Continuing from our Asia trip report Part 1 and Part 2…we had checked into the Leofoo Village resort at Guanshi, which is basically Taiwan’s answer to Disney World. Our resort had been modeled after Disney’s Animal Kingdom which we had recently stayed in last October so we couldn’t help but make comparisons. Overall, they did a decent job “replicating” the vibe but on a much smaller scale catered for Asian tourists.
When we woke up the day after we checked in, it was raining and misty, but we could still see the wildlife from our rooms!
After our Asian-style breakfast shown in part 2 of my trip report, we headed out to the actual theme park connected to the resort, called the Leofoo Village. Now at this point it has started to rain a little harder and it was really freezing too which made for a mostly empty park and some very cold tourists, but we made the most of it despite the weather.
The first attraction we went on involved getting into a bus (pretty much akin to an NYC Transit bus) and then we were driven around a “safari” – basically large areas where different animals were kept, somewhat akin to the Kilmanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s less “pretty” but there were quite a lot of animals.
We stayed clear of most of the rides because a lot of them were outdoors, and the rain and cold were making us yearn for something cozy and warm, so we got coffees and after only a few hours later we left the park.
It was so cold that day and my favorite packable quilted coat just wasn’t cutting it….so I picked up a hat in the gift store for about 10 bucks. It’s super warm and comfy!
After we returned to the the party bus, we headed back to Taipei for the rest of our stay. The drive was fairly long, about 3-4 hours with some rest stops in between. The last hotel we stayed in, the Grand Victoria Hotel in Neihu, was fully booked upon our return so we had to choose a different place to stay. Our new hotel was the Bellezza Taipei Hotel, which is essentially a couple’s resort since it’s attached to a wedding banquet hall. I don’t know how we ended up with a round bed, but we indeed got stuck with a round bed for a couple of nights because there was no other available room in the hotel.
Each room at the Bellazza has a theme. I think ours must have been Sexy 70’s Disco. Everything was dark, paneled, and chintzy. To go with the round bed, one must have an over-the-top bathroom with a …sunken round tub
The rest of the time in Taiwan, we visited with Grandma, hung out with family and I even got to visit with an old high school friend. Everything, of course, involved a lot of eating.
Later that week, before we were all flying back to the US, (We were all leaving at different dates so it was the last night we’d be all together), Steve’s Uncle took us to wonderful seafood restaurant complete with a crab dish that was out of this world.
We got a chance to walk around Taipei so I picked up some unusual items you can’t find in the US….like portugese egg tarts made at KFC of all places.
After saying all our goodbyes on our last night in Taiwan, we packed up and headed to our next destination…Singapore!! I just want to give a big THANK YOU to Steve’s family for hosting us in Taiwan. They are the most wonderful people and we love to visit Taiwan, especially with all the delicious food and interesting places we get to see on each trip. Can’t wait for the next trip!
The best thing about Taipei Airport is that there is a whole Hello Kitty section. It’s awesome. And the best duty free purchase item ever?? This little beauty:
It’s “found” it’s way into our new house (so excited to use it!)…now we’ll just have to find people to play with us. Yay!