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TOP PICKS: 3 Awesome Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei, Taiwan

Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First-timers

Taipei is such a charming City. Historical sites, architectural landmarks, food destinations, shopping, and more! These are just some of the reasons why you should visit Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan.

Since November 1, 2017, Filipinos can now enter Taiwan, visa-free! We didn't let this opportunity pass and quickly booked a flight to Taipei and had an awesome 5-day adventure in Taiwan from November 18-22, 2017. We visited Taipei's many tourist spots and attractions, tasted its local flavors, experienced its culture, and learned many things about its vibrant past. With this, let me share to you my 3 best ways on how to conveniently explore and discover Taipei.

3 Best Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei, Taiwan



1. Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour


This tour is a Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour to some of the major tourist spots and attractions in Taipei. Composed of 23 bus stops and 2 routes, it gives you the convenience of taking the bus that goes to the different interesting sites in Taipei. With this tour, you can choose to hop off at any stop for sightseeing, and hop back on when the next bus on the schedule arrives. How cool and convenient is that?

Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour
Boarding the Taipei Double Decker Sightseeing Bus.

Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour
Audio guides available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. You can borrow headphones from the tour guide.

Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour
Enjoying the view from the bus.

By taking this tour, you can visit Taipei's top attractions such as Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Shilin Night Market, and many more! What I love most about taking this sightseeing bus tour, is that it gives you the flexibility of time by hopping on and off the bus and explore your preferred attractions along the bus route at your own convenience.

TRAVEL TIP: Upon boarding the bus, get a brochure where you could find a copy of the schedule of the bus stops. This will greatly help you in planning where you want to go, and the timing of the arrival of the buses at the bus stops.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
Liberty Square Gate

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
National Concert Hall and Theater

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
At the entrance of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Square.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
Taking a closer look at the National Concert Hall and Theater.

The buses are clean, has an English-speaking tour guide, offers free WiFi and USB charging ports, and provides introductions to the attractions with a headset commentary and audio guides available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
Enjoying the sights from the upper deck of the bus.

The buses run along two routes (red and blue lines), both leaving and ending at Taipei Main Station Exit M4. But if you're near one of the stops of the sightseeing bus tour, you can start from any of them.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
Waiting for the next hop on hop off bus.

From Taipei Main Station, both lines run westward passing through the city's north gate, and then to Ximen MRT Station, and then to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. This is where the two routes split.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions
The Presidential Building a famous historical landmark in downtown Taipei. Located in the Zhongzheng District near Taipei Main Station and Ximending, is very convenient to visit, and is a great addition to your Taipei city tour.

The blue line continues by going to the north to The Ambassador Hotel, Tatung Company, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, MRT Jiantan Station, Shilin Official Residence, National Palace Museum, and back to Taipei Main Station.

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Shilin Official Residence in Zhongshan North Road

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Entering Shilin Official Residence.

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Shilin Official Residence is the former residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling.

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Beautiful Gardens at Shilin Official Residence.

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Shilin Official Residence

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
Just enjoying our time at Shilin Official Residence.

Top Best Things to do in Taipei Taiwan for First Timers
The Shilin Official Residence complex has Chinese and Western style gardens.

The red line goes eastward to Xinyi and Yong Kong Intersection, MRT Daan Park Station, Xinyi and Tonghua Intersection, Taipei 101, Sonshu Road Entrance, MRT Taipei City Hall Station, MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station, MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua Station, Dinghao Market, MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, Huashan Cultural and Creative Industries Park, and then back to Taipei Main Station.

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Taipei Fine Art Museum

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Don't miss this beautiful art installation just outside the museum

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Taipei Fine Art Museum

It would take about 75 minutes if you want to see all the interesting sites along the red route, and about 120 minutes for the blue route. But this does not include alighting the bus and exploring the different sites. With so many attractions to see, I suggest that you get a one-day pass so you could maximize your time. The Sightseeing Bus Tour's operating hours is from 9:00 am to 04:20 pm for the blue line and 09:10 am to 10:00 pm for the red line.

National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Taipei City Hall

For convenience, the Taipei Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus Tour tickets can be purchased online via Klook.com. When you have your tickets, you can just show the printed copy of the voucher or an e-voucher from your smartphone before riding the bus. That's how convenient it is!

HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TICKET PRICES:

  • 4 Hour Pass - PHP 454.00
  • 1 Day Pass - PHP 1,059.00

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A TAIPEI DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR


Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide
Taipei 101, "one of the tallest buildings in the world."

2. Explore Taipei City Tour


For a more convenient and organized tour, you may also consider geting an "Explore Taipei City Tour."

Temples in Taipei Taiwan
Visiting a temple in Taipei.

Assisted by an English-speaking tour guide, the tour company fetched us at our hotel and took us on a private tour to Taipei's must-visit sights and attractions. This includes the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, the National Palace Museum, Martyrs' Shrine, Taiwan Arts Handicraft Center, and a community temple.

Best Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei Taiwan
Chiang Kai Shek is one of the most important figures in the history of Taiwan.

Best Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei Taiwan
This huge memorial was built in honor of Chiang Kai Shek.

Best Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei Taiwan
Witnessing the changing of the guards is a must-see! It happens every hour. I suggest that you plan your visit, so you will not miss it.

Best Ways to Explore and Discover Taipei Taiwan
Visiting the impressive Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a great way to learn about Taiwan's history and view the spectacular changing of the guard.

My favorite part of this tour is when we visited the impressive Chiang Kai-Shek memorial Hall and witnessed the hourly changing of the guards. I also enjoyed our time exploring the Martyrs' Shrine, as well as seeing a huge collection of Chinese art and artifacts at the National Palace Museum.

National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is located at Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan.

National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world. (Wikipedia)

National Palace Museum
Checking out the amazing collections displayed at the National Palace Museum.

National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures.

National Palace Museum
The museum is open daily from 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM. General admission for the museum costs NT $250 (PHP 420 / US $8.33). This is already included in the "Explore Taipei City" tour.

TRAVEL TIP: There are five free entrance days for the National Palace Museum: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), the Lantern Festival, International Museum Day (May 18), World Tourism Day (Sept. 27), and National Day (Oct. 10).

This half day tour already includes private transportation, including hotel pick up and drop off and entrance fee to the National Palace Museum. We also booked this tour via Klook.com for PHP 1,705 per person.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN EXPLORE TAIPEI CITY TOUR


Must-see tourist spots in Taiwan
The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine is located in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Must-see tourist spots in Taiwan
It is a shrine dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China.

Must-see tourist spots in Taiwan
The changing of the honor guards is also a must-see when visiting the Martyrs' Shrine.

ALSO READ: Taiwan Travel Guide - Things to do, Where to Stay, Itinerary, and More!

3. Taipei at Night


If you want to experience Taipei as it comes alive at night, you may also consider joining a "Taipei at Night" tour. This tour includes private transportation, an English-speaking tour guide, and hotel pick-up and drop-off at any hotel in downtown Taipei City. The tour's itinerary starts at around 6:00 to 6:30 PM and ends at around 9:30 PM.

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Taipei Huaxi Night Market aka Snake Alley. The most famous item in the market is snake soup, a unique treat found only on Huaxi Street.

Taiwan Budget Travel Guide 2018
Huaxi Street market is located conveniently next to Longshan Temple in Wanhua District.

Taiwan Budget Travel Guide 2018
Taipei Huaxi Night Market

As a joining tour, we were fetched at our hotel by our tour guide and let us board a private van; we then fetched other guests and started the tour. We visited Taipei's most popular nighttime sights, which includes Lungshan Temple in Wanhua District, Taipei Huaxi Night Market, and Taipei 101.

ALSO READ: 14 Must-try Street Food in Taiwan

What to do in Taipei at Night
Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 and is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan.

What to do in Taipei at Night
Longshan Temple is also considered as one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan.

What to do in Taipei at Night
Temples in Taiwan are usually a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist religions.

The Taipei at Night Tour also includes a delicious dinner at one of Taipei's popular restaurants. Depending on the seat availability, this tour shall end or start with a sumptuous and very filling dining experience at Din Tai Fung Restaurant.

What to do in Taipei at Night
Din Tai Fung is located in the basement level of Taipei 101.

What to do in Taipei at Night
You have to fall in line to get a table during the peak hours. Good thing our tour guide already reserved seats for us.

Things to do in Taipei at Night
Din Tai Fung is famous for Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings).

Things to do in Taipei at Night
Don't miss watching the Xiao Long Bao preparation from the glass windows of the kitchen.

If you're in search for the top best things to do in Taipei at night, go on a Taipei Night Tour. This tour is also available via Klook.com for 2,325 pesos per person. This is quite affordable considering that it already includes dinner at Din Tai Fung.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A TAIPEI AT NIGHT TOUR


Top things to do in Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots

Cheap Flights to Taipei Taiwan


With Taiwan's visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, this is now the best time to visit Taiwan. There are several airlines departing from Manila and Cebu that has direct flights to Taipei's Taoyuan INternational Airport.

EVA Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific have daily flights to Taipei. To search for cheap flights to Taiwan, I highly recommend booking via Traveloka.com - one of Southeast Asia's leading travel booking sites. I've been using it in my travels and I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals and promos on hotels and flights!

READ: How I got to Book a Manila to Taipei Flight for 4,696 Pesos with FREE 30 kilos Baggage Allowance, In-flight Meal, and Philippine Travel Tax?

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO TAIPEI


Download the Traveloka App now! https://www.traveloka.com/en-ph/traveloka-flight-ticket-hotel-booking-app

Please note that ticket prices and airfare are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

This trip to Taipei, Taiwan was made possible by Traveloka and Klook Travel.

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