Day 5 arrived. We’ll be going to Anping Old Street and Flying Cow Ranch. I have separated Day 5 to 2 parts. Let’s start with one of the oldest and well preserved historical street in southern Taiwan.
ANPING OLD STREET
There’s a lot to shop, eat, play, and explore in this little old street. All these street packed and surround the fort, reminds me of Jonker Street and A-Famosa Fort and the historical values are well preserved. It even shares a similar stories of invasion in the past.
The road in this area were winding and narrow. There might be lots of turn and corners but still packed with eateries, local drinks and delicacies store, and game stall vendors like below;
As we explore the winding road of Anping Street, we stumbled on this machine, Taiwanese local invention, Popping Prawn Cracker Machine. It uses hot air pressure to transform a spoon if powder into a piece of cracker. Compare to our local prawn cracker in Malaysia, we used to fry a tiny slices of dried up prawn mix which is quite oily, where this machine did not use any oil.
You’ll find various vendor selling creative and unique handcrafts like these square wooden figures dressed in various theme. They even took their mom’s cloth hanging wooden clip to style it up as well. It’s pretty creative and unique. So be sure to check this vendor’s collection if you’re interested.
After a fun walk in the old street here we are, Fort Zeelandia or Anping Old Fort (Ānpíng Gǔ Bǎo 安平古堡). The area had a little resemblance to Melaka’s A’ Famosa Fort. The stain, canons, cracked walls and the atmosphere.
The remaining structure of the fort is still well maintained, and some of the structure was rebuild and re-designed to fit for open tourist accessibility. I won’t be writing the whole story on this fort, but in case if you’re interested feel free to visit the wiki site and Tainan City site.
Born in Japan, Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功), a Koxinga, a leader, and the man who defeated Dutch’s invasion and took over the fort.
Surrounding the fort, are survivors who once witnessed the war, invasion, and all the aging journey, the Banyan Trees. The atmosphere was quite relaxing, with breezy wind blowing away the heat, it’s quite comfortable to explore around the fort.
LUNCH @ THAI TOWN CUISINE
Today’s lunch was a special arrangement. Although we were in Taiwan, but our tour guide Mr Zhang Dao Ren told us that there’s a Thai food restaurant which is pretty famous in Kaohsiung area. Without hesitate the whole group agreed to give it a try.
12F, No. 21, Sanduō 4th Road,
Thai Cuisine Restaurant located in one of the shopping mall in Kaohsiung area. The restaurant was packed, but luckily our tour guide has earlier booked 2 tables for us. The dishes were pretty much familiar to us. We ordered Thai Fish cakes, tom yam seafood soup, claypot shrimp, sweet pork, kang kung, kerabu (Thai’s salad).
We were give 2 options of rice, Taiwan local rice and Thai fragrance rice. The difference was, Thai fragrance rice taste great together with curry, tom yam soup and curry gray. So the next time you visit, remember to opt for Thai fragrance rice.
- Trip to Taiwan Day 1 – Ximending, Taipei
- Trip to Taiwan Day 2 – Fisherman’s Wharf, TamSui Old Street, Fenjia Night Market
- Taiwan Trip Day 3 – Lingzhi Store, Wen Wu Temple, Sun Moon Lake and RuiFeng Night Market
- Taiwan Trip Day 4 – Fo Guang Shan, Lotus Pond, Dongpo Zui Yue, EDA Theme Park & Love River
- Taiwan Trip Day 5 – Flying Cow Ranch