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I first learnt about Leofoo Resort Guanshi from one of the local TV variety show (City Beat iirc).  When I saw them introducing the room which faces an animal safari, I told my hubby we got to stay there if we go to Taiwan! So when we finally booked our Taiwan trip this June, the first thing I did was to book a room at Leofoo Resort Guanshi.

Leofoo Resort Guanshi Room Types

At Leofoo Resort Guanshi, there are Greenery Rooms and Sky RoomsThe more expensive Greenery Rooms are the ones that face the main animal enclosure.  The Sky Rooms face a separate animal enclosure that houses ostriches if I’m not wrong.

For each room type, there are Congo Rooms and Kenya RoomsCongo Rooms are on Level 2 with windows that cannot be opened.  It can accommodate up to 4 people.  Kenya Rooms are on Level 3 with a balcony for you to go out to breath the not-so-fresh air. It can accommodate up to 6 guests.

You may want to note that there are no elevators and you would need to lug your luggage up a long flight of stairs to get to the Kenya Rooms.

Which Room to Choose for Best View

If you want to see the main animal enclosure, you must book a Greenery Room.  I booked a Congo Greenery Room for about SGD500.  I think the Congo Rooms give a better view because they are at the same height as the giraffe and you are closer to the animals compared to the Kenya Rooms.  But of course it depends on your family size.  If you have more than 4 pax, you would have to book the Kenya Room.

But just because you pay a whopping $500 for a Congo Greenery Room does not guarantee you will get a fantastic view of the animals.  If you want to have the best chance of seeing giraffes, zebras and rhinos outside your window, which rooms should you request for?

There are two wings at Leofoo Resort Guanshi.  The wing on the left is called the Zebra Wing, while the one on the right is called Giraffe Wing.

Request for the Giraffe Wing.

When I arrived at Leofoo Resort, I requested for a room in the Giraffe Wing as advised by a reader on my earlier post on Taiwan accommodations.  (See? This is why I love blogging.  While I share stuff with readers, I also learn so much from them!) The receptionist tried to smoke me that all the rooms were the same because the animals roamed around.  But throughout my entire stay, I did not see the animals go near the Zebra Wing at all!

If you see the photo above of the Zebra Wing, there was only a small path for animals to walk to in front of the Greenery Rooms. I did not see any animals walking there throughout my stay.  To make it worse, look at the area I have circled up.  There were trees and large boulders which would obstruct your view if you are staying at the Congo Rooms. If you are up in the Kenya Rooms, you may still be able to look past the trees and boulders to see the animals. But the Congo Rooms? Probably not.

Below is the view from my room in the Giraffe Wing.  You can see that the trees were blocking the view of the animals who tended to hang around the Giraffe Wing side.

So the first thing you do when you arrive is to beg the receptionist to give you a room in the Giraffe Wing.  There’s no guarantee, but at least you tried.  And try to arrive as early as possible.

Are all rooms in Giraffe Wing good?

Unfortunately no.  The Giraffe Wing was very long, half of it lay behind the walkway.  The rooms behind the walkway were totally crappy.  But don’t worry about these rooms.  I was told by the hotel that the rooms behind the walkway (be it in Zebra wing or Giraffe wing) will only be open if all the other rooms are fully booked, and guests will be informed that the view of the room would be blocked by the walkway in advance.

So the receptionist assured me that the $500 booking I made were not for those rooms.  The other half of the Giraffe wing was where the best rooms were.  The room numbers were even-numbers from 102 to 126.

If you get a room at the end from 118 to 122, you get a pretty close-up view of the Rhino and even the Zebras who tended to hang around there.  However, notice there is no space for the giraffe to walk up to in front of 118 to 122.  Another thing to note is that there are two feeding areas, the other area is in front of 102 – 110.  If the giraffe is on that side, you may not be able to see it well.

Vice versa, if you get a room from 102 – 110, you will get an awesome view of the giraffe when it is feeding at the feeding area on your end. However, the zebras tend not to walk all the way to that end, and it is a bit far from the rhinos.

So in my opinion, the best rooms are..

Room 112 and Room 116.

These are the rooms where the giraffe may actually walk right up to the window because there is an empty space in front of it.  And no matter whether the giraffe decides to feed on the area on the left or right, you get a pretty awesome view of it.

And the room we got?

Room 112.

When we first checked in, the giraffe was feeding at the area to the right of the window.

The kids immediately dashed to the window to check it out.

We could also get a pretty good view of the rhinos from our room.

The next morning, the first thing MF did when he woke up was to go and see the animals outside the window! He was super excited that the zebras had came over to our side.

We got a great view of the giraffe, zebras and rhinos at the same time.

MY tried to call the giraffe over but the giraffe ignored him.  He was NOT happy.

Apparently the giraffe heard him and suddenly stood up.

The giraffe started walking over to our window! Apparently the crying worked.

Okay, this is as close as it gets.

I spent quite a bit of time camping around the resort observing the animals, taking the above photographs and editing them to share this information for the benefit of fellow travellers.  I would appreciate if you do not take any of the images in this post to repost on other blogs / websites / forums / social media etc. You are welcome to link back to this page if you think this information is useful.  Thank you.

 

Our Leofoo Resort Guanshi Experience

We arrived at the resort at about 8am.  The first thing we did was to beg request for a good room from the receptionist.  After she told us that she would try her best but no guarantee, we headed for a boardwalk around the animal safari.

At around 8.40am, the driver with the animal feed arrives and this is the best time to watch the animals.  Look how excited the Lemurs were – they couldn’t even wait for the keeper to get off his vehicle!

And the moment the keeper stepped out, the lemurs clamoured all over him.. LOL!  And look at the baby Lemur begging his mum for food but the mummy was keeping it all to herself.  This was super LOL… Because this happens to me all the time.  Especially when ice-cream is involved.  Yes, I’m an evil mummy.  I mean, kids aren’t supposed to eat so much ice-cream right? Oh well, I digressed.

Back to the animals! The animal feeding areas were pretty close to the boardwalk, so you would get a really good view of them during feeding time.

This was the only time I saw the giraffe come out of its hiding near the Giraffe Wing and walk near to the boardwalk.

The Lemurs would climb all over the boardwalk during this time.  It may be a good or bad thing – depending on whether you are afraid of them or not.  If you are not afraid of them, they would even climb onto you – which I thought was pretty cool.

MY loved the Lemurs and kept petting them.   But please make sure your hands are clean at this time.  The following morning, MY went to pet the Lemurs right after breakfast. I think his hand still smelt of food and he ended up getting a nip from the Lemur.

Shortly after the morning animal feeding session, the resort mascot would come out to the area in front of the lobby to take photo with guests.  The mascot came out twice in the day, once in the morning at 9.10am and once in the afternoon at 4.30pm.

At 5.30pm, there was an African dance performance to welcome the guests.

And at 11.10am, there was another performance to bid farewell to the guests.

Below is a copy of the resort activity schedule.  It is subject to change, so do get an updated copy from the reception when you arrive.  You can gauge the price of the optional activities from the list below.

We did not join any of the paid activities but if you are interested to see snippet of the guided safari tour, you can check out this video by 3 Wheelingtons.

Breakfast and dinner were provided with our stay.  It was buffet-style and frankly quite a crappy experience.  Dinner was served at Level 3 with limited tables facing the safari, so be there early if you want a table with a nice view.  Dinner was served at Level 1 with limited tables facing the Lemurs.

 

Our Congo Greenery Room

The room itself, other than the view, was nothing much to rave about.  Definitely not something I expect from a $500 per night hotel room.

I was most disappointed with the toilet which did not have a bathtub and instead had two crappy showers and some grim around the corners.

There were some attempts to incorporate the African theme into the room decorations.

Exclusive Leofoo coffee, tea and bottled water as well as some sweets and cookies (which the kids devoured before I had a chance to take photos of) were provided in the room.

Transportation to and fro Leofoo Resort Guanshi

Bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Leofoo Resort Guanshi

To get to Leofoo Resort Guanshi from Taoyuan International Airport by public transport, you need to take bus 1819 to Zhongli first, and transfer to bus 5653 to Leofoo Village.  And mind you, Leofoo Village (the theme park) is NOT Leofoo Resort (the hotel).  You still need to catch a shuttle bus from Leofoo Village to Leofoo Resort.

Below is the bus stop and bus schedule from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongli Station.

Cab from Taoyuan International Airport to Leofoo Resort Guanshi

Needless to say, considering the hassle, we took a cab from Taoyuan Airport directly to Leofoo Resort and the cab fare was NT1200.

Cab from Zhongli Station to Leofoo Resort Guanshi

If you take a cab from Zhongli station to Leofoo Resort, the cab fare is about NT600.

Getting between Leofoo Resort Guanshi and Leofoo Village Theme Park

There is resort shuttle bus (free) to bring guests to and fro Leofoo Village.  You need to get a queue number from the receptionist for the bus.

 

Information on Leofoo Resort Guanshi:

Address: 306 新竹縣關西鎮仁安里拱子溝60號

Tel: +886-3-547-5365

Email: 

Official Website: Leofoo Resort Official English Website

Secure a room at Leofoo Resort Guanshi now!

Note: Select room with ‘Greenery View’ for a room facing the animal safari.



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41Comments

  1. Joey says:

    Hi, your review on Leofoo resort is very detailed. I am planning a trip for next year. Issit possible for you to share your itinery for your entire trip to taiwan?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yup yup, planning to do that. Check back here again later under ‘Posts for the same trip’ for my itinerary. I usually only write 1 travel post a week on Travel Tuesdays. Most likely my itinerary will be up on the Tuesday 2 weeks from now, unless an urgent post needs to be up along the way. 🙂

  2. Tien says:

    Hi, this is an excellent and very detailed reviewof the place. Tks for taking the time and effort to put together the great notes. We are planning a trip to Leofoo Resort as well in November this year. Do you think its possible to just visit there without staying a night given how poor quality the rooms/facilities are?

    tks

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, it is possible to visit without staying. But note that if you are going by public transport, the bus to Leofoo will drop you at the amusement park, not the hotel where the safari is. There is a shuttle bus that transports guests between the hotel and amusement park, but I think it is only for staying guests because we were given a number for the shuttle bus when we checked in. It is possible to walk from the amusement park to the hotel, but the walk is not short. If you have a private driver or getting there by cab then no problem, you can just ask the driver to drop you at the hotel and you can go in to walk around the boardwalk to see the animals.

  3. Feli says:

    Hi, may I know the details on how you travel from
    Leofoo to Taichung? Thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I didn’t go directly from Leofoo to Taichung because we went to Okinawa in between. But if you hire a driver, according to Google Map, Leofoo to Taichung is a 1.5 hours drive.

      If you want to use train, the nearest high speed rail station from Leofoo is Hsinchu station, which is a 20 min cab ride away. Then from Hsinchu station to Taichung station by THSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail) will take 30 min.

  4. Grace Koh says:

    Thank you, we r planning to visit this Jun holidays. Really v glad that we manage to “find” your blog post. Its really v helpful n useful. Bring my 11 yo gal n we r planning to stay there for 3D2N cos we r visiting the LF theme park + Window on China theme park, worry that if we only book 2D1N w be a bit rush n we may not have enough time to “explore” the place. Would appreciate if you can advice is 3D at the LF resort is too long stay n my gal w get bore? Thanks.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It depends on whether you want to participate in the activities offered by the resort. If you are not participating in the activities and just want to experience staying in the safari, one night is sufficient because it is really quite expensive. You can there early and visit Leofoo theme park on the first day, then go to Window on China Theme Park on the next day after checking out. The resort itself has nothing to explore besides the boardwalk which you can roam around on the morning after your stay and before you check out.

  5. Dee says:

    Thanks to your blog, we requested for Rm116 for an extra 1000nt but well worth it! The kids loved the view and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip! We could only imagine if we ended up in the rooms on the other side (odd numbered rooms), it would be a major let down!

  6. Veron says:

    Wonderful blog, really very informative. I’m booking my room now for Sept trip ;o) Can I ask if there is any other food for dinner if I do not take up the dinner package with hotel?

  7. Serene says:

    Hi, not sure if you know but is it possible to just make a day trip to leofoo village and leave by evening and do not stay in the hotel?

  8. Serene says:

    Hi would you happen to know if we can just make a day trip to leaf village without staying there?

  9. Claire says:

    Do you have to book the taxi in advance to go from airport to leofoo resort or is there a taxi stand?

    I’ve booked a room in dec! My child will be 22mths then below 90cm. Will the leofoo village be suitable?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      No, we didn’t book a taxi in advance. We just waited in line for a taxi. There are a lot of (very persistent) taxi touts at the airport offering to drive us there, but we didn’t dare to go with them.

      The highlight of leofoo village for me was the safari zone, and young children can enjoy the bus and train rides there. There will be a lot of rides that your child will not be able to take. But just for the safari zone, I thought it was worth a visit.

  10. Antony Tan says:

    Thanks so much for the great info.

    Is the theme park and village the same place u guys are talking about? What time do they close?

    If the older folks are not keen with the safari and would like to shop, what transport it’s available for them from leofoo to town? How long is the journey?

    Thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Leofoo Village and Leofoo Theme Park refer to the same thing. The name of the theme park is 六福村 which translates to Leofoo Village.

      There is nothing much around Leofoo Village other than another theme park called Windows on China. If you are travelling with old folks who are not interested in visiting the theme park / safari, what I recommend is to stay in Zhongli instead of staying at Leofoo. At Zhongli, they can go shopping at Sogo. And then you can do a day trip to Leofoo theme park from Zhongli – there’s a direct bus. But that would mean you won’t be staying at this particular resort with the safari view.

      Anyway between Zhongli and Leofoo, it is about a 30 minutes cab ride.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much… will still stay in Leofoo resort cos we have kids too tks

  12. Jason says:

    Hi bumblebeemum,

    Everytime I go travel sure end up your blog while searching haha 😛

    I am visiting LeoFoo Resort Guanshi 2 weeks later for a night stay, I noticed the checkin time was after 4pm after I have booked! If we arrive early 9 am will they allow us to safe keep our luggage there first, then visit the theme park until 5pm?

    I am finger crossing to get a good view, booked the congo greenery room and specify room 112 or 116 after your good tips! 😀

  13. elisa says:

    hello!

    thank you for good info on this! can i check, do you think the kenya sky room or greenery room is better? we are a party of 5 adults with a toddler and a baby.

    thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I would just pay for the greenery room since the whole purpose of staying at this resort is for the safari. The sky rooms don’t face the safari, so imo it defeats the whole purpose of staying at this resort.

  14. Karen Soh says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have requested for 112 or 116 but due to not available, we have free upgrade to Kenya room 212.

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