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Min Su Homestay In Hualien

  • By on November 5, 2009 | 36 Comments

    Looking for Min Su (民宿) or Homestay in Hualien, Taiwan? I would highly recommend Ah Jie Min Su (阿姐民宿) as the accommodation choice for your to stay during the vacation night 🙂

    We did contact Ah Jie to check on the weather condition especially on Taroko National Park and she update us daily on the final week before our flight to Taiwan.

    After the 12 hours travel time from Kuala Lumpur – Taipei – Hualien, our low battery arrival was energized back by warm welcome from Ah Jie.

    My impression was I have reach to another home of mine that night 😉


    Ah Jie do recommend us the place to visit in Hualien and she is the one for find Hualien Driver for us 😀

    This is the view from our 3rd floor bed room and Ah Jie’s homestay was similar to the house you seeing on the picture.

    Every morning we will went out to the balcony and take some deep breathe of the Hualien’s fresh air.


    This is the look of our favourite 4 person’s Doraemon bedroom with the blue sky and sea theme 🙂

    That’s pretty cool because I never been into such cute bedroom in my life and I am big fans of Doraemon.

    One good thing about the accommodation was it was clean and comfortable and I didn’t have my nose stuck  in the next morning 😉


    Every night each of us will pop their head into the pillow and body onto the bed 😀

    There’s glowing star and moon in the wall of the bedroom and we went into dreams with the Starry Starry Night song monkey-sleepy


    Ah Jie Min Su has bedroom with Lavender theme in the 2nd floor and I bet this room can fits in 2-3 person.


    I never forget about this when Ah Jie treat us Furuili Cream Puff where the milk ingredient springy puff was better taste then Beard Papa 🙂

    Sweet beautiful taste and everyone is going to have sweet puff in their dream tonight.

    Thanks Ah Jie and I will come again to stay if I am coming to Hualien 😉

    Please refer below for more details about Ah Jie Min Su (阿姐民宿) Homestay.

    阿姐民宿 (林淑玲)

    The 3 night stay cost 4 of us 6600NTD and it’s worth for a good memory in Hualien 🙂

    ah hong

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  1. #1 haan
    November 5, 2009 7:17 am

    about RM50+ per person per night.. also quite expensive ler.. but I know this is Taiwan’s rate.. 🙂

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  1. #2 ah hong
    November 5, 2009 7:41 am

    Forgot to mention the Minsu owner came to pick us from the Train Station at night of our arrival in Hualien and send us back for FOC 🙂

    You are right about the rate and I think is really worth for the dream stay…hehe 😀

    More story to come about Taiwan journey, stay tune 😉

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  1. #3 zoeii
    November 5, 2009 7:58 pm

    There is a small mezzanine in this room, also equiped with many doraemons n toys. Do some day dreamings there should be very nice. Hahahaha..
    Too bad we don’t have time to try tht, we used that as “changing room”..muahaha.. XD
    Hualien -> Great to go!
    Mr.Lee -> Worth to engage as driver & local tour guide!!
    Ah Jie Min Shu -> Unregrettable to stay!!!

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  1. #4 kenshinlim
    November 15, 2009 12:12 am

    wow… nice view of the minsu-homestay house!
    fast fast post more of your travel blog…

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  1. #5 ah hong
    November 15, 2009 1:56 am

    Kenshin, yeah…nice nice minsu homestay. You can stay there too in your coming trip 😀

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  1. #6 Pearl
    November 29, 2009 9:20 am

    I read your blog on Hualien. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is very interesting and I like the pictures taken. Upon your recommendation , I have also booked a night at Ah Jie Minsu
    My family ( total 3 adults and 2 young girls ) will be staying there. May I check with you, how do you get to the city night market for dinner? It looks far from Ah Jie Minsu. Kindly advise

    Many thanks to you.

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  1. #7 ah hong
    November 29, 2009 7:35 pm

    Hi Pearl, the Hualien city night market was around 10 minutes drive from Ah Jie Minsu.

    Usually we ask our driver, Mr. Lee to drop us in the Hualien city and we took cab after we finish our food hunting and shopping 🙂

    As for the cab fare, I couldn’t remember how much we paid but Hualien taxi driver is real honest and they won’t simply overcharge people on the fare 😀

    Thanks for reading my blog. Lots more to come about Hualien place and food 😀

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  1. #8 Liz ho
    December 1, 2009 11:28 am

    hi, im goin hualien this sunday. can you provide me with the contact no for ah jie minsu? Thanks!

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  1. #9 ah hong
    December 1, 2009 7:50 pm

    Liz, you can call Ah Jie Homestay at this number 0918-009279. Taiwan country code is 886, so make sure you dial the prefix 😀

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  1. #10 Pearl
    December 4, 2009 11:56 pm

    Thanks for your reply.
    I will read your track to check out more on Hualien

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  1. #11 JW
    March 12, 2010 11:27 pm


    I’m going to Hualien in June. I would like to engage a tour guide for 3 days, do you know how much am i have to pay? Who will you recommend? TQ and have a nice day.

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  1. #12 ah hong
    March 13, 2010 3:48 am

    @JW You can contact Ah Jie Homestay in Hualien for details about the tour guide fee. That time we hired Mr. Lee (speak Mandarin and Taiwanese) as our driver but he did a great job as the tour guide as well. I highly recommend Mr. Lee to be your driver when you reach Hualien. More details on Hualien driver

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  1. #13 mario
    June 16, 2010 6:27 pm

    Hi i am planning for my nov trip to Hualian. i am travelling with my wife and 6 yo kid. i think by time i reached minsu (yet to book) from singapore/taipei/ hualian. so it likely to be late in the day. so i plan for the toroko trip on the second day. base on your blog , it seem a day trip in toroko is sufficent?

    other than toroko, any place worth visiting? any hot spring for kid? actually i plan for 3 night/4 day stay in minsu. base on ah jie minsu. what time is the check out on the last day? 1st day is gone for travelling, 2nd days in Taroko, 3rd day any recommendation? i prefer something slow as to keeping travelling on the 3rd.


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  1. #14 ah hong
    June 19, 2010 3:36 am

    Ciao Mario, travel by air from Singapore to Taipei and train to Hualien (Travel From Taipei To Hualien) will need takes you around 10 hours ++. So I guess you will be reaching Hualien at night and it’s good to take some rest for the first day.

    Spend your 2nd day in Taroko National Park and one day should be sufficient to visit all the famous spot in Taroko. Drop by Seven Star Lake and Qingshui Cliff before heading to Taroko National Park, you shouldn’t miss this as well 🙂

    We went to several places on the 3rd day and I just highly recommend Shihtiping to you. It’s quite far from Hualien city about approx 1 hour of driving if not mistaken.

    The checkout time in Ah Jie Minsu is around 12pm, but you can inform them if you plan to checkout a little bit late. We stay for 3 night in Ah Jie Minsu before this and you can trust them.

    P.S Remember to buy the train ticket back to Taipei a day before the departure date (Travel From Hualien To Taipei)

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  1. #15 Jan
    August 18, 2010 9:31 am

    I read your blog. If I reach Taiwan airport at 4pm. Do you think is suffiecient time to go to Hualien Min Shu which you recommended? Can advise how to go there and how much is the room per night?

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  1. #16 ah hong
    August 19, 2010 7:54 am

    Hi Jan, previously we reach Taipei airport around 1pm and from there we move on and reach Hualien around 8pm. So for your case the guestimation time would be around 11pm if you are lucky enough to get train ticket to Hualien on the spot. You can refer more details on Travel From Taipei To Hualien

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  1. #17 annie
    October 30, 2010 10:16 pm

    Hello there, I’m from malaysia we going to travel hualien on 5th november 2010 for 2 until 3 days ( 5 paxs of us ). Can u guide us to book ah jie minsu at hualien ? Any recomend local tour or local guide with transport at Hualien? We would like to visit Toroko National Park, Seven Star Lake, Qingshui Cliff, Cing Jing Farm and Night Market?

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  1. #18 ah hong
    October 30, 2010 11:32 pm

    Hi Ainne, you may try to call Ah Jie and get her MSN/Yahoo Messenger ID. Communicate through online chat will be more economical 🙂

    As for the driver, I recommend Mr. Lee to you as driver in Hualien. A friendly man who loves to share Pomelo 🙂

    There’s no Cing Jing Farm but Shin Kong Chao Feng Ranch & Resort in Hualien which I did not recommend you to go.

    Seven Star Lake, Taroko National Park, Qingshui Cliff is a must visit place. I recommend you to visit Shihtiping as well.

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  1. #19 giraffe
    October 31, 2010 6:54 am

    Ah Jie Minshu MSN is u6500027@hotmail.com

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  1. #20 May
    December 1, 2010 9:57 pm

    Hi Ah Hong,

    Is this Ah Jie Minshu have any requirement with minimun no of pax? We r going Hualien soon but just 2 of us only.

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  1. #21 ah hong
    December 2, 2010 3:43 am

    @May I don’t think they have any requirement of the miniumum pax. You can double confirm with her in MSN 😀

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  1. #22 giraffe
    December 3, 2010 7:40 pm

    @May, yes, I think they have room for 2 person …

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  1. #23 giraffe
    December 3, 2010 7:46 pm

    You may go to Cing Jing from Hualien, but is quite far and the definitely need a cab as there’s no train that can connect these 2 places.

    Plus, you might need to overnight in Cing Jing farm …

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  1. #24 LilyHeng
    June 14, 2011 1:19 am

    Hi, I am planning for my Sept trip to Hualien, we still don’t know yet which day reaching Hualien, so I plan for Toroko trip on the second day. Any hot spring? How much per night?

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  1. #25 ah hong
    June 24, 2011 6:45 am

    Hi Lily, I expect you reach Hualien on the first day evening so it’s better to visit Taroko National Park in the 2nd day. As far as I know there are few hot spring spot in Hualien but I never been to any of them before so not sure which one is good 🙂

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  1. #26 Missy Moo
    September 28, 2011 1:08 am

    I am planning to go Hualien next year Apr, how do I book Ah Jie Homestay? Can I book through website or I have to call her?

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  1. #27 ah hong
    September 30, 2011 3:59 am

    Hi Missy Moo, the best is to contact her via MSN. Check out the comment #19.

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  1. #28 Teo Choun Eng
    February 17, 2012 10:52 am

    Hi Ah Hong! seriously GREAT website you have here! please can i ask you on the payment method for ahjie minsu…can you share the process that you make like from contacting them, and the payment method issit via credit card or bank transfer (I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ARE THESE ABOUT!) and how to confirm payment with them…thats my main concern right now…how to pay..what kind of cards should I use or is internet banking possible…im from singapore btw and this will be my first trip to taiwan…Your help is truly appreciated!

    THANK UUUU!! :))
    Choun Eng

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  1. #29 ah hong
    February 18, 2012 8:37 pm

    Thanks Teo. By the way, we contacted Ah Jie via MSN and paid the full amount when we reach the minsu 🙂

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  1. #30 Hoddy
    March 22, 2012 6:32 pm

    Hi Ah Hong

    I would like to go Taiwan on 9 apr-12 apr 12. How was the weather in Taiwan??

    May I know this place which you recommended need a transit from Taipei.

    Hope I can get more info as I need to bring my parent to travel along.

    Thanks Hoddy

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  1. #31 Jennifer
    April 12, 2012 12:09 am

    Can accomodate 10 pax?
    Is it available on 24th May 2012-29th May 2012, a 6D5N stay.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

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  1. #32 Germaine Chan
    May 28, 2012 2:07 am

    I can’t find this minsu online. is there a direct link?

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  1. #33 ah hong
    May 29, 2012 9:18 pm

    Hi Germaine,

    You can check their website at http://www.oldersister.idv.tw. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  1. #34 Kate
    January 6, 2014 12:03 am

    May I have the homestay address for NT$400 per night.

    Thank you

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  1. #35 vivi
    April 20, 2014 7:58 am

    Hi Ah Hong

    Besides Hualien, any other county that you would recommend nearby Hualien becos I plan to go for 7-8 days holidays in Taiwan this coming October.

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  1. #36 Queena
    June 16, 2014 11:47 am

    Hi Ah Hong, i’m planning to have a trip to taiwan at 30th december 2014.. after i pass the new year’s eve in taipei.. i’m going to taroko gorge at 1st jan 2015.. i want to ask about how is the wheater on that time? Can i go there? Whether is the park are open or close on that day? Thank u before

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