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Old 27-05-2008, 11:09 PM   #10186
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Even the bus does not stop at TS hotel, in fact it does, u still can take and stop at Ximending. Anyway when u reach the airport, there r a few counters selling bus ticket and someone will ask u where u going and guide u to the correct booth to buy the ticket.
ok thanks a lot.
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Old 28-05-2008, 12:11 AM   #10187
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ya, u r rite. There r no money changer even in Taipei City. U can only change money in the airport or the bank. It is easier to withdraw money from the ATM. Do look up for the PLUS or CIRRUS logo at the ATM as not all ATM have the logo and no logo mean no money for u, hehe.

Even if u wan to change from the bank, do note that not all bank accept SGD which I encountered. I only know Taiwan Bank accept SGD BUT u have to fill up a A4 size form full of Chinese character. So my advise is to withdraw from ATM. PLUS do have a $5 service charge for every withdraw.

yea do remember to see atm with PLUS or CIRRUS, i tried to withdraw from 1 without, in the end charged $2 for the failed transcation.

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Old 28-05-2008, 01:37 AM   #10188
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Amazed by the amount of information here. But I couldn't really find the specific instructions that i need.

Intend to stay put at TS Hotel. I've checked out the Freego bus route but it doesn't really stop near TS Hotel.

So therefore, my question is, what would be a good strategy to travel from taoyuan airport to TS hotel?

Hope some kind some can shed some specific instructions.

Thanks in advance!

I juz been there on apr... I took freego bus fr taoyuan airport to TS hotel at XMD... bus fees NT$140...
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Old 28-05-2008, 08:19 AM   #10189
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how come Jetstar charge twice for taxes (SFT $147.00 + SFT $142.00 = $289)? is it their gimmick or the taxes has increase so much?

DEPARTURE
Adult $84.50
SFT $147.00
Airfare per Adult $231.50

RETURN
Adult $79.00
SFT $142.00
Airfare per Adult $221.00

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Old 28-05-2008, 08:46 AM   #10190
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how come Jetstar charge twice for taxes (SFT $147.00 + SFT $142.00 = $289)? is it their gimmick or the taxes has increase so much?

DEPARTURE
Adult $84.50
SFT $147.00
Airfare per Adult $231.50

RETURN
Adult $79.00
SFT $142.00
Airfare per Adult $221.00
tax increased this year i think march or april. yeapp.
and tax is charged for in & outgoing i guess.
whatever the total there is whatever we pay.

but it's still cheaper than normal time booking! ^^ now jetstar one have to pay about 500+++.

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Old 28-05-2008, 08:49 AM   #10191
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yea do remember to see atm with PLUS or CIRRUS, i tried to withdraw from 1 without, in the end charged $2 for the failed transcation.
WHAT!?
*faint*

best is to take debit cards or credit cards.
debit since there aren't any charges.
then swipe at shops which can swipe. (try your best to swipe as much.)

exchange rate sure not that bad. and better than withdrawl fee. :x
dbs has higher exchange rates than uob.
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Old 28-05-2008, 08:50 AM   #10192
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but actually i remembered there are quite alot of banks in taipei.
anyway bring passport too. :s
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Old 28-05-2008, 11:39 AM   #10193
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how come Jetstar charge twice for taxes (SFT $147.00 + SFT $142.00 = $289)? is it their gimmick or the taxes has increase so much?
oh no... u only need to look at how much fuel has increase over the years(especially this year) to justify that increase.
anyway.
i took a jetstar flight 2 years back. $400+
nxt month will take a jetstar flight..$450+
both on promo..the increase not as much la.
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Old 28-05-2008, 11:55 AM   #10194
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afaik if u have a citibank stepup account, theres no withdrawal charge overseas
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Old 28-05-2008, 01:05 PM   #10195
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there is a good taiwan local road mapping website: http://urmap.com

where u can search for anything including restaurants/bars/hotels etc here. enjoy
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Old 28-05-2008, 07:42 PM   #10196
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received a few PMs asking me abt where to find more info on hostels.

U can find them either at www.hihostels.com or www.hostelworld.com

Most of these hostels provide pte rooms too. Check out for yourselves.

Shd be quite good. I heard quite a few positive remarks abt these hostels . Anyway will provide more personal views when i am there this 29 Jul 07.

Will be going for 9D8N.

What do u think of my itinenary?

29 Jun - 01 Jul 07: Taipei
Main places to go:
shilin Night Mkt
Hakone Hot Springs in Xindian
Ximending
Taipei 101
Huashi Night Mkt
Yangminshang
Most prob cannot finish visiting in so to be continued on 05-07 Jul 07Will continue to visit

02 - 04 Jul 07 Hualien
Taroko+Swallow Grotto
White water rafting at Siouguluan River+sight seeing
Paragilding at Luye (location may change if hostel owner can find somewhere near)
Was informed by hostel owner the above activities will take up alot of time liao.

05 - 07 Jul 07 Taipei
refer to above.

Would like to find out from those who went Taipei, any good lobang for guys' stuff like sport gears, t-shirts, office wear?

Also if u think i can squeeze more places to go, pls do provide me so. Will appreciate it alot!

Thanks
Student Alley is a must go ... student price for normal food u see outside
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Old 28-05-2008, 08:09 PM   #10197
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Student Alley is a must go ... student price for normal food u see outside
where is the student alley located?
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Old 29-05-2008, 07:36 AM   #10198
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afaik if u have a citibank stepup account, theres no withdrawal charge overseas

Citibank no wihdrawal charge???

To what I know is if u r using NETS card with PLUS or CIRRUS logo to withdraw cash in Taiwan then there is a service charge. As for using credit card, only can use in shop that allow credit card transaction, but no service charge.

However i do not know can we withdraw cash in Taiwan ATM using credit card account. If can only at a high service charge. Cos in SG itself if u withdraw cash using Credit Card account, it is consider Advance Cash and the bank charges $30 service charge, so guys going to use credit card to withdraw cash in Taiwan do call the bank and ask.

Best is to use NETS card to withdraw money in Taiwan.
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Old 29-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #10199
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I suppose i know why there isn't a service charge when withdrawing cash from citibank account. I believe it's due to citibank has branches in taiwan.
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Old 29-05-2008, 10:06 AM   #10200
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yes, citibank hv not extra charge if u withdraw from their ATM if u hv a citibank account. its global, so i think taiwan is the same too. and the exchange rate is pretty favorable too. remember, it must be from citibank's own ATM
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