I am in Taipei, Taiwan, waiting
my reservation from HK to BKK get cleared. All flights of Chinese
Airlines from HK to BKK are completely booked for next 2 weeks.
When I made my reservation in Japan over the phone, I thought
I made my reservation, but it was in the waiting list on the
day. I have to arrive to BKK before 20th, so I decide to fly
from here to BKK directly.
Sorry no update for Hong Kong/Macao possible this year.
Instead I will report some information about Taiwan.
Rainy or cloudy everyday in Taipei. But Sunny in South half of
Taiwan. For N Taiwan weather is expected to be same until May.
Then Hot and Humid summer will start.
Each bank has its own policy. But one thing is same. Cash is
very easy to change without commission. T/C exchange rate is
slightly higher(only 0.07%) than cash but T/C requires high commission.
The rate for US$ is the best and the commission for T/C is lowest.
T/C for other currencies may face huge commission.
Airport: Many banks at the airport in arrival/departure halls.
Taiwan Bank: US$100-NT120 The rate are good and same as ones
in cities.ICBC: US$100-NT20, Y10,000-NT28(lowest I found so far.)
Banks in Cities. Banks are everywhere. The center is on Nang
King E Road.
Taiwan Bank: US$100 commission 100+20=NT120
Taipei Bank: US$100 com. NT20
ICBC(International Commercial Bank of China): US$100 NT7, J-yen
10,000 NT20 (Some brunch may ask other hidden fee. Please make
sure before you sign your checks.)
TaiShin Bank: US$ no commission
More internet cafes were opened.
Free Internet places.
1 & 2.) TT Station: S from the Taipei train station.
The computer center has two locations inside. 1F-4 terminal 10
min. free to use. Just stay in a line.
Basement - 8 terminals. Buy a good more than NT50 and get a receipt.
Then you can use 1 hour access for free.
3.) Nova: S from the train station, 3F another computer
store. many terminals. 15min internet is free.
4.) Most public libraries has internet facilities. 30
min. free. You go to the library and make a "sign up"
Usually you wait only for 30 min. One of the branch is located
on Changang W. Go ChungSang N from the train station and turn
left at the first light. The branch is on the right side. Tu-Sa
8:30-21 Su M 9-17:00 Very slow.
Private Internet points.
1.) Internet Cafe: From the Mitsukoshi Tower, S from the
train station, go South and turn right on the first corner and
go W for 2 blocks on the right side. NT100/hr + drink NT100 10:00-23:00
2.) Go Go net: New internet. From the Mitsukoshi Tower,
S from the train station, go South and turn right on the first
corner. The cafe is on the left Basement. NT90/hr min. Some soft
drink NT 30 (all you can drink.) If you become member, it will
3.) Internte: #138 Chung Shang N 1 block, W side of road.
4.) King of Comics: From the train station W gate, go
N, walk on the W side of the street. At the first light, you
will see MacDonald. The place is under Mac. NT90/hr. Basic drinks,
such as coke, coffee, tea are free. all you can drink. Excellent
facilities and very fast. Highly Rec.