9 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Taiwan

Taiwan is probably one of the most underrated destinations in Asia, it being surrounded by more touristy countries like Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan. But the truth of the matter is, this charming little island is a treasure on its own, waiting to be discovered. It has some of the most stunning attractions, fascinating cultures, and delightful food scene. Don’t say we didn’t warn you—you will find yourself mesmerized a couple of times and more.

Without further ado, here are nine things you need to take note of before getting on your way to Taiwan.

Is Taiwan safe to travel?

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Because of low crime rates, Taiwan is considered one of the safest countries in the world. However, it is still highly advisable to be wary of pickpockets and local scammers. Despite the overall risk being low, these types of crimes still do exist in touristy places such barber shops, nightclubs, and areas near ATMs.

What is the best time to visit Taiwan?

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The best time to visit Taiwan depends on the type of season you enjoy as a traveler. Winter season runs from December to March, with temperature rarely dropping below 10 °C. For those who are keen to witness cherry and plum blossoms in its full bloom, April to June is Taiwan’s spring season. And if you are looking for sunny, warmer days, June to August is the perfect time for you. Take note though that June to September is the country’s typhoon season.

What are the best places to visit in Taiwan?

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Taiwan seriously has a lot to offer than it looks that a 3-day stay might not be enough to cover all the places you need to visit. But for starters, here are a few places that we suggest you include in your itinerary: Jiufen, Shifen, and Yehliu. Jiufen is a charming old town known for its narrow alleyways which are packed with tea houses and street food stalls. Shifen, on the other hard, is an old railroad town infamous as the main hub for flying lanterns. While Yehliu is a cape in the northern part of Taiwan, known for its magnificent rock formations.

How to attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival?

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The annual celebration of Lantern Festival begins on the 15th day or the first full moon of the first lunar month, which signals the coming of spring and marks the finale of Chinese New Year celebrations. Every year, the venue for Taiwan Lantern Festival is changed in order to pull tourists to different areas of the island. This year, the celebration is going to take place in Pingtung, Taiwan from the 19th of February to 3rd of March. Aside from lantern zones, there will be special performances that travelers can enjoy.

What are the other Taiwan tourist attractions that should be taken note of?

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Taipei alone already boasts numerous tourist attractions that are worthy of every traveler’s time. Here are our top picks that you should take note of:

  • Taipei 101 – famed 1,667-feet tall skyscraper in Taipei
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – one of Taiwan’s most prominent national monument, erected in memory of China’s late president
  • National Taiwan Museum – oldest museum in Taiwan, established way back in 1980
  • Lungshan Temple – one of the most beautiful temples in Taipei, built in the year 1738
  • Ximending – Taipei’s most famous shopping district

Which Taiwan night markets are worthy to visit?

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Which Taiwan night markets are worthy to visit
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Yes, Taiwan is packed with tons of night markets that it might be a little overwhelming to choose which one to visit first. As a recommendation, we suggest prioritizing Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market. These areas are easy to access and they’ve got a good selection of food stalls.

Which Taiwanese food are worthy to try?

Taiwan is definitely a haven for foodies! Each day will surely be a day allotted for food trips. Never leave Taiwan without having an authentic xiao long bao. Every bite of this tasty soup dumpling will leave you wanting for more. If you’re more of the adventurous type, we dare you to try out the stinky tofu too. Yes, this fermented tofu does smell stinky and opinions may vary as to whether it actually tastes good or not. But eating so will definitely be the best way to complete your Taiwan experience. To cleanse your palate, we suggest getting a sip of bubble tea. After all, this is where the world’s famous boba was originated. 

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What are the best luxury Taipei hotels or budget hotels in Taiwan?

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Accommodations in Taiwan are fairly cheaper as compared to staying in other countries, that’s why we’re certain that you won’t have a hard time looking for a room that will fit your travel lifestyle. In doing so, we suggest getting a hotel that is close to the train stations, to make it easier for you to navigate public transportation. Our top picks for luxury hotels are Palais de Chine Hotel, Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel, and Caesar Park Hotel. For budget accommodations, we suggest this affordable but classy Airbnb or this cool hostel space.

And that’s about it! Hope this post hyped you even more with your Taiwan trip soon. Stay tuned on our blog section for more helpful travel tips like this and latest coupons and deals of Taiwan hotels!