One of the more intimate way to experience Taiwan is to stay in 民宿 : Min2 Su4.
I learned more about 民宿 from our Lead Guide 芬姐 Fang Jei who operates one with her hubby 國哥Guo2 Ger1. The idea came from Europe. It means Home Stay where originally if you had an extra room, you could lease it out to visitors, back backers, cyclists. These 民宿 have sprouted a lot in Taiwan and became a unique feature of their country.
|南埔庭園民宿 (Nan2 Pu3 Tin2 Yuan4 Min2 Su4)|
|7 rooms which easily fit 20 folks.|
|United nations flag... no lah.. just laundry for 20... flying in the wind|
|芬姐, Kimi, Cayla, Momo and 國哥|
|Easy access to wash ur steel horses @ 南埔庭園民宿|
There are many sites which are accessibleby biking around. Like the route 193 which we took the classic padi field photo . Or alternatively if u want to take on something very challenging... the entry point to the Taroko Gorges will lead you all the way up Mount Wu Lin (He Hwan shan @ 3227metres). That too can be arranged.
|Route 193... Padi fields with LCSG!|
|This is for 8 person but was given to us as we have a little one... so spacious!|
|Momo and Kimi melting the heart of 國哥|
and Singaporean alike... they burn out and became so tired.
Hubby said.. "enough, we are not going to do this anymore. With both our work schedules, we hardly ever meet." With that Fang Jei left her job in Taipei and they moved to Hua Lien to set up 民宿. BTW, she studied Tourism and was once a qualified tour guide. Something she loves doing. And it shows.
|Home made Tou jiang and nice bao. 芬姐 treating us more like friends than customers. I like.|
|hot and steamy.. nice pao!|
|Playing with the kids and the children love her!|
Small thoughtful gestures and chats really made staying in Taiwan a pleasant experience.
|國哥 driving one of the 3 VW transporter. Seat 6 and can carry 4 brompton(folded) some more.|
|4 Brompton fit in beautifully inside the VW Transporter. With space for bags and other barang barang|
|No sign board stall... simple, good minced meat noodle. 國哥 personal makan place... and he share this lobang with us|
Ok, enough of the fuzzy whuzzy. Want to try what we did? Here's how to contact them if u want to visit Taiwan.
|Guo Ger and Fang Jei contact|
1.1) They can also do custom tour specific to your needs. Not just at Hua Lien area. For Cyclists, they can act as ur support vehicle, carrying ur barang barang. Help lead u to nice places so u can ride stress free. And when tired, u can jump into their van....it would help if u bring foldies so they don't take up too much space.
2) The interesting bit is here..... They converse in Chinese so best is to pen in English. Be extra nice you bi-lingual friends to help translate the message. And follow up with a call/ email.
3) After they receive your rough intent/infor. They will help to check if ur plan is feasible or propose some changes. Do listen to their advice as they are very experienced.
4) Confirm the route, dates. And then pay up 50% via TT ...you are set for a awesome adventure!