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“Topology - Great friendly tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Topology Travel- Travel in Real Taiwan (Private Tour)

Topology Travel- Travel in Real Taiwan (Private Tour)
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$111.55*
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Private Tour: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark from Taipei
Ranked #1 of 45 Food & Drink in Taipei
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: If you are planning to have a spontaneous trip with people meeting and food tasting and the most essential and authentic local experience, we offer you various types of trip ranging from a 2-week trip, a day trip to a customized trip, weekly walking tour and local life experience which everyone can participate.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Taipei, Taiwan
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Topology - Great friendly tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

The guide of the day was Wayne, he is really friendly and patient and knows a great deal about the historical and cultural significance of Dansui, he also managed to share these knowledge in an extremely engaging manner. We toured Dansui and got to experience the local food, places of worship and even the wet market(Only after ascertaining that the group was okay with wet markets). Wayne was also very attentive to the preferences of the group and made adjustments based on that. Overall, it was a fun-filled adventure and I would definitely recommend friends to give them a go.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Topology - two thumbs up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

There were 7 of us - grandpa grandma me hubby helper 1yo and 3yo girls. With the old and young we needed a personalised itinerary. Me and hubby have been to taiwan on a standard group tour before so we wanted a different experience. Topology Steve Shih patiently listened and answered our many questions and planned for us when we contacted them via email from singapore. Replies were prompt.

Day 1 upon arrival, a very spacious 8 seater was arranged for us.

Day 2 was at flying cow ranch. Cosy farm with diy activities like cookie and ice cream making. We spent the night at puli minsu. The hosts were extremely warm and friendly, the girls were happily playing with their dog dou dou, and we enjoyed the hot spring bath at their house and home made pizzas from their own oven! Fireflies viewing was a short walk away - awesome!

Day 3 was at sun moon lake. Not much worth mentioning. We spent the night at Jhushan. Superb minsu! It was foggy and the deco was like a monastery for a retreat. No tvs. We felt like we were in the wu xia age. We were treated to beautifully wrapped hakka bento boxes. Day 4/5 was at cing jing. Unfortunately for us weather was wet and misty and we missed the view that the the minsu could potentially offer. A hot pot dinner during cold weather was ideal. Carrying the umbrellas to walk through the farm was a shame.

Day 6 at pinxi. Sky lantern was interesting. We liked the railway town, the waterfall and the cat town.

Day 7 at yangmingshan. Not much. We had spontaneous last minute requests which the driver guide very flexibly agreed. Wufenpu was not much. We didnt find bargains. Shilin was good shopping. Dansui is beautiful, reminded us of sfo. Jay chou bu neng shou de mi mi restaurant was been there done that and wont do it again. Pizzas and pastas were reasonably yummy. Toilet restaurant was also a been there done that and wont do it again.

Writing this and reflecting the places we went, wow we did a lot in the 8 days and it was really a wonderful trip. Steve also made time to have dinner and chat with us on a Friday night and presented us with meaningful souvenirs. The driver guide Joseph was also very pleasant. The roads were very winding and with our giant car I thought it was dangerous at times but he pulled through it, well done! Also he was our photographer with his own canon dslr. What a good deal. He took candid and proper shots of us and shared after the trip.

We will definitely recommend topology and we will be back! :)

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Visited May 2013
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Steve S, 經理 at Topology Travel- Travel in Real Taiwan (Private Tour), responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Dear Norman and Joyce,
The review from you is really wonderful and helpful for us.
It's our honor to travel in Taiwan with your sweet family.

Hope see you soon:)

Steve
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Singapore, Singapore
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Can't wait for our next Topology-curated visit to Taiwan!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We gave Topology Travel a challenge - a large group which split into two during some parts of the itineray, with varying arrival and departure times and on top of it, special dietary needs to be considered and Peter, Steve and the team were not just up to it, they exceeded our expectations.

Throughout the planning process and the tour, they were professional, principled, understanding, accommodating, and extremely patient. We loved their selections of hotels and home-stays (which were obviously well-researched) and Joseph our knowledgeable English-speaking guide/ driver was funny and conscientious. What's best was how patient and flexible everyone was with us we made while there, which involved a few small detours, some delays and minor (some last-minute) changes to the intended programme. We must have given you guys some headaches, but thank you for being so gracious throughout. Can't wait to visit the south of Taiwan next time, and most definitely it will be with you guys!

Visited April 2013
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Steve S, 經理 at Topology Travel- Travel in Real Taiwan (Private Tour), responded to this review, May 8, 2013
We're really happy to know you have a wonderful memories during this trip.
Don't worry about those trouble, challenge always make us stronger^^

Please say hello to your friends, see you soon :)
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Singapore
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best of Taiwan Taipei”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Topology is well trusted travel guide. Guide is experienced and patience. Most important guide focus only on local place of interest and cultures excluding buying and shopping. Charges are reasonable and worth it. We experienced quality local food and enjoyed them very much. Guide goes the extra mile to understand our needs and bring us to the place we want to go. We feel very comfortable and safe in Taipei.

Visited April 2013
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“Flexible English Speaking Tour Company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We chose Topology for a guided tour to Eastern Taiwan (Hualien and surrounds) as my wife and I don't speak mandarin and needed an English speaking guide. Topology provides flexible tours to suit their clients, and we certainly found that to be the case. They made sure that everything went smoothly, from picking us up from our hotel in Taipei, helping us order our meals, providing good background and history at each stop. We really appreciated the service they provided - we never felt rushed and had all the time and space we wanted.

While Topology specialises in bespoke tours, they have a few set itineraries on their website which are helpful for people like us who don't do a lot of planning. As mentioned, they are flexible and we found them happy to accommodate any changes that we wanted as we went along.

The accommodation for our trip was a "Minsu" which is a Taiwan bed & breakfast equivalent, which we found to be perfectly adequate and clean.

Visited April 2013
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