When planning a trip to Taiwan or any other destinations for that matter, there are a few things to take into consideration such as the weather, transportation, where to stay, what to do, and what to eat. Here, we have outlined the basic information you’ll need to know when it comes to traveling to Taiwan.
best time to visit
Weather: We stayed mostly in Taipei, Taiwan during our visit. The weather in the winter (December-February) doesn’t get any colder than 55ºF (12ºC) and the hottest in the summer (June-August) would be around 90ºF (32ºC). The best time to visit Taipei is around late October to January, when the weather is cool and comfortable, just before the rainy season. While we visited in July which is known to be the hottest and typhoon season, luckily, we did not experience any heavy rainfall or thunderstorms. It was hot and humid during our visit but we stayed hydrated daily.
KNOW BEFORE VISITING
Language: The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. The Google Translate app was very helpful during our trip since many people do not understand English in Taiwan.
Voltage: The standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. In the US, Canada, and most South America countries, the standard voltage is in between 110 – 127 V which is safe to use for Taiwan. No plug adapter needed!
Currency: The Republic of China’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). There are a few places to exchange money such as the airport, banks, some hotels, and department stores. Best and most preferred way to exchange money is at the local bank in Taiwan! During our visit, $1 USD equals to $30 NT$.
Flight: Coming from Hawaii, Honolulu International Airport now has a one-way flight to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport via China Airlines. China Airlines is the largest airline of Taiwan and offers the best service. Check out our detailed review about our flight, here.
HOW TO GET AROUND
MRT: The best and most affordable way to get around in Taiwan is the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). Even though it is in another language, it is simple to get around. It was definitely less complicated than Japan! If you’re unsure of the route or which train to catch, ask one of the attendants; They have been very helpful throughout our trip! We used our Google Maps and TP Metro to get around!
Uber: Another way to get around is Uber. Uber is very affordable when it comes to getting around the city of Taipei. If you have a tight budget then definitely use the uber service! (Get your first ride free using the code: maryroseq3ue)
WHERE TO STAY
Airbnb: When it comes to looking for a place to stay in Taiwan, Airbnb is the best and cheapest accommodation. There are other cheap hotels and hostels, however, most Airbnb’s start at $15 for full apartments or studios! There are every private bedroom less than $15! (Get $40 travel credit by signing up on Airbnb, here. That’s a free place to stay for one or two nights in Taiwan.)
Hotels: If you’re looking to splurge and get a nice city view with Taipei 101, check out Amba Hotel in Songshan! The best view we had during our stay. Amba Hotel is also located in other cities such as Ximending and Zhongshan. Giving you different views and experiences in the city.
WHAT TO DO
Even though Taiwan is considered a small island in East Asia, there are still plenty of things to do! From visiting hot springs, traditional Chinese temples, night markets, museums, hikes and so much more. Taiwan also holds the Taipei 101 which held the record of the tallest building for 6 years (2004-2010).
Since this is a quick travel guide for Taiwan, be on the lookout for more posts regarding our stay, activities, and other things we did in Taiwan where we’ll be sharing detailed information and an itinerary of our trip!