Taiwan Travel Guide

Overview

Taiwan was a big surprise for us. I always pictured boring, crowded cities, but actually most of the island is covered with green mountains and good hiking ops.

Even the capital city Taipei was amazing, with cool monuments, good food, and Taiwan's unique mango ice cream. Read through this complete Taiwan travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts

Language

Mandarin Chinese

Religion

Buddhism & Taoism

Capital

Taipei

Visa

Visa free entry for 60+ nationalities

Climate

Tropical & subtropical; warm & humid year round

Power Plugs

Apps

Uber

Flights

The main airports in Taiwan are in Taipei (TPE), which is located on the north side of the island, and Kaohsiung (KHH), which is on the south side of the island. These two airports have lots of direct flights from other countries around the world. You can shop for flights to Taiwan on Skyscanner.

Safety

Taiwan is a very safe place to travel, with a low violent crime rate of 0.8 per 100k inhabitants (89% lower than the global average). The country had 12 million tourist arrivals in 2019.

Climate

Most of Taiwan, including Taipei, has a subtropical climate, while the very southern part of the island is tropical. The nicer, cooler months are from October to May, when temps range from 13 to 23 ยฐC (55 to 75 ยฐF). June to October is the typhoon season, and also the hottest time of year.

Budget

Train transportation here is extremely cheap and efficient. It's shocking. We took some train rides in Taipei that cost less than 30 Taiwanese dollars ($1 USD). Uber is also available in Taipei. Hostels and private hotels are available from 500 Taiwanese dollars in many cities like Taichung and Kaohsiung, although Taipei hotels are a bit more pricey. Meals are normally about 150 to 300 TWD depending on location.

Tours

The best Taiwan tours & activities

Posts

My latest blog posts about Taiwan

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