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0 Airline Review: Fly Scoot from Singapore to Taipei

4 Mar 2015 | 06:30:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17


This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

This was the third time that we had taken Scoot, the first time being our trip to Gold Coast when Scoot has just started flying in 2012 while our second trip was to Sydney in May 2013.

The last time we went to Taipei - It was almost 10 years ago! We have been wanting to go back to Taipei again to visit some of the places that we missed out (e.g. Hualien, Jiufen Old Street, Beitou Hot Springs etc).

The opportunity came when Scoot was having a promotion. Without any hesitation, we booked our tickets 6 weeks before departure and here we go! :)

Air Ticket Costs

A pair of return "FLY" tickets to Taipei costs us SGD $254.56 per person (inclusive of ticket, taxes and seat selection). We bought our check-in luggage allowance separately, spending an additional SGD $86 for a shared luggage allowance of 25kg to Taipei and 45kg on the flight back to Singapore. We also purchase one meal to share for each sector costing $31 in total.

Thus, the total cost for 2 person works out to be SGD $626.12 (or SGD $313.06 per person), which we would consider it relatively cheap as compared to full service airlines with promotional tickets of SGD $600 per person on average.

Total luggage weight when we check in at Changi Airport was 19.5 kg, within the 25 kg that we purchased.


Total Luggage weight when we returned from Taipei was 38.1 kg, within the 45kg luggage allowance that we purchased. It was almost double the weight that we flew out from Singapore (so you can imagine the amount of stuffs we bought!!)

Check In

Our flight to Taipei was on FlyScoot TZ202 and was scheduled to depart Singapore Changi Airport at 12.55 am. We were at the airport relatively early for the flight (almost 3 hours before flight departure) and went for our supper at the Premier Lounge before boarding the flight.


Probably because we were early, there wasn't a queue at the check-in counter and we were able to check in our luggage and got our boarding passes in probably 10 minutes time! :)


The check-in at Taipei Airport when we returned. There was a longer queue compared to Singapore.

On Board the Aircraft

Leather Scoot Biz Seats.



Yellow Stretch Seats on board Scoot. They sure look spacious!


Legroom was spacious even for our normal seats. Scoot is still using the Boeing B777 aircraft with a 3-4-3 configuration in the economy class. Great news for those who are taking Scoot soon - its new Boeing B787 Dreamliner fleet has started operating in services to Hong Kong and Perth. By August 2015, Scoot should be operating a all new B787 fleet!


ScooTV Magazine and Scootalogue (Duty Free Shopping). You may want to check out what's on offer on board your flight if you are interested in renting their IPADs.


Scoot Cafe - Your Scootilicious Food Guide. Scoot has changed the name of the cafe menu - previously it was simply called EAT.



Hot Set Meals cost SGD $18 and includes Coke/ Green Tea, a bar of Toblerone besides the Main Course - an increase of SGD $1 compared to our last flight on Scoot.


Light Meals are also available as a combo set (SGD $15). Or you could just order cup noodles if you just want to have a ultra light meal.


Savoury delights. Satisfy your cravings with these tasty snacks.


Sweet Treats for the kids.


We ordered the Creamy Pasta with Sausage set on our flight to Taipei.


While we chose a light meal - Ham and Cheese Croissant Set when we returned from Taipei.


Being a night flight, we were soon in ZzZzZ land. We did manage to take some beautiful cloud formations in our return trip from Taipei to Singapore though.

Final Verdict:

Having taken 3 holidays on Scoot, we certainly love the extra space on board the bigger aircraft as compared to typical budget carriers. We are looking forward to our flight to Perth on the new B787 in May! :)
This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Airport Lounge Review: SATS Premier Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 2

28 Feb 2015 | 09:53:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17


This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Having tried the Skyview Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 1 during our previous trip to Bali, we decided to make a visit to the SATS Premier Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 2 before our flight on Scoot to Taipei.


This time round, we decided to utilise our complimentary vouchers from the American Express Krisflyer Ascend card as the ANZ Travel card does not include this lounge in their list. The card permits 4 complimentary access each year to any participating SATS Premier Lounge in Singapore and Plaza Premium Lounge around the world.

Lounge Access

The lounge is located on Level 3 in the Departure Transit Hall in Terminal Two.

Here's the sign that greeted us before we got on the escalator to Level 3.


There are a number of lounges on the same floor. Just follow the sign as you come out of the escalator. Turn right to go to the SATS Premier Lounge.


Just present your boarding pass, the vouchers together with your Krisflyer Ascend card to the staff at the reception counter. Supplementary card holders can also utilise the voucher to the lounge. The 4 vouchers that the card provides would entitle 2 visits to the lounge every year for you and your spouse. Once the staff verifies your card and voucher at the counter, its off to the lounge!

Bright Lounge Environment

The lounge is bright, with comfortable leather seats. There are plenty of seats when we were there on a saturday night.



Similar to the previous lounges that we visited, newspapers and magazines are readily available for you to pass time while you wait for your flight in the lounge. There are also computers for free internet access if you want to do some last minute checking.


There are also massage chairs from OTO if you would like to pamper yourselves before the flight.


Food and Beverages

There are quite a selection of food available, starting with salad.


Biscuits and breads - if you want something light.


Signature Chicken Rice with the sauce - which we thought was so-so only.


Nasi Goreng Kampung (Malay Fried Rice) - ok.


Ramen Noodle Soup - which we didn't try.


Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks. There are instant noodles too if you have some cravings for that.


Desserts to end your meal. We took the Lychee and Soya Bean Jelly, which was quite nice.

Conclusion

As with other lounges, the SATS Premier lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 2 is a good place to rest and have some light finger food and drinks before your flight. We would certainly visit the lounge again for our next flight!

This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Taipei 5 Days 4 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary

22 Feb 2015 | 11:15:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17 - 21

The last time we went to Taipei - It was almost 10 years ago!
We have been wanting to go back to Taipei again to visit some of the places that we missed out (e.g. Hualien, Jiufen Old Street, Beitou Hot Springs etc).

The opportunity came when Scoot was having a promotion. Without any hesitation, we booked our tickets 6 weeks before departure and here we go! :)

Here's our itinerary and as usual, the links will be clickable as we update our reviews. Do stay tuned.

Day 1 - Sat (Jan 17)

2230 Check in Flight (16 Jan Night)
2300 Supper @ SATS Premier Lounge
0055 Board Flight Scoot TZ 202 to Taipei
0530 Arrive at 桃園國際機場 Terminal 1
0615 Board Kuo Kwang (國光客運) 1819 Bus to Taipei Train Station
0730 Reach Taipei Train Station (台北火車站)
0745 Check-in City Inn Hotel III (新驛旅店)
0800 Metro to Dongmen Station (東門捷運站)
0900 Breakfast @ Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
1000 Mango Desert @ Smoothie House (永康街思慕昔)
1130 Visit Little Three (小三美日)
1300 Metro to Shilin Station (士林捷運站)
1330 Bus RED 30 to National Palace Museum (国立故宫博物院)
1400 Visit National Palace Museum
1600 Tea Break @ Museum
1700 Bus RED 30 to Jiantan Station (劍潭站)
1730 MRT to Taipei Train Station
2030 Back to Hotel

Day 2 - Sun (Jan 18)

0630 Rise and shine
0700 Check out City Inn III
0740 Board Puyuma (普悠瑪號) 408 Train to Hualien
0830 Breakfast on Train
0939 Cab Pick up at Hualien Train Station (花蓮車站)
0950        Check in Hotel Bayview Hualien (七星潭渡假飯店)
1000 Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) 1 Day Tour
1300 Lunch
1700 Drop off for Dinner @ Hualien City
1830        Visit Zi Qiang Night Market (自强夜市)
2100 Cab Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Mon (Jan 19)

0715 Rise and shine
0730 Breakfast @ Hotel
0810 Transfer to Hualien Railway Station
0845 Board Puyuma 211 Train to Taipei Main Station
1050 Reach Taipei Main Station
1100 Check-in Cosmos Hotel (台北天成大飯店)
1130 Metro to Beitou Station (北投站)
1200 Reach Beitou
1230 Complimentary Shuttle to Grand View Resort Beitou (北投麗禧溫泉酒店)
1300 Enjoy Hotspring
1500 Metro to Taipei Main Station
1530 Metro to Taipei 101 Station (台北101站)
1600 Shopping at Taipei 101
1800        Dinner @ Shin Yeh (欣葉101食藝軒)
1930        Metro to Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝复兴站)
2000        Shopping
2200 Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Tue (Jan 20)

0730 Rise and shine
0800 Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 Tze-Chiang Limited Express (自強號) 416 to Ruifang
0935 Reach Ruifang Train Station (瑞芳火車站)
0945 Cab from Ruifang to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
1000 Walk around Jiufen
1115 Cab back to Ruifang
1205 Train 4722 from Ruifang (瑞芳) to Pingxi (平溪)
1300 Visit 平溪
1523 Train 4727 from 平溪 to Shifen (十分)
1535 Visit Shifen Waterfalls
1700 Release Sky lanterns
1753 Train 4733 from 十分 to 瑞芳
1829 Reach 瑞芳
1905 Chu-Kuang Express (莒光號) 527 to Taipei Train Station
1955 Reach Taipei Station
2100 Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Wed (Jan 21)

0800 Rise and shine
0830 Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 Free and Easy
1200 High Speed Rail Train 649 from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Station
1219 Reach Taoyuan HSR Station
1230 Ubus 705 to Taoyuan Intl Airport Terminal 1
1245 Check in Flight
1330 Lunch @ Airport
1545 Board Flight TZ 201 to Singapore
2015 Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Taipei. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 




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