With the recent announcement of Taiwan lifting its visa requirements for Philippine passport holders later this year and a huge number of travelers sharing their trips to Taipei, Taiwan is quickly turning out to be a traveler’s favorite. Still not convinced on why you should head north to Taiwan? We give you five reasons why […]
November 13, 2019
With the recent announcement of Taiwan lifting its visa requirements for Philippine passport holders later this year and a huge number of travelers sharing their trips to Taipei, Taiwan is quickly turning out to be a traveler’s favorite. Still not convinced on why you should head north to Taiwan? We give you five reasons why this striking destination is worth a spot on your travel list.
Reason #1: It’s affordable
Compared to other East Asian destinations, Taiwan is relatively cheaper than its neighbors. Street food and local mom and pop shops are prominent in the capital, making it easy to stick to your budget in terms of eating out. Hostels and mid-range hotels are also plenty in the city, while homestay options are also available in local villages. As for transportation, a typical one-day metro pass will set you back by only NT$150, valid for unlimited Taipei Metro rides in a single day.
Reason #2: You will never run out of night markets
One of Taiwan’s specialties is their night market culture, where you can find all sorts of Taiwanese dishes and snacks along with other items like souvenirs, clothes and accessories. Part of the fun is mingling with strangers, so expect a thick crowd of locals and travelers queuing up for bowls of noodles, huge chicken chops, sweet bubble milk tea and tasty dim sum.
Reason #3: For the interesting local culture
Taiwan’s rich heritage of aboriginal culture are in full display along its eastern coast, as well as south of Taroko National Park and in Taitung Country. Take some time to get to know the locals and hear them share stories about their traditional practices. You can also visit museums to take a peek into their history or to see their indigenous cultural artifacts.
Want something contemporary? Taipei’s flourishing creatives are taking center stage in Huashan 1914 Creative Park and Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, two former industrial parks that are now being repurposed into art and culture hotspots. With live cultural performances and concerts, art installations, fashion shows, lifestyle bazaars and a number of cafes, restaurants and shops, these cultural hubs are becoming a fast favorite among discerning travelers.
Reason #4: To visit the Taroko National Park
When you run out of sightseeing options in the city, take a day trip to Taroko National Park, home to Taroko Gorge and picturesque mountains and cliffs. Get your adrenaline pumping with trekking and hiking opportunities inside the park, or opt to rent a van for the day to take you around the best roadside viewpoints.
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Aside from being cheaper than other East Asian countries, Taiwan also happens to be less crowded than Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. It’s also further away from the busy hotspots of Southeast Asia, a quiet respite when compared to the crowds of Bali or Bangkok. The mix of traditional and contemporary makes it one of the most exciting destinations to visit, especially when you count in its breathtaking natural spots. It definitely has something for every kind of traveler, a perfect option for traveling with family or friends.
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