Taiwan Day 3 – Kaohsiung E-DA Theme Park & Taichung Fengjia Night Market

Today, we’ve officially melted under the summer heat. Summer in Taiwan is extremely hot, and the temperature in Kaohsiung was 37 degrees C. Thankfully, the E-DA Theme Park has a huge indoor play area (from B2 to 4th Floor and Rooftop) that kept us occupied most of our day.

➡ Day 1: Singapore > Taipei | Xinbeitou Hot Spring, Shilin Night Market
➡ Day 2: Taipei > Kaohsiung | E-DA World
➡ Day 3: Kaohsiung | E-DA Theme Park > Taichung | Fengjia Market

We woke up early, had a sumptuous breakfast at E-DA Royal Hotel, and took the shuttle bus to E-DA Theme Park (just a short 5 mins drive). The theme park’s opening hour is 9am to 5:30pm, so we got there as early as possible to maximize our playtime as we would be leaving to Taichung that evening.

E-DA Theme Park, in general, is not very big. If you’re looking for something like Universal Studios or Disneyland, you’ll be disappointed. There are not many thrilling rides, but it has a lot of kiddy rides. Thrilling rides are located outdoor, and kiddy rides are located indoor – which is good because it was so hot out there.

Help! Help! My little panda is melting!

I would say it’s more suitable for families with young children. It isn’t expensive for a full-day entry, and you can cover all the rides within a day. The fact that we planned our visit on a weekday is a bonus as the waiting time for each ride was not more than 5 minutes! For most of the indoor rides, we didn’t even need to queue.

Edison had so much fun at the indoor theme park. Some of the kiddy rides that I’d recommend are:

  1. Kid’s Driver – a driving circuit for the little drivers
  2. Splash Battle – mildly challenging boat ride, raincoat is required as you’ll get wet
  3. Bumper Cars – need no introduction, we all love that!
  4. Power Paddle – Edison’s favourite, he can paddle the boat all by himself
  5. Flying over Taiwan – a simulation ride “flying” over beautiful natural landscapes in Taiwan. Must try!

Pink bullet

Kid’s Driver
Power Paddle

Apart from the rides, there are various shows and parades. There are also many themed dining options, gift shops that sell souvenirs for less than half of Disneyland prices, and the theme park staffs are all well-trained and friendly.

After 6 hours of fun at the theme park, we took the 3:30pm shuttle bus back to our hotel, picked up our luggage and took the bus to Kaohsiung HSR station (the same bus that we took when we came to E-DA the day before).

The HSR departed Kaohsiung at 4:54pm and arrived Taichung at 5:36pm. It’s just a short 40 minutes journey, and as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I really love the convenience of HSR in Taiwan.

The hotel that I booked in Taichung is La Vida Hotel, and this is the most beautiful hotel in our Taiwan trip this time. The main reason we chose this hotel is its close proximity to the famous Fengjia Night Market. We took a cab from the HSR station to the hotel.

La Vida Hotel is very new as it was just opened in Nov 2014. It’s located in the center of Fengjia Business District and just 5 minutes walk to Fengjia Night Market. The hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful, particularly the Concierge who’s always there to recommend places of interest and nice eateries to us.

Our hotel room is big, clean, and spanking new, with a modern style. Our boy was thrilled to find out that the bathroom has a TV! Watching cartoon while soaking in the bath tub amused him to no end. It also provides classy toiletries and auto toilet seat / bidet.

After a quick shower, we were all refreshed and ready to head-out to Fengjia Night Market for dinner. It was a Thursday night, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the crowd at the night market. Compared to Singapore, I believe none of us will visit a night market on a weekday night.

Fengjia Night Market is touted as the most popular, the biggest, and the most interesting night market in Taiwan. It performed TWD 9.2 billion in business and drew over 118 million visitors in year 2013 alone. We also learned from our driver that Fengjia Night Market is rarely affected by economic downturn due to its competitive price.

In general, the crowd wasn’t too overwhelming that night despite traffic coming from all directions. The night market was full of clothes, bags, shoes, souvenirs, mobile phone accessories, and of course foods and snacks! You can find all these at reasonable price, and bargain was allowed at certain stores.

I didn’t try the food and snacks at the night market. The sight of bloody cake (made of congealed pig’s blood) and stinky tofu totally freaked me out. We had our dinner at “Na Ge Guo” – a spicy hotpot restaurant recommended by the hotel staffs. It was fantastic!

We stayed at La Vida Hotel for two nights, and we paid total S$387 including breakfast for 3 pax. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at La Vida, and we highly recommend it too.

E-DA Theme Park
Website: http://www.edathemepark.com.tw/

La Vida Hotel
Website: http://lavida.hotel.com.tw/eng/
Address: No.275-2, Sec. 2, Xitun Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan

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Taiwan Day 2 – Kaohsiung E-DA World via High Speed Rail

Day 2 of our Taiwan summer vacation was certainly better than Day 1 – mainly because we managed to recover from our exhaustion of having to wake up at 4am to catch the 7am flight on the first day.

We also had a good sleep after two rounds of hot spring bath at Bei Tou Hot Spring Resort. So, we woke up feeling energized like Energizer Bunny, had our breakfast and ready to head to Kaohsiung.

➡ Day 1: Singapore > Taipei | Xinbeitou Hot Spring, Shilin Night Market
➡ Day 2: Taipei > Kaohsiung | E-DA World

From Xinbeitou to Taipei Main Station, the journey by MRT took about half an hour. Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) Taipei Station is located at Taipei Main Station. We’ve pre-booked our HSR tickets online to enjoy the early bird discount. The early bird discount of 35%, 20%, or 10% are offered with limited quantity no later than 5~28 days before the departure date.

Taiwan High Speed Rail

HSR

Taiwan HSR has a total of 8 stations (Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinshu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Zuoying). The stations are fairly new since HSR only started its operation in 2007, and there are ample signages in English so it’s easy for international travellers. You can reach Zuoying (Kaohsiung) from Taipei in as little as 96 minutes for the 345 km track.

Our HSR departed Taipei at 11:30am sharp and arrived at Kaohsiung at 1:06pm. The HSR cabin is very spacious as compared to a normal train. Car 1 to 9 are for reserved ticket holders (car and seat number will be printed on ticket), while Car 10 to 12 are for non-reserved ticket holders where you can choose from the available seats.

Taiwan HSR Cabin

Light snacks are being sold inside the train; you can also find vending machines. Toilets are available in most of the cars, with baby-changing facilities in the ladies’ toilet. Ample storage area is available at the front of each car (for bulky items) and on-top of the seats for passengers to keep their luggage.

Best of all, you can also bring outside food to eat in the train. Bentos are sold during lunch and dinner hours near the ticketing counters for just NT$100! We really enjoyed our travel to Kaohsiung via HSR. All I have to say is – I LOVE Taiwan HSR!

Kaohsiung is the second most populated city in Taiwan after New Taipei, and is located in the south of the island. There is a shopping mall at Zouying HSR station (similar to our MRT Xchange but slightly bigger). So, we had our lunch there before heading to E-DA World.

E-DA World

E-DA World, which is located right beside Quan-Yi Mountain, a scenic area of Kaohsiung City, includes E-DA Royal Hotel, E-DA Theme Park, E-DA Outlet Mall, E-DA Skylark Hotel, E-DA Royal Villa and many more. E-DA World is the only complex in Taiwan that combines five-star restaurant dining, extensive shopping, and theme park attractions.

Kaohsiung HSR Station

To get to E-DA World from Zuoying HSR station, here’s how -> go to Exit 2 at Zuoying HSR Station and take the elevator down to street level. The E-DA shuttle bus #8501 (Fo Kuang Shan Line) is at platform 3 of the bus stand. Frequency of the bus is 20-30 mins. Bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver (on the spot) by cash.

E-DA Shuttle Bus

We arrived at E-DA Royal Hotel within 20 mins. The moment we alighted from the bus, our baggage was quickly picked-up by the Concierge and we were escorted to the Check-in counter by the friendly hotel staffs. Everything counts in a first impression, which is why I was very impressed with the hotel.

This is our Triple Room at E-DA Royal Hotel. We paid S$240 (breakfast inclusive). The room is very spacious with balcony, bath tub and two queen-sized beds – although it’s not very new. Here are some pictures of our room:

E-DA Royal Hotel

E-DA Royal Hotel 2

E-DA Outlet Mall

EDA Shuttle Bus
Free shuttle bus service in E-DA World that connects the hotels, outlet mall and theme park

After a quick shower, we spent the rest of the evening doing some shopping at E-DA Outlet Mall. It’s a HUGE shopping mall with over 300 stores divided into 3 sections that combines shopping, leisure, entertainment, sports, cinema and delicious food experiences.

E-DA Outlet Mall 3

The European inspired design theme combines modern-classical architecture with Taiwan’s first Sky Dome – its design is truly unique! In addition, there is state-of-the-art cinemas equipped with the latest IMAX multi-cinema facilities, ice-skating rink and 640 metres long arcade-style shopping mall that promises a magical shopping experience.

E-DA Outlet Mall 2

E-DA Ferris Wheel

From E-DA Outlet Mall, you can catch the romantic views from the light-filled Ferris wheel at night. It’s truly gorgeous! I understand that E-DA World is the largest tourist resort within Taiwan, and it’s also one of the biggest projects created so far. If you want shopping, attractions, or simply to see more of Kaohsiung, I highly recommend E-DA World.

E-DA Ferris Wheel 2

EDA World 2

That’s all for today. In my next post, I’ll share more about E-DA Theme Park that drove us totally crazy!

E-DA Outlet Mall
Website: www.edamall.com.tw
Address: No.12, Sec. 1, Xuecheng Rd., Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung City 840

E-DA Royal Hotel
Website: www.edaroyal.com.tw
Address: No.153, Section 1, XueCheng Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung City 840, Taiwan

 

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