Exploring Taiwan with OWNRIDES Customized Private Tour | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Mar 25, 2019

Exploring Taiwan with OWNRIDES Customized Private Tour

If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably know that Ed and I just got back from the land of XLB and bubble tea - Taiwan! We explored some parts of the country with my parents who are still very much cool and groovy at their 60s. Although I know how "game" they are with my DIY itineraries, I always try my best to find more comfortable ways of traveling whenever we are with them.

So, for Taiwan, I opted to book a tour! Not the boring group tour kind, but a type that satiates my hunger for exploring a new place on my own; more like a do-it-yourself trip, but hassle-free and convenient! 

Here's how it went...

Taiwan Customize Tour

There are plenty of tour operators in Taiwan, but it was OWNRIDES that captured my attention. It is an online platform where tourists can book private drivers for tours, airport transfers, and long distance trips. The platform is simple and easy to use, and what set it apart from others is that I get the freedom to customize our trip!

OWNRIDES was also used by my Blogger Friend Riz of Lamyerda during her Taiwan Trip last year. She's a travel junkie; so if she gave it a two thumbs up, then I thought it's probably worth it! ;)       

Ownrides custom trip in Taiwan
This comfy family car and that friendly face took us around Taiwan for two days! 

Easy To Book
Booking a trip with OWNRIDES is super easy. My two custom trips were confirmed in just a few minutes! 

All you have to do is to go their website, choose a city to explore, select from the prepared Private Tours or you can make your own Custom Trip like what I did, and the price will be provided instantly. You will then be matched with a suitable driver, and you'll pay the driver at the end of your trip!   

English-speaking Driver
OWNRIDES provides the option to book an English-speaking driver. It may sound not important before your trip, but I truly appreciated it when we were there. Rock, the driver assigned to us, can communicate in English very well. I think this is one of the reasons why our trip went smoothly; no language barrier and no misunderstanding, plus the fact that Rock is a good person and he treated us like his family the whole time!   

Customize Your Trip
You know how much I love plotting my own journey whenever we travel, and I'm so glad that I also had the freedom to do that with OWNRIDES. For our day trip in Taichung, I made our full day itinerary and plotted it in the Custom Trip option.

Here's what I plotted for our Taichung Day Tour
  • Pick up at our accommodation in Taipei
  • First Stop: Zhong She Guanguang Flower Market
  • Second Stop: Tai'an Police Station - for the cherry blossoms
  • Third Stop: Lunch at Chun Shui Tang - The Birthplace of Bubble Tea
  • Fourth Stop: Miyahara - for dessert
  • Fifth Stop: Rainbow Village
  • Drop off at Taipei 101

Ed and Lady in Zhong She Guanguang Flower Market
Zhong She Guanguang Flower Market in Houli district in Taichung
flower field in Zhong She Guanguang Flower Market
Too bad it was raining non-stop. Our camera got wet, thus the water blots! But still, this place is so beautiful!
Cherry Blossoms at Tai'an Police Station
Cherry Blossoms at Tai'an Police Station
Chun Shui Tang: Where the world-famous bubble tea was first made!
Miyahara ice cream in Taichung
Miyahara: A popular dessert shop in Taichung selling too pretty to eat ice cream sundaes!
Lady at Taiwan Rainbow Village
Rainbow Village: A village of colorful houses painted by veteran Huang Yung-Fu.

Flexible Itinerary
Another thing I love about OWNRIDES is flexibility. Our drop off point was supposedly at Taipei 101, however, my impulsive-self decided to take the family for some pre-dinner drinks at Yen Bar in W Taipei. Hence, I asked Rock if he can drop us off in W hotel instead, and he agreed despite the short notice!

Affordable Price and Best Service
I initially planned to travel to Taichung by train, but upon seeing that it would cost almost the same as booking a customized trip with OWNRIDES, I knew it is a good decision to settle with the latter. 

And with the service that we received from Rock, I cannot emphasize enough that we got more than what we paid for. He drove us from town to town safely; he was also our driver for our Taiwan Northern Coast tour, by the way. He provided insights on the country's top attractions, prepared bottled waters, raincoats, umbrellas, and heat packs in his car, and even gave us warm milk tea! Saying that he took care of us is an understatement.  

drinks at W Taipei
What a way to end the long day!
Happy to see the parents smiling and looking fresh after a full day of exploring!

I know this wouldn't be possible
 without the convenience brought by the customized tour!

Email: support@ownrides.com
Tour price: It is fairly calculated based on the fuel cost, toll, and the length of your trip.
To give you an overview, we paid 5429 TWD for our Taichung tour and 4808 TWD for our Northern Coast tour which I tweaked the last minute. I'll talk about it in the next blog posts. Stay tuned!

Love this? Pin it for later!

0 Blogger Comments