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TAIPEI TAIWAN TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 BLOG with an ₱8,000 DIY Itinerary and Budget for First-timers

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Traveling to Taiwan for the first time? Let this UPDATED and Comprehensive Taipei Taiwan Travel Guide Blog 2019 with Sample DIY Itinerary (pdf) and breakdown of expenses help you plan your trip.


With its relaxed visa policy and visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, Taiwan is now one of the top-favorite tourist destinations in Asia among Filipinos. Located north of the Philippines and just two hours away via direct flights from Manila, its proximity from the Philippines made it a top choice for Filipinos traveling abroad - even for first-timers. Aside from it is also very cheap and easy to travel to Taiwan, it is a fun city with lots of many things to do and tourist spots to discover that any kind of traveler will surely enjoy. From culture, to natural and man-made wonders, to sumptuous food offerings, a trip to Taiwan will sure be a memorable one.

If you're planning on traveling to Taiwan for the first time, here's a comprehensive Taiwan budget travel guide 2019 blog that could help you in planning your trip. It provides useful and essential information on visa requirements, how to get there, where to stay, things to do, tourist spots and attractions, sample DIY itinerary, day tours from Taipei, budget and expenses, and more.

UPDATED 2019 First-Timer's Travel Guide Blog to Taipei, Taiwan


My first time to visit Taiwan was in November 2017 and I went back last May and August 2018. I recently visited Taipei, and I have updated this travel guide to include more information, new tourist spots, attractions, and activities in Taipei and other parts of Taiwan.


WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS TAIPEI TAIWAN TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2019?


Now, let's get started...


Quick Facts About Taipei Taiwan


Taipei is located at the northern tip of Taiwan and is the capital city, and the political, educational, cultural, and economic center of Taiwan. As an urban metropolis, it is considered as the 40th most-populous urban area in the world. It is surrounded by New Taipei City and Keelung City - which, together with Taipei City forms the Keelung-Taipei Metropolitan Area with an estimated population of around 7 million. When traveling to Taiwan for the first time, the usual destinations for tourists are these cities, namely Taipei, Keelung and New Taipei City.

  • Currency - New Taiwan Dollar (NTD / NT$)
  • Language - Mandarin Chinese. Learn a few Mandarin words and phrases before traveling to Taiwan.
  • Weather - 4 Seasons (Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall)
  • Electricity - 110 Volts at 60 Hertz (uses Type A socket with 2 flat pins and type B socket with 2 flat pins and an extra prong for grounding)
  • Time Zone: - UTC+08:00


Visa Requirements


Filipinos don't need a visa to enter Taiwan. From November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2020, Filipinos are allowed to enter Taiwan Visa-free. You just need to have a valid passport with at least 6 months left before expiration, a return ticket, and a proof of accommodation (hotel or hostel) before flying to Taiwan. Philippine Passport holders are allowed to stay in Taiwan not more than 14 days, so be sure that your flight bookings are correct before going to Taiwan.

Requirements for Visa-Free Entry to Visit Taiwan for Filipinos

  1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (Diplomatic & official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment);
  2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveller's next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required;
  3. No criminal record in Taiwan;
  4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor's contact information /or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.

READ MORE: Requirements for Visa-Free Entry to Visit Taiwan for Filipinos

Unlike Hong Kong, the immigration officers in Taipei are very relaxed and lenient. In my previous trips to Taiwan, they never asked any questions or for proof of my accommodation or return tickets.

Cheap Flights to Taipei Taiwan


With Taiwan's visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, this is now the best time to visit and explore Taiwan! There are several airlines departing from Manila and Cebu that has direct flights to Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport. Please note that there are two airports that service Taipei.

The other airport which is located in the city is Taipei Songshan Airport. It is used primarily for flights from and to domestic destinations in Taiwan and international destinations including Seoul, Tokyo, and select cities in mainland China. If you're coming from the Philippines and other parts of the world, the airport you'll be using is Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport.

Non-stop flight time from Manila to Taipei is around 2 hours 15 minutes. 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 for more than 2 years now and I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals and promos on hotels and flights when using Traveloka! And don't forget to use their weekly promo codes to get even more discounts!

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?

With a simple search on Traveloka, here are the airfare tickets if you wish to visit Taiwan next month. This could be even lower if you book your tickets several months in advance.

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

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How to Get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City?


Most international flights to Taipei lands at Taoyuan International Airport, which is located about 40 km southwest of Taipei. Travel time from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei is about 40 minutes to an hour going to Taipei City. There are several options to get to Taipei: train, bus, taxi, and private airport transfers.

Taoyuan Airport MRT

The train from the airport to Taipei Main Station costs around NT$ 160 per person. Travel time is about 40 minutes. All you need to do is take the Airport MRT and alight at Taipei Main Station. From there, you could just walk or take the Metro Train to the station near your hotel. Please note that Taiwan Airport MRT operating hours is from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, daily.

BOOK HERE: Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticket

Bus

Another option is to take the bus to Taipei, fare is around NT$ 125 to NT$ 145 and travel time is about an hour - depending on your destination. Please note that most buses are only until 12 midnight only. If you will be arriving at Taiwan Airport past 12 midnight, you may take the Airport Shuttle Bus 1819 to Taipei Main Station and then take a taxi to your hotel.

Taxi

The third option is to take a taxi, which costs around NT$ 900-1200 depending on where you are going in the city.

Private Car Transfer

For convenience, you may also hire an private airport transfer good for 4 persons for PHP 1,393 via Klook.com. This is a good option if you want a comfortable travel to the city, especially if you're already tired, sleepy, and carrying big luggage with you. It's also ideal for small groups so that you can share the cost and save more. I also recommend it for families, especially if you are traveling with kids or with senior citizens.

BOOK A PRIVATE CAR TRANSFER HERE: Sedan Taoyuan Airport Transfers (TPE) for Taipei


Taiwan Weather


Taiwan enjoys four seasons. Winter in Taiwan is from December to February, spring is from March to May, summer is from June to August, and autumn is from September to November.

When is the Best Time to Visit Taiwan?


Our first visit in Taiwan is in November and it was cold at around 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. It was the end of autumn but for 5 days that we were there, it was raining for 4 days. Be sure to always bring an umbrella, raincoat, or a jacket with you in case of rains.

We've also visited Taiwan during summer and it's really hot and humid with average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. If you're traveling during summer, wear light and breathable clothes and always stay hydrated by drinking a lot of milk tea. Joke lang yung milk tea! Hahaha!

If you're visiting the mountainous areas such as Nantou, be sure that you're prepared for the cold weather. Bring thick jackets, gloves, and bonnet.

Always check the weather forecast before your trip so you could plan ahead. It also makes you decide what clothes to bring during your trip.

How Many Days to Spend in Taiwan?


Having been to Taiwan 4 times in the past, for me, how many days to spend in Taiwan depend on the tourist spots and attractions you want to visit, the activities you want to do, and of course on how much budget you have. If it's you first time to visit Taiwan, I highly suggest that you maximize your time by spending at least 5 days and 4 nights in Taiwan. This will also allow you to have more time to visit destinations outside Taipei. If you're on a budget or for just a quick long weekend getaway, you may consider spending 3 days and 2 nights in Taiwan to see and experience most of its tourist spots, attractions and activities. You may refer to my sample Taipei, Taiwan DIY itineraries towards the end of this post or you may also read my post Taiwan Sample Itineraries for 3, 4, 5 days tour.

Taiwan Time Zone


Time zone in Taiwan is observed at UTC+08:00 and uses China Standard Time all year round. There is no time difference between Taiwan time and the Philippines. Also, there are no Daylight Saving Time rules for this time zone.

Useful Mandarin Words and Phrases


Mandarin Chinese is what majority of Taiwanese use. It's always good to know a few of them. So, before you pack up for your Taiwan adventure, here are the 10 most common mandarin words and phrases you need to start learning before traveling to Taiwan.
  • Hello - Nĭ hăo (sounds like Nee how)
  • Thank You - Xièxiè (sounds like Shieh-shieh)
  • Good morning - Zǎo (sounds like Zhow)
  • Goodnight - Wǎn'ān (sound like One-un)
  • I don't understand - Tīng bù dǒng (sound like teeng boo dong)
  • How much? - Duō shǎo qián (sounds like dwo shaow chyen?)
  • Excuse Me / Pardon / Sorry - Bù hǎo yìsi (sounds like boo haow eeh si)
  • Where is…? - Zài nǎli (sounds like dzaiy nah lee)
  • I want to go to… - Wǒ yào qù… (sounds like wo yaow chyoo)
  • Restroom - Cèsuǒ (sounds like Tse soo-oh)

TAIPEI TAIWAN TOURIST SPOTS 2019
Bopiliao Historical Block

Where to Exchange Taiwan Currency?


Taiwan currency is the New Taipei Dollar (NTD) which is about 0.03 USD or 1.66 PHP. You can ONLY exchange money at the airport or at banks. So if you're traveling during the weekend, be sure to change your money before leaving the airport because banks are closed during weekends. Please note that very few banks accept Philippine Peso and exchange rate is terribly low. When traveling to Taiwan, it's better if you bring US Dollars or Euros.

You can also withdraw from many ATMs in Taiwan. Just make sure that your card or bank allows international transactions. I highly recommend that you call your bank before your flight and make a travel advisory that you will be withdrawing money from ATMs abroad. If you failed to inform your bank, your card might get blocked because of "unusual activity" and may cause you not to use your card anymore.

Money changers at the airport and most banks in Taipei almost have the same rates. Based on experience, the best thing to do is just withdraw money from ATMs. Just withdraw the money you need and the maximum allowed per transaction to save on the withdrawal fee which is around 170 pesos depending on your bank. With withdrawing money from the ATMs, you won't lose much of your money's worth in the conversion.

Taipei Taiwan Budget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

Pocket Wifi Rental and Data SIM in Taipei


POCKET WIFI RENTAL IN TAIWAN


How to stay connected to the internet in Taiwan? I highly suggest that you avail a portable travel WiFi which is more affordable than subscribing to mobile roaming service and using your mobile data in connecting to the internet. With a portable travel WiFi, you can enjoy unlimited 4G internet service anywhere in Taiwan, and you can share the internet connection with your travel buddies or up to 8 devices. This is ideal if you're traveling with a group because you could also split the cost.

These pocket WiFis are very in-demand, so make sure that you reserve one before your flight to Taiwan. You can reserve your handy and portable travel WiFi via Klook and just pick it up upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: 4G WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan

TAIWAN DATA SIM CARD


You can also buy a local sim card if you want to connect to the internet. I also recommend that you purchase Taiwan sim card in advance via Klook. You can choose from 3, 5, 7 or 10 days unlimited data depending on your trip duration and just pick it up at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport upon arrival. With a local SIM card, you have a local number and a few dollars that you can use to send SMS or make a call.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: 4G SIM Card (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan

Taipei Taiwan Travel Guide
Taipei MRT Route Map (Click to enlarge)

How to Get around Taipei?


Taipei's transportation system is very efficient and convenient. When going around the city, you can take the bus, hail a taxi, or ride the trains. Buses can be quite confusing if you don't know the routes. If you're on a tight budget, taxis are quite expensive if you're traveling alone. But if you're traveling with a group, you can take the taxi and share the fare with your friends to save on travel expenses.

For me, the best way to travel around Taipei is to take the MRT. It's quite convenient, easy, and cheap. It's not that complicated because it only has 5 lines. Most of the tourist spots are located near an MRT Station, so getting to where you want to go is easy and convenient using the MRT. Single journey fare is from 20 NTD to 50 NTD, depending on the distance. And if you're using an EasyCard, you can get discounted rates on every ride. To help you in traveling around Taipei using the MRT, you can download Taipei Metro App on Google Play or Apple App Store.


EASYCARD


I highly recommend that you buy a rechargeable card such as EasyCard so you will not need to buy train tickets every time you take the MRT. I suggest you get a Taoyuan Airport MRT One-Way Ticket, EasyCard, and 4G SIM Card Package because it already comes with an EasyCard, a one-way train ride from the airport to the city or Taipei city to Taoyuan Airport, plus a 4G SIM Card. The best thing about using an EasyCard is that you get a discount for every ride compared to buying a single journey token every time you take the MRT. Get one because you'll definitely need it!

PURCHASE AN AIRPORT MRT TICKET WITH EASYCARD & SIM HERE


TAIPEI UNLIMITED FUN PASS


If you want to get unlimited rides on Taipei MRT, city buses, and 5 Taiwan Tourist Shuttle routes, you should get a Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass. This pass combines attractions and transportation, and you'll get to enjoy entry to up to 12 top tourist attractions in Taipei, such as:
  1. Taipei 101 Observatory
  2. National Palace Museum
  3. Main Building of Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence
  4. Miramar Entertainment Park Ferris Wheel
  5. Taipei Children’s Amusement Park
  6. Tamsui Historical Museum
  7. Tamsui to Fisherman’s Wharf roundtrip ticket
  8. Gold Museum
  9. Yeliu Geopark
  10. Juming Museum
  11. Sky Lantern Police Station Electric Sky Lantern ticket
  12. National Museum of Marine Science & Technology

PURCHASE A TAIPEI UNLIMITED FUN PASS HERE


We've used the Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass on our recent trip to Taipei, and it's really cost-efficient and very convenient to use. You may refer to my article 3-days Itinerary using the Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass for more details.

5-DAY JOINT TRAIN PASS (THSR+TR)


If you plan to visit destinations outside Taipei, you should get a 5 Day Joint Train Pass (THSR+TR). This pass will let you visit destinations in Taiwan on both TRA and THSR trains (Taiwan High Speed Rail). It's an ideal companion for travelers who wants to see and experience Taiwan with the best value train tickets, especially if you only have a few days to spare for your vacation.

PURCHASE A 5-DAY JOINT TRAIN PASS HERE

Using a Joint Train Pass you can visit destinations such as Nantou, Taichung, and as far as Kaoshiung. You may refer to my article 2-day Itinerary for Nantou Taiwan for the tourist spots and destinations we visited in Nantou.

MAOKONG GONDOLA


If you wish to visit the quaint and humble village of Maokong which is sitting on the top of a mountain in Taipei, you may take a scenic ride via the Maokong Gondola. With the gondola ride, you can get panoramic views of the city as you ascend to the summit going to the village. Best of all, the cable cars are crystal cabin with glass-bottoms, giving you a bird's eye view of the landscape below. How cool is that?!

RESERVE MAOKONG GONDOLA TICKETS HERE


List of Best Hotels in Taipei

Where to Stay in Taipei?


During our previous travels to Taiwan, we stayed at budget hotels, hostels and at a luxury hotel. I recommend that you choose an accommodation that is near an MRT Station so it will be easier for you to go around and to travel from one place to another. You may choose a hotel or hostel near Taipei Main Station, Ximen Station, or Taipei 101 Station. Here are the hotels and hostels that we have personally tried and stayed at during our previous trips in Taiwan. For a more detailed review on these accommodations, you may read my post Hotels and Hostels in Taipei.

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SLEEPBOX HOSTEL XIMEN

Location: 34 Hengyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 10045 (in between Taipei Main Station and Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Mixed Dormitory - PHP 926.00 per person
  • Female Dormitory for 8 - PHP 927.00 per person
  • Standard Double Room, 1 Double Bed - PHP 1,806.00 for 2 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability via Traveloka or Agoda.

Budget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan

ANGELS' HOSTEL - TAIPEI XIMEN

Location: 2F-2, No.51, Hengyang Rd., Zhongzheng District, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 100 (in between Taipei Main Station and Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Shared Male Dormitory - PHP 512.00 per person
  • Shared Female Dormitory - PHP 512.00 per person
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (1 Double Bed) - PHP 1,617.00 for 2 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability via Traveloka or Agoda.

Budget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan

GRAND HYATT TAIPEI

Location: 2 SongShou Road, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 11051 (near Taipei 101 MRT Station)

Room Rate: for as low as PHP 10,000 per night

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

ALSO READ: Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel Review

LIST OF CHEAP AFFORDABLE BUDGET FRIENDLY HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN TAIPEI TAIWAN

INN CUBE XIMEN

Location: 8F., No.45, Sec. 2, Hankou St., Wanhua, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan (walking distance from Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Room Selected By Hotel, Shared Bathroom - PHP 1,001.00 for 1 person
  • Room, Shared Bathroom (Bunk Bed) - PHP 1,717.00 for 2 persons
  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom - PHP 1,860.00 for 2 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

LIST OF CHEAP AFFORDABLE BUDGET FRIENDLY HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN TAIPEI TAIWAN

SHILIN HOME TAIPEI

Location: No.48, Xiaoxi St., Shilin Dist., Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan (walking distance from Shilin Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Double Room - PHP 2,957.00 for 2 persons
  • Twin Room - PHP 2,957.00 for 2 persons
  • Triple Room - PHP 3,827.00 for 3 persons
  • Quadruple Room - PHP 4,697.00 for 4 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

LIST OF CHEAP AFFORDABLE BUDGET FRIENDLY HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN TAIPEI TAIWAN

CITY INN HOTEL PLUS XIMEN

Location: No. 63, Baoqing Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 100 (2 minutes walk from Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Standard Room - PHP 3,858.00 for 2 persons
  • Elite Double - PHP 4,328.00 for 2 persons
  • Twin Room - PHP 5,034.00 for 2 persons
  • Deluxe Room - PHP 5,034.00 for 2 persons
  • Triple Room - PHP 6,672.00 for 3 persons
  • Family Room - PHP 7,562.00 for 4 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

CHEAP AFFORDABLE HOSTELS IN TAIWAN TAIPEI NEAR XIMENDINGCHEAP AFFORDABLE HOSTELS IN TAIWAN TAIPEI NEAR XIMENDING

ART INN HOSTEL XIMEN TAIPEI

Location: No.63, Sec. 2, Kaifeng St., Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan, 108 (5 minutes walk from Ximending Shopping District and 10-15 minutes walk from Ximen MRT Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Twin Room - PHP 1,500.00 for 2 persons
  • Standard Quadruple Room - PHP 4,000.00 for 4 persons
  • Family Room - PHP 5,387.00 for 6 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on the booking dates.

ALSO READ: Hotels and Hostels in Taipei for as low 500 Pesos

TOP-RATED HOTELS IN TAIPEI


Here are the popular and high-regarded hotels in Taipei, Taiwan with excellent rating from guest reviews. You can save as much as 50% discount on published room rates when you book in advance.










Caesar Metro Taipei

Location: Wanhua District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Kimpton Da An Hotel

Location: Daan District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

The Sherwood Taipei

Location: Songshan District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

W Taipei

Location: Xinyi District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Taipei Garden Hotel

Location: Zhongshan District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei

Location: Daan District Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Hotel Relax V

Location: Taipei Main Station
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Roaders Hotel Taipei

Location: Ximending, Taipei
Book Here: See room rates and availability

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OTHER HOTELS IN TAIPEI


Here are the other popular and top-rated hotels in Taipei, Taiwan. Book now to save as much as 50% off on your hotel bookings!



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Top Tourist Spots and Attractions in Taipei


Traveling to Taipei Taiwan for the first-time? Here are the top tourist spots and attractions in Taipei you should not miss. I've included here some information for your reference, how to get there, and useful travel tips to help you plan your trip. This also includes attractions outside Taipei such as Keelung and New Taipei City. You may also click the photo for more details for each of the destinations.

Taipei 101 and Elephant Mountain Travel Guide Blog

Taipei 101

Location: Xinyi Special District, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening hours: 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily

Taipei 101 is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist attractions and most photographed landmark. It is considered as one of the tallest buildings in the world. It held the record of being the "tallest building in the world" from 2004 to 2010, with a height of 509.2 meters. A trip to Taiwan is not complete without visiting Taipei 101.

HOW TO GET THERE: From anywhere in the city, take the MRT red line to Xiangshan Station and alight at Taipei 101/World Trade Center station. You can also take the blue line 5 bus to Taipei City Hall station and walk a few meters to Taipei 101. This is also one of the stops of the Taipei Sightseeing bus tour or the Double Decker hop on Hop off bus tour, so you could also make a stop here if you're taking the tour.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Both day and night times are good times to visit Taipei 101. If you visit during the day, you'll see clearly Taipei's landscape and towering buildings. At night time, you'll enjoy the city lights. Since Taipei 101 is a very popular attraction in Taiwan, for me the best time to visit is early in the morning so you could avoid the long line at the elevator going up. Be sure to be there even before it opens at 09:00 AM.

TRAVEL TIP:


Taipei 101 observatory tickets normally cost TWD 600 (PHP 1,005.00), but you can get them at a discounted rate of PHP 858.00 when you purchase your tickets through Klook.com. Free admission for children under the height of 115 cm. Children must be accompanied by one adult.

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Elephant Mountain

Location: Xiangshan, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

If you're wondering where to get the best views of the city and of Taipei 101, I highly suggest that you climb the Elephant Mountain. It requires a hike to the stairs to get to the viewpoint where you will be greeted with an amazing view of Taipei City and the towering Taipei 101 dominating the city's skyline. Entrance is free!

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT red line, alight at Xiangshan Station and take Exit 2. Walk and pass the park, and when you reach the end of the road, turn left going uphill until you see the entrance or start of the Xiangshan Hiking Trail (see photo here) on the left side of the road. The hike takes about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast you climb the stairs.

Top things to do in Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots

National Palace Museum

Location: Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening hours: 08:30 AM – 06:30 PM daily / Open until 09:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

The National Palace Museum is one of Taiwan's most popular museums. It has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, ans is considered as one of the largest of its type in the world.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Shilin station (Red Line – 2) and then take Bus R30 to the National Palace Museum.

Must-see tourist spots in Taiwan

Martyrs' Shrine

Location: Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening hours: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

The Martyrs' Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China. The changing of the honor guards is also a must-see when visiting the Martyrs' Shrine happening every hour until 5:00 PM.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Jiantan Station (Red Line 2) and take Bus 267, 556, or 902 to Martyr's Shrine.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Location: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening hours:
  • Memorial Hall - 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM, daily
  • Memorial Parl - 05:00 AM - 12:00 MN, daily

Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall is one of the most prominent historical landmarks in Taiwan. It was built in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China. The CKS Memorial Hall is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, except during Electromechanical Maintenance Day, 228 Peace Memorial Day, Chinese New Year's Eve and the first day of the Chinese New Year. The Memorial Park is open daily from 5:00 AM to 12:00 midnight.

When visiting Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, you should not miss the changing of the guards happening every hour from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall station (Red Line 2 or Green Line 3).

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Location: No. 505, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Opening hours: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Completed in 1972, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in memory of Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Sun Yat-sen (SYS) Memorial Hall Station (Blue Line 5).

TRAVEL TIP:


For convenience in exploring Taipei, 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

BOOK A TAIPEI DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR


What to do in Taipei at Night

Longshan Temple

Location: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Opening hours: 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM, daily

Longshan Temple was built in 1738 and is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan. It is also considered as one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan. It serves as a place of worship and a gathering place for the locals. This is one temple in Taipei you should not miss when visiting Taiwan.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Is when it is not too crowded. Avoid worship times such as 6:00 am, 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT Blue Line 5 to Longshan Temple, the temple is located just north of the station plaza, Exit 1.

TAIPEI TAIWAN TOURIST SPOTS 2019

Bopiliao Historical Block

Location: Lane 173, Kangding Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

One of the oldest streets in Wanhua District of Taipei, Bopilia Historical Block will give you a glimpse on the many old architectures of Taiwan. As the street was once a primary commercial district, you'll see here many shop houses from the Qing period lining up the streets as well as some building from the Japanese occupation. You can also find here some wall arts, a film museum, and the Heritage and Culture Education Center of Taipei which is just located next to the elementary school.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT Blue Line and alight at Longshan Temple Station. Take Exit 3, then turn right, then right again until you reach Kangding Rd. Continue walking to the next intersection and then the intersection of Guangzhou Street, the entrance will be along the right side of Kangding Rd at Lane 173. For convenience, you may use Google maps to find it.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Daytime, especially in the morning.

Shilin Night Market Taipei Taiwan

Shilin Night Market

Location: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Opening hours: 04:00 PM - 12:00 MN, daily

Considered the the "most popular and biggest night market in Taipei," the Shilin Night Market is a favorite go-to place among locals and tourists visiting Taipei. At Shilin Night Market, you'll find several streets lined up with stores, stalls, and food kiosks selling bargain goods and apparels, accessories, decors, and whatnots.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Jiantian Station (Red Line – 2). Then walk towards Shilin Night Market across the station.

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Miramar Entertainment Park

Location: No. 20號, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Opening hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, daily

Miramar Entertainment Park is one of Taipei's largest shopping malls. Located at Dazhi area in Zhongshan District, it is a lovely shopping and entertainment complex where you could enjoy a lot of shops, restaurants, IMAX movie theater, arcade games, and amusement center. One of the must-see and definitely a must-experience is their huge Ferries. Located at the mall's rooftop, the ferries wheel has a height of 70 meters which will give you an amazing view of the city. The whole family, especially the kids will surely enjoy this!

BEST TIME TO VISIT: During sunset until night time to enjoy the lights of Ferris wheel as well as the city lights.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT Brown Line to Jiannan Rd. Station. Miramar Entertainment Park is located just across Jiannan Rd. MRT Station.

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Dadaocheng District

Location: Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103

Dadaocheng District is where you'll find old streets where you could discover the historic side of Taipei. It's a lovely and fascinating place to explore with streets lined up with old buildings, shops, and restaurants. Charming and unique, it’s also a good place for shopping and eating! Certainly, Taipei’s Dadaocheng neighborhood is well worth a visit.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Daqiaotou Station and take exit 1. From there, use Google Map and walk towards Dadaocheng District.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Daytime, especially in the afternoon until night time to see the street lights up.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence

Location: No. 60, Fulin Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Opening hours: 09:30 AM – 12:00 NN / 01:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Located along Zhongshan North Road, Shilin Residence features beautiful Chinese and Western gardens, as well as the home of the Taiwan's former President, the late Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling. A must-see at Shilin Residence is the Main Building of Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence, where you'll get to see how the late president and his wife lived their everyday lives, how he held family get-togethers, as well as how he received guests into his home. It is open everyday except Mondays, from 09:30 am to 12:00 nn and 01:30 pm to 05:00 pm. Picture taking is not allowed inside the house.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take bus R30 and alight at the Taipei High School bus stop and then walk for about 5-10 minutes to Shilin Official Residence. Use Google Maps for the walking route.

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Ximending Shopping District

Location: Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening hours: Open almost 24 hours. But shops usually opens at 09:00 AM and closes at 11:00 PM or 12:00 MN.

Ximending neighborhood AKA "Ximending Youth Shopping District" is a must-visit shopping district in Taipei. Located just west of Taipei Main Station and can be accessed via the Ximen MRT Station, it was established during the Japanese colonization period as a recreation district. It comes alive at night but that doesn't mean that there's nothing to do during the day.

Aside from shopping, it is also a good place to eat with its many dim sum joints, milk tea shops, Japanese izakayas, noodle bars, and many more. It also has movie houses, arcade games, and live performances. It an awesome place to hang out or meet up with your friends.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Taipei MRT to Ximen Station and take Exit 6.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: At night to enjoy the whole shopping district open and you'll also get to enjoy the street performances.

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Shifen Waterfalls

Location: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10號

Located at Pingxi District, New Taipei City, and within a beautiful forested mountainside - getting to the waterfalls requires a bit of walking on stairs and passing through a hanging bridge. But upon reaching Shifen Waterfall, you'll certainly won't mind the quick walk. Shifen Waterfalls is about 20 meters high and 40 meters wide, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan. Also regarded as the most scenic waterfall in Taiwan, it cascades on the upper tier of the Keelung River.

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Pingxi Old Street

Location: Pingxi Street, Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226

Rich in culture and history, Pingxi Old Street is a must-visit when in Taiwan. Here, you can also find a train station built right along the Shifen Old Street which is said to be originally built for transporting coal. It is also filled with food stalls and souvenir shops that are definitely interesting places for visitors to check out. According to our guide, some of the shops in the area are said to have been established during the 1930's and 1940's.

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For ease, comfort, convenience, and to save on travel expenses, I recommend joining a group tour when visiting Shifen Waterfalls and Pingxi Old District. You can book a joining tour to these destinations via Klook.com. The Shifen Half-Day Guided Tour tour package includes round trip transfers and services from an English-speaking tour guide from a local tour company that will assist you during the tour.

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Jiufen Old Village

Location: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

Jiufen or Chiufen Village is an old mining town that is now a popular tourist destination near Taipei. Located in the mountain area of Ruifang District in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Jiufen Village is a quaint village with rich history and culture to tell.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Taipei, you could book a Jiufen shuttle Bus service from Ximen to Jiufen Village. BOOK HERE!

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Nanya Rock Formations

Location: 224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

These rock formations were created by erosion and weathering - forming these amazing rock formations with beautiful striped pattern caused by oxidation reaction.

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Bitou Cape

Location: Bitou Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Bitou Cape i one of the three Capes of Northern Taiwan, the other two being Fugui Cape, the island's northernmost cape, and Sandiao Cape, its easternmost cape.

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Ying Yang Sea

Location: 226 (ROC), Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Known for its strange and quite a unique view where the water in the bay is a mix of yellow and blue!

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For convenience, you can visit Jiufen Old Village, Bituo Cape, Nanya Rock Formation and Ying Yang Sea by booking a joining tour via Klook.com. The Jiufen and Northeast Coast tour package includes round trip coach transfers with hotel pick-up and drop-off from any hotel in downtown Taipei City, and an English-speaking tour guide from a local tour company with over 25 years of experience and excellent reputation.

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Yehliu Geopark

Location: No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City

Located in Northern Taiwan, Yehliu Geopark is a natural landscape filled with peculiar rock formations, and sceneries that are truly amazing and "out of this world." This scenic attraction will bring you into a world that is like a scene from a movie. Here, you'll see different rock formations that are awesome works of nature. Some of the rock formations were given names representing their shapes, such as the "Mushroom Rocks," "Sea Candles," "Fairy Shoe," and the most-popular is the "Queen's Head."

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Juming Museum

Location: 208, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Jinshan District, 西勢湖2號

Juming Museum is a huge outdoor museum built by internationally-renowned master sculptor Ju Ming. Opened in 2009, it showcases thousands of Mr. Ju Ming's creations. It is so huge, and is actually dubbed as "Taiwan’s largest outdoor art museum." Some of the artworks here were Juming’s works that he exhibited in different parts of the world such as Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Luxembourg. Set in a vast outdoor space with nature and the mountains as backdrops, visiting Juming Museum makes you feel to be part of the artworks. When visiting Juming Museum, be sure to allot at least 2 hours to fully enjoy the many artworks, attractions, and IG-worthy spots that you can find inside the museum.

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There are many things to do and to experience in Taipei. In this TAIPEI TAIWAN TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 BLOG, I will share you some of my favorites.

  • Visit the Taipei 101 Observatory

  • Climb Elephant Mountain and Enjoy the Best View of Taipei

    • If you're wondering where to get the best view of the city and of Taipei 101, I highly suggest that you climb the Elephant Mountain. It requires a hike to the stairs to get to the viewpoint where you will be greeted with an amazing view of Taipei City and the towering Taipei 101 dominating the city's skyline. The best time to visit is during the late afternoon to catch the sunset. Read more here.
  • Eat, Shop, and Wander at the Best Night Markets in Taipei

    • Food trip and shopping are two of the best ways to enjoy a visit to Taiwan. Forget about bars and night clubs. The night markets are the best places to visit at night when in Taiwan! The night market is a Taiwanese cultural tradition that you should experience when visiting Taiwan. Eat, shop, stroll, and immerse yourself with the night market culture as you share the experience with the Taipei locals and tourists visiting Taiwan. Read more here.
  • Taipei City Double Decker Sightseeing 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. Read more here.
  • Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour in New Taipei City, Taiwan

    • This northeast coast tour in New Taipei City will bring you to some scenic spots in Taiwan, such as the Bitou Cape, Nanya Rock Formations, and Ying Yang Sea. The highlight of this tour is the visit to Jiufen Village which is an old mining town that is now a popular tourist destination near Taipei City. Located in the mountain area of Ruifang District in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Jiufen Village is a quaint village with rich history and culture to tell. Read more here.
  • Shifen Waterfalls, Pingxi Old Street, and Keelung Miaokou Market

    • This tour will bring you to Shifen Waterfalls which is located within a beautiful forested mountainside in Pingxi District, New Taipei City. It is popular tourist destination that is about 20 meters high and 40 meters wide, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan. Also not to be missed is the Pingxi Old Street which is located near a train station that is rich in culture and history to tell. You could end your tour with a visit to Keelung Miaokou Street where you could explore the different shops and food stalls in the area. Read more here.
  • Pineapple Cake Making Workshop in Taipei

    • Don’t miss this workshop that will let you to experience the handmade process of pineapple shortcake making when visiting Taiwan. Located in Shilin District, The Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry is a pastry culture and making museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Read more here.
  • The Shu's Pottery DIY Workshop

    • Learning pottery making for the very first time is such an awesome and memorable experience. There's no better way to learn it than from the guidance of experts and from a place rich in history. This is recommended for your group of friends, family, and even kids. Read more here.
  • Soap Making Workshop at TeaSoap since 1957

    • This activity will surely bring out the creativity in you. It's an ideal activity and new things to do in Taiwan that the family, group of friends, and kids of all ages will surely love and enjoy. Read more here.
  • Blue Dye Making Workshop at The Can

    • This traditional Taiwanese cloth dyeing technique can still be found in Sanxia District in New Taipei City. Because of the abundance of the dye plant called "Da Jing" in the area, Sanxia became the center of the cloth dyeing industry of Northern Taiwan during the late Qing dynasty. To keep the tradition alive, locals have set up dyeing workshops along the old streets of Sanxia to let other people learn and appreciate the art of Blue Dye. Read more here.

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Other Tours and Experiences in Taiwan


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A Day at Sun Moon Lake


"The largest lake in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake does not fail to impress with its calm, refreshing waters, and scenic, mountainous surroundings. And what better way is there to take in such a picturesque view than going on a boat cruise, where you will be completely relaxed? Familiarize yourself with this beautiful setting by taking a walk along the lake on the “Rambling Journey” hiking trail, before getting your final dose of culture with a visit to Wenwu Temple, a sacred site with intricate decorations all over both the exterior and interior." -Klook.com

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Yangmingshan National Park & Hot Springs Tour


"Located in the north of Beitou, Yangminshan is Taiwan's only park where you can marvel at volcanic geography and indulge in a hot spring bath. This 300-acre park, designed in the traditional Chinese style, invites you to enjoy a touch of tranquility and relaxation away from the city." -Klook.com

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Taiwan's Northern Coast


"Venture to the very tip of northern Taiwan, an area embraced by mountains and the Pacific Ocean stretching to the northern horizon. Experience seaside living at Keelung Harbor, a commercial port with a thriving community in a beautiful setting. Pay a visit to Chung Cheng Park, home to the 25-meter Goddess of Mercy statue and offering spectacular views of Keelung and the ocean from its ornate pavilion. The journey continues to Yehliu Geopark – a fascinating coastal rock park featuring some out-of-this-world rock formations, including one that looks like a queen's head!" -Klook.com

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Fo Guang Shan and Cheng Ching Lake


"As one of the most venerated Buddhist sites in Taiwan, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhish Memorial Centre cannot be missed. You are greeted by a colossal Buddha statue upon climbing the stairs towards the centre. One of the most fascinating aspects of Fo Guang Shan is that it is home to a relic of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist faith. On leaving the temple, the surrounding cluster of lively stalls selling souvenirs and scriptures is well worth a roam. After an afternoon at Fo Guang Shan, cool off by the Cheng Ching Lake, with scenic sights all around such as the chateau of one of Taiwan's former presidents that looks over the waters, and Phu Quoc Island situated within the lake. Make sure to walk across the Bridge of Nine Turns to get breathtaking views of Cheng Ching Lake and its surroundings." -Klook.com

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Wuling Farm Day Tour from Taipei


"At Wuling Farm, with its 700 hectares of land, you can relax and enjoy a day surrounded by the beauty of nature. Start off your tour by meeting up with your tour guide at Luodong Train Station in Yilan. You will board a shuttle bus that departs for Wuling Farm. On the way, you will make a stop at a quaint tea village before heading to the vast farmland where you can find breathtaking views and take in the fresh air. If you brought along mats and snacks, you can enjoy a picnic beneath the lovely trees. In the late afternoon, you will board your shuttle bus and be taken back to Luodong Train Station." -Klook.com

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Sightseeing Carpool Between Taipei and Hualien (via Jiufen)


"Ride a comfortable carpool transfer from Taipei to Hualien, or Hualien to Taipei. Relax on the 8 hour ride while taking in some fantastic scenery along Taiwan's east coast. Stop off in Jiufen and stroll along the lantern-lined streets of this quaint mining town, one of Taiwan's most popular sightseeing spots. Discover must see destinations on the way like the dramatic Qingshui Cliff and Nanfang-ao View Platform, and explore the Yilan Jimmy Park during your ride. Go deep into East Taiwan and experience the coastal roads that a train wouldn't pass - perfect if you're looking to see more of the country. The bus then drops you off directly to your accommodation in either Taipei or Hualien - convenient and reliable!" -Klook.com

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Gaomei Wetland & Rainbow Military Community


"Travel to Taiwan’s renowned wetland - Gaomei Wetland and explore its diverse natural scenery and wildlife. Covering over 1500 acres of land, Gaomei Wetland is a unique natural environment where water, sand and soil mix together - the varied geographical make up makes the area a magnet for many animal species, including large flocks of migrating birds. Get picked up from your hotel in Taichung and start the adventure. Your first stop is one of the most popular desert shops in Taichung - Miyahara, where you can enjoy over 17 varieties of chocolate ice cream, pastries, cookies and more. Walk past renovated traditional buildings in Fantasy Story Green Ray - home to numerous art galleries and restaurants. One of the highlights of the tour is Rainbow Military Community, once a series of grey buildings, it is now a colorful hand painted village thanks to "Grandpa Rainbow" - a Hong Kongese immigrant who turned the community into the artistic masterpiece it is today. Visit National Taichung Theater, the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple and Feng Chia night market on this tour." -Klook.com

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Leofoo Village Theme Park


"Go on a magical adventure between four different worlds in the Leofoo Village Theme Park in Taipei! Choose from four different, colorful thematic areas such as the Wild West, South Pacific, Arabian Kingdom and African Safari. Explore the wonders that await you in this Taipei theme park while enjoying different attractions within the park's 100 hectare space." -Klook.com

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Thousand Island Lake & Pinglin Tea Plantation


"Travel to the land of tea and discover marvelous landscapes on the tour of Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation. The 5 hour trip is a true retreat for the soul, letting you leave the hustle and bustle and experience complete "oneness" with nature. Capture breathtaking views of endless rows of green mountains and terraced tea plantations. Embark on this adventure early in the morning - you will be conveniently picked up from your hotel in Taipei." -Klook.com

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Taroko Gorge Day Trips


"Take a private day tour to what is arguably Taiwan's most scenic destination, Taroko National Park. Showcasing a diverse range of nature and wildlife: travel from rugged coast, to luscious forest, to the dramatic cliff faces of 19km Taroko Gorge. Delve into the heart of the park at the Swallow Grotto Trail, interspersed with tunnels and the best viewpoint for overlooking the narrowest part of the gorge, where the river is at its most dramatic. After lunch in scenic Tianxiang, you'll visit the Changchung Shrine (or the Eternal Spring Shrine), a beautiful temple nestled within the hillside, atop a waterfall stream that supposedly never stops running (hence the name of the shrine). Before ending at Qixingtan, famed for its pebble beach and fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean." -Klook.com

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Qingshui Cliff Sea Kayaking in Hualien


"Head out to sea and discover the rugged east coast of Taiwan by kayak. This 4.5 hour guided tour is a great activity for adventure lovers who don’t mind working up a sweat. Your tour begins with an equipment and safety briefing from a professional instructor, who will also show you how to paddle and steer the sea kayak. Once you’re ready, head out into the Pacific Ocean with your guide and paddle along the Qingshui Cliffs, rising dramatically from the sea on Taiwan’s east coast. If you chose one of the early morning trips, you will also have the chance to see a spectacular sunrise sometime during your paddle session. Your guide will be near you at all times providing instruction on how to safely navigate the waters. You’ll get the chance to take a souvenir photo during the trip to take back home with you so you can remember the stunning scenery of Taiwan." -Klook.com

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Discover Alishan Mountain


"Known for its pillowy cloud seas, spectacular sunrises, glowing sunsets, enchanting forests and charming railway, it's no wonder Alishan is a popular day (or weekend) trip for tourists and locals alike. Explore this mountain park full of bamboo forests, glittering waterfalls, hiking trails and high altitude tea plantations. Experience Fenqihu's quaint old street and a seemingly never-ending suspension bridge." -Klook.com

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Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen Shuttle Bus from Ximen


"Depart from Ximending and drive to Yehliu before the crowds to take in the incredible scenes of fascinating 'honeycomb' and 'mushroom' rock formations caused by weathering. Stroll along the windy cape and snap pictures in front of the phenomenal Queen's Head rock - visit now as it's predicted the formation won't be around many years more! Next you'll drive past the 'Ying Yang Sea' where natural ions create a swirl of blue and yellow water in the bay, reminiscent of the ancient Chinese symbol. Look up hill to see the 'Remains of the 13 Levels', a former copper-smelting refinery, but now a popular spot for some industrial-chic Instagram snaps, then see the glittering cascade of the Golden Waterfall. Continue up to the top of the hill to Jiufen village, one of the most popular things to do in Taipei. Jiufen, which experienced a gold rush during the Japanese occupation, is a maze of narrow alleys, traditional stores, red lanterns and quaint tea houses nestled into the mountainside. After two hours of freetime, journey to Shifen, a village built beside the rail tracks." -Klook.com

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Sample 5 days and 4 nights Taipei DIY Itinerary


DAY 1


DAY 2


DAY 3


DAY 4


DAY 5

  • Prepare for departure
  • Check out of the hotel
  • Flight back to Manila

You can use this as your guide and adjust it depending on the things you want to do in Taiwan, places you want to visit, and how many days you plan to visit Taiwan.

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Taipei Trip Budget and Expenses


Budget and expenses for a trip to Taiwan depends on your spending habits. It also depends on how many are you in the group, what is your preferred accommodation, where you want to eat, and the places you want to visit. Here's a list of basic expenses when traveling to Taipei.

List of Basic Expenses

  • Accommodation: PHP 1,000 - 5,000 per night
  • Food: PHP 500 - 800 per day
  • Transportation: PHP 300 - 400 per day
  • Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket - PHP 859 per person
  • Half-day Explore Taipei City Tour - PHP 1,704 per person (includes entrance ticket to the National Palace Museum)
  • Taipei at Night Tour - PHP 2,324 per person (includes dinner at Din Tai Fung)
  • Jingmei Night Market Tour - PHP 842 per person (includes tasting 12 local snacks)
  • Taipei Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • 4 Hour Pass - PHP 454.00 per person
    • 1 Day Pass - PHP 1,059.00 per person
  • Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour: PHP 2,014 per person
  • 4G Pocket WiFi Rental: PHP 133 per day
  • Airport Transfers: PHP 1,390 per way good for 4 persons

Sample Expenses for 14,000 PHP Budget


If you will follow the DIY Itinerary above, stay in a hostel, and share some of the expenses with a travel buddy, here's a sample computation of expenses for a 5 days / 4 nights Taipei Taiwan Trip for 14,000 pesos per person.

Please note that these were all converted in Philippine Pesos.

DAY 1 EXPENSES
  • Train to Taipei - 272.00
  • Hostel (1st night) - 512.00
  • One day Bus Tour via Klook - 1,059
  • Food Expenses - 300.00
  • Dinner and Taipei at Night Tour via Klook - 2,324
  • TOTAL - 4,467

DAY 2 EXPENSES
  • Hostel (2nd night) - 512.00
  • Jiufen Tour - 2,014.00
  • Food Expenses - 300.00
  • Jingmei Night Market Tour via Klook - 842.00
  • Transportation - 60.00
  • TOTAL - 3,728

DAY 3 EXPENSES
  • Hostel (3rd night) - 512.00
  • Explore Taipei via Klook - 1,704
  • Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket via Klook - 859.00
  • Elephant Mountain - Free
  • Transportation - 100.00
  • Food Expenses - 500.00
  • TOTAL - 3,675.00

DAY 4 EXPENSES
  • Hostel - 512.00
  • Transportation - 100.00
  • Food Expenses - 500.00
  • TOTAL - 1,112.00

DAY 5 EXPENSES
  • Train to Taoyuan Airport - 272.00
  • Food Expenses - 500.00
  • TOTAL - 772.00

5 days WiFi Router Rental - 665.00 / 2 = 332.00 per person

GRAND TOTAL = 14,086.00 per person


Exclusions:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Taipei-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Budget for pasalubong and tips
  • Food expense for snacks

Please note that the above ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

You can download a PDF copy of this Taiwan DIY Itinerary Travel Guide, HERE.


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Sample 3 Days 2 Nights (3D2N) Itinerary for 8,000 Pesos


Here's a sample 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) Itinerary using the Unlimited Taipei Fun Pass. Please feel free to tweak it, adjust the time, or change the attractions you want to visit.

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Day 1 - Gold Museum, Jiufen and Miramar Entertainment Park

  • 06:00 - Arrival in Taipei. Take the Airport Express to Taipei Main Station
  • 07:30 - Leave bags at the hotel/hostel
  • 08:00 - Have Breakfast at JSP Ximen
  • 08:10 - Eat breakfast at JSP Ximen
  • 08:40 - Walk to Ximen Bus Stop Station
  • 09:00 - Take the city bus number 965 to Gold Museum
  • 10:10 - Gold Museum Tour
  • 11:50 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Gather and head to Jiufen by taking bus 965
  • 13:00 - Explore Jiufen Old Street
  • 14:30 - Gather and take bus 965 to Taipei
  • 15:30 - Arrive at Taipei's Beimen MRT Station
  • 15:45 - Take the MRT Green line and alight at Nanjing Fuxing
  • 16:00 - Transfer the MRT brown line and take the train to Jiannan Rd. Station
  • 16:30 - Go to Miramar Entertainment Park, ride the Ferries Wheel
  • 18:30 - Dinner
  • 20:00 - Head back to Ximen by taking the MRT Brown Line from Jiannan Rd. Station to Nanjing Fuxing
  • 20:30 - Transfer to MRT Green Line to Ximen Station
  • 21:00 - Back at the hotel/hostel

Day 2 - National Palace Museum, Shilin Residence, Dadaocheng, and Taipei 101

  • 07:00 - Breakfast
  • 08:00 - Take the MRT to Shilin Station and transfer to the Bus Red 30 (R30) which will take you directly to the National Palace Museum.
  • 09:10 - Arrive at National Palace Museum, explore
  • 10:50 - Gather at the exit and take the bus Bus Red 30 (R30) and head to Main Building of Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence
  • 11:10 - Tour of Main Building of Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Take the MRT to Daqiaotou Station. Take exit 1 and walk towards Dadaocheng district
  • 15:00 - Arrive at Dadaocheng district
  • 15:45 - Explore the district of Dadaocheng
  • 18:00 - Dinner
  • 19:00 - Walk back to Daqiaotou Station
  • 19:30 - Take MRT from Daqiaotou Station to Dongmen Station and transfer to red line to Taipei101/World Trade Center Station.
  • 20:00 - Arrive at Taipei 101 and visit Shou Xing Fang for souvenir shopping
  • 20:30 - Go up to Taipei 101 Observatory
  • 22:00 - Take the MRT back to Ximen Station
  • 22:30 - Back at hotel/hostel

Day 3 - Yehliu Geopark and Juming Museum

  • 06:00 - Leave bags at the hotel/hostel
  • 06:30 - Breakfast
  • 07:00 - Take the MRT from Ximen to Taipei Main Station then transfer the MRT Red Line to Tamsui Station
  • 08:30 - Arrive at Tamsui Station. Take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle service 862 to Yehliu Geopark
  • 10:00 - Arrive at Yehliu Geopark, explore
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Depart for Juming Museum by taking Bus 862
  • 13:30 - Tour Juming Museum
  • 15:30 - Gather at the entrance of Juming Museum
  • 15:45 - Take the Bus 862 back to Tamsui Station
  • 17:00 - Arrive at Tamsui Station. Take the MRT Red Line to Taipei Main Station then transfer to Ximen Station via the Blue Line.
  • 17:40 - Arrive at Ximen Station/Taipei Main Station and Go to the hotel to pick-up bags
  • 18:00 - Take the Airport Express Train to Taoyuan Airport
  • 19:00 - Arrive at Taoyuan Airport. Check-in for your flight.

If you follow the above itinerary using the 3 days Unlimited Taipei Fun Pass, here are the breakdown of expenses. Please note that this assumes that:
  • You will be staying in a hostel for 1,000 pesos per night.
  • Your food expenses is 800 pesos per day.
  • You'll be taking the Airport Express Train from and to the Airport for 544 pesos round trip.
  • You will be using a 3-day Unlimited Taipei Fun Pass worth 3,243 pesos. You can buy Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass here.

Breakdown of Expenses:

  • 3 days Unlimited Taipei Fun Pass - PHP 3,243
  • Hostel for 2 nights - PHP 2,000
  • Food for 3 days - PHP 2,400
  • Round trip Airport Express Train - PHP 544

TOTAL - PHP 8,187 per person


Exclusions:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Taipei-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Budget for pasalubong and tips
  • Food expense for snacks

Please note that ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

Taiwan Travel Blogs


To help you with more information needed in planning your trip to Taipei, Taiwan, you may also read these Taiwan Travel Blogs that I previously written:

I hope this COMPREHENSIVE TAIPEI TAIWAN TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2019 for First-timers help you in planning a memorable Taiwan Adventure! Enjoy and have fun in Taiwan!


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6 comments :

  1. Hi my husband is working in taiwan for almost 4 years and i will visit him this may 2018...in this case do i still need to show in the immigration a hotel accommodation or is it enough to show to them the address where my husband is staying as my proof of accommodation?

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  2. First-timer in TaiwanDecember 20, 2018 at 3:21 PM

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  6. Hi. Me and my brother are planning to travel to Taiwan next month. It will my first time while second trip for my brother because he's already been to SG last year. Question, cos i'll be really on a tight budget for this trip like everything will be budgeted. Im just afraid that i'll be checked regarding my financial capability. Well, im actually employed for two years already but i dont have that "show money" thing. Is it okay? Thank you so much.

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