Early morning of Taiwan Day 3, we met up with our friends who just arrived from SG to travel out of Taipei to Yilan.
Yes we left half of our luggage in our hotel in Taipei and left for Yilan and Hualien for the next 3 days.
Yilan unlike Taipei, is more rural and a great place to visit for families actually. We took a Kamalan (葛瑪蘭) bus from Taipei Bus Station.
If you had not eaten breakfast before your journey, fret not. Get yours at the bus station itself. There is a bakery selling a rather wide selection of warm, yummy breads.
The bus journey was under 2 hours. And a peaceful countryside greeted our eyes as we reached Yilan.
Upon alighting, we took a cab to our accommodation. Not a hotel but a homestay a.k.a minsu, called Jin Ri Lin B&B. There are really many minsus you can choose from in Yilan. This was recommended by another blogger so we went for it. No regrets!
Here’s the exterior of our minsu.
There was a small rather unkempt garden and pool, as well as a windmill built by the minsu owner’s husband!
I must say the rooms were tidier than the exterior of this minsu. There are couple/honeymoon rooms as well as a family ‘suite’. Different rooms have different theme, carefully designed by the owner herself.
Here was Keith’s sweetheart (HAHA!) themed room.
Here was our cutesy and flowery room.
Toilets were clean and very spacious.
Even the switches were flowery.
There is also a balcony in the room.
Beware of the mosquitoes! The owner provides a mozzie repellent pot and she kindly lent me a lemongrass mozzie repellent lotion during our 2 days 1 night stay there.
And, here’s the best (in my opinion) part of our stay. The scenery outside our room…
The minsu provides home-cooked breakfast. However, we had wanted to cycle out to the beach nearby to watch the sunrise. The owner offered to bring us out to cycle and to even ‘treat’ us for breakfast outside since she is unable to cook breakfast.
We were so excited we went to test out the bikes in the rental shop next door straight after we put down our luggages.
^So handsome! ;)
The hubby was supposed to rent this motorized double bike.
HOWEVER, it rained heavily the next morning. What a pity, what a pity! We were greatly disappointed but the nice minsu owner cooked a sumptous breakfast and our moods were lifted. We also striked up a conversation with her husband who was also a very nice man. When he heard we wanted to see the Pacific Ocean, he offered to drive us to the train station (for our trip to Hualien next up) and drop us at the beach to take a look on the way. Awesome!
By the time we reached the beach, it was still drizzling and gloomy but we managed a few pictures.
^Black sand beach.
What wonderful fresh air here!
We will definitely bring our family here to Yilan again next time!
I will be blogging about the Dongshan River Water Park and the National Centre of Traditional Arts that we visited in Yilan next.