Houtong, the Cat Village

Houtong is a small laid back town located in Ruifang district, north-east of Taipei. It used to be one of Taiwan’s most important coal-mining town up to 1990’s. Unfortunately, after the coal mining industry declined, the little town began to be abandoned by its inhabitants, who, out of work, had to move away. From about…

Day Trip: Let’s go to Shifen!

It’s really easy to go to Shifen from Taipei, and actually, you even have several options to get there. You could either take the shuttle bus number 795 heading to Pingxi from Muzha Station on the Brown Line (that’s the fastest option), or either you could take a local train from Taipei Main Station to…

MOCATaipei: Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art

For all the art lovers out there, another great museum in Taipei is the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is located right nex to to Zhongshan MRT station, so it’s really easy to get to and find. We took a visit their yesterday and were really impressed with the collection of work we found….

Yangming Movie Theater

Fancy a trip to the flicks during your stay at Mono’tel. Literally opposite us we have a great cinema with all the latest releases. Most of the films are in English with Chinese subtitles, so there is no need to worry about not understanding. Some of our guests at Mono’tel went with us to watch…

Is this still Taipei? Escaping to Yangmingshan

A few days ago some of us from Mono’tel took a day trip, with a couple of our guests, to the Yangmingshan national park. This scenic area is very beautiful and a real change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city life,  and it’s only 30 minutes bus ride away! We had…

Taipei Fine Arts Museum – Photography of Wang Hsin

One of the great attractions within walking distance of Mono’tel, is Taipei Fine Art Museum. The museum has loads to offer, with both contemporary and older work exhibited in a wide range of media. There is also a great library,  and a whole zone dedicated to children. Most of the museum is totally free to…

Valentine’s Day at Beitou Hot Springs

With Beitou so close to Mono’tel (only a short MRT ride away from the hostel) we decided Valentine’s Day was the perfect time for a trip to Beitou Hot Springs and the Thermal Valley! In the Beitou area there are over 16 certified hot springs, including an outdoor public hot spring, and an incredible geothermal…