Taiwan with Young Kids and Baby (Part 4) – Taichung to Tainan

Our next stop is going to be Tainan. As can be seen from the map, there is some distance between Taichung and Tainan. So as usual, we made a few stops along the way to break up the trip


Starting from Taichung to our hotel in Tainan


Fruit Picking

Our first stop is at this fruit farm by the XinFeng recreational farm. The last time we came, we went to pick their grapes. This trip, we came for something different. So we managed to pick from persimmons and oranges here. Its a bit of walk and trek up to the fruit trees so do prepare some insect repellents if you come.


Picking persimmons and other fruits


Lavendar Cottage

Having heard about this place so often, we had to come here to see for ourselves, even though it’s not even lavender season, as can be seen from the big patch of green, rather than purple at the background.

However, even if it’s not the lavender season, this place still gives a romantic and relaxing feel overall. Maybe because it’s situated at a hilltop where the air is cool and it’s away from the city and buildings and traffic. Its nice for dating couples but also fun for kids. Look at the grand carousel. The kids loved it. You could also have your lunch or dinner here at the restaurant inside which allows you to have alfresco hotpot in the open with chilly cool fresh air.


Xin She Castle (Taichung)

Our next stop is at Xin She Castle. This place is supposed to be a resort, but the open area is open to public for a fee to visit, picnic, gather or do photoshoots because it’s really very photogenic. It’s also a popular spot for pre-wedding photography and we also saw a couple doing their wedding shots here. If you are in Taichung, do drop by this place for some nice photos.


Scenic spots at Xin She Castle


Our Accommodation in Tainan – Deely House, Tainan

This is our second time here. The kids love it so much, we don’t mind coming here again and it happens that we were lucky that the biggest room here was still available so we went ahead to make the booking. As this was our second time booking, we booked the room via direct email communication with Deely House and were even given some discount!

The email was totally in Chinese but it was still okay for us. Then we were given a link to pay a deposit to confirm the room. The remaining payment to be in cash during check in. After confirmation, we were given the WeChat/Line id of the staff on duty so we could make direct contact with the staff for arrival and any other enquiries.


Making deposit on Deely house website via credit card payment

And here’s our room.. The Snow White room


The Snow White Themed rom is takes up the entire floor. Ideal for large groups

The kids had so so much fun at the slides and swing and even just running up and down the room. There were also some costumes and hats for role playing but more suitable for even younger kids.

We had 3 double mattresses arranged for us. 2 on the lower level and 1 on top. So the girls took the top level while the rest of us took the the lower level one.

Amenities provided for kids includes bathtub, Sebamed toiletries, towels and a step stool. Adult toiletries and towel were also available.

Snacks and beverages were also provided but you would need to fill your hot water from the lobby in a flask provided.

For this room we had a living area, a dining and washing area, the beds and a toilet area, just like a house.

We met a few groups of other tourists from Singapore again and we visited each others room to check out


Little Mermaid Themed room for 4 pax

This is the Little Mermaid themed room, suitable for a family of 4. There’s 1 double mattress at the lower level and another at the upper deck. The room size is halved but still has enough room for kids to have fun.

Deely House now provides in-house breakfast, prepared fresh on the spot. For babies, they even prepared season-less porridge with some vegetable and chicken all blended. But we had not started Bub on porridge at that time, so didn’t try.


Western style, Chinese style and kids style

Deely house also provides other little amenities that make it so warm and cosy.


Play area at the main lobby

Kids can entertain themselves at this play area while we check in, eat breakfast or come back from sightseeing. There are lots of toys on the upper deck and they can slide down for breakfast once it’s ready. The area is also well visible from the dining area so parents can keep an eye on them.


Deely House Amenities

Other cosy amenities Deely House provided includes steriliser (both UV and steamer type), slow cooker (for cooking own porridge), some medications, high chair for kids, an open kitchen that you may use if you need, washing machines with laundry detergent and even bicycles for guests to get around the neighbourhood.

Really loved all these thoughtful amenities.


  • Fruit Picking
  • Lavendar Farm
  • Xin She Castle
  • Check into Deely House Tainan





Taiwan with Young Kids and Baby (Part 2) – Fun at Yilan

Based on our research, there are lots of kids friendly hotels and minsu (commoner’s home) in Yilan. We decided on the Silk’s Place Hotel as they still had room even though we booked late. So from Taoyuan International Airport, we went straight to Yilan, a 3-hour drive away.

Taking the Farmosa Freeway straight down to Yilan. A rough 3 hour drive


This is the third time we are traveling with Lai, our local driver. He was actually fully booked but he made special arrangements so he could provide his service to us personally for part of the trip. On the days that he could not make it, he would recommend us another driver instead. So next time we had better book earlier.

A really nice and chatty guy who’s willing to go the extra mile to provide his services and leave us with memorable experiences.

We didn’t try to explore other modes of transportation although we might reach our destination faster, all for the convenience of travelling with kids and baby and even elderly. And also, Lai doubled up as our tour guide, helping us plan our route and itinerary based on our interest and call up different attractions to make enquiries before we go.

We dropped by this stall near the airport for a quick lunch before heading up to Yilan. The Yummy first lunch in Taiwan! Thanks to our driver’s recommendation.


No baby chair here, so have to eat like this.

Hotel – Silks Place, Yilan

This place, seriously, we should not even have planned to go anywhere else in Yilan. We could laze around here all day and the kids were more than happy.

1 personal vehicle with key for each room, free unlimited rides on other shared vehicles to drive direct to room and around the whole level, indoors and outdoors

There were 2 levels in the hotel building where kids were allowed to drive their vehicles around. Level 8 and 9. Try to get level 8 if possible. The outdoor playground is on level 8 and there’s also an indoor lounge on the same level.

After check in, you may proceed to level 8 to register for your personal vehicle where the staff there will tag your chosen vehicle with your room number and pass you the key so that only you can drive it and you don’t have to worry leaving the vehicle outside your room.

On usual days, only cars tagged with room numbers were allowed to be driven indoors. But on the day that we arrived, it was raining so they parked all the free-to-ride vehicles indoors as well. It then became a chaotic corridor where the voices of excited children drown the voices of everyone else. And the bumping of cars to cars, cars to poor parents who were helping their young kids navigate the car. Thankfully the above scene only happened on rainy days, on a weekend. And we happened to encounter it. *Sweat

So on our first 2 days we only stayed indoors due to the non-stop rain. Luckily they also had this cosy lounge for rainy days.

Small library on level 9, linked from level 8 lounge, with some bouncy toys, sofa, tables and sofa, snacks, drinks and coffee. Best place to hang out after a flight and a long ride

There’s a small library here but no kids were reading, obviously. It would be better if they don’t just have Chinese books. I picked up 1 book and attempted to read to the kids but found myself reading to the walls instead. So I gave up. We treated ourselves to some snacks and drinks before heading out for dinner at the adjoining mall. Rain does not bother us a lot here. *grins

There is even a theatre screening movies for the kids! We didn’t watch any movie though, the kids just needed their YouTube and my iPad, duh.

The Room

The room was a dream. So spacious they had space for a tent this big. The girls camped here for 2 nights and also tried sharing our bed which was also spacious enough for co sleeping. Bub had his own cot albeit not a very comfortable one. The mattress was not thick and soft enough but it was spacious as well.

The room, well equipped with kiddy toiletries and even small stool and bath tub!

As for toiletries, the kids got a new set of sebamed shower gel, shampoo and lotion everyday, kids Colgate and tooth brushes. Toiletries for adults were from loccitane. Nice touch. Parden the dark pictures as there was not much light by the time we reached Yilan. On winter days, the sky darkens at 5pm so usually our sightseeing ends by 5pm.

The Outdoor Playground

Bouncy castle, bouncy slide, tunnel slide, driving area, slides and ballpit plus an indoor resting area. Which kid wants to do any sightseeing in Yilan?

We were lucky as it finally stopped raining here on the 3rd day. The staff were busy early in the morning to set up everything . By the time we finished our breakfast, play arena was ready! And did the kids went wild!

Free to pick any vehicle to drive around, taking care to look out for pedestrians and traffic light, bounced at bouncy castle, slide down the bouncy slide and dived in the ball pit. Parents and baby? Chill inside the hut for some coffee and fresh milk and small toys. Holiday at its best.

Small toys suitable for infants and toddlers here

The Spa


Indoor and outdoor heated pool with jacuzzi

We went to the pool on 1 of the night. It was past their bedtime but we had to go since we are almost leaving for another hotel soon. So we came, at 9.30pm. The kids were starting to feel sleepy but woke up instantly upon hearing swimming time. It was chilling outside when we tried to swim in the indoor part of the pool which links to the outdoor pool. The kids were freezing so we moved back indoors to the heated jacuzzi instead. They had milk bath and jacuzzi and shower treatment here. So relaxing!

We showered here at the clubhouse and they even had spinner for you to dry your swim suits!


Just put wet clothes in, turn to speed 1 and wait. Clothes come out spinned dry

Breakfast was included in our booking and the spread of food was great and suits any kid and adult. There was plain porridge with condiments to go with, bread, cereals, salads and a fresh juice counter! They even included drinks like bottled apple juice and yakult!



Our hotel is linked to the Lunar Plaza Mall so shopping is very convenient, even when it’s raining! We also had our dinners there and had more kids entertainment!


Hotpots and ramen for dinner on the first 2 nights. Also played at the arcade here. Didn’t go in this kiddy playground though. This arcade also has a section for adults for slot machines using tokens!

Sightseeing and Activities

Coming from a bustling city of Singapore to this rural town of Yilan, one can instantly feel the difference. There aren’t many tall buildings cluttering around, just lots of space and fresh air. The attractions are simple, non sophisticated and does not come with expensive entrance fees. There’s also not a lot of shopping areas, restaurants and cafes here. Nice place to relax the mind if you are stressed up by the hustle and bustle of city and work life.

Rainy Day Activities

It was raining non stop for the first 2 days so Lai planned some indoor activities for us on these days. We went to the Brick factory, crayon factory and chocolate making factory.

Brick Art Museum


The brick art museum opened in Yilan just recently. There was some crowd control for visitors to go in and view the exhibits hence we had to queue for a while to get the tickets to go in. While waiting, the kids could sit at the benches to start building their lego or take pictures with the lego fixtures outside the building. But it was raining that day so everyone squeezed indoors to take cover.

After viewing the exhibits, we passed by a small souvenir shop at the exit and then  proceeded to the activity area for some hands-on crafts. The only problem was that the instructor speaks in mandarin only but it’s not to hard to follow the steps since they will also be demonstrating what to do. You may also redeem 1 free drink with the entrance ticket.

It was a pity that it was raining that day. We couldn’t go outdoor to take pictures or just wait for our turn. Everyone had to squeeze under the shelter and wait so the whole experience was discounted by a little.

Lucky Art Crayon factory


At the lucky art crayon factory, the kids learned how to assemble their own market pens, made some crayons and did face painting. It was quite crowded when we went but luckily we didn’t have to wait long and the kids were quite excited going from stations to stations to DIY their art materials and even had to use a hammer to fix up the marker pens.

At the last station they get to choose a tattoo to paint on. Simple fun but just right for kids this age.

Chocolate Making Factory


Tools given and ingredients. Basically only melting the chock

We DIY-ed our Christmas themed chocolates here. But, frankly, we could easily do this activity at home too. We were given some chocolate chips to melt, some toppings like marshmallows, nuts and candy to add inside our chocolate after we pour them into the chocolate mound. Then we waited a while for the chocolate to harden and bring them back.

There was another workshop for making other types of chocolate but we didn’t attend that. Then we bought some interesting chocolates and candies back from the souvenir shop.

The workshops require prior booking so make sure you call before coming .

Jinpu Fruit Farm


Spring onions in Yilan are famous for being huge and fat. Which was probably why we could only find FarFetch’d here (Only those who play/still play Pokemon Go will know *chuckles)

And finally, some activities for us. There are many farms to visit in Taiwan, as agriculture is a big industry there. Our driver brought us to this one called the Jinpu orchard. Kids were like ‘huh again?’ Can we don’t go? But we dragged them down anyway. They ended up having fun cutting down the fruits and forgot about the whining.

The farm owner let us apply some essential oil insect repellent. I brought along our own especially for Bub since we planned to visit the farms and there’s going to be so much insects around. We ended up getting all bitten anyway, at least for me and my hubby. The kids didn’t suffer as bad. I suspect it was because I applied for kids the insect repellent with 10% deet instead of just the natural oil insect repellent offered by the farmers.

So if you are planning some farm visits, do bring along your trusty insect repellents, best to be odourless or natural oils type so as not to accidentally spray harmful chemicals onto the crops.

Wang Long Bi 


Mainly for sightseeing, this place is really nice and peaceful and makes a good photo spot. Would have been nicer if it was not as sunny at the time we were there. You could hang around here for longer period and enjoy the peacefulness here.

Yilan Train Station


One of the top destinations to visit according to TripAdvisor, we dropped by here for some quick photos before the sun goes down for the day. The art display along both sides of the road leading to the Yilan station were really photogenic and cheerful. Everyone here was trying to snap some wacky shots and you can hear lots of giggling and laughter around.

The kids were kind of tired and cranky when we reached so were not so cooperative to take pictures. Such a pity. But no choice, they were napping halfway in the car when we dragged them down for pictures.

LuoDong Night Market (羅東觀光夜市)


Finally, no one comes to Taiwan without going to at least 1 of their night markets. Although our kids were not a fan, we had to drop by at least 1 night market to get some Taiwanese food. The Luodong night market is not very big so it’s quite manageable. There’s mostly food here, some game stalls and some accessories stalls as well.

We packed some food like braised meat rice (again), fried bee hoon, corn dogs for kids, spring onion pancake, beancurd and fruit juice back for dinner.

The yummiest food we had here has got to be this ‘smelly fries’ (臭薯条). It’s actually fries made from smelly beancurd! It went so well with the Thai sweet and sour sauce that we turned back to attempt to get another pack. But by then there was already a queue. We couldn’t wait for the queue as the kids were in the car waiting and would start grumbling if we were still not done. So, never mind, till next time! Yum, I could still remember vividly the taste of the crispy beancurd fries dipped in the sweet and sour chili sauce!

After this night, we would be checking out of the hotel to proceed to the next destination, Taichung. Kids were sad to leave, but they have no idea how much fun they would have further down the trip where we would spend another 3 nights in Deely House Tainan!

Itinary for the first 3 days in Yilan

Day 1:

  • Flight to taiwan
  • Drive to Yilan
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner and shopping at Lunar Plaza

Day 2:

  • Brick Art Museum
  • Chocolate Factory
  • Crayon Factory
  • Dinner and shopping at Lunar Plaza

Day 3:

  • Outdoor playground at Silks Place
  • Fruit picking
  • Wang Long Bi
  • Yilan Station
  • Night Market
  • Night Swimming at Silks Place

Taiwan With Young Kids

Disclaimer: This is a backlog entry, just for recording my past travel experience with very young kids.

Some years back, we visited Taiwan with the kids. It was summer. Bad choice as this means scorching hot weather that is worse than in Singapore if not as hot. Actually we knew it would be hot but we thought it could be better than monsoon season with lots of rain. So we tried and but wished the weather was better

Attempt to combat the scorching hot weather

Attempt to combat the scorching hot weather

The last time we visited Taiwan, we only went for a short trip to Taipei. That was without the kids. I remember walking and shopping and eating until the feet ache every night. And of course, with the kids, is a different story. Here’s our route map for the trip.

Only covered a small area

Only covered a small area

We went mainly to the Taipei area and the furthest we went was Hualian. We didn’t even make it to SunMoon Lake as most people would have done. That, we would have to do it another time, on another trip. *Excuse to go back there.

The best part of this trip, was, really was, our driver. We got the recommendation from a friend who raved about this taxi driver who communicates only in Chinese and you can contact him via email. It was a challenge as I have never written emails in full Chinese and I think my Chinese writing improved loads after this trip! What we were really impressed, even until now, was the kind of dedication, sincerity and enthusiasm our driver Mr Lai showed, during the email communications all the way until we completed the trip. We only had to tell him where we wanted to do or go for this trip and he planned everything else for us! He could even help us book hotel rooms at very good rates if we aren’t fussy. But, we are fussy. We preferred to book our own. So didn’t manage to save as much as we could have. In short, Mr Lai doubled up as our taxi driver cum tour guide. It was impressive as he didn’t have tour guide qualifications but show equally good communication and coordination skills like a real tour guide.

Our ever friendly and patient driver cum guide, Mr Lai

Our ever friendly and patient driver cum guide, Mr Lai

Our ride - Toyota Wish and baby car seat provided by Mr Lai

Our ride – Toyota Wish and baby car seat provided by Mr Lai

Having our own transport was really convenient for us as we were able to have a good rest in between destinations and the kids love to nap during car rides. We sometimes also leave our things in the car while we do a quick visit to some of the places, without having to carry very heavy things, like the super heavy hot water flask for the children’s milk and cereals.


Caesar Park Hotel

For the part in Taipei, we chose Caesar Park Hotel. It was the 1 of the few hotels we could find on Agoda that allowed us to book connecting rooms. 1 for the grandparents, 1 for us. It was a nice room for a family as there was a little hall and separated from the bedroom. and there’s a door adjoining to the next room where the grandparents took. So the hall became the family activity cum meeting area and we had our meals here too on days that we were too exhausted to eat  out.

Picture from Agoda.com

Picture from Agoda.com

Taiwanese Min Su(民宿)

For the trip to Hualian, we booked another hotel from Agoda. But in the end we forgo it as Mr Lai recommended us to stay at a Min Su (民宿), famous in Taiwan for a true Taiwanese experience. We went for it and was impressed by Agoda for the easy cancellation and full refund of rooms even until the last minute. Thumbs up!

We stayed at 2 Min Su in fact, as the room was only available for 1 night so we had to shift for the second night. Quite a hassle but Mr Lai was so enthusiastic about it we had to try. So how was the Truly Taiwanese experience? Hmm, we decided that we are still the city kids and perhaps would still very  much prefer a nice hotel room with every amenity provided and spacious room nicely air conditioned with no mozzies flying around

Min Su along the main road

Min Su along the main road

Very homely setup

Very homely setup

The room

The room

We learned later, after we went home, that actually there were nicer of these Min Su. Some like boutique hotels and some themed with all sorts of interesting designs. I guess our dear Mr Lai had wanted us to try the non fancy and economical ones instead.

LeoFoo Resort

The last part of it, was the highlight of the trip. Leofoo resort hotel! Even Mr Lai went, wow, so expensive.

All the rooms were this large. With double stories, there were more than enough beds

All the rooms were this large. With double stories, there were more than enough beds

The upper deck

The upper deck

The highlight wasn’t just the room itself. It was the amazing view from the room. They actually build a mini zoo right in the middle of the resort! Do be tolerant of the zoo-y smells from animals here though. You can’t smell it when you are in the room but only when you are outside, so we were quite ok with it. Didn’t lose sleep over the smells.

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Excited by the view

Excited by the view

The animals in the mini zoo

The animals in the mini zoo

The Attractions.

I remember visiting lots of animal farms, seeing lots of animals on this trip because we planned for it. There was nothing much for kids this young but they get easily excited when they see animals. So we did plenty of that. We considered the hugely popular Qing Jing Farm but had decided it’s too much of stairs for the old folks and quite a bit of travelling to reach. So we gave that up.There was also this Flying Cow ranch that’s popular but we didn’t go since we were already planning lots of other farms.

LeoFoo Village (http://w2.leofoo.com.tw/village/en/)

The resort that we stayed at was the main accommodation for the nearby theme park LeoFoo Village. You will be amazed that this place is just like a Disneyland, Taiwanese version. There’s a park for rides, a park for safari and a water park. We didn’t really go for the rides. Only the safari and water play park

One of the few rides that our kids dared to sit. A non-even boat ride

One of the few rides that our kids dared to sit. A non-even boat ride

At the water park, swimming cap was mandatory.

At the water park, swimming cap was mandatory.

Water play park

Water play park

Train ride through the Safari

Train ride through the Safari

Nic, surprisingly was happier in this park than when she was in Disneyland! Maybe because the attractions were more friendly for young kids.

Farms – Shin Kong Chao Feng Ranch (http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002124&id=15)

Hubby found this farm during his research for the trip and we requested Mr Lai to bring us here. He suggested a few more but we still came here just to take a look. It was a huge farm! Split into different sections for vegetation and animals. It was lucky they had buggy rides for rent that we could take to go around the park. Otherwise we will all be toasted crispy under the hot sun. Hubby was excited the self-drive experience.

Our buggy ride

Our buggy ride

We had some nice steamboat here for lunch. Although it would be enjoyable if the weather was cool. The milk soup steamboat sounded fanciful but it actually like the fish head steamboat we had back in Singapore except that the milk used here was fresh milk. So the taste was slightly more bland compared to evaporated milk that we use for fish head steamboat

Milk soup steamboat

Milk soup steamboat

The pumpkin soup steamboat sounded fanciful too but we can’t actually taste the pumpkin in there. It was made diluted so we don’t feel overwhelmed by the richness of pumpkin.

Pumpkin soup steamboat. All home grown in this farm

Pumpkin soup steamboat. All home grown in this farm

Farm – Unknown Farm

Mr Lai brought us to this small privately owned farm where I forgot to take down the name of it. It was enjoyable for the kids as they get to feed small animals and the animal feed was priced very cheaply and optional! We were impressed by it and the kids were thrilled by all that feeding!

The fee for feeding

The fee for feeding

Attempt to feed the piglets milk

Attempted to feed the piglets milk

Frightened by the overly enthusiastic piglets

Frightened by the overly enthusiastic piglets

Rabbits are cuter

Rabbits are cuter

Miniature World, Taoyuan (http://www.woc.com.tw/index_en.aspx)

We dropped by this place mainly because we were nearby. Turns out, the miniature buildings were really impressive! At least at that time we visited because we haven’t actually been to many of these miniature world yet. they not only made static iconic buildings around the world, they made things that move around those buildings! Like, mini trains, moving planes and vehicles.

Minature world. The kids suddenly feel like their world

Minature world. The kids suddenly feel like their world

We didn’t go to Baby Boss on this trip as our kids are still too young for it. Perhaps the next time when both of them are old enough.


Food was not a problem in general in Taiwan. They have lovely, yummy Taiwanese pearly rice, similar to Japanese rice that the kids love and couldn’t get enough of it. The only problem was at those outskirts, mountainous areas where the food was not really to their liking. Luckily we prepared lots of baby cereals, even pre-prepared baby food like rice and soup, biscuits and lots of milk. But the portion was not really enough for 1 kid, so should have brought along more of it.

Pigeon Baby Food

Pigeon Baby Food

Here’s some of the food we had as we travel

Buffet with uber cute kids utensils and cutlery at Leofoo Resort

Buffet with uber cute kids utensils and cutlery at Leofoo Resort

Hu Xu Zhang Ru Rou Fan (Beard Zhang braised pork rice) This is a must try! All these yummy dishes for very affordable price!

Hu Xu Zhang Ru Rou Fan (Beard Zhang braised pork rice) This is a must try! All these yummy dishes for very affordable price!

Western Food at Mr J(ay) cafe. The food was ok only but the portion was big. Would have been a bonus if we see 周杰伦here :)

Western Food at Mr J(ay) cafe. The food was ok only but the portion was big. Would have been a bonus if we see 周杰伦here 🙂

Wild boar pork at Yang Ming Shan countryside eatery. The food was supposed to be made with all natural seasoning and spices. It was surprisingly refreshing and tasty! Although it didn't really look that impressive

Wild boar pork at Yang Ming Shan countryside eatery. The food was supposed to be made with all natural seasoning and spices. It was surprisingly refreshing and tasty! Although it didn’t really look that impressive

1 of the most memorable meal we ate has to be this. Charcoal roasted chicken till perfect tenderness. If you watch Taiwanese travel programs, you might have seen this before. It was really as good as their exaggerated expressions told. The chicken was so tender it almost melts after putting into the mouth. The chef would debone the meat exactly in this state and it was effortless. The best part of this dish, however, has to be the sauce. It’s legendary. We still can’t get over the taste till today. The chicken, after marination would be roasted in the oven for almost a day and the melted fats with the marinate collected in a small cup and served together when it’s ready to eat. We could just eat plain rice with the sauce and nothing else for a fully satisfying meal. It was that good. The bad thing is I forgot to take down the address or the name of the shop. But i guess it’s quite common over there, so we probably need to do a research to find it if we are ever going back.

Soft bone roasted chicken at hualian.

Soft bone roasted chicken at hualian.

Finally, don’t forget to try out the food at those old streets, night markets for all the yummy Taiwanese local food. Salivating just as I’m typing this. 🙂