[TAIWAN] Backpacking Tanpa Tour Jalan Sendiri Part 4: Taipei Zoo and Barbie Cafe

It’s always nice to go traveling by our own saving every year, but it’s so much nicer to keep the memories and share it with all of you, my readers.¬†ūüė䬆Many of you have asked me, where is the article of¬†Taiwan Trip Part 4 and Part 5? Ha-ha.. So, here it is!¬†Taiwan Trip Part¬†4¬†covering my visit to the¬†Taipei Zoo¬†ŚŹįŚĆóŚłāÁęčŚä®ÁČ©Śõ≠¬†(the most famous zoological garden in¬†Taiwan) and the official¬†Barbie-themed Cafe¬†which just opened a few months when we visited them in 2013 in¬†Taiwan.¬†I know, I know… Some travel tips and culinary references from my trip to¬†Singapore,¬†Malaysia,¬†Thailand,¬†Hong Kong,¬†Taiwan, and¬†Japan¬†already in my blog. Not to forget, there are some street food, popular local food, and trending cafes that you should try in¬†Semarang,¬†Bali,¬†Jogjakarta,¬†Surabaya,¬†Malang,¬†Bandung, and¬†Solo¬†are available on my blog. But I had to finish what I’ve started; that’s why I’m committed to continuing the stories and share our travel experiences which I have not had the chance to share with you.

We stayed for a few nights at Hotel Puri when we were in Taiwan. We got the best price from Agoda that time, and even better, this hotel is located at Chengdu Road (Taipei) which is walking distance to Xi Men Ding and very close to the MRT Station. Kewl! Although our room was small, it was comfy enough and clean to stay. Oh!!! I just realized that my previous posts about this Taiwan Trip were using Bahasa Indonesia, so I guess I will continue to share the story in Bahasa then.

Nah, bagi kalian yang sempat tertinggal dengan cerita seru pada postingan Jalan-Jalan Backpacking ke Taiwan Sendiri Tanpa Tour yang pernah aku posting sebelumnya, di sini aku akan share lagi secara singkat ya. Kalian dapat langsung klik atau pilih artikel yang ingin dibaca melalui gambar yang tersedia di atas. Semoga dengan itinerary yang aku bagikan di sini, teman-teman funfoodiers jadi semakin mudah untuk travel tanpa tour ke Taiwan. Setelah mengunjungi danau terindah dan terluas di Sun Moon Lake Taiwan, dan bermain puas di Theme Park terbesar di Taiwan Formosan Aborigin Culture Village, kami pun menginap di Hotel Puri dan menghabiskan sisa malam kami di Taipei. Serunya jajan street food di Ximending area, berendam air panas tanpa busana (Onshen) di Xinbeitou Taiwan, makan malam di Hello Kitty Cafe, jajan street food di Rao He Night Market, mengunjungi kebun binatang terbesar di kawasan Asia, yaitu Taipei Zoo, makan malam lezat ala fine dining restaurant di Barbie Cafe, makan siang di Toilet Cafe Taiwan, naik ke atas Taipei 101 sebuah tower tertinggi di Taiwan yang memiliki 101 lantai, dan jajan cemilan di salah satu Night Market paling terkenal di Taiwan, yaitu Shilin Night Market. Dalam postingan 7 Hari Jalan-Jalan Ke Taiwan Sendiri (Tanpa Tour) part 4 ini, aku akan berbagi cerita tentang kunjungan kami ke Taipei Zoo di Taiwan.

OMO! Look, guys! Ha-ha.. As you can see from the photo above, we were shocked and laughed for a while because we were greeted with a sea of commuters. It was when we’re at the MRT Stations on the way to the Taipei Zoo. But not all of MRT in Taiwan like this; the crowd usually occurs during the peak rush hour only.¬†Jumlah manusia yang beraktivitas dan berlalu-lalang di dalam stasiun sangat mengejutkan, sampai membuat aku dan beberapa turis mancanegara lainnya ikut mendokumentasikan sambil tercengang untuk beberapa waktu. Ha-Ha.. Untung saja, akses untuk menuju Taipei Zoo tidaklah sulit. Cukup naik MRT jalur cokelat (MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line) dan turun langsung di Taipei Zoo Station. Bagi kalian yang ingin menggunakan transportasi bus ke Taipei Zoo, bisa melihat rute bus di link berikut ini.¬†

Selain karena¬†area-nya yang luas, Taipei Zoo¬†terkenal¬†sebagai¬†kebun binatang terbesar di kawasan Asia (The largest¬†zoo¬†in Asia) dan di sana ada¬†Yuan Zai Panda (the first giant panda cub born on Taiwan). Karena itulah, kami sangat bersemangat untuk melihat isi hewan yang ada di dalam kebun binatang ini. Segera saja aku membeli tiket masuk Taipei Zoo yang ternyata murah sekali, hanya NT$ 60 per orang (sekitar Rp. 25.000,- saja)!! Wow! Dan karena jam operasional kebun binatang ini cukup singkat – buka setiap hari dari jam 9 pagi hingga jam 5 sore -, aku pun¬†segera memesan makanan di McDonald’s agar tidak terlalu kesiangan dan dapat mengeksplorasi seluruh bagian di kebun binatang ini. Asiknya lagi, saat itu sedang ada promo Free Boneka atau mainan Hello Kitty untuk setiap pembelian Happy Meal di semua McDonald’s Taiwan. Yay!

Banyak deh spot lucu-lucu di sini, seru dan jadi lama foto-foto terus! ūüėĄ

Tak disangka ternyata area kebun binatang Taipei Zoo luas banget sampai-sampai kami habis waktu seharian di sana, dan memang, isinya jauh lebih bagus daripada kebun binatang Ragunan yang di Jakarta!! Koleksi hewan¬†yang ada di sini sangat¬†bervariasi, semua binatang terlihat sehat, banyak hijau pepohonan dan semuanya terawat!! Dan bagian paling menariknya adalah saat mengunjungi¬†Panda House, Asian Tropical Rainforest Animal Area, dan Penguin House.¬†Sayangnya, Panda Yuan Zhai¬†yang berbadan besar ini sedang tidur sore, hiks.. Namun kami cukup puas karena dapat melihat kedua Koala Australia yang sangat lucu di atas pohon, dan¬†Penguin yang di Taipei Zoo ini ternyata adalah Penguin Happy Feet yang ada di dalam film bioskop itu lho. They’re so cute and adorable! Gosh! If you ever visit Taipei – Taiwan, you should visit Taipei Zoo for at least once in your life!¬†It was really fun to be here! Your kids and family would be excited too, especially if they’re animal lovers!

Setelah puas bermain di Taipei Zoo, kami pun kembali ke kota dengan menggunakan kereta MRT. Untuk makan malam, kami mengunjungi salah satu restoran dengan tema lucu, semuanya serba Barbie di dalamnya. Ya, Barbie Cafe namanya! Barbie Cafe ini ramai sekali dan sebaiknya kalian datang lebih awal untuk menghindari antrian panjang. Tak hanya sofa, tapi kursi duduk, meja makan, hiasan dinding, makanan, dan para pelayan semuanya juga bertema Barbie yang sweet. Jangan lewatkan Barbie Cafe saat kalian berada di Taiwan! Baca lebih lengkap tentang seru dan uniknya makan malam di Barbie Cafe, Taipei РTaiwan di sini.

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Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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