Taiwan in a Nutshell

Known for it's rich economy and aboriginal cultures. Although remained undiscovered and underrated, Taiwan hides beautiful sceneries, culture and attractions waiting to be discovered... 

 

Taiwan's Weather

* Winter
December - February
* Spring
March -
May
* Summer
June - August
* Autumn
September - November

Taiwan's Visa Info for Filipinos

Note:
Philippine Passport holders are visa free only from  NOVEMBER 2017 - JULY 31  2019
 
*Passport validity must be 6 months before expiration
*Diplomatic and Officials passport holders are not eligible for a visa-free.
*Return ticket must be provided
*No Criminal record in Taiwan
*Proof of Accomodation
*Proof of Purpose (ex. Itineraries)
*Non visa-free for more than 14 days of stay.

What you should know?

*People say it's best to exchange your money someplace else instead of just in the airport because their rates are higher, NOPE! WHY?
Aside from giving yourself the stress of looking for the best money exchange rate,
you are also wasting your time looking for it instead of enjoying your trips.
Plus, don't it cost you a lot more by commuting to just have your money exchanged somewhere. 
I'll tell you this now, Taiwan's Public Transportation is a bit of expensive. 
*Don't bring your Philippine peso because you wouldn't be able to have it exchange in Taiwan because there's not too many places that accepts peso.
* Don't choose a flight that is cheap yet your arrival and departure time is at midnight, Transportation is very expensive and trains don't run 24/7 so you might end up taking a taxi instead that will cost you $1500 NTD and more each trip to Taipei and vice versa. Imagine that?

Frequently asked questions

Where is it best to stay in Taiwan and why?


I personally will reccmend you to stay near Taipei Main Station. It is the most accesible place in Taiwan. Aside from saving yourself from a lot of walking, you also save time and money as you don't have to pay for a taxi just to get there. (Since it is where all the trains, bus, taxis and any other public transportation leading to most of the cities in Taiwan can be found) Ximending area is not that bad but prepare yourself from extra walk because most of the hotels are far (walkable still though) from the ximen station and you will be needing to transfer to Taipei Main Station or walk to there too (if you are trying to save money) The rest of the area you will still have to pay for additional transfer or more walks.




Is it smart to book with travel agencies?


For me, I'd say no to that when travelling in Taiwan. Taiwan's MRT connects you to most of the city in Taiwan and it doesn't matter wether it's in the northern most part or the southern most part and you can easily get to there even by just commuting. Aside from you save yourself money, you get to travel Taiwan fully and experience it. Don't you think it will be fun too since you hold your own time, you get to stay longer in places you enjoy and you get to leave when you don't really like the place without thinking or waiting for the people you're in the tour with. That's why we get to do it ourselves traveling in Taiwan.




Which is it really best to use, Taipei pass or reloadable pass?


Honestly, this depends on you. If you're not the "walking-type" kind of person and you would rather get on and off trains and buses, Taipei pass is what's best for you. It provides you an unlimited use of the card to MRT Stations and some buses in a period of time it indicates in your purchase. Ride-all-you-can for short. Reloadable pass are for people like me who want's to wander around and get lost. We prefer to use this because we are not gonna be riding the trains and bus that much but incase we do we can still reload it. Our pass for $500NTD lasted for 4 days which with the same amount for Taipei pass it'll only last for 3 days.




Does it snow in Taiwan?


Yes it does BUT only in Hehuan Mountain which is located in Taichung. It only snows in there on winter which is from November to February. So people from the city who most likely to experience and see snow once in a while visits Hehuan Mountain.




Which should I rent, Pocket Wifi or Simcard with 4G Data on klook?


Personaly, I would reccomend getting a Simcard With 4G Data because aside from experiencing how fast and efficient it works, you can also hot spot it with your friends which is more like a pocket wifi now isn't it? Plus you can use it for calling and texting local numbers and use it with UBIKE (they require local number upon registering). BUT, I have heard that 4G data simcards does not work on dual sim phones. So to be safe it's best to just get their pocket wifi offers.




Should I tip in Taiwan?


That is a major NO NO in Taiwan. In fact, I tried tipping them and I felt bad because they kind of feel offended.





Places that are Best to Stay

Near Train Stations                                                       *Ximen
        *Dingxi Station                                                                  *Taipei 101
           *Taipei Main Station
If you really want to save money and time, it's bet to stay in one of those places above to free yourself from a lot of train transfer plus those places are the most accessible to the airport.

Where did we book our Stay?

Aside from it's one of the cheapest site to book your hotel to, you can also actually get awesome discounts, miles points, sweet deals and so much more!
Knowing me, I only go for the best and legit! I'm the woman of doubts and I always want to make sure that my plans wouldn't get ruined.
They also have a good and efficient customer service that you can call to assist your needs and concerns.

Data Coverage

Based from my experience upon staying in Taiwan for 10 days, this sim card gave us no problem when it comes to connection because it's even faster than the wifi we have in our hotel. Plus it is on a budget price even for 10 days unlimited use that you can also share with your friends through hotspot. So, I Highly recommend Klook's 4g Unite traveler Sim Card .
Take note of their requirements to claim this sim card and the store hours. The store is only open till 1am so be sure that you will be there on or before that time to claim it. You will also need a valid i.d. and passport to claim it. 

Transportation

The best thing to get is.. The Taipei Pass. Specially if you are gonna commute a lot on bus and trains because this pass can be used unlimitedly depending on the validity of card.
So you get to commute as much as you can in a day if you purchase an all day unlimited pass or 2 days unlimited pass and so on and so fort. Though it's only available to use on a certain bus and not for buses with 4 digit route number and on MRT Stations. 
Or you can also get The EASY CARD. Aside from it's widely used, it's the most trusted and most accessible in most of the buses, mrt stations and even in paying for the zoo entrance. It is also reloadable in most 7/11 stores or Mrt stations nationwide. This is what we use because in our itinerary we plan on using the Ubike and a lot of walking so we really didn't need to over use our pass for transportation.
It's $100 for the card purchase itself and you can put load on it or refund it at any 7/11 stores, Mrt Stations, Taouyuan Airport and easy card customer service centers. 

Taoyuan Airport - Taipei

The best and fastest way to get to Taipei is through this Taiwan Airport MRT. You'll know it when you follow the signs pointing to the MRT and it's all purple in colors because this is their express train to Taipei.

 

Price: $160 NTD  Hours: 6:00am -11:00pm

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