Where to stay in Taipei?

So here you are, “the planner of the group” looking for a place to stay for your upcoming trip to Taiwan with your friends.

You have your checklist with you, and you are searching for a place that is safe, affordable, near the attraction or the mrt station and of course a comfortable one. Luckily, all these points are describing 4Plus Hostel.

This hostel can easily be reached as it is near Zhongshan station and it’s one station away from Taipei main station. If you’re coming late you can ride a taxi from the main station. It’s also near the road so you won’t get lost finding it.

We booked an all female dorm room with 3 bunk beds inside. They have an elevator so you don’t have to worry about carrying your luggage.

I love their built-in bunk beds as they don’t shake when someone moves around. Each bed has a reading lamp, power outlet and a set of pillow and comforter. You will also be given a locker key so you can leave your valuables without worrying. Bathroom is shared, they have 3 shower rooms and 2 toilet rooms.

Kitchen area is wide and clean.

For free breakfast, you can choose from loaf bread or bagels with 3 different spreads and coffee. Not bad eh?

This hostel is budget-friendly and we only paid P666 each via Traveloka. Make sure that you download this app to get an amazing discount.

Another plus points for 4Plus Hostel are:

Friendly and accomodating staff. Thank you, Ting-wei! She also gave us a cute pouch for toiletries.

Meet new friends who were up for crazy poses. Hello roomies Lychee and Miyako 😙

So cozy and very instagrammable

How about you? What are the points you consider when choosing a place to stay? Share it with me in the comments box.

Happy Travels!

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Where to stay in Cebu?

Want to stay in a hostel or resort? Hope my review about my experience during my stay with Moalboal Backpacker Lodge (a budget friendly hostel) and Seafari Resort (a small out-of-the-way paradise with a bit pricey amount) will help you in choosing your accommodation when you visit Cebu. Or, why not stay to both? 🙂

MOALBOAL BACKPACKER LODGE

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge is the only hostel in Moalboal and is located near all of the bars, restaurants, dive shops and the Moalboal beach.

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We stayed for one night in a Private two story studio cottage ‘Red Dragon’ with bathroom and chill-out hammock for 700 pesos (350 each). The room is spacious and clean. It comes with bed linen and towel, free coffee facility and mineral water.

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It’s only a short walk from the beach. Though the beach is not good for swimming. It is also near from Badian, where the Kawasan falls is located. So, if you are planning to try Canyoneering or Diving this place is good for you.

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I highly recommend this place for its affordable price, friendly staff and its good location. This is the best place for backpackers.

Check their website for the updated rates per room.

Location: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032

How to get there?

  • Take a metered taxi from Mactan International Airport or Cebu Ferry Terminal to Southern Bus Terminal.
  • Then ride a local bus (CERES LINER) to Moalboal (via Barili), bus fare is 107 pesos.
  • Took off at Moalboal bus stop, near the public market you’ll find tricycle and habal-habal (single motor) waiting for passengers. Just asked them to take you at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge. Fare is 70 to 100 pesos depending on your negotiation skills.

SEAFARI RESORT OSLOB

After staying in a Kubo for 2 days we finally got the chance to relax in this little paradise. Seafari Resort is situated in the town of Oslob.

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We stayed here for 1 night as the place is near the whale shark watching area. We arrived at around two in the afternoon and one of the staff helped us carry our bags down the 200+ steep stairs – the resort is set at the bottom facing the ocean. On the way down we are greeted to an exceptional view of the turquoise sea and Sumilon Island from afar.

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Their room rates include breakfast, boat transfer to & from the (Butanding) Whale shark area. The room was satisfactory, clean and spacious, though nothing remarkable.

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Amenities are very nice, they have 2 swimming pools and the other one is an infinity pool. It is small but the view is really spectacular. They have two Jacuzzis one is at the ground and the other is at the 2nd level.

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Food is okay nothing great. I can say that the price is reasonable considering that it’s in a secluded place. During dinner we also arranged our swimming with Butanding for tomorrow. We booked for a 6 AM trip to avoid the crowds. Good thing that they have a free boat transfer going to and from the area. An estimated 10 to 15 minutes travel time going there.

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Visit this link and find out why Swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu.

I still recommend this place for its great view and a close proximity to the whale shark watching area. But, if you’re not planning to visit the Butanding this place is not for you.

To check their room rates and packages visit their website.

Location: Cuancua-ay, Tanawan, Oslob, Oslob, Oslob, Philippines 6025

How to get there?

  • From Moalboal, we ride a bus going to Oslob, bus fare is 70 pesos
  • Took off at Oslob terminal and ride again a bus going to the hotel, bus fare is 30 pesos

Enjoy your stay and happy travels! 🙂

“If we were meant to stay at one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Unknown

Bohol Coco Farm

Bohol Coco Farm is both a hostel and a coconut farm. The family running the business is an advocate of organic farming that’s why most of the food they serve in their restaurant comes from their organic farm.

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The place is nature friendly and it is surrounded by coconut trees. It has a unique vibe where we feel that we are in a secluded place, solemn and quiet. Also, it is 3 to 5 minute walk from the national road. The path going there is muddy and rocky.

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We love the concept of nipa huts serving as a room good for 2 persons. They also have bigger nipa hut (or their dormitory type room) for big groups or for single traveler who doesn’t bother sharing a room with others.

Rooms here are basic but adequate. Types of rooms are private, female dorm and male dormitory. They have common bathroom and it’s on the outside. They separate the shower rooms from the toilet rooms. The water is running good and the area is clean.

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The dining area where you can also chill out is also a best place to get to know other travelers staying there. At that time, we were the only Filipino travelers who stayed there and most of the guests are from different nations. We have a little chit-chat with them and the owner about the benefits of virgin coconut oil. And how we should avoid eating processed foods and instead eat healthier food, like organic food. It is really true that you will learn a lot from traveling! 🙂

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The food here is pretty cheap and healthy. They also offer free breakfast when you stayed in the place. Food is also good and tasty. It is freshly cooked and harvested from their farm.

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The place is close to town and other beaches such as Dimalaluan, Alona and Doljo beach. Other tourist’s spots are not that far away. We rented a bike to go to Alona beach. We paid 100 pesos since we only used it for an hour. You can also rent a scooter for 500 pesos and bike for 150 pesos per 24 hours to roam around Panglao.

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The place is great and I highly recommend this for backpackers. It is very cheap and has a value for money. Also, the staffs here are very friendly.

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You can contact them thru their Facebook account or dial up this number +63917-304-9801.

Location: Purok 1, Libaong Panglao, Bolod, Panglao Island, Philippines 6340

How to get here?

  • ride a bus going to Tagbilaran Terminal, bus fare is 40 pesos (from Bohol habitat)
  • then, ride a jeepney going to Panglao and ask the driver to drop you off at Bohol Coco Farm, fare is 25 pesos
  • it is 3 to 5 minute walk from the national road

Enjoy your stay, happy travels! 🙂

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost”. – Unknown