Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

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Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby Cooperations » 25 Apr 2012, 21:27

I've searched the forums and haven't found anything to this situation. I'm in need of a mental health day and I'm taking the day off on Friday, which means I have a 3-day weekend. I want to get out of Taipei, but with the weather forecast my options are limited.

I was thinking of going to Tienlai, which is a bit on the pricey side, but a good way to relax in the in-door spa and not have to worry about the weather too much.

Any other suggestions? I really need a break, and I need to get out of this city. Looking forward to your suggestions...please, I'm totally desperate! On the verge of a mental breakdown!
PS: Been to Wulai, not interested in going back. Jiufen, Keelong (Jilong), etc are out of the question-I really only want to be wet if it's in a hot tub or a spa...
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Re: Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby tommy525 » 26 Apr 2012, 01:05

TRain to Kaohsiung, then bus to Kending. Stay down there the whole three days.

Or option 2. Take a plane (or train) to Taidong and stay in Royal HOtel Chihpen. I had a great time there.

HOtsprings !!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review ... itung.html

If you do not have a wad to blow you can still find reasonable rooms in Hualian, Taidong and Kending areas. Take a train around the island ! Outside of the HSR , the other trains are much less costly. Spend a night in Hualian and visit the Taroko Gorge. Go further south on the east coast by train all the way to Fangliao near Kending and stay in Kending area for the next two nites. Then bus back to Kaohsiung and a bus or TRA train or HSR train (in order of expense) back to TAipei. Great fun to be had.

Swimmable in the ocean in Kending now.
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Re: Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby tomthorne » 26 Apr 2012, 01:09

tommy525 wrote:
HOtsprings !!


What is the obsession with hot springs? If I want to sit in hot water I can run a bath. If I want it to smell bad I can fart.
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Re: Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby tommy525 » 26 Apr 2012, 01:15

tomthorne wrote:
tommy525 wrote:
HOtsprings !!


What is the obsession with hot springs? If I want to sit in hot water I can run a bath. If I want it to smell bad I can fart.


YOu sir clearly have not lived ! NOt until you can sit in murky waters that smell like rotten eggs (with the smell lingering for a week on your clothes) have you tasted life !

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Re: Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby tsukinodeynatsu » 26 Apr 2012, 13:04

You can also try and hop on a Cebu Pacific flight to the Philippines and spend a few days on the beach. Or an Air Asia flight to KK (more expensive).

Might as well, it'd cost about the same as going to Kending for a weekend, and probably take you about just as long to get there!

Penghu might be a good option too.


But TBH, I'm in Tainan and it's miserable weather today. I think the rainy season has come early down here. You might get a nice day in Kaohsiung, but then again you might not.
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Re: Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 26 Apr 2012, 13:20

Yesterday, the weather was awful here in Taidong. It was super hot and super humid, and then it rained. All my students were sweaty and gross the whole day. Today is cooler, but still overcast.

To be honest though, if you're willing to really splash out some cash, why go to Kending or anywhere else here for that matter? People rave about Kending, then spend an age to get there, and have to spend an arm and a leg for the honour. Yet the place can't hold a candle to many other places in Southeast Asia. Seriously, as mentioned, there are some places (with much better beaches and general ambience!) within the same travel time frame if you're looking at burning some decent cash.
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Desperate: 3 day rainy weekend

Postby headhonchoII » 26 Apr 2012, 13:29

I lived in Taiwan so long now that I hadn't heard of mental days since recently.
It's the rainy season so playing with your luck beach wise, however there are tonnes of hot springs to choose from , but if you don't have wheels you have to take the train or bus obviously.
3 days is tight for a quick break. Its not worth going overseas for that dealing with international airports and hassle. 5 days would be better. I love penghu and kending and hengchun area myself, lots of beautiful B&Bs in natural settings, can rent a scooter or ride a bike if you want.
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