One of Asia’s most underrated low-cost travel destinations in Taiwan. It combines the cultures and cuisines of Hong Kong, Japan, and mainland China in a stunning and incredibly affordable way, all while having a fraction of the crowds.
A small island nation that has the tallest mountains in Northeast Asia, rich in culture and history, has one of the best welcoming locals, best street food, and night markets. There are many incredible kinds of stuff you can do in Taiwan. Here are some important things to know when to plan a memorable and fun-filled vacation in Taiwan.
Where To Stay in Taiwan
In Taiwan, there are a wide variety of hotels to choose from, including inexpensive, upscale, and luxury options. The major international brands are located in Taipei, but local brands are available all over the nation.
Things To Do in Taiwan
There is a wide variety of to do in Taiwan as a guest or tourist. This includes:-
- Visit Taipei:- The center of the nation is Taipei. Huge food markets, vibrant nightlife, open parks, and a variety of intriguing and unusual museums are all present. Additionally, there are many simple and accessible hikes in the nearby mountains. Take advantage of the free walking tour, the National Palace Museum, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and several temples, particularly the Confucius Temple and the Bao-an Temple. I can’t express how wonderful this city is enough (I once used to live here).
- Explore Taihou Temple:- This temple is one of the city’s oldest and is situated in Taipei. Tianhou, one of three significant temples in Taiwan from the Qing era, was constructed in 1746 and is also known as Mazu Temple after the house deity Mazu, goddess of the sea. It’s a stunning Taoist temple with lucky goldfish, incense, and worshippers offering their respects to the gods. Free entry is offered.
- Visit the beach or get artsy at the Museum. Other things to do is go on a walking tour, visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall or take a cooking class.
How To Get Around in Taiwan
Your best bet is to use one of the top-notch land transportation options offered, unless you’re going to one of Taiwan’s smaller islands, like Penghu or Xiao Liu Qiu. The Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR/HSR), which is akin to Japan’s bullet train, is the most effective way to travel long distances along the west coast of the island. You can travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung in just over 1.5 hours at a top speed of 300 km/h. There are conventional trains operated by the Taiwan Railway Administration in cities and towns not served by the THSR/HSR (TRA).
Large cities like Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung have an extensive and effective subway system known as the Mass Rapid Transit system.
The Best Time to Visit Taiwan
The hottest months in the nation and the busiest travel seasons are July and August. Prices are also a little higher, and temperatures frequently reach 35°C (95°F).
Daily highs in Taiwan during the winter are between 18 and 20°C (65 and 68°F), which is warm but a little rainy. It’s the ideal time to visit the tranquil (and comparatively empty) hot springs because costs are a little lower. For the Chinese New Year in December and January, Taipei should expect large crowds.
The ideal time to visit in terms of crowds, weather, and the cost is between May and June and September and October. It’s still warm enough to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting wet.
Exchanging Currencies as A Tourist in Taiwan
The New Taiwan Dollar is the currency used in Taiwan (NTD). Due to the government’s strict regulation of currency exchange services changing currencies in Taiwan is less stressful. Banks are where you exchange currency here. It is a relief that there aren’t any independent money changers in Taiwan like there are in other Asian nations. It is best to exchange your money at a large local bank, such as South China Commercial Bank, China Trust Bank, or Bank of Taiwan. You can also make use of Google Maps to search and discovered numerous Bank of Taiwan locations in Taipei.
Travel Tips as A Tourist in Taiwan
Here are some tips to guide you as a tourist in Taiwan. This will allow you to have a fun-filled and memorable experience in Taiwan. They include:-
- Carry out proper research before booking that flight ticket to Taiwan. Carefully research hotels to stay, food and other you will be needing here in Taiwan.
- You can buy or rent a Pocket Wifi Device.
- When traveling, always store your baggage in a locker.
- Don’t forget your charging appliances.