Taiwan has always been our favourite destination as we always feel very much at home with the many friendly chinese around. The trip to lauya was memorable and heartwarming. The place is quaint and pretty as indeed what you see in the tripadvisor photos are what you get.
My friend and I stayed for 2 nights earlier on in december. The place is beautiful. Miss Yu and her husband Mr Wang are both very soft spoken and caring hosts. Miss Yu shared with us the many places that we can go and the couple was kind to drive us to nearby places to buy things or have meals. They are indeed very IT savvy for Miss Yu could even check the time of the bus that stops outside lauya that will bring us to alishan using her ipad.
I chose lauya because of the tranquility. The beauty of this place is that one tends to fall into very deep sleep because of the quietness of the place and to wake up to the magnificent view of the yun hai (seas of clouds). It gives you an illusion that one must be floating amid it and it never fails to remind me of sunwukong because he floats on a cloud to move around. My friend, however, did not have a good sleep as she was finding the place too cold even though the bed is warmed by a heat pad. As for the toilet, we came with the expectation that is situated in the mountain and we cant expect a 5 star hotel facilities. The only qualm is that the heater takes around 3 minutes to warm up so you have to keep the water running first.
My only complaint is that lauya only serves breakfast. It will be perfect if the garden in front of the minsu can serve hotpot like what it did earlier. Miss Yu explained thst they had to close down tge restaurant as they were short of manpower. It really doesn't feel good when you are up the mountain and it is cold but you can't get things to eat in the minshu.
The surprising thing is that i enjoyed er yan ping bu tai recommended by Miss Yu more than alishan itself. The serenity of the place, the civic consciousness of the taiwanese makes me fall in love with taiwan once again. Alishan to me is too tourist-like and i was very disappointed with the noise and cigarette smoke generated by the tour groups there.
Just heard that yang yang got into an accident. From Singapore, he is in our prayers and we wish him a speedy recovery. And this point, we are feeling sad and worried. Hope all's well for him. Yang yang, jia you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the geographical center of Alishan National Scenic Area.All buses to Alishan can align at our door.(ShangHudi Station)Free Breakfast and free pickup to lunch or dinner.2mins car distance to ShiJhuo. (7 restaurants,2 CVSs)10mins car distance to FenqiHu small train station.30mins bus distance to Alishan Forest Park.90mins bus distance to Chiayi Railway station.100mins bus distance to HSR Chiayi station.No smoking ,No pets. No children under 10 years old,No Additional Beds!Free Wifi,Free Breakfast,Free Parking,Free dancing clouds!Free tourism information services.Good:Rooms with great view around our quiet nature garden.Bad: Simple Breakfast,Small Bathroom,Need pickup service and share car cost if want to see sunrise at ChuShan in the early morning. Please read our informative official website first and use our online booking system to check vacancy or book online. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alishan Lauya Homestay Taiwan/Chiayi County