Climate: Humid subtropical climate
Currency: Taiwanese Dollar (TWD)
Official Language(s): Chinese
Before you Arrive
Most countries are required to obtain a visa to visit Cambodia unless you are from North America or few other countries.
Here is a list of requirements you must have:
1. A passport valid for 6 months at the time of departure
2. Sufficient funds
3. Proof you have a place to stay
Arrival/ Getting Around
Taipei City is the capital of Taiwan. Located in the north, Taipei has 2 airports; Taipei Songshan and Taiwan Taoyuan International.
Taipei Songshan is right in the city center and is an MRT stop so it is very accessible. This airport does have international flights but is mainly used an a domestic airport.
Taiwan Taoyuan International is the largest airport in Taiwan. It is located 40 km southwest Taipei City. Getting from the airport to Taipei City is very easy.
Bus: Kuo-Kuang Buse 61 goes to Taipei Mai Station. It leaves every 15 mins and costs 125 TWD ($5) one way and takes about 45 mins.
Taxi: Taxi is the easiest option. I would suggest taking a taxi only if you arrive late into Taipei. Standard fare is 1300 TWD ($52).
Taipei has a great MRT system which a lot of major sights and landmarks steps away from the stations. Make sure to download the train app!
In Taiwan the offical language is Mandarin, however Taiwanese people are taught English from a young age. If you ever get lost you should be able to communicate with people with at least basic English.
Here are a few phrases:
Hello- Ni hao
Thank you- Xie Xie
What to See
You don't hear too much about Taiwan being a popular tourist destination but there is lots to do in Taipei. There are many night markets with great shopping and street food for a cheap price. There are plenty of mountains to climb with amazing views of Taipei if you like hiking. Make sure to check out the beautiful Chinese temples.
Also, check out districts like Ximending for cool cafes and landmarks like Taipei 101.
What to Eat & Drink
Taiwan has got some pretty unique food options. There are a lot of dishes that are eaten in night markets or on the street that are delicious. Taiwanese food is not your average Chinese food. Din Tai Fung has the best dumplings in all of Taiwan. Overall, food in Taiwan is absolutely tasty and best of all inexpensive so you can eat as much as you want without breaking the bank!
Must try Dishes:
Gua Bao, milkfish, oyster omelet, braised pork rice, hot pot, fried chicken, dumplings and more!
Other things to try:
Bubble Tea, pan-fried bun, pineapple cake, pepper cakes, stinky tofu and More!
Where to Stay
Hostels in Taipei aren't as cheap as I thought they would be, but most are pretty nice. There are many theme hostels and most have excellent reviews. Ximending, Zhongzhen and Taipei Main Station are great areas to stay as they are central to attractions and the MRT.
Here are some other great places to visit near!
Beitou-- Major cities can be busy and crowded, for a relaxing escape from the city visit Beitou. Beitou is a great place to hit up the spa and relax in the hot springs.
Keelung City-- A short 40 mins from Taipei, Keelung City is Taiwan's second largest port city. It's got mountains, beautiful views and lots of night markets.
Pingxi & Shifen-- If you love waterfalls and lanterns this is a great place to visit. There is a lot of natural scenery and lots of culture and history.
Juifen-- Home to beautiful old style Taiwanese shopping streets.
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