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Every trip must start and finish with safety. Therefore a big thank you to our Bus Driver!!!
What can I say for this trip. Just amazing. Our Tour Guide David was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor and really friendly.
Yes, it is a tour with a lot of hours inside the Bus but the scenery and the surroundings during these 3 days were just unforgettable.
It is difficult to express with words what our eyes saw by visiting the Sun Moon Lake, the Alishan National Scenic Area, and all the magnificent Temples during our 3 day Tour.
The Hotels? The dinner buffet and the breakfast buffet at the Fleur de Chine and also the breakfast on the Nice Prince Hotel?
Everything was just perfect.
Yes, I fully recommend this Tour.
Thank you once more David for making us feel comfortable during these 3 days and learning so many things about Taiwan.
The three day tour to Sun Moon Lake, Puli, Lukang, and Alishan National Scenic Area was fantastic! We were lucky to be the only ones on the tour, so we were able to see even more than the scheduled stops on the itinerary. Our tour guide was flexible and when we asked he helped us buy tickets to take a ferry across Sun Moon Lake, even though that was not a scheduled activity. We also made additional stops at a tea store, plum wine store, and ceramic factory. The handmade paper factory was really interesting and we enjoyed the hands-on opportunity to print on the paper for unique souvenirs. Sun Moon Lake and Alishan National Scenic Area were breathtaking! We loved both of the hotels, especially the Fleur de Chine hotel at Sun Moon Lake where we enjoyed the Japanese style room with a balcony view of the lake, the delicious local foods prepared at the hotel restaurant, and the fun pools and hot springs. This tour was a lot of driving and the scenic mountaintop roads were sometimes frightening, but our trip to Taiwan would not have been complete without seeing these beautiful sites!
We mainly enjoyed this tour and it formed a good finale to our 5-week holiday in South-East Asia. It didn' t have quite the "wow" factor that our longer tour in Indo-China had, though.
Plus points - Sun Moon lake itself, Wen Wu temple, Holy Monk shrine and Tse-En pagoda on the first day. On the second, the mountains, the railway and the walk through Alishan. On the third day, Lukang old quarter. Throughout, the guide's excellent and most informative talks, including answers to specific questions.
Negative points - Visit to paper factory replaced with rice wine brewery visit (too fast, uninteresting and the wine is foul!); the aboriginal village is horrible and plain tourist exploitation. And the tea plantation visit changed to tea tasting in a tea factory (quite boring and an unashamed attempt to sell volume at high price). Finally, the mountain road is a good one, compared with France and Spain but the driver goes very fast, often overtakes, which IS scary and does not seem to consider that he is throwing the bus around.
But the hotels are quite excellent and our final thought is that we're glad to have done it.
The tour guide, Walter, was really friendly, and had a good sense of humor. He was always there to help everyone in our large group make purchases and translate menus when everything was in Chinese. He took the time to memorize all of our names even though there were 27 of us and the tour was only 3 days long. He made sure to repeat our meeting times and locations several times whenever we had free time to make sure everyone had heard and understood. He also knew a lot about the places we went, and could give good suggestions about where to eat or what to buy in each location.
The first day was great although it didn't start out very smoothly. The tour bus went to the wrong Hotel to pick me up, and when I called them they made me feel like it was my fault even though I was at the hotel indicated on my voucher ticket. After that though, we went to Wenwu Temple which was absolutely gorgeous, and I really enjoyed the hike up to Tse-En Pagoda. We had many great views of Sun Moon Lake. The itinerary on the website said we would go to Guangxing Paper Factory, but it was replaced with the Puli Shaohsing Brewery, which was still cool.
The second day, I was a little disappointed. We spent more time on the bus than actually visiting places. The hike through the Alishan forest was beautiful, but I wish we'd have had more time to take in the sites. We stopped to see Shouzhen Temple, but we only had about 15 or 20 minutes to see the temple and look at the shops. I felt very rushed. Also, the bus rides to and from Alishan are very long and might not be great for people who get car sick because the road goes through the mountains so we were constantly swerving back and forth for a couple hours. The description on this website also has interesting stories behind places like the sister ponds, but the tour guide didn't mention anything about this while we were there. It would have been nice to hear about the history and stuff like that while we were exploring.
Day three did not follow the website's itinerary at all. We were supposed to do a walking tour of Lukang, and Visit historic temples like Tianhou Temple and Lung Shan Temple but we didn't do any of that. Instead we went to The National Palace Museum of Asian art and culture. It was really interesting and I had a great time, but could not help but feel like I missed out on the temples. I would have liked to see them.
Overall, I did enjoy the trip but I feel a bit like I didn't get what I paid for. The places we went to were extraordinary, and the hotels were nice, but we didn't follow the itinerary on the website and we spent a lot more time on a bus than I would have liked.
Sun moon lake and Alishan is worth going. Our tour guide was not very informative and thorough about the background and trip. It and #39;s unfortunate as we did not get to see much of Sun Moon Lake when we stayed at the most amazing hotel right at the lake. We had a fun group though, so that was cool.
1. The information you provided about the agency location in Taiwan Taoyuan Airport which we can activate the i-Venture cards was incorrect and we were rushing around over 30 minutes with our luggage looking for it. Then they took further over 20 minutes to authorise and issue cards to us.
2. We would like to book the Alishan Human Ecology Journey Day Tour but after we made five calls to your agency but they could not confirm the booking and have never call us back.
3. We went to Yun Hsien Resort the staff there don't know how to comply with i-Venture and took nearly an hour before letting us through but on our i-Venture cards during our visit and never give us the free gifts vouchers which they offered to each visitor. Upon return to the ticket office they took further 30 minutes before return our i-Venture cards.
4. We went to National Palace Museum, before we arrived there was no instruction that we need to exchanged our i Venture to a museum tickets from somewhere else (0.5 km away, downhill and back), we have two senior persons which are not very good on their feet, so I have to left them behind and run to change our ticket.
5. We went to Taipei 101 and they don't let us queue on the fast track lane which I was let believe that is included.
6. We booked for a snack meal at Chef Hung Taiwan Noodles, they shown us wrong menu and tried to charge us full price afterward. My Mum didn't understand and thought I took her to wash the dishes.
7. It was same again when we went to Taipei Eye after present the i Venture they still try to charge us full price.
I found the whole episode was very painful and it will be cheaper and easier for us to go without the i Venture card. We will not recommend to any our friends about this tour as it very bad in value.
Doing what: Taipei Unlimited Attractions Pass
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