one of the places in Taiwan that people wanted to live because the weather is not too hot nor too cold. Our first stop, Eslite Park Lane by CMP Store, I was amazed of how developed this place is by having high-rise buildings, malls and houses beautiful cafes. Eslite Park Lane by CMP store has this 20-meter vertical garden walls and inside of it, you can find the best-tasting pastries called Milkhouses. The cakes and pastries were colorful and pretty, yes, they were yummy, too! In addition, the building was renovated from an abandoned parking lot by the CMP team having an intention to integrate greeneries to the architecture. Based on a sense of respect to nature, Park Lane by CMP is designed to be an urban garden where modernity and nature coexist.

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Eslite Park Lane by CMP Store

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Yummy treats at MILKHOUSES

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
beautful cakes are also available for as low as NT$550

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
park across Eslite Park Lane by CMP Store

After an hour or so, we headed to Miyahara. It is a red-brick architecture built by Miyahara Takeo, a Japanese ophthalmology in 1927. It was the largest ophthalmology clinic in Taichung during the Japanese colonial period. Miyahara became Taichung Health Bureau in 1945 and as time passed by, the suspended Health Bureau slowly decayed and became an unused dangerous building. As luck would have it, Dawn Cake, a pastry company renowned for its pineapple cakes, acquired the building and preserved Miyahara's original red-brick walls and archway. The interior decor was redesigned like Hogwarts in the movie Harry Potter. It is not only recommended to appreciate the details of the historic architecture but also to try Dawn Cakes signature ice cream, bubble tea and pastries wrapped in nostalgic packaging! Well, I tried their 2-scoop ice cream that comes with 2 free toppings for NT$150 and it tastes great!

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Miyahara

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
welcome to the Hogwarts!

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
can't really decide what to buy so might as well take photos

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
it is on the details

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
the line to the ice cream cafe

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
sumptuous creations for NT$160

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
enjoying my treats at the nearby park

Right after finishing our ice cream and exploring Hogwarts… Miyahara, we boarded to our bus and continue our journey in Taichung. In a span of less than an hour, we reached the Rainbow Village located in Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan. Rainbow Village was created by former soldier, Huang Yung-Fu, who began painting the houses in his settlement in order to save them from demolition. Over the years his colorfoul artwork, which includes birds, cats, different animals and people, has spread over the remaining houses in the village, which once contained 1,200 homes. Everything was colorful and loaded with amazing talents that I was in great respect and awe when I saw it with my very eyes.

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Welcome to Rainbow Village!

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
we are sitting on HAPPINESS - As per Meike (our KKday Tour Guide),  the written word on the floor means happiness.  

Next stop was the National Taichung Theater, an opera house in the Taichung 7th Redevelopment Zone in the Xitun District. It was huge, as the estimated area of the structure was 57, 685 square meters. At the rooftop, there are architectures that are Instagram-worthy plus, beautiful backdrops around.
   
Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
standing in front of the National Taichung Theater

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
inside the theater, there is a cafe

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
also, there were stuff for sale inside

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
at the rooftop of the theater

Just in time for sunset, Gao-mei Wetlands was the best place to watch the sun set which was also our last stop. Well, Gaomei Wetlands is the place in Taichung where the sea and the land meet, it is a grassy and muddy tidal flat with windmills on the backdrop. Basically, I just spend my time here watching the sunset and appreciating the place with my milk tea at the boardwalk. This place was pretty amazing especially to sunset lovers.
Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
Gao-mei Wetlands

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
goofing around Gao-mei making silly face!

Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
sunset + milk tea = HAPPINESS

Overall, my first KKday experience was wonderful and I’m happy that I was able to booked my trip and spent my first day in Taiwan with them. I love how hassle-free it was, educational and at the same time, the tour guide was very accommodating and cheerful. With that having said, please stay tuned as I booked 2 more activities and tours via KKday namely:


In every adventures, mishaps along the way are inevitable and I’m fortunate enough that I chose KKday as my travel buddy on this trip as they had done everything in an easy-peasy way. More stories to come! (^_^)


Taiwan: Day Tour in Taichung with KKday
on board for a fun day with KKday 


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