Taiwan, Kaohsiung – Sophie’s Apartment

We found this two bedroom, one bathroom apartment, one block over from the stunning 85 Sky Tower building, on Airbnb. Our host had fast and very helpful communication. The apartment was on the 5th floor with two other apartments on the same floor and it was very quiet.85 Sky Tower_Kaohsiung_TaiwanThere is a very large sitting area with an air conditioning unit, we didn’t use the TV during our stay but WiFi was great.
Sophie's Apartment_Kaohsiung_TaiwanMain bedroom has large, comfortable bed, small wardrobe, air conditioning unit & stand up fan. Second bedroom has two single beds, small side table, air conditioning unit & stand up fan. The bedrooms don’t get much natural light though.Sophie's Apartment_Kaohsiung_Taiwan_1The wet bathroom had a wall mounted shower head, toilet and hand basin and the host supplied many toiletries – body wash, shampoo, dishwashing liquid, washing powder, toilet tissue etc. We think the bathroom could have been a little cleaner on our arrival.

The kitchen had a good array of cutlery & crockery, large refrigerator, kettle, two gas hobs but just one wok and pot to do any cooking.Sophie's Apartment_Kaohsiung_Taiwan_2There were two balconies, one small one off the kitchen that had the washing machine and a larger one off the lounge/sitting area which gets some afternoon sun. There were plenty of hangers and pegs for drying clothes. 

Location is fantastic, many 7/11’s, Family Marts, eating options nearby, amazing public library across the road. Close to MRT station, just 5 stops to or from the airport and 8 stops to or from the Zuoying High Speed Rail station. Many stops along the light rail to see the amazing art of the Pier 2 Art Centre areas.

Distant to:

  • Exhibition Centre Light Rail Station – 400m
  • FE21 Mega Department Store & Sandou Shopping Centre MRT station – 500m
  • Ling Ya Night Market – 650m
  • IKEA/Carrefour Hypermarket – 1km

We found the public transport around Kaohsiung to be first class, so many options to get around, MRT, light rail, buses, ferries, very efficient and all fares can be easily paid for by using an ‘EasyCard’ or ‘iPASS’ card. You also get discounted fares when paying with the cards rather than cash (and the drivers don’t give change) and they are easy to top up at many convenience stores. An absolute must if you are in Taiwan and using these modes of transport. There are also plenty of taxis in the area and Uber is available, however I was told by a local that Uber is illegal and therefore they have no insurance, so maybe look into that further if you wish to use Uber.

Price = $57.03 NZD per night (included cleaning fee and Airbnb service fees)