The Ultimate Taiwan Travel Blog in Singapore: Best Activities to Do and Places to Go in 2024

Alevin Chan

Alevin Chan

Last updated 01 March, 2024

Taiwan offers easygoing holidaying filled with understated charm. We’ve compiled a list of activities and fun things to do in every county that all travellers should try for the quintessential Taiwanese experience. Among inbound visitors to Taiwan last year, Singapore took the fifth spot, with nearly 390,000 of us paying a visit between Jan and Nov 2023.

Clearly, the island nation is popular among Singaporean travellers, a fact you may find surprising if you have yet to experience Taiwan for yourself. From bustling night markets offering a myriad of local delicacies to breathtaking natural landscapes, Taiwan’s appeal is vast and varied. Its rich tapestry of cultures, including the unique traditions of the Amis, Atayal, and Paiwan aboriginal people, provides a deeply immersive experience. This fusion of modern cities and historical sites gives travellers a different genre of intrigue at every turn to discover and cherish.

It’s true: Taiwan is somewhat underrated as a holiday destination, perhaps because there are so many competing choices in its vicinity – Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, just to name a few. But as anyone who's fallen under Taiwan’s spell will tell you, the country offers an understated charm that simply grows on you after time.

 

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Things to Prepare and Pack Before Your Trip

Before setting off on your adventure to Taiwan, it's crucial to ensure you've packed all your travel essentials. To help streamline your packing process, we've compiled an essential travel checklist of must-haves for your journey.


Clothes

For a comfortable five-day trip to Taiwan, we recommend packing at least five to seven sets of clothes, considering the weather and activities planned. Don't forget to include a pair of durable boots if you're planning to explore Taiwan’s stunning hiking trails.


Portable Wi-Fi

Imagine being unable to share your breathtaking travel moments online due to a lack of data signal. To avoid such a scenario, always carry a portable Wi-Fi device. Alternatively, a data SIM card can be a lighter option, ensuring you stay connected without the hassle of carrying extra equipment.


Travel Insurance

Securing travel insurance before departure is a wise move to safeguard against unforeseen travel disruptions. Choosing the right insurance plan should be based on personal travel needs, offering peace of mind as you explore Taiwan. Not sure if you should get a single trip insurance or an annual one? Check out our blog, where we break down the difference between single-trip and multi-trip travel insurance.

 
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Travel Credit Cards

An active travel credit card is essential for covering bigger expenses without dipping into your Taiwan travel budget. Unsure about which card to choose? We provide a comprehensive guide to selecting the best travel credit card for flights and hotels.


Any Additional Travel Documents

Never overlook the importance of carrying essential travel documents:

  • Passport: Your gateway to international travel, always ensure it has sufficient validity.
  • Visa (if required): Check visa requirements well in advance.
  • Itinerary: Helps in smooth travel planning and serves as a guide.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Often required at immigration to verify your stay details.

How Much Should You Bring To Taiwan?

Your Taiwan trip budget will largely depend on the duration of your stay and chosen activities. For a five-day trip, a budget starting from SGD 500 to SGD 700 can cover modest accommodations and essential experiences. For a seven-day journey, consider a budget upwards of SGD 1000, factoring in must-do activities like enjoying a night market feast or taking the THSR to visit multiple cities.

While most establishments in Taiwan accept card payments, carrying some cash is advisable for transactions with small businesses or when using vending machines.


Where To Go and Things To Do in Taiwan

Taipei City (台北市)

The Sunset Behind Taipei 101Source: Pexels

Taipei City, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, is located in the northern part of the island. This bustling metropolis is a blend of modern skyscrapers, historic temples, and lush parks, making it a fascinating destination for travellers.

  • Iconic attractions: Taipei 101 (台北101), once the world's tallest building, offers breathtaking views of the city. The National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院) houses one of the largest collections of Chinese imperial artefacts, drawing visitors from around the globe.
  • Places to shop: Xinyi District (信義區) is Taipei's premier shopping area, featuring luxury brands and the expansive Taipei 101 Mall. For unique local designs, do visit the Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store (誠品生活松菸店), known for its selection of books, crafts, and Taiwanese design goods.
  • Nature activities: The Beitou District (北投區) is famous for its hot springs and lush green parks, offering a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) is just a short drive away and is known for its hot springs, hiking trails, and the beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.
  • Sports activities: Rock Climbing at Long Dong (龍洞) is popular among adventure seekers. Situated on the northeast coast near Taipei, Long Dong offers seaside cliffs ideal for rock climbing, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, with breathtaking views of the ocean.
  • Night markets: Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is Taipei's largest and most famous night market, offering a plethora of food options, games, and shopping stalls.
  • Restaurants: Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐), renowned for its xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), is a must-visit. Another high-end option is Silks Palace (故宮晶華), where you can enjoy dishes inspired by the art pieces from the National Palace Museum.
  • Local eateries: Dreamers Coffee Roasters 永康店 offers unique coffee drinks in a cosy atmosphere, making it a favourite go-to spot among locals and tourists alike. This largest branch in the Yongkang area is a perfect spot to unwind after exploring the city.
  • Bars and clubs: Hanko 60 Bar (漢口60) is a speakeasy-style bar known for its creative cocktails and unique interior, drawing inspiration from Taiwan's cinematic history.

Taichung County (台中縣)

Taichung’s FengJia Night MarketSource: Pexels

Alt Text: Taichung’s FengJia Night Market

Taichung, located in the west-central part of Taiwan, is a city that blends tradition with modernity, offering lush green spaces, cultural sites, fun activities to do, and vibrant night markets.

  • Iconic attractions: The National Taichung Theater (國家歌劇院) is an architectural marvel designed by Toyo Ito, showcasing the city's commitment to arts and culture. Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is a brightly painted village turned art project, attracting photographers and Instagrammers.
  • Places to shop: Shenji New Village (審計新村) is a revitalised cultural and creative park with cafes, shops, and art installations. It's a great place to find unique gifts and support local artists.
  • Nature activities: Dakeng Scenic Area (大坑風景區) offers hiking trails with varying difficulty levels, providing stunning views of the city and the surrounding nature.
  • Sports activities: Golfing at one of Taichung's scenic golf courses offers a leisurely sporting activity against the backdrop of the county's beautiful landscapes. The Taichung Golf & Country Club is among the popular choices for its well-maintained course and facilities.
  • Night markets: Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市) is one of Taiwan’s largest and offers an endless variety of street food, fashion, and entertainment options.
  • Restaurants: Le Mout Restaurant (樂沐法式餐廳), a highly acclaimed restaurant in Taichung, is known for its exquisite French cuisine with a Taiwanese twist, offering a fine dining experience that highlights local ingredients.
  • Local eateries: Miyahara Ice Cream (宮原眼科) is not just an ice cream shop but a spectacle housed in a restored Japanese-era ophthalmology clinic. While it has gained fame, it remains deeply rooted in local flavours and history, offering unique ice cream combinations and pastries.
  • Bars and clubs: Match Cafe & Bar (麻芝咖啡酒館) is a laid-back cafe by day and a vibrant bar by night, located in the heart of Taichung. It's known for its craft cocktails and eclectic music, making it a favourite among locals looking for a cosy night out.

Taitung County (台東縣)

Taitung is known for its serene landscapes, located on Taiwan’s east coast. It's celebrated for its rich indigenous culture, breathtaking coastline, and the natural beauty of its rural areas.

  • Iconic attractions: The Taitung Forest Park (台東森林公園), also known as the Black Forest of Taiwan, is a vast green space perfect to go to for cycling and picnics. The National Museum of Prehistory (國立臺灣史前文化博物館) provides insight into Taiwan’s ancient cultures and the island's geological history.
  • Places to shop: Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村) offers a unique shopping experience with its focus on local art, crafts, and live music, making it a cultural hub in Taitung.
  • Nature activities: Lanyu (Orchid Island, 蘭嶼) is an off-the-beaten-path gem where visitors can experience the traditional way of life of the Tao people, enjoy unspoiled beaches, and partake in snorkelling and diving to explore the vibrant marine life.
  • Sports activities: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Flowing Lake (流水湖) offers a serene way to enjoy Taitung's natural landscapes. This activity is suitable for all skill levels and is a favourite for those looking to enjoy the water in a peaceful setting.
  • Night markets: Taitung Night Market (台東夜市) is smaller compared to other Taiwanese cities but offers a cosy atmosphere with a variety of local snacks and goods.
  • Restaurants: Dulan Amis Restaurant (都蘭阿美餐廳) offers authentic indigenous cuisine, providing a unique opportunity to taste the traditional flavours of the Amis people, one of Taiwan’s indigenous groups in a cosy, welcoming setting.
  • Local eateries: Dachi Tofu (大地豆腐店), a small shop in Taitung known for its homemade tofu and tofu-based products, celebrates the simplicity and the quality of locally sourced soybeans, offering a taste of Taitung's agricultural bounty.
  • Bars and clubs: Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村) isn't just a bar but a cultural hub where locals and tourists gather to enjoy live music performances, ranging from indie to traditional aboriginal music, in an open-air setting surrounded by Taitung's natural beauty.

Yilan County (台蘭縣)

Yilan is located in the northeast part of Taiwan and is known for its natural scenery, hot springs, and cultural festivals. Its close proximity to Taipei makes it a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers.

  • Iconic attractions: The Luodong Cultural Factory (羅東文化工廠) is a renovated space that now serves as a hub for cultural events, art exhibitions, and workshops, promoting Yilan's local culture and creativity.
  • Places to shop: Luodong Night Market (羅東夜市) is central to Yilan's shopping scene, offering a mix of food, fashion, and local crafts. It provides a lively atmosphere where visitors can immerse themselves in local culture.
  • Nature activities: Turtle Island (龜山島), also known as Guishan Island, is an inactive volcano and a significant natural landmark. It's known for whale and dolphin watching tours, offering a unique opportunity to observe marine life in their natural habitat.
  • Sports activities: Hot Spring Bathing in Jiaoxi (礁溪) is a popular leisure activity, especially after a day of hiking or cycling. While not a sport, it does serve as an essential part of the physical well-being culture in the area, with numerous hot springs catering to relaxation and health.
  • Night markets: Luodong Night Market (羅東夜市) is one of the largest and most famous night markets in Taiwan, known for its wide array of local snacks, including Yilan's signature scallion pancakes.
  • Restaurants: Silks Place Yilan (宜蘭晶英酒店), though more of a hotel, its restaurant is well-regarded for offering a range of local Yilan specialities and international dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Local eateries: Luo Dong Scallion Pancake (羅東蔥油餅), a humble stall in Yilan, is famous for its scallion pancakes. This crispy, flaky delicacy, made with local scallions, has locals and tourists lining up for a taste.
  • Bars and clubs: Jim & Dad's Brewing Company (吉姆老爹啤酒屋) offers a unique experience in Yilan with its craft brewery and bar, where visitors can tour the brewery, sample a wide range of beers, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere that's very much loved by the locals.

Hualien County (花蓮縣)

Hualien is on Taiwan’s east coast, famed for its natural beauty, including the Taroko Gorge, and as a gateway to the East Rift Valley's scenic attractions.

  • Iconic attractions: Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園) is renowned for its towering marble cliffs, deep gorges, and the Liwu River that runs through the gorge, offering stunning views and challenging hikes.
  • Places to shop: Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park (花蓮文化創意產業園區) is a hub for local artisans and craftsmen, offering unique handmade goods, art, and souvenirs, making it a perfect spot for visitors to find something special to take home.
  • Nature activities: The Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖) offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most spectacular sights along the East Coast National Scenic Area.
  • Sports activities: River Tracing in the Taroko Gorge (太魯閣峽谷) provides an adventurous way to experience the natural beauty of Hualien. This activity combines hiking, swimming, and climbing, allowing participants to navigate through riverbeds and waterfalls.
  • Night markets: Dongdamen Night Market (東大門夜市) is a must-visit in Hualien, offering a rich selection of foods, crafts, and entertainment, making it a vibrant showcase of local and indigenous cultures.
  • Restaurants: Dos Tacos Hualien (墾丁墨西哥餐廳), a favourite among locals and tourists for its authentic Mexican cuisine, is a testament to Hualien's diverse culinary scene, offering a break from traditional Taiwanese dishes.
  • Local eateries: Dongdamen Night Market Stalls (東大門夜市小吃), while the market itself is a collection of various stalls, certain stands offering aboriginal cuisine or unique local snacks like mochi or wild boar sausage stand out for their authenticity and local favouritism.
  • Bars and clubs: Stone House (石頭屋), a cosy bar nestled in Hualien's vibrant downtown. Known for its relaxed atmosphere, it's a great spot to enjoy local craft beers and live music, making it a favourite among both locals and tourists looking to unwind.

Nantou County (南投縣)

QingJing Farm in Nantou CountrySource: Pexels

Nantou County, nestled in the heart of Taiwan, is the only landlocked county on the island. It is renowned for its stunning mountainous landscapes, including the famous Sun Moon Lake, making it a haven for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity.

  • Iconic attractions: Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) is Taiwan’s largest lake and a top tourist destination known for its clear, sparkling waters set against a backdrop of lush mountains. Visitors can enjoy boat tours, cycling around the lake, or exploring the surrounding temples and trails.
  • Places to shop: Puli Town Center (埔里鎮中心) offers a variety of shops selling local products, including the famous Nantou tea, crafts, and souvenirs, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the area.
  • Nature activities: The Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area (合歡山國家森林遊樂區) offers breathtaking views and is a popular spot to go to for hiking, especially to see the sunrise or snow in winter.
  • Sports activities: Cycling around Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) is a popular activity. The area offers one of the most scenic cycling routes in Taiwan, where bike rentals are readily available for tourists to enjoy the lake's serene beauty up close.
  • Night markets: Puli Night Market (埔里夜市) provides a local experience with its array of street foods and snacks, reflecting the culinary diversity of Nantou.
  • Restaurants: Sun Moon Lake Full House Resort Restaurant (日月潭滿屋渡假餐廳) offers diners breathtaking views of Sun Moon Lake while enjoying local Taiwanese dishes and international cuisine, highlighting the area's natural beauty and local flavours.
  • Local eateries: Lu Gao Cafe (鹿皋咖啡) in Yuchi (魚池鄉) offers a cosy atmosphere with stunning views of Sun Moon Lake. It's known for its locally sourced coffee and light meals, making it a perfect spot to relax and soak in the natural beauty of Nantou.
  • Bars and Clubs: Cloud Bar (雲中酒吧) in Puli offers a stunning view of the central mountains, serving a variety of drinks in a laid-back setting. It's a perfect place for those looking to escape the city's hustle and enjoy the tranquillity of Nantou's natural landscape.

Tainan County (台南縣)

Tainan, located in the southwestern part of Taiwan, is the oldest city on the island and is often referred to as the cultural capital due to its rich history, traditional culture, and well-preserved heritage sites.

  • Iconic attractions: The Chimei Museum (奇美博物館) is renowned for its extensive collection of Western art, musical instruments, and weapons. The Anping District (安平區) is home to the historic Fort Zeelandia and the old merchant house of Anping Tree House, reflecting the area's Dutch colonial past.
  • Places to shop: Hayashi Department Store (林百貨) is a historic department store that has been beautifully restored, offering a range of local designer goods, traditional crafts, and a rooftop café with views of the city in one building.
  • Nature activities: Kite Surfing at Qigu Lagoon (七股潟湖) is increasingly popular, especially when the wind conditions are favourable. The lagoon's shallow waters do make it an ideal spot for both beginners and experienced kite surfers.
  • Sports activities: Cycling along the Yanshui River (鹽水溪) offers a peaceful way to explore Tainan's countryside, with designated bike paths passing through historical sites and scenic areas.
  • Night markets: Tainan is famous for its attractive night markets, such as the Flower Night Market (花園夜市), offering a wide array of traditional Taiwanese snacks and street foods.
  • Restaurants: Tu Hsiao Yueh (度小月), established in 1895, is famous for its Danzai noodles (擔仔麵). This iconic restaurant not only offers a taste of traditional Tainan flavours but also tells the story of the city's rich culinary history, making it a must-visit for food lovers.
  • Local eateries: Chih Kan Peddler's Noodle (赤崁擔仔麵), located near the historic Chihkan Tower, this noodle shop is a favourite for its traditional Tainan-style peddler's noodles, offering a taste of the city's rich culinary heritage in a bowl.
  • Bars and clubs: TCRC (Tainan City Ray's Club), hidden in the historic district of Tainan, this speakeasy-style bar is famous for its innovative cocktails and stylish interior, making it a go-to spot for locals and savvy travellers alike.

Penghu County (澎湖縣)

Penghu, an archipelago of 90 islands and islets located in the Taiwan Strait, is famed for its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and unique basalt formations. It's a popular summer destination for its water sports and historical sites.

  • Iconic attractions: The Penghu Great Bridge (澎湖跨海大橋) connects Baisha and Xiyu islands, offering stunning ocean views. The Twin Hearts Stone Weir (雙心石滬) in Qimei is a centuries-old fish trap and a symbol of love, attracting couples and photographers.
  • Places to shop: Magong City's Main Street (馬公市中心街) is the commercial heart of Penghu, featuring a range of shops selling local specialities, such as Penghu pearls, seafood products, and souvenirs, providing a blend of traditional and modern shopping experiences.
  • Nature activities: The Penghu Marine Geopark showcases the archipelago's unique geological features, including basalt columns and sea-eroded landscapes.
  • Sports activities: Watersports are popular among the things to do here. Windsurfing and Kiteboarding are popular activities in Penghu, thanks to the strong winds and clear waters. The Penghu Archipelago offers some of the best conditions in Taiwan for these sports, with several schools and rental shops available for tourists.
  • Night markets: Zhongzheng Road Night Market (中正路夜市) in Magong is a hub for seafood lovers and those interested in trying Penghu's local specialities, set against the backdrop of the island's charming atmosphere.
  • Restaurants: Lintou Seafood Restaurant (林投海鮮) is renowned for its fresh seafood dishes, prepared using the catch of the day directly from the surrounding waters of Penghu, offering a genuine taste of the island's marine bounty.
  • Local eateries: A-Chen Glutinous Rice with Toppings (阿振糯米飯), a small eatery known for its traditional Penghu glutinous rice mixed with various toppings, showcases the simplicity of Penghu's local cuisine with fresh, flavourful ingredients.
  • Bars and clubs: Rainbow Bridge Bar (彩虹橋酒吧), located near the iconic Rainbow Bridge in Magong City, is a popular spot for its beautiful sunset views and ocean backdrop. It offers a wide selection of drinks and a friendly atmosphere, making it a must-visit for night owls in Penghu.

Kaohsiung City (高雄市)

Marina Overlooking KaohsiungSource: Pexels

Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city located in the southern part of the island, is a bustling metropolis known for its harbour, diverse cultures, and a blend of urban and natural attractions.

  • Iconic attractions: The Lotus Pond (蓮池潭) is famous for its large lotus pond surrounded by temples and pagodas, including the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔). The Pier-2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區) is a revitalised warehouse district turned into a vibrant cultural and entertainment area, showcasing local art, music, and festivals.
  • Places to shop: Liuhe Night Market (六合夜市) is not only a place to indulge in local street food but also offers a variety of shops selling souvenirs and Taiwanese snacks. For a more upscale shopping experience, you can go over to Hanshin Department Store (漢神百貨), as it provides a wide range of international and local brands.
  • Nature activities: The Maolin National Scenic Area (茂林國家風景區) is renowned for its lush valleys, indigenous culture, and the spectacular Purple Butterfly Valley, where thousands of purple butterflies migrate during winter.
  • Sports activities: Dragon Boat Racing is a significant event in Kaohsiung, especially during the Dragon Boat Festival. Tourists can watch the races or, in some cases, participate in smaller-scale events organised for visitors.
  • Night markets: Ruifeng Night Market (瑞豐夜市) is one of the largest in Kaohsiung, offering a vast selection of food, games, and shopping options, making it a favourite among locals and tourists alike.
  • Restaurants: Gang Yuan Beef Noodles (港園牛肉麵) is a well-loved restaurant in Kaohsiung known for its rich and flavourful beef noodle soup. The restaurant's dedication to using high-quality beef and its secret broth recipe have made it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
  • Local eateries: Wanluan Pig's Feet (萬巒豬腳), although originating from Pingtung, this eatery in Kaohsiung offers one of the best versions of this Taiwanese delicacy, slow-cooked to perfection and served with traditional side dishes.
  • Bars and clubs: Lamp Bar (燈泡酒吧), located in the Pier-2 Art District, is a favourite among the artistic crowd, offering a selection of craft beers and cocktails in a creatively decorated space that reflects the artistic spirit of Kaohsiung.

Pingtung County (屏東縣)

Pingtung covers the southernmost part of Taiwan, offering a mix of attractive beaches, tropical forests, and indigenous culture, making it a popular destination for those looking to explore Taiwan’s natural beauty.

  • Iconic attractions: Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園), known for its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and tropical climate, is perfect for water sports, hiking, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife in Kenting Street (墾丁大街).
  • Places to shop: Kenting Street (墾丁大街) is the go-to place for shopping in Pingtung, especially in the Kenting area. This bustling street is lined with stores selling beachwear, souvenirs, local crafts, and snacks, catering to the needs of beachgoers and tourists.
  • Nature activities: The Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島) offers some of Taiwan’s most pristine beaches and is a hotspot for surfing, especially at Jialeshui (佳樂水).
  • Sports activities: Surfing in Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園) is a must-do for many tourists. Jialeshui (佳樂水) and Nanwan (南灣) are among the popular spots with surf shops offering lessons and board rentals.
  • Night markets: Kenting Night Market (墾丁夜市) on Kenting Street is a lively spot to try a variety of street foods, shop for souvenirs, and experience the bustling nightlife.
  • Restaurants: Kenting Ah Zong Seafood Restaurant (墾丁阿宗海產), located near the beach, is famous for its seafood platters and grilled fish, showcasing the best of Pingtung's local seafood in a casual, beachside setting.
  • Local eateries: Little Ryukyu Seafood (小琉球海鮮), a small, family-run restaurant on Xiaoliuqiu Island, specialises in seafood dishes made from the day's catch, providing a fresh and authentic dining experience.
  • Bars and clubs: The Light House Bar (燈塔酒吧) in Kenting is a beachfront bar known for its stunning ocean views and laid-back vibe. It's the perfect place to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset, attracting both locals and tourists to the southern tip of Taiwan.

Hsinchu County (新竹縣)

Hsinchu, located in northern Taiwan, is often referred to as the "Windy City" due to its climate. It's known for its technology industry, historical sites, and the nearby mountains, offering scenic views and outdoor activities.

  • Iconic attractions: The Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區) is the heart of Taiwan’s technology sector. The Hsinchu City God Temple (新竹城隍廟) is a bustling temple known for its street food and vibrant festivals, making it a must-see attraction that does not disappoint.
  • Places to shop: The Hsinchu Big City (大遠百新竹店) mall offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, catering to both locals and visitors.
  • Nature activities: The Eighteen Peaks Mountain (十八尖山) provides hiking trails with panoramic views of Hsinchu City and is a popular spot for locals to enjoy outdoor activities.
  • Sports activities: Windsurfing at Qixingtan Beach (七星潭) is popular due to Hsinchu's strong winds. This beach offers excellent conditions for windsurfing enthusiasts, with equipment rental and lessons available.
  • Night markets: Hsinchu Night Market (新竹夜市) is a great place to sample local delicacies such as pork meatballs and rice noodles.
  • Restaurants: The Bay Restaurant (海灣餐廳), situated near the Hsinchu Science Park, is known for its fusion of Taiwanese and international cuisines, offering a sophisticated dining experience with a focus on innovative dishes.
  • Local eateries: Cheng Huang Breakfast Shop (城隍早餐店), a beloved breakfast spot among locals, offers traditional Taiwanese breakfast items such as soy milk, egg crepes, and fried dough sticks, known for its quality and taste.
  • Bars and clubs: The Light House Bar (燈塔酒吧) in Kenting is a beachfront bar known for its stunning ocean views and laid-back vibe. It's the perfect place to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset, attracting both locals and tourists to the southern tip of Taiwan.

Chiayi County (嘉義縣)

Chiayi County, located in southwestern Taiwan, is a region rich in culture and natural beauty. It serves as a gateway to the Alishan National Scenic Area, famous for its tea plantations, ancient forests, and the Alishan Forest Railway.

  • Iconic attractions: The Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區) is best known for its sunrise views, the Sea of Clouds, and the ancient forest railways. The area is also a cultural hub for the Tsou indigenous people, offering a glimpse into their traditions and festivals.
  • Places to shop: The Chiayi Wenhua Road Night Market (文化路夜市) is not a traditional shopping centre but offers a variety of local goods, crafts, and snacks, making it a vibrant place for visitors to explore Chiayi's local culture and find unique items.
  • Nature activities: The Siraya National Scenic Area (西拉雅國家風景區) offers a mix of cultural experiences and outdoor activities, including hiking trails through historical and ecological sites.
  • Sports activities: Hiking in the Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區) is a favourite activity. The area's extensive network of trails offers breathtaking views of mountains, ancient forests, and the famous sunrise and sea of clouds.
  • Night markets: Chiayi Night Market (嘉義夜市) offers a chance to try local specialities like turkey rice and Chiayi-style tofu.
  • Restaurants: Turkey Rice King (火雞肉飯王), a must-visit for anyone in Chiayi, this restaurant is famous for its simple yet delicious turkey rice, a local delicacy that has put Chiayi on the culinary map of Taiwan.
  • Local eateries: Sunshower Cafe (陽光雨咖啡), located in the scenic Alishan area, this cosy cafe offers coffee made with locally grown beans and homemade desserts, providing a warm welcome to travellers exploring the mountains.
  • Bars and clubs: WOODERFUL Bar & Cafe (活木咖啡酒館) combines a love for woodcraft with a passion for coffee and cocktails, offering a warm, inviting space where locals come to enjoy good drinks and the company of friends in a beautifully crafted wooden interior.

Miaoli County (苗栗縣)

Miaoli County, located in western Taiwan, is known for its Hakka culture, fruit orchards, and scenic mountain landscapes. It's a great destination for those interested in exploring Taiwan’s rural beauty and cultural diversity.

  • Iconic attractions: The Hakka Roundhouse (客家圓樓), also known as the Miaoli Hakka Cultural Park, showcases the unique architectural and cultural heritage of the Hakka people. The Shengxing Station (勝興車站), an old mountain railway station, offers a nostalgic glimpse into Taiwan’s railway history and scenic views.
  • Places to shop: Miaoli Railway Art Village (苗栗鐵道藝術村) is more of a cultural and creative park than a shopping centre, but it offers shops selling local arts, crafts, and souvenirs, reflecting Miaoli's rich Hakka heritage.
  • Nature activities: The Dahu Strawberry Fields offer a fun and tasty pick-your-own experience in the strawberry capital of Taiwan, especially popular during the winter months.
  • Sports activities: Paragliding in the mountains of Miaoli offers breathtaking views of the county's landscape. There are several paragliding schools in the area, making it accessible for beginners and providing an exhilarating must-do experience for visitors.
  • Night markets: Miaoli Night Market (苗栗夜市), also known as Mingde Night Market (明德夜市), located in the heart of Miaoli City, offers a variety of street foods, local delicacies, and shopping options, reflecting the rich culinary and cultural heritage of the area. It's a popular spot for both locals and visitors to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and taste the local cuisine.
  • Restaurants: Hakka Cuisine Restaurant (客家美食館) offers traditional Hakka dishes; this restaurant is a favourite for those looking to explore the rich flavours of Miaoli's Hakka culture, serving hearty meals in a rustic setting.
  • Local eateries: Hakka Flower Lei Tea Shop (客家花環茶舖), a quaint tea shop in Miaoli, serves traditional Hakka lei cha (pounded tea) along with a variety of local Hakka snacks, offering a cultural experience through taste.
  • Bars and clubs: The Old England Manor (老英格蘭莊園酒吧), while primarily known as a hotel, its bar offers an elegant English-style experience with a vast selection of fine wines and whiskies. Located in the scenic mountains of Miaoli, it's a favourite for those seeking a luxurious night out.

Yunlin County (雲林縣)

Yunlin County is situated in the central part of western Taiwan. It's primarily an agricultural region, known for its traditional puppet shows, local festivals, and as a centre for the cultivation of various crops, including Taiwan’s famous pomelos.

  • Iconic attractions: The Beigang Chaotian Temple (北港朝天宮) is one of Taiwan’s most important Mazu temples, attracting thousands of pilgrims and visitors each year. The Yunlin Hand Puppet Museum (雲林布袋戲館) celebrates the traditional art of Taiwanese puppet theatre, offering performances and exhibits.
  • Places to shop: Douliu Night Market (斗六夜市) serves as a local marketplace where visitors can purchase a variety of items ranging from clothing to local delicacies, providing a glimpse into the daily life and culture of Yunlin's residents.
  • Nature activities: Caoling Historic Trail (草嶺古道) is one of Yunlin's hidden gems, offering visitors a chance to explore the natural beauty and historical significance of the area. This trail, part of the old path connecting Yunlin and Tainan, winds through scenic mountains and provides stunning views of the Taiwan Strait. It's an ideal spot for hiking enthusiasts looking to experience Taiwan’s natural landscape and historical routes to go to.
  • Sports activities: Archery at Janfusun Fancyworld (劍湖山世界) theme park is an activity that visitors can enjoy doing. While not a traditional sport in the sense of physical exertion, it offers tourists a chance to try their hand at archery in a fun and safe environment.
  • Night markets: Douliu Night Market (斗六夜市) offers an authentic night market experience with traditional Taiwanese street foods, games, and local products, providing a slice of life in Yunlin.
  • Restaurants: Yunlin Goose King (雲林鵝王), renowned for its succulent goose dishes, this restaurant offers a taste of local Taiwanese cuisine with a speciality in goose, prepared using traditional methods that have been passed down through generations.
  • Local eateries: Gukeng Coffee Street Vendors (古坑咖啡街小吃), in the heart of Yunlin's coffee culture area, these vendors offer not just locally sourced coffee but also small bites that pair perfectly with the brew, highlighting the region's coffee heritage.
  • Bars and clubs: Janfusun Fancyworld's Sky Dream (劍湖山摩天輪酒吧), situated in the Janfusun Fancyworld amusement park, offers a unique experience where visitors can enjoy drinks while riding the giant Ferris wheel, providing breathtaking views of Yunlin County at night.

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  • Step 1: Register at least 1 day and within 7 days before arrival
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How To Get Around Taiwan

Taiwan's efficient transportation network, including the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR), and Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), makes exploring the island a breeze. The mode of transportation you take will depend on where you want to go.

The MRT system is primarily operational in Taipei, offering extensive coverage within the city, while Taichung features a single MRT line. In other parts of Taiwan, buses and personal vehicles are commonly used for transportation, highlighting the diversity of travel options available.

The THSR connects major western cities, such as Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan, enabling travellers to cover long distances swiftly. With trains reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h, it's an efficient and scenic way to traverse Taiwan’s coastline, ensuring comfort and speed.

For those inclined towards a more relaxed journey, the TRA's extensive network reaches into the heart of rural and coastal Taiwan. Although slower than the THSR, TRA trains offer picturesque journeys, ideal for travellers eager to immerse themselves in Taiwan’s varied landscapes and slower pace of life.


Get A Yoyo Card

The Yoyo Card, or EasyCard, is indispensable for anyone travelling in Taiwan. It simplifies public transport payments and can also be used for minor purchases at various outlets. EasyCards are available at MRT stations including airports, and convenience stores, making it easy to obtain one upon arrival or even before your trip through platforms like Klook. This card not only offers convenience but also a taste of local life, eliminating the need for loose change and enhancing your travel experience as you navigate all the attractions in Taiwan.


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Skyline of Taipei at NightSource: Pexels

Taiwan is a treasure trove of experiences, from the bustling markets and serene landscapes to the vibrant mosaic of indigenous cultures and modern urban life. As you prepare to explore the myriad attractions Taiwan has to offer in 2024, remember the essentials: pack smartly, stay connected with portable Wi-Fi or a data SIM card, and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle with a Yoyo card. Crucially, ensure your journey is worry-free by securing travel insurance and carrying a travel credit card to manage expenses seamlessly. With these preparations in place, you're all set to dive into the beauty, adventure, and charm that await in Taiwan.


 

An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.

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