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Overnight in Taipei

1 night in Taipei
13 years ago, June 17th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #38875  
B Posts: 20
Hi guys,

Has anyone flown China Airlines? Could someone tell me what they are like in terms of safety and customer service etc?

Also, we have about 12 hours to spend in Taipei before our connecting flight. We land at 7:35 in the evening and the next flight is 8:30 next morning. I need to to know

1. How far is the city from the airport?
2. Any good hotels and a rough price for it. Would prefer somewhere close to the city.
3. Things i can do in those 12 hours.

I know there's not enough time to see the city, but anything i can do at that time of the night would be great. Also this is our first time in Taipei so don't know what to expect.

Any suggestions is much appreciated. We really wanna get up to the observation deck of Taipei 101.
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13 years ago, June 17th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #38929  
Yes china airlines is very good in over all sevice they have got some International awayds as well.

The main CIty is 40 mins drive from Airport
These are some hotels near airport-

The Westin Taipei
Rating: 4 Stars

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Taipei
Rating: 5 Stars

Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
Rating: 5 Stars

Cks Airport Hotel
Rating: 5 Stars

Imperial Hotel Taipei
Rating: 4 Stars

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13 years ago, June 17th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #38953  
N Posts: 8
I'm from Taipei.

By the time you reach and go through customs, and reach the city, it'll probably be 9:30ish or much likely later.
The observation deck from my understanding closes around 10pm.

If possible, ask to leave your luggages if any at the airport, or just have it organised to go straight to your destination when you check in from your initial flight. Don't get bothered carrying your luggage with you.

Ask to catch a bus into taipei city. (around USD 4 per person, = Around NTD100)

Night Markets is a must see in Taipei. For FOOD. Shi-Lin night markets is probably the bigger one and a must see for someone only for one night.

The day you are staying for (Monday or Wednesday or Weekend) also matters a lot. Clubbing is nice for singles if you know what I mean. However, for a flight 8:30 the next morning, it's best to keep it quiet.

I even doubt whether or not a hotel is necessary for your situation. Leaving at 8:30 the next morning will mean that you'll probably need to leave the hotel from city central at around 5:30am. Night markets closes around 1-ish - 2-ish depending on the day of the week. Reply to this

13 years ago, June 17th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #38954  
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13 years ago, June 18th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #39027  
B Posts: 20
Thank You Ben,

I am pleased to know the night markets close well after midnight. We will be there on a saturday night, so hopefully we can take in the sights and smell of the Shi-Lin market and its yummy food.

Are taxis expensive and can you hail them on the streets or there is a number you got to ring. Also, what about the MRT? We will be coming back to the airport next morning around 5:30 as you said. What is the best option for that, a bus, taxi or MRT?

Is language a problem?

We will need a hotel, albeit for few hours, so if you can suggest one. As it would only be for few hours, we don't want to spend too much on it.

Thanks a lot for your help.

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13 years ago, June 23rd 2008 No: 6 Msg: #39673  
N Posts: 8
Sorry mate... Late reply...

MTR is only accessible in the city area.
Taxi from Airport -> Taipei city costs around NT1200 = around AUD40

Note that language is normally a problem... The majority of the people don't speak English at all but the willingness to help is strongly evident.

As for the hotel, have you spoken to your t/a about this? My understanding is that China airlines offers complimentary accommodation for stopovers like yourself. You should check it out...

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