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Your 5D4N Muslim-Friendly Itinerary For Taipei & Kaohsiung (Under RM2,300)

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Atiqah Mokhtar  •  Sep 09, 2019

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Taiwan is an underrated travel destination that’s just calling to be discovered. With stunning natural scenery, fascinating history, and plenty of urban attractions, there’s so much to do! Plus, the availability of Muslim-friendly amenities (such as mosques and numerous halal eateries) makes it the perfect destination for Muslim travellers. Credit: Giphy While there are many cities and provinces in Taiwan you need to visit, we’ve come up with the perfect itinerary that covers the two main cities in the north and south of Taiwan - Taipei and Kaohsiung - all for under RM2,300! It’s the perfect combo to get a taste of the variety of things Taiwan has to offer. This itinerary starts in Kaohsiung before you make your way to Taipei. The best part is that AirAsia flies direct to both cities! AirAsia has 18 flights per week from KL to Taipei, and daily flights from KL to Kaohsiung. So with this itinerary, you won’t have to make your way back to Kaohsiung and can fly straight home from Taipei. AirAsia also flies direct from Kota Kinabalu to Taipei daily too! If you’re ready for your Kaohsiung-Taipei adventure, you now have all the more reason to do it - AirAsia is having a special promotion for BIG MEMBERS for flights from KL and Kota Kinabalu to Taipei as well as from KL to Kaohsiung!  *All fares are for one-way, inclusive of taxes, and applicable for travels from now until 31 March 2020. Hurry and book soon, the promo will end on 15 September 2019! Day 1 Flight from KL to Kaohsiung
  • Take AirAsia’s morning flight and land in Kaohsiung by lunchtime. For maximum comfort, take advantage of the inflight amenities available for purchase, such as the Premium Flatbed that allows you to recline the spacious seat into a full flatbed, as well as a meal from their Santan inflight menu to stave off any hunger pangs.
  • For a value-for-money option, add on the Value Pack when booking your flight! The Value Pack includes 20kg baggage allowance, a Standard Seat, a meal and even travel insurance, so you’ll be all set for a smooth flight. Pay for your booking with BigPay to enjoy zero processing fees 😊
Head to the city from Kaohsiung Airport
  •  It’s time to start your Taiwan adventure! Once you’ve collected your bags, it’s time to head to Kaohsiung city. An easy (and cheap!) way to do this is by taking the train, which conveniently has a station right at the international terminal of the airport. The city is only about 20 minutes away! 
Check-in to CitySuites Kaohsiung Pier2 Hotel
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  • Check-in to your hotel, CitySuites Kaohsiung Pier2 Hotel. Centrally located in the city, only a 6-minute walk away from Yanchengpu MRT station and close to attractions like the Pier-2 Art Centre, it’s an ideal spot to stay during the Kaohsiung leg of your trip.
  • Be charmed by the chic interior of the rooms, with red brick feature walls and contemporary furnishings. Freshen up and perform your prayers before heading out.
#HHWT Tip:  Get an iPass or an EasyCard (a contactless payment card, similar to Touch ‘n Go) to get around using public transport in Kaohsiung and Taipei. The card costs NTD100 (MYR13) and can be topped up with the amount you need for your trips. Please note that iPass is issued by the Kaohsiung municipality, while EasyCard is issued by Taipei. Because of that, the respective card can only be purchased/topped up at the MRT of its respective issuing municipality (i.e. if you buy an iPass, you can only purchase and top-up at the stations in Kaohsiung, and vice versa for EasyCard). However, both cards can also be found and topped up at convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart in both cities. Rate per night: MYR130 per night on Agoda Address: 812, No. 83, Gongyuan 2nd Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 803 Directions: Take the MRT from the airport to Formosa Boulevard station (tickets cost NTD35 or MYR4.70), with the journey taking around 20 minutes. Switch to the orange line MRT heading towards Sizihwan. Get off at Yangchengpu station (2 stops away) and walk to the hotel. Contact no: +886-7-532-2777 Website  Have a late lunch at Chen Lili
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  • It’s time to start exploring, but not before you get a bite to eat! Chen Lili is an Indonesian eatery within walking distance from the hotel that offers dishes like beef satay, beef bakso and nasi ayam goreng.
Halal status: Halal-certified by the Kaohsiung Mosque Average price per meal: NTD250 (MYR34) Opening hours: Tue - Sun, 10.30am - 2pm; 4.30pm - 9pm (closed on Mon) Address:  No. 276號, Wufu 4th Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 803 Contact no: +886 7 521 3138 Facebook Admire the Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard Station
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  • Admire the world's largest public art installation made from individual pieces of coloured glass in Formosa Boulevard Station.
  • Created by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata, the dome comprises of 4,500 glass panels, stretching 30 meters in diameter and covering an area of 660 square meters, making for a colourful, unmissable sight.
Price: Free Address: Level B1, Formosa Boulevard Station Directions: From your hotel, walk to Yanchengpu station and take the train to Formosa Boulevard station.  Explore Ruifeng Night Market
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  • Taiwan is renowned for its night markets and street food, so it’s the perfect way to spend your first night in Kaohsiung! Ruifeng Night Market is considered one of the best ones in the city.
  • Wander around the night market that spans over 3,000 square meters, filled with stalls selling food, toys, souvenirs, and much more.
  •  Look out for Muslim-friendly options such as mochi, fried ice cream and sweet potato balls (though please note that as these stores are not halal-certified, we advise that you double-check with stall-owners that the ingredients are suitable for consumption and recommend that you dine at your own discretion). 
#HHWT Tip: Keep an eye out for the 素食 words on stalls as it indicates vegetarian options! Price: Free admission Address: 804, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Zuoying District, Yucheng Road Directions: From Yanchengpu station, take the red line MRT towards Gangshan South, getting off at Kaohsiung Arena Station (four stops away) (fare: NTD25 or RM3.34). From there, Ruifeng Night Market is just a 4-minute walk away (take Exit 1 from the station and follow the crowd! Opening hours: 6pm - 12am (closed on Mon & Wed) Day 2 Explore Cijin Island
  • Begin your day by going to nearby Cijin Island! This island right off the coast of Kaohsiung city is known for its black sand beaches, historical landmarks, and picturesque walking and cycling paths.
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  • You’ll need to take a quick ferry ride (about 10 minutes) to get to the island (fare: NTD15 or MYR1.95 per person one-way).
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  • On the island, walk along the Qi Jin Old Street (Miaoqian Road) towards the beach. Once there, you’ll see the amazing view of the black sands of Cijin beach.
  •  Take some snapshots at Cijin Seaside Park, which has interesting and colourful art installations like the Rainbow Church. 
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  • Once you’re done taking in the views of the beach, head towards the cliffside, where you’ll find the start of a walking trail heading towards Cihou Fort and Cihou Lighthouse.
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  • Walk through the Cijin Star Tunnel, a former military tunnel built during the Japanese occupation which goes under Mount Cihou. Nowadays, the tunnel has a plank walkway and is decorated with pretty glow-in-the-dark paintings of 12 constellations. The end of the tunnel opens up to a walking path with a view of Kaohsiung Harbour.
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  • Follow the path and head up the steps towards Cihou Lighthouse (also known as the Kaohsiung Lighthouse).
  • See the 15 meter-high lighthouse which was built by the British in 1883, with the additional octagonal-domed brick tower beside it added in 1918 by the Japanese. The beautiful white buildings with black accents make for a striking view against blue skies.
 
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  •  After seeing the lighthouse, carry on along the path and make your way to Cihou Fort. This fort dates back to the 19th century was formerly used to guard the northern entrance of Kaohsiung Harbour. 
  • The red brick structure of the fort makes for amazing pictures, and you’ll also be rewarded with stunning views of Cijin town and the beach.
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  • Once you’re done exploring the fort and seeing the amazing views, make your way back to the entrance and walk back to the ferry station. Catch the ferry back to the Gushan Ferry Pier (NTD15 or MYR1.95).
Address: Cijin Island, Cijin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Directions: Take the MRT from Yangchengpu station to Sizihwan station (train ticket will cost NTD20). From there, walk to the Gushan Ferry Pier, about 10 minutes away. Have lunch and perform prayers at Kaohsiung Mosque
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  • You’ll probably have worked up an appetite by this time, so head to Kaohsiung Mosque, which happens to be the second mosque to be built in Taiwan after Taipei Mosque.
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  •  Head to the restaurant located right by the mosque for lunch (Restoran Indonesia Food). Owned by an Indonesian lady named Aling, this restaurant serves mainly Indonesian fare such as Nasi Goreng, satay and bakso. Once you’ve eaten, you can conveniently head over to the mosque to perform your prayers before continuing to explore! 
Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price per meal: NTD150 (MYR20 Opening Hours:10am - 10pm Address: No.11, Jianjyun Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung City, Taiwan Directions: From Gushan Ferry Pier, walk to Sizihwan MRT station and take the Orange line (heading to Dalio) to Weiwuying Station (8 stops away) (fare: NTD30 or MYR3.90). From the station, walk about 5 minutes to Kaohsiung Mosque. Contact no: +886-7-7496277 Explore the amazing temples around Lotus Pond
  • It’s time to visit one of Kaohsiung’s most popular attractions! Even though it’s called a pond, Lotus Pond is actually a huge man-made lake, with around 20 temples picturesquely dotted about it.
  • Make sure to visit the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas which is easily the most recognisable temple at Lotus Pond. Built in 1976, these twin pagodas have a striking red and yellow exterior, with the respective animals serving as the entrance you have to walk through for each pagoda.
  • Next, walk along the road towards the Spring & Autumn Pavilions, another notable temple. Built in 1953, the temple comprises two octagonal pavilions that are connected by a bridge.
  •  Standing in the middle of the bridge between the two pavilions is a popular spot for pictures! 
Entrance fee: Free Address: Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Directions: From Kaohsiung Mosque, walk to Weiwuying station and take the MRT (going towards Sizihwan) to Formosa Boulevard Station. From there, switch to the Red MRT line and take the MRT (going towards Gangshan South) to Zuoying station. Take the bus (Red Line #35) to the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (fare: NTD 12 or MYR3.90). Have Dinner at Pamukkale
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  • Owned by a Turkish-Taiwanese couple, the restaurant serves up Turkish dishes such as roasted meats, kebabs and pide. Try the cheese pide for a savoury, cheesy treat!
#HHWT Tip: Pamukkale’s menu can be quite pricey if you order several separate dishes - opt for the set meal (NTD230 or MYR30) which comes with soup, salad, main, dessert and a beverage for a value deal! Halal status: Halal-certified by the Chinese Muslim Association Average price per meal: NTD350 (RM46) Opening Hours:11am - 10pm daily Address: 807, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Sanmin District, Minzu 1st Road, 427號 (Joy Plaza) Directions: From the Spring & Autumn Pavilions, take Bus 217A from Dianzaiding Road Intersection to Din Jing Junior High, about 22 stops away (fare: NTD12 or MYR3.90). Walk about 10 minutes to Joy Plaza, and head for Pamukkale restaurant.   Contact no: +886 7 395 2611 Facebook  Stroll along Love River
 
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  • After dinner, take a stroll along Love River, the 12km-long river that winds through the city. The river has walking paths on either side, with green stretches and park areas at intervals on the riverbank. At night, the river is lit up with colourful lights along the paths.
  • Walk by the river along Hedi South Road until you reach Heart of Lover River, the park area near Bo'ai 1st Road and Tongmeng 1st Road. The park is a popular recreational spot which also serves as a reservoir.
  • Once you’re done taking in the surrounds, you can walk to Houyi MRT station and take the train back to your hotel (fare: NTD20 or MYR2.60).
Opening hours: 24 hours Address: Love River, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Directions: From Joy Plaza, walk along along Dashun 1st Road until you reach the river. Day 3 Explore Pier-2 Art Center
  •  Rise and shine! It’s your last day in Kaohsiung. Check out of your hotel and leave your bags there while you go explore Pier-2 Art Center nearby (just a 6-minute walk away!) 
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  • It’s time to up your Instagram game at this former warehouse district that’s been turned into an art hub and exhibition area, with many outdoor installations to be found.
  • While the area was originally abandoned as Kaohsiung’s economy moved away from industrial sectors to more service-based ones, a group of local artists decided to revive the area by using it as a place to showcase art in all mediums. As a result, it has become a lively and vibrant area, with many restaurants, cafes and shops.
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  • Entrance to the area is free, though do note there are certain exhibitions that require payment.
Admission fee: Free Opening hours: Mon - Thu (10am - 6pm); Fri - Sun (10am - 8pm) Address: No. 1號, Dayong Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 803 Directions: 6-minute walk from CitySuites Pier2 Hotel Website Take the bullet train to Taipei
  • It’s time to say goodbye to Kaohsiung and head to Taipei! Get your bags and take the train to Zuoying/TSHR station (fare: NTD30 or MYR3.90).
  •  Depart to Taipei via high-speed rail train - it’ll only take about 90 minutes to reach Taipei station. Trains usually run every 25 minutes (check here for the schedule) and cost around NTD1,500 (MYR200) per person for a Standard seat.
#HHWT Tips: Book your tickets ahead of time online to get discounts! You can book online on their website or through vendors like Klook and KKday. Have lunch at Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant (真黃牛肉麵館)
 
  • You’ll reach Taipei around lunchtime and what better meal to have than some hearty Taiwanese beef noodles?
  • Just an 11-minute walk away from Taipei station, Muslim Beef Noodles serves bowls of beef noodle soup that includes thin slices of stewed beef and richly-flavoured broth.
Halal status: Halal-certified by the Chinese Muslim Association Average price per meal: NTD120 (MYR16) Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7:30am – 8:20pm (Closed on Sun) Address: No. 23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan Directions: 11-minute walk from Taipei Station Contact no: +886-2-2331-8203 Check-in to Hotel Papa Whale 
  • Check-in to your hotel for the next three nights, Hotel Papa Whale. This chic hotel has a great location, being only a short walk from Ximen station and also Ximending, a popular shopping district in Taipei.
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  •  Perform your prayers and have a quick rest before moving on to begin your Taipei exploration. 
Rate per night: RM160 Address: No. 46號, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 Directions: 8-minute walk away from Muslim Beef Noodles. Contact no.: +886 2 2331 1177 Website | Facebook | Instagram Visit the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
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  • See one of the most important historical landmarks in Taiwan - the memorial built in honour of Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China.
  • The memorial sits within a massive square surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Besides the impressive exterior, explore the halls and exhibitions inside the memorial to learn from about Chiang Kai-shek and Taiwan’s history.
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  • Don’t forget to catch the changing of the guard which happens every hour between 9am and 5pm in the main hall.
Admission fee: Free Opening hours: 9am - 6pm daily Address: No. 21號, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Directions: To get there, walk to Ximen Station and take the Songshan-Xindian line to C.K.S. Memorial Station (NTD20 or MYR2.60). Contact no.: +886 2 2343 1100 Website Have dinner at Halal Hui Restaurant (also known as Hui Gan)
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  •  Head to Halal Hui Restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy authentic Ningxia (the region in the north of central China) dishes such as braised mutton and spicy lentil noodles. 
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  • If you’re not sure what to order, the friendly owner is usually on hand to provide recommendations 😊
  • Once you’re done head back to the hotel for a good rest! Take the Bannan Line from Zhongxiao Dunhua Station to Taipei Station and walk back to the hotel (Fare: NTD20 or MYR2.60)
Halal status: Halal-certified by the Chinese Muslim Association Average price per meal: NTD350 (MYR46) Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30m - 11pm, Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm (Closed on first and third Sun of every month) Address: No.9, Alley 51, Lane 12, Section 3, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan. Directions: To get there from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, take bus 630 from Ren Ai Shaoxing St. Intersection to Civic Boulevard station (11 stops) (Fare: NTD15 or MYR1.95). Contact no: +886 2 2577 9851 Facebook Ready for your Kaohsiung-Taipei adventure? Book your flights with AirAsia and enjoy special fares with their promotion for BIG MEMBERS! *All fares are for one-way, inclusive of taxes, and applicable for travels from now until 31 March 2020. Hurry and book soon, the promo will end on 15 September 2019! Day 4 Explore the natural scenery of Yangmingshan National Park
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  • Get ready for a day out in nature at Yangmingshan, one of Taiwan’s nine national parks. This popular nature getaway is home to various hiking and walking paths, mountains, lush greenery and hot springs.
  • Visit the park’s most popular attractions, including:
    • Yangming Park. Don’t forget to visit the Flower Clock, a large clock made of flowers with a diameter of 22 feet.
    • Qingtiangang Grassland Trails, a former tea plantation which was converted to cattle farms during the Japanese occupation. Today it no longer operates as a farm, but cows still roam the area.
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  • Zhuzihu, a must-visit spot especially in the springtime. This area was a former lake created by a volcanic eruption, and it's popular for being full of calla lilies and other flowers like hydrangeas.
  •  Xiaoyoukeng, a dormant volcano filled with sulfur deposits and vents (though be warned, the sulfur smell can be off-putting for some!). 
#HHWT Tip: The park is well-serviced by bus routes so you’ll easily be able to get around to the attractions you’d like to visit. Check for the relevant bus routes and stops here. It’s best to avoid visiting the park during weekends or public holidays as it tends to get very crowded and it may take a long time to get from one point to another. In addition, the park has convenience stores, vending machines and restaurants dotted about, but given that it may be difficult to find Muslim-friendly options, it’s a good idea to pack your own food and plenty of water to have on hand while you explore the park. Admission fee: Free Opening hours: 24 hours (Main visitor centre open from 9am - 4.30pm) Address: Yangmingshan National Park, Beitou District, Taiwan Directions: From your hotel, walk to Taipei station then take bus 260 to Yangmingshan stop (outside exit M1) (fare: NTD15 or MYR1.95). From there, you can take bus 108 to the visitor centre. Website  Head back the city
  •  After spending the better part of the day exploring Yangminshan, head back to your hotel to rest, perform your prayers and freshen up. Take Bus 108 back to the visitor centre, and from there you can take Bus 260 back to Taipei station and walk back to your hotel. 
Have an early dinner at Chang’s Beef Noodles
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  • Once you’re refreshed, head out and walk to nearby Chang’s Beef Noodles for an early dinner (it’s actually located right next to Muslim Beef Noodles!).
  • Tuck into some delicious beef noodles, the quintessential Taiwanese meal. If you’re looking to try something different, opt for the dry beef noodles that are no less delicious!
Credit: @noyamuimui on Instagram Halal status: Halal-certified by the Chinese Muslim Association Average price per meal: NTD120 (MYR16) Opening hours: 10 am – 8:20pm daily Address: No. 21, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan Contact no: +886-2-2331-2791 See amazing views of the city from the Taipei 101 Observatory
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  • See incredible views of Taipei from its most iconic building, Taipei 101! Formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, this 508m-tall skyscraper used to hold the title of the world’s tallest building from 2004 until 2010.
  • The Taipei 101 Observatory is spread across four floors (88th – 91st floors) and promises some glorious evening and night-time views of the city. Besides having an outdoor deck on the 91 st floor, the observatory also has exhibits and films where you can learn more about the engineering feats behind building the tower.
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  • Once you come back down, you can also walk around the luxurious Taipei 101 mall located in the lower floors of the skyscraper, filled with plenty of shops, eateries and pretty design features.
#HHWT Tip: Book your tickets online ahead of time to secure your slot! Try checking out third party vendors like Klook for cheaper prices. Admission Fee: NTD600 (RM80) per adult Opening hours: 9am - 10pm daily Address: 89th Floor, No. 7, Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City (entrance to the observatory is located on the 5th floor of Taipei 101 Mall) Directions: Take the train from Taipei station to Taipei 101/World Trade Center station (fare: NTD25 or MYR3.25). Website  Day 5 Explore Shifen Station and release a lantern at Shifen
  • Today you’ll be starting your day early as you’ll be venturing out to see the beauty of Old Taiwan preserved in the towns of Shifen and Jiufen! First up, you’ll be heading to Shifen.
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  •  Located in the Pingxi district (about an hour away by public transport), Shifen is a charming town best known for its railroad tracks, located by the old train station. The railway is a functioning one, so you might see a train pass by while you’re there! 
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  • Paint a lantern with your wishes and release it over the railway tracks. While in the olden days the lanterns were used as a signalling system for the train station, nowadays it’s become a popular pastime for visitors (typically costing about NTD 100 -150 each).
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  • Walk around Shifen Old Street, a collection of alleyways around the station area filled with shops and restaurants. You’ll be charmed by the scenic surrounds of the town, back-dropped by mountains and greenery.
Address: Shifen, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District Directions: Walk to Taipei station and from there, take a train to Ruifang - any northbound train (except those to Keelung) will take you there (fare: NTD76 or MYR10). Once you’re there, transfer to the Pingxi Line and head to Shifen station (fare: NTD20 or MYR2.60). See the mountain village of Jiufen
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  •  Once you’ve explored Shifen, it’s time to move on to Jiufen, tucked away in the hills of Ruifang. This small mountain town used to be gold-mining area, and you’ll see remnants of its past as your explore the town. 
  • Walk around the narrow alloways filled with tea houses, street food stalls and souvenir shops (it can get crowded especially on the weekends, so tread carefully!).
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  • After a full day out exploring the two towns, catch bus 965 from Jiufen Old Street and head straight back to town, getting off at Zhonghua Road bus stop (fare: NTD90 or MYR11.70) and walk back to your hotel to freshen up.
Address: Jiufen Old Street, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224 Directions: From Shifen, take the train back to Ruifang station (fare: NTD20 or MYR2.60). Take the bus (either bus 788, 827, or 1062) from the bus stop nearest to Ruifang station towards Jiufen Old Street - it’ll take about 20 - 30 minutes (fare: NTD15 or MYR1.95). Explore Raohe Night Market
 
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  • You can’t leave Taipei without exploring one of its night markets! And Raohe Street Night Market promises a fun outing filled with plenty of yummy food.
  •  Try Muslim-friendly street snack options such as peanut ice cream popiah, grilled oysters, grilled king oyster mushroom, stinky tofu and shaved ice! Please note that as the stalls are not halal-certified, we advise that you clarify with the stall owners that the items are suitable for consumption, and recommend that you dine at your own discretion. 
  • Vendors start setting up around 4pm, but if you want to see it in full swing, drop by around 6 – 7pm onwards!
Admission fee: Free Opening hours: 4pm - 12am daily Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 Directions: To get to Raohe Night Market, walk to Taipei Station from your hotel and take bus 426 to Songshan station (fare: NTD23 or MYR3). That marks a delicious last night in Taipei! When you check out of your hotel next morning, head to the airport by taking the train from Taipei station (Jichang line) straight to the airport (fare: NTD150 or MYR19.50) to catch your flight home. Total cost breakdown
Item NTD MYR Notes
Flight to Kaohsiung 279 Based on AirAsia flight for Wed, 18 Sep 2019 (based on search as of 28 Aug 2019)
Train to Yangchengpu 35 5
Kaohsiung hotel  260  CitySuites Pier2 Hotel (RM130/night)
Lunch at Chen Lili 210 27
Train from Yangchengpu to Kaosiung Arena 25 3
Train to Sizihwan 20 3
Ferry to Cijin Island 15 2
Ferry back to Kaohsiung 15 2
Train to Weiwuying 30 4
Lunch at Kaohsiung Mosque 150 20
Train to Zuoying 30 4
Bus to Dragon & Tiger Pagodas 12 2
Pamukkale dinner 350 46
Train from Houyi to Yangchengpu 20 3
Train to Zuoying station 30 4
HSR to Taipei 1500 195
Easy Card deposit 100 13
Lunch at Muslim Beef Noodles 120 16
Taipei hotel 480 Hotel Papa Whale (RM160/night)
Train to CKS Memorial 20 3
Bus to Hui Guan 15 2
Dinner at Hui Guan 350 46
Train back to the hotel 20 3
Bus to Yangmingshan from Taipei Stations 15 2
Buses around Yangmingshan park 50 7 May differ depending on which attractions are visited and whether bus is taken to get to those attractions
Bus to Taipei Station 15 2
Dinner At Chang's beef noodles 120 16
Train to Taipei 101 25 3
Taipei 101 600 78
Train to Ruifang 76 10
Train to Shifen 20 3
Train to Ruifang 20 3
Bus to Jifen 15  2 
Bus to Taipei Station 90 12
Bus to Raohe street 23 3
Bus from Raohe street back to the hotel 23 3
Train to the airport 150 20
Flight to KL 341 Based on AirAsia flight for Mon, 23 Sep 2019 (based on search as of 28 Aug 2019)
TOTAL 4309 1920
*Based on an exchange rate of NTD1 = 0.13 MYR (as of 28 August 2019)
Notes on cost breakdown:
  • Please note that the meals currently exclude breakfast as well as meals during trips outside of the city (Yangmingshan Park, Shifen and Jiufen)
  • Fares for trains are based on respective city transport websites for Kaohsiung and Taipei. For buses in Taipei, fares are calculated based on distance.
  • Fares for public transport are based on full fares but do note that if you use an EasyCard or iPass, you will enjoy discounted fares.
  • Based on the above, total costs add up to RM1.9k, meaning you have an additional RM400 for other meals and shopping money 😍
 And that wraps up this amazing dual-city trip! Taiwan has so much to offer the Muslim traveller, from beautiful scenic sights and old-world splendour to plenty of delicious halal food and interesting urban landscapes. It’s time to discover Taiwan for yourself –   book your flights with AirAsia and enjoy special fares with their promotion for BIG MEMBERS! *All fares are for one-way, inclusive of taxes, and applicable for travels from now until 31 March 2020. Hurry and book soon, the promo will end on 15 September 2019! This article is brought to you by AirAsia.