On this page you’ll find all my articles on Taiwan… which at this time is just one lonely post.
I spent two months in Taiwan and I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject. (They’re some of the most interesting experiences I’ve had abroad!)
In the meantime, you can read this really old post that outlines one of the weirdest travel experiences I had in Taiwan (but still not the weirdest):
TAIWAN TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | New Taiwan Dollar (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | Taipei Standard Time, also known as GMT +8 (It’s super far away.)
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Taiwan, no special documents are required and you can enter with your U.S. passport alone. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your trip.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | The most widely spoken in language in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | Going off personal experience alone, I felt safe the entire time I was in Taiwan and never witnessed anything to make me feel otherwise.
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Taiwan safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN TAIWAN
The capital city of Taipei is worth the visit alone, but though Taiwan may be tiny it’s packing tourism destinations out the wazoo. After you decide where in Taiwan you want to visit,
And don’t forget, there’s always Airbnb and I can help you save $40 on your first Airbnb stay.
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RECOMMENDED TAIWAN TOURS
➤ EXPLORE TAIWAN, INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers this 11-day tour of Taiwan that covers everything from the bustling city of Taipei, tons of nature, boat tours, tea farms and monasteries, and much more. This tour includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Taiwan travel guide.
➤ TAIWAN FOOD ADVENTURE, INTREPID TRAVEL | And if the food tour mentioned above is the only thing you’re interested in, this 9-day food tour all over Taiwan is your one-stop travel shop. This tour covers a long list of citites and activities and includes all accommodation, land transportation, and most meals, obviously.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in Taiwan, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for sightseeing in Taipei, day trips to the mountains, food and tea tours, Taiwanese cooking classes, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
TAIWAN PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ TAIWAN GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Taiwan is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Taiwan travel guide.
I personally have the Rough Guides version but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well.