We were picked up late which is no big deal but the man who was to be our guide should change his job. He barely said much and basically had us visit various places without giving much information or background. I wanted to learn about Taipei and Taiwan culture but simply pointing out fruit or massage parlors is not what a guide should do. He was a much older man and maybe that played a part in his listless tour. Total waste of money and that guide should retire. I would pass on this if I were you and just visit these places on your own. As for Taipei 101 or Din Tai Fung. The place was a zoo and we had to wait a good 30 minutes for a meal which I could have done on without being part of the tour. The food was okay but I would not dine there again. It's over rated.
Felix, our guide did a great job of explaining the history of the areas we visited. Our tour of the Huaxi Night Market was a lot of fun. Being a bit of a 'foodie' I would have liked to have had some time to sample the food. Felix, advised against it, fearing it might make us sick.
The Din Tai Fung dinner was excellent.
This was the worst tour I've ever had. I've been to free tours that were much better than this, and I've been on several Viator tours so I expected a better experience. The positives: the tour guide was a nice man and the van was comfortable and prompt. At Din Tai Fung the food was plentiful and delicious The negatives: Our tour guide was not informative and seemed inexperienced in that position. He was unable to answers many questions about the sights and about Taipei that were asked. He also spoke with heavily accented Chinese which made him difficult to understand. To make matters worse he often spoke while we were walking or while he wasn't facing us so that we couldn't read his lips. Additionally, I was extremely disappointed with the night market that was chosen for this tour. It had nothing that was even remotely appealing or that gave tourists an idea of how vibrant the night markets in Taipei truly are. It had massage parlours and snakes. No street food. No life. It was a complete and utter letdown. I'm lucky that I had more nights in the city because I was able to visit night markets that were truly representative of the city on my own. The final and I'd say one of the most disappointing parts of the tour was the end. I was aware that the Taipei 101 observation deck price was not included, but I thought that we'd have the opportunity to visit. We were told that this was not an option. Instead we toured the inside of a mall including the Apple Store. I was shocked.