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Have you ever stayed at a Capsule Hostel?

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We did and we loved our stay at Taiwan Youth Hotel and Capsule Hostel.

Our first experience staying at a Capsule Hostel in Taipei was definitely a positive one. We stayed at Taiwan Youth Hostel in Taipei for 5 weeks, after moving places for the past 7 months, it was the perfect place to rest. We never stayed in a capsule hostel before and we were surprised how much privacy we had, as there were actually 30 beds in one room. It didn’t feel like that at all. Of course we don’t know if you have that luxury in every capsule hostel, but we definitely recommend this one. The atmosphere is very familiar the stuff members are all very friendly and just the design of the common areas, such as kitchen, bathrooms, launch and lobby, make you feel like staying at a friend’s place. The difference is that there are many activities. We really enjoyed the live music and also tried Kung-fu and playing instruments in our free time. 

Sleeping areas

Dormitory Zone B

The hostel has 4 different sleeping areas: ZONE A to D. Zone A and B are female only areas, with 20 to 30 capsules. Zone C is a mixed dormitory with 30 capsules, that’s where we stayed. And the 9 private rooms are in Zone D, each private room, includes 2 double beds, with a TV in each capsule. 

The capsules in general are very spacious, you can fit your luggage inside or just lock it outside of your capsule. The black curtains allow you  to have the privacy you need and sets the capsule hostel from regular hostels. It keeps the eyes of your roomies away, but not the noises. You still have to be respectful and keep your voice down inside the dormitries, which isn’t a problem, as you can easily move to the launch or kitchen. 

 

 

Price

Single Capsule (mixed/female)

NT$ 660

Double Capsule (mixed/female)

NT$ 950 / NT$ 1000

Private Room

NT$ 1400

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Common areas

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Lobby
Bathroom
Bathroom
Kitchen
Kitchen

As I said in the start the common areas don’t look like typical hostel areas, and remind you more of a cozy home, with all their little details. The mixed up not matching furniture in the Lobby are very comfy and look like the common area in a student apartment. The tiles in the bathrooms are super stylish and not what you expect at all. Very bright and spotless. A big compliment to the awesome cleaning lady who does a great job every day to keep this place super clean. And then we have the well equipped kitchen. There are not many hostel kitchens, I’ve been to, which provide oven or even blender. 

Location

Taiwan Youth Hostel is located close to the main station and therefore very good connected by public transport. There are many convenient stores, restaurants, food stalls around and supermarkets within a kilometer walking distance.  Also the old town and monuments are easy to get on foot or by MRT.  We used UBike very often. It’s only NT$ 10 per 30 min. There are bike stations everywhere in the city and you can use the easy card which saves you also a couple of dollars with every MRT-ride or bus. 

Our experience and recommendations

How you can imagine this hostel isn’t the typical backpacker hostel, the price is way too high for what we usually would have paid for accommodation. But as we planned on staying longer in Taipei we needed our own space and couldn’t couchsurf. So we found a perfect exchange at this hostel as our passion is food and cooking we gave cooking classes at this hostel and could pay our rent easily. If you are on a holiday in Taiwan this hostel is a nice place and the price is suitable, as a backpacker ask at the reception if they could need your skills in exchange for accommodation (only for a minimum one week stay).

At this point we can just thank Taiwan Youth Hostel and it’s team for the cooperation and making our stay in Taipei to an awesome experience we can just recommend everybody to stay here!

Top 3 hikes in hawaii

Top 3 Hikes Hawaii | Travel Guide

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This hike is on my Top 3 hikes in Hawaii one becouse its the most popular on the island, sadly it’s illegal and there are many security guards around waiting to hand out ridiculous high fines (US$ 1000).  I’m glad that didn’t stop me doing it, the effort going there by night, crossing a forest and hiding in the neighborhood, was totally worth it. 

My first impression

Why Hawaii? All I knew about it was actually, what people back home told me: “a nice honeymoon place” and “only rich people going there”. Well, that was quite the opposite of me… Solo travelling, as my girlfriend was travelling somewhere else and  all I had was my backpack and not much money I wanted to spent on that island. But a direct flight from Sydney return for only AU$ 300 got me. And there I was at Honolulu international airport, just about to figure out that Hawaii would be one of my favourite places to go hiking! And all the honeymoon stories I heard where not all Hawaii had to offer.

Honolulu is the largest city in O’ahu. It’s located in the centre with public transport, which makes it to a convenient place for a staying.  The island itself is fluted with students, military and tourists which makes it very pricey. So the fact about only rich people going there is probably true. Never mind I will tell you how I survived without spending all my savings. 

Top 3 hikes in Hawaii


1. Stairways to Heaven

Top 3 hikes hawaii

Surprise, surprise! Hawaii is not all about beautiful sand beaches. The first day I arrived meeting my first couchsurfing host opened my eyes for a completely new view about Hawaii. I loved not only the amazing views on the peaks of the mountains, but the challenging and varying paths up to the top.

Your ultimate hiking guide to reach the top without getting caught

There are many ways to complete this hike. And there are probably heaps of blogs about how to do it in different ways, but I picked unfortunately the wrong one. I followed one of those online guides and trust me that was a baaaaad idea.

I’ll give you a brief glimpse of my adventure reaching the top: I had to leave at 3 o’clock at night, because that’s what people wrote was a good time to escape the guards… Honestly I felt like I part of a comedy show. Completely BULLSH**. I ended up getting caught by the guard twice and chased by the local people through the streets. I escaped over a fence in the middle of the forest, all lost, about to give up. But on my lost path finding a way out of this forest, I came across the right path, and found my way to the stairs. All this took me 4 hours!! The start of the track and the main road are only 2 km apart. Completely tired, no actually exhausted I reached the track at 7 am. Don’t worry,  I learnt from my mistakes and I’ll save you from getting in trouble in my “way to the stairways to heaven”.

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2. koko head

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Climbing up this old railway is not as easy as I thought. But it’s still possible for any level of fitness. There are about 1048 wooden steps with 1/2 meter space in between. Some of my friends weren’t in their best shape so it was really exhausting for them half way trough, but trust me when I say the view is totally worth it! (drop the shirt and enjoy the heat and get some tan on you way up.

Getting there

Using public transportation from Waikiki is far the best and cheapest way to get there.

Price:           $ 5,5 for a day ticket
Duration:     1,5 hours

Use google map to find the right buses. You have to change once. But I guess google maps updates the bus schedule more often than I my blog 🙂 

Riding the bus is very easy, jump out at the stop “Kalanianaole Hwy + Opp Hanauma Bay R”. Cross the street and walk around the gate. It’s legal and there is a normal road. just keep on following it until you reach a car park. Then you also cross that one and keep following the road until you reach the start of the trail.

The walk from the bus stop to the hiking track takes maximum 15 minutes. The track is obvious  and you’ll find you way up to the top. So “RUN FORREST RUN”

 

koko head entrance
start of track koko head

3. Pali Puka

pali puka top

One for the more experienced hikers is Pali Puka. My personal favourite hike. I loved it! It’s challenging and fun. There are more than only one spot with an amazing view. You will be walking on the cliff of the mountain with a steep slope right next to you, crawling through bushes and climbing with ropes straight up the side of the mountain side. It’s nothing to worry about  as  this is all made for tourists and there are all the tools that you need to get from A to B. Just keep in mind that it might be a bit more challenging than a normal walk, and don’t be afraid of heights! 

Getting there

There is no public transport going that way, so you have to use another kind of transport, 

I just hitchhiked, which is very easy  and a good way to get here. Just make sure to make you way out of the big city by public transport and then find a good spot, where people can actually stop to pick you up. And then THUMB UP!

When you arrive at the parking lot make sure to take the right trail. There are two hikes starting here:

1. Pali Pika 

2. Pali Notches

First go and have a look at the entrance to the “Pali Notches Hike”, there is a lookout point over the whole rain forest.

After enjoying the view make your way to the start of the track “Pali Pika”. It’s in the back of the parking lot. Look behind all the busses or cars it might be there.

I circled the small hole red in the half high wall where you can enter the forest, 

 

pali puku entrance
pali puka
Half way up the hike: me sitting in this cute natural window

Tips and tricks

Food

You might think this is a bit funny but being a poor backpacker in Hawaii, just there for the beautiful landscape and hikes it’s quite expensive to eat here. Because of the many tourists in this area, the prices for food in supermarkets and restaurants are not really  effort-able with a backpacker’s budget, Eating at the local brand “SUBWAY” will save you a big amount of money, a daily sandwich with drink is “only” $5.

Getting around

Getting around on Hawaii is not convenient at all, there are no information about public transport and renting a car is too expensive. Its really hard to find a schedule for the public transport, so it can be hard to know where and when the busses go but a tickets for a bus are $ 4 daily and you can use is everywhere, so it’s not too bad to get lost. 

Google maps

“google map” is really helpful. It will give you some information about public transport or where the hike start or information online, so using the app, is really handy. If you want to go somewhere, just type in your start point and destination and it will show you which bus you have to take and where to change.You also get the information,  where the hikes start, even if you are lost on a hike, you can use the offline map to find your way back on track.

What to bring for hikes

I’ve made a list below showing you what I would bring for my hikes, there ain’t much but the basic.

  1. Water (2 LITERS)
  2. Snacks 
  3. Gloves (it can be slippery)
  4. Hiking shoes (there are many muddy places)
  5. Small backpack (to carry all your stuff)
  6. Flash light (night time or caves)
  7. Powerbank (to keep you phone charged)
  8. jacket (for cold nights/days)