From Taichung, it is quite easy to get to Kenting but it can take you about half a day of traveling if you choose to take trains/busses (by car it takes about 3-4 hours). We took a 2 hour train ride from Taichung to Kaohsiung (which I really didn't mind since it gave me some time to catch up on my sleep). From the train station we arrived at in Kaohsiung (not sure what the exact name of it is) we took a metro to the Zuoying Station where we would catch an express bus to Kenting. The bus was very cheap and had wifi (!!). After about 2 and a half hours of snoozing off in the bus, we finally arrived in Kenting!
First thing we did in Kenting was check into our hotel. We were with 7 people, so you would think finding a room where everyone is able to sleep would be close to impossible. Wrong. Our hotel room had 5 queen size beds lined up next to each other in a big row. We basically had one huge, 25 foot (almost 8 meters) sized bed. It was perfect for our big group, seeing that we all basically had our own bed.
We spent our last day fairly relaxed. We had breakfast at 7-eleven (of course), went to look at this really big rock in the middle of the ocean, and then headed back to Nanwan Beach for a couple more hours of surfing. At around 4pm, we took the bus back to Kaohsiung in order to get the train back in time so we wouldn't get home so late.
Getting back, we took a high speed train from Zuoying station straight to Taichung. This cost a little bit more but it only took us 40 minutes…. 40 minutes instead of 2 hours (can you imagine how fast it went?!?!) to get home.
The south part of Taiwan is definitely worth visiting, especially when it is still very good weather in Taiwan. Even though the water is not ideal to swim in (crazy waves), the beaches were very nice. Regardless of me being mostly a city girl, there is something about the beach, friends and sand EVERYWHERE that makes me very happy. (cheeessyyyy, I know)🧀
Weekend in Singapore
After getting to the hotel and checking in our bags, we could start our first day. We did not have a schedule on ‘what to do’, so we just kind of started walking and hoped we’d end up somewhere cool. In this map, you can see approximately what route we walked on our first day.
Continuing our walk, we ended up at the famous tourist selfie spot, the Merlion. Merlion=Mermaid Lion, took me a while to figure that one out. Here, you also have a great view on the very luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel. For like… 700 euros per night, you can swim in their rooftop infinity pool, which honestly might be worth it if you see the amazing view it gives you over the city🏙💁🏻.
Walking through the mall and the hotel, we finally reached the very unique Gardens by the Bay. The gardens were created to enhance the quality of life by raising the greenery and "flora" in the city. We mostly stayed by the Supertree Grove in the garden. Supertrees? Yup. They mimic real trees, except for the fact that they are man-made and covered in flowers, vines, and plants. These supertrees imitate the real ecological function of trees—pretty cool to see and walk through.
We packed our first day with so much that the remaining 2 days were much more relaxed.
Getting a late start on our second day, we decided to walk around the Orchard Road district. With many malls and stores, it was a fairly crowded area, kind of like the Madison/5th Avenue of Singapore. Orchard Road had a really unique side street with many colorful houses👇🏼.
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