Leofoo Village @ Hsinchu, Taiwan

Hello Everyone, we really hope you like what we have covered about our recent Taiwan trip. Continuing from where we left off in our last blog entry about the Beitou Hot Spring and the Golden Spring Hotel, we would be covering the Leofoo Village in this blog entry.

As Baby and I have already planned to stay a night at the Mulan Motel, we checked out of the Golden Spring Hotel and left for Mulan Motel right away. Because we were only due for check-in at 6pm, Baby and I left our luggage there so that we could proceed with our plans for the day, that was; to go to Leofoo Village.

Anyways, Breakfast at Golden Spring Hotel was pretty bad. We should have just went to the nearby fast food restaurant but since its complimentary, we shouldn't complain much.

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The Dining Area for Breakfast at Golden Spring Hotel

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Some photos while checking out.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

Ok, from Taipei to Leofoo Village, there are a few ways that you can go about to get there. First, you can either hail a cab [which we personally would not recommend because of the huge costs]; second, you can take the public E-Go Bus which will cost $130 TWD [approx. $5.52 SGD] per person for a single trip ticket; or third, you can take a private chartered vehicle to Leofoo Village which will cost $150 TWD [approx. $6.37] per person for a single trip ticket.

Allow us to elaborate more about the difference of taking the E-Go Bus and the private chartered vehicle.

The public E-Go Bus can be found at the Bus Stop that is situated outside Jingan MRT Station. The bus comes at different time intervals so it is highly recommended that you check out their website to plan your itinerary. The journey via E-Go Bus to Leofoo Village will take more than an hour's journey.

About the private chartered vehicle to Leofoo Village, we didn't know it existed until we were waiting at the Bus Stop for the E-Go Bus. A lady in a pink tee-shirt approached us and asked if we were going to Leofoo Village. Then, we found out that the lady and her husband are operating a shuttle service from Jingan MRT Station to Leofoo Village. To be honest, we were rather apprehensive but we decided to give it a go as we were not the only ones in the vehicle. In fact, there were other tourists whom were going to Leofoo Village too. The best part is, the journey took lesser time than if we were to take the public E-Go Bus; resulting in more time for us to spend at Leofoo Village. However, a word of advise here, don't anyhow just hop onto any private chartered vehicle.

Moving on, an adult entrance ticket to Leofoo Village cost $890 TWD [approx. $37.82 SGD] but all thanks to Taiwan Tourism Bureau [Singapore], we were given a pair of complimentary theme park tickets that grants us entrance to just about any theme parks in Taiwan! So here's a really nice tip for you, if you are travelling free and easy to Taiwan, be sure to head down to Taiwan Tourism Bureau [Singapore] with your flight tickets/itinerary and your accommodation booking details to redeem some free goodies! Also, do check out their Facebook Page for the latest updates about travelling to Taiwan!

So here we are at Leofoo Village in Hsinchu, Taiwan!

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Some really colourful flowers at the entrance of Leofoo Village

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There are 5 main areas of Leofoo Village; there are the Magic Water Fountain, the Wild West, the Arabian Kingdom, the South Pacific, and the African Safari.

Here's a picture of me and the Arabian Kingdom.

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We went to check out the African Safari first as it was quite near to where we were.

Here are some candid photos of us at the African Safari.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
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At the African Safari, there is a parrot feeding area. So, to feed the parrots, you can buy the parrot food which cost $10 TWD [approx. $0.42 SGD].

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An awesome shot of the blue parrots by Baby.

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I looked like I was taking a photo at the Singapore Zoo.

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Our first ride for the day was a harmless slow moving ride known as the Monkey Trail.

From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

Basically, for the Monkey Trail Ride, you have to pedal the ride with your partner and the track brings you around to the different monkey enclosures.

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Here comes the swinging monkey!

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At the African Safari, you can also have a ride on the Camel but it will cost you some money. We're not sure how much it cost but well, if you're interested, I'm sure you wouldn't mind paying.

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If you like, you can even board the Mini Train at the African Safari which brings you around the Leofoo Village Zoo!

Here are some candid photos while waiting for the Mini Train.

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All onboard the train! Anyways, the total duration of the train ride is about 15-20 minutes because it goes really really slow!

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

The Leofoo Village Zoo is really huge! There are quite a number of animal exhibits.

There's the Hippotamus.

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The Rhinoceros.

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The Giraffe.

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The Zebras.

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The Emus.

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The Mountain Goat.

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So after the long train ride, we took some more photos before leaving for the Arabian Kingdom.

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Here we are at the Arabian Kingdom in Leofoo Village.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

The Arabian Kingdom has a few main rides and the classic merry-go-round is one of them.

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At the Arabian Kingdom, we had a go at the Sultan's Adventure, an indoor ride.

From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

We also had our late lunch at the Oasis Restaurant.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

The quality of the food was average and good enough to satisfy our hungry stomachs.

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Baby had the rather cute Bento set while I had the chicken wrap.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

We then moved on to the South Pacific area where we tried the Captain Cook's Swinging Boat and the Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure.

The Captain Cook's Swinging Boat is the largest swinging boat in Taiwan, and there are only 3 other swinging boats of its size around the world. The swinging boat is 18.5 m long, 2.5 m wide and seats up to 84 people. A height of 7-stories is reached at the highest point of its swing, and the swing itself is measured at 70°.

From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

After the ride, Baby's leg became like jelly and I went to try the Pagoda's Revenge all on my own.

The Pagoda’s Revenge takes up to 20 brave souls slowly up to a height of 53 m (17 stories) and shows them the magnificent view of the Leofoo Village and the surrounding Guansi area. Then, without any warning, the brave souls are released to the mercy of gravity. This is a true free fall experience not to be missed.

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When Baby has finally recovered from her traumatising experience at the Captain Cook's Swinging Boat, we went for another exhilarating ride on the Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure.

The Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure Riders embark on a journey through a Jurassic lost world. As the canoe reaches the top of the volcano, riders come face-to-face with a 3-stories plunge. If one terrifying experience was not enough, Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure is the only ride in the world that takes you through the same adventure twice.

We ended up totally drenched after the ride.

From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

Some fun shots at the South Pacific area.

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When we were done checking out the rides at South Pacific, we went to the Wild West and were just in time to catch a performance.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

Some photographs taken at the Wild West.

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From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

As the park was also celebrating Halloween, they had some Halloween features where visitors can take photographs with.

From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
From Day 4 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

This is one ride you must absolutely try if you are a thrill-seeker. Known as the Screaming Corridor, this U shaped suspension roller coaster brought from Switzerland is the second in the world and the only one in Asia. The track is 190 m long, and the roller coaster reaches 122 km/h when it rushes down its biggest drop of 56 m. The 90 second suspended experience incorporates 360° spiral acceleration and vertical dives, bringing you the excitement and thrills of an eagle in flight.

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An overall map of Leofoo Village.

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While waiting for our vehicle to head back to Taipei, we sipped some coffee to unwind ourselves after a long but fun day at Leofoo Village.

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There are a lot of attractions that you can check out at Hsinchu; Leofoo Village is just one of them. Also, we wanted to stay at the Leofoo Village Safari-Themed Hotel but because it was fully booked, we didn't manage to book it.

Anyhows, in our next blog entry, we will be sharing with you about our stay at Mulan Motel and the amazing dinner we had at Five Dime Restaurant in Taipei.

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!