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TAIPEI, TAIWAN BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 14,000 Pesos DIY Itinerary

Taipei Taiwan Budget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

My top most-favorite and best trip last year is our 5-day adventure in Taipei, Taiwan. With it's relaxed visa policy and visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, Taiwan is now fast-becoming one of the top-favorite destinations in Asia among Filipinos. If you're traveling to Taipei for the first time, here's a budget travel guide that (I hope) will help you in planning your trip to Taiwan this 2018. It provides useful information on how to get there, where to stay, visa requirements, things to do, tourist spots and attractions, DIY itinerary, budget and expenses, and more.

Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan (Updated on August 2018)


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


WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS TAIPEI TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG?


Now, let's get started...


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! And don't forget to use their weekly promo codes to get 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?

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.

Taipei Taiwan Budget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City


Most international flights to Taipei lands at Taoyuan International Airport, which is located about 40km southwest of Taipei. Travel time from Taoyuan Airport 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.

Metro Transit Rail/MTR

The train from the airport to Taipei Main Station costs NT$ 160 per person. Travel time is about 40 minutes. Please note that Taiwan Airport MRT operating hours is from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

BOOK HERE: Taoyuan Airport MRT One-Way Ticket & EasyCard

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. 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 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 luggages 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


Visa Requirements


From November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2019, Filipinos are allowed to enter Taiwan Visa-free. You just need to have a valid passport with 6 months left before expiration, a return ticket, and a proof of accommodation before flying to Taiwan. Philippine Passport holders are allowed to stay not more than 14 days, so be sure that your flight bookings are correct before going to Taiwan.

UPDATE: Taiwan has EXTENDED the Visa-Free entry policy for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. READ HERE.

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


When is the Best Time to Visit Taiwan?


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.

We visited Taiwan in November last year 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! Hahaha!

Where to Exchange Currency in Taiwan?


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. When traveling to Taiwan, it's better if you bring US Dollars or Euros.

You can also withdraw from ATMs in Taiwan. Just make sure that you have advised your bank before leaving the country that you will be withdrawing money from ATMs abroad.

Money changers at the airport and banks in Taipei almost have the same rates. Based on experience, the best thing to do is just withdraw money from ATMs. With withdrawing money from the ATMs, you won't lose much of your money's worth in the conversion.

Affordable Wifi Rental in Taiwan

How to Stay Connected in Taiwan?


POCKET WIFI RENTAL IN TAIWAN


For internet connection, 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.com and just pick it up upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport.

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

TAIWAN SIMCARD


You can also buy a local simcard if you want to connect to the internet. You can purchase Taiwan simcard in advance via Klook.com. You can choose from 3, 5, 7 or 10 days unlimited data depending on your trip duration and just pick it up at Taiwan Airport upon arrival. With a local SIM card, you have a local number and a few dollars that you can us 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 efficient and very 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 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. To help you in traveling around Taipei using the MRT, you can download Taipei Metro App on Google Play.

EasyCard


I highly recommend that you buy a rechargeable card such as EasyCard so you will not need to buy train tickets every time your take the MRT. I suggest you get a Taoyuan Airport MRT One-Way Ticket & EasyCard because it already comes with an EasyCard and a one-way train ride from the airport to the city or Taipei city to Taoyuan Airport. Get one because you'll definitely need it.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AN AIRPORT MRT TICKET + EASY CARD


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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A TAIPEI UNLIMITED FUN PASS


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.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A 5-DAY JOINT TRAIN PASS


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 easy for you to go around. 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.

Budget Hostels in Taipei TaiwanBudget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR OTHER HOTELS IN TAIPEI

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 Tourist Spots in Taipei


Here are the top tourist spots and attractions in Taipei you should not miss. You may 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

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.

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.

CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED TAIPEI 101 OBSERVATORY TICKETS


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Elephant Mountain

Location: Xiangshan, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

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.

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

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

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.

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

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Location: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

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.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO 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

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. This is one temple in Taipei you should not miss when visiting Taiwan.

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.

Shilin Night Market Taipei Taiwan

Shilin Night Market

Location: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

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.

And just outside Taipei...


Day Tours from Taipei


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Shifen Waterfalls

Location: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10θ™Ÿ

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SHIFEN AND PINGXI OLD STREET TOUR


Top Best Things to do in Taiwan Jiufen Old Village

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.

New Taipei City Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions

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!

TRAVEL TIP:


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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A JIUFEN VILLAGE TOUR


Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour

Top Best Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan


There are many things to do and to experience in Taipei. Here are 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
  • The Shu's Pottery DIY Workshop

What to do in Taipei, when you're on a tight budget? Check out my Top 10 FREE Things to Do in Taipei, Taiwan.


Other Tours and Experiences 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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR


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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 Taipei Itinerary (5 days/4 nights)


DAY 1

Arrival in Taiwan
Check-in at the Hotel
City tour via Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus tour
Dinner and Taipei at Night Tour
Back at the hotel/hostel

DAY 2

Morning walk in Taipei
Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour
Jingmei Night Market Tour and Dinner
Back at the hotel/hostel

DAY 3

Half day Explore Taipei City Tour
Visit Taipei 101 Observatory
Climb Elephant Mountain
Dinner at Tonghua Night Market

DAY 4

Free time. Explore.
Shop for pasalubong
Walk around
Dinner at Shilin Night Market

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.

DAY 1 EXPENSES
Train to Taipei - 272.00
Hostel - 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 - 512.00
Jiufen Tour - 2,014.00
Food Expenses - 300.00
Jingmei Night Mrket Tour via Klook - 842.00
Transportation - 60.00
TOTAL - 3,728

DAY 3 EXPENSES
Hostel - 512.00
Explore Taipei via Klook - 1,704
Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket via Klook - 859.00
Elephant Mountain - Free
Transpotation - 100.00
Food Expenses - 500.00
TOTAL - 3,675.00

DAY 4 EXPENSES
Hostel - 512.00
Transpotation - 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 day 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 ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

I hope this Taipei Budget Travel Guide 2018 will help you in planning a memorable Taiwan Adventure! Enjoy and have fun!


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

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1 comments :

Anonymous said...

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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