La Puente, California
The best start up place to experience the culture of old TainanMe and my husband had great stay at Sai Kau Kin Old House, it's in the central of Tainan city and very nice neighborhood with easy walking distance of all Tainan's famous food. The house itself is very comfy and nicely designed, we do love the old fashion interior touch that James put in his house. And also the convenience of all entertainment equipment James arranged in the living room. James is very nice and friendly to share the history of the house and show us the direction of close-by scenic street. It's highly recommended if you want to experience the old Tainan.
Staying here makes you feel like you are one of the local residentsWe stayed here for 5 nights in April! It was my first visit to Tainan, and as it was the ancient capital of Taiwan (before Taipei), I thought it will be interesting to try an min-shu experience. This turned out to be an excellent choice, as the old (but refurbished) house is located in a narrow laneway - your neighbours are mostly elderly folks who probably have lived there forever :) The owner, Mr James Tsai, is very friendly, and on the first evening of our stay, he dropped by to show us things to see in Tainan, and also local favourites (food) to try. On day 3, he brought a group of 5-6 local university students on a 'historic tour' of the house (with our permission of course). Afterwards, he invited us all to a drinks stall nearby - it was nice to chat and interact with the students. While not in the immediate centre of town, most sites are within 15 minutes walk - and lots of shops and eateries in the neighbourhood. The locals are so friendly and nice - it really added a lot to the stay. While in the house, remember to sit out in the 'balcony' - while there isn't a view per say, it is still a nice experience as you can literally hear what's going on in the neighbours (in a good way). An interesting experience to share (which you may also experience): As we got into a taxi on arrival at the Tainan HSR station, the driver (who spoke mostly the local dialect) didn't exactly know where the house is. However, all you need to do is to make a call to James - he will give specific directions to the driver. In case you are in the same situation, just do the same :) Overall, highly recommended if you want to truly experience 'Old Tainan'.
The Hague, The Netherlands
For the DIY-ers amongst youThis is a hotel for the Do It Yourselfers. Hopefully the taxi driver knows the street, in that case he is an expert. Rather direct him to Kangle street and then start searching for a small side alley. Don´t ¨panick if the door is closed. call the owner. He will be there within 5 minutes. He is very energetic and helpful, his English is sufficient. The house has been redeveloped into a living room/kitchenette/wash room, a first floor with a two beds room, a kind of sitting room on the mezzanine and another room 6 steps higher under the roof. The airco is working well, fortunately, I hope also in the room in the attic. The wash room is shared, but most likely you will be the only guest. Close by you will find some old streets, but please visit the huge wet market at the end of one of those. Here you will find what you have not yet eaten, haven´t known what you were eating or did not dare to eat. I have seen many wet markets, but this is one not to forego. Regarding the lack of services, the price for the hotel is steep.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
a cozy, homey old-house-turned B&BThe location is perfect-- right in the heart of the old town Tainan so handy to explore the city. There are also lots of eateries around for you to taste all kinds of Taiwanese delicacies. The house itself is century old but equipped with all modern amenities needed. What makes the B&B outstanding is the owner Mr. Tsai (James). He is very hospitable and humorous and knows the city very well. I was lucky to join a guided tour offered by him and it was a very interesting experience. I would recommend Sai Kau Kin Old House to everyone, especially those who are very interested in Tainan's history and culture.
cordial atmosphere, our appreciation of the sustainment of this ancient houseWe enjoyed the cordial and familiar atmosphere. The house owner actually organized for us a guided tour through Tainan. our esteem to the conservation and preservation of this ancient house. good location: close to one of the Mazu temples, shops, restaurants nearby.
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