Taiwan is a perfect country to visit if you want to try different foods, their famous bubble teas and if you simply want to shop. But this place is more than just that because it has so much to offer. You can absolutely find it from their rich culture and beautiful places to explore.
Taipei is more than what we can see in the Internet.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS TAIWAN: TAIPEI TRAVEL GUIDE
– How to Get a Taiwan Visa in the Philippines
– Visa Requirements for Filipinos
– Best Month to Visit Taipei
– Money Exchange
– Taipei WIFI and Internet
– How to Get to Taipei from Manila (Philippines)
– How to Get to Taipei from Bali Airport
– Where to Stay in Taipei
– What to Do in Taipei
– Places to Visit in Taipei
– Taipei Helpful Tips for First Timers
HOW TO GET A TAIWAN VISA IN THE PHILIPPINES
*UPDATE: Filipinos/Philippine Passport Holders are visa-free to enter Taiwan for a duration of 14 days UNTIL July 2020.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR FILIPINOS
1: Passport must have at least a 6 months remaining validity before the date of entry.
2: A return ticket or an onward ticket for your next destination.
3: You must not have any criminal record in Taiwan.
4: Present proof of accommodation, such as hotel bookings or sponsor’s contact information, the arrangement of tours, events and meeting.
Planning to visit this country? Here are the best months you can visit Taipei.
The best time to visit Taiwan is between April to June and from September to November when the weather is just really nice.
While if you visit by the month of December-March it is classified as the low season in Taiwan. These months are the perfect time to visit Taiwan if you are in a budget because there will be great discounts all over the country.
There are four seasons in Taiwan:
– WINTER is December to February, but the coldest months are January to March.
– SPRING is from the month of March to May or even up to June. This is also a rainy season there.
– SUMMER is from June to August.
– AUTUMN in Taiwan is from September to November
When visiting Taiwan, I suggest you bring US dollars with you. Kindly also take note that money exchange at Taiwan is good at the airport or at the bank. So if you are visiting on a weekend, make sure to exchange currency at the airport already before going to the city.
Taipei uses New Taipei Dollar (NTD) with an exchange rate of NTD 1 = USD 0.03 / PHP 1.65.
Take note also that a better option is to exchange at the airport. Banks can be a good choice as well but they have a maximum amount of dollars per service charge. There are also malls that offer money exchange but the rate is not that high.
TAIPEI WIFI and INTERNET
You can stay connected in Taipei by renting a pocket WIFI. You may RENT A POCKET WIFI HERE. Where you can get a 4G unlimited WI-FI with roughly 8 hours battery life and it is way cheaper. Just pick it at Taoyuan International Airport upon the day of your arrival.
You may also buy a Simcard in Taipei. Just BUY SIMCARD HERE and you may also pick it up at the Airport (Taoyuan International Airport). Purchasing in advance will give make you save a lot of money.
HOW TO GET TO TAIWAN FROM MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
There are several airlines fly from Manila to Taiwan that includes Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airasia, China Air and Eva Air.
You can score a very cheap flight for a two-way airfare to Taipei. When we went there we booked at Cebu Pacific and it only costs less than PHP 3,000.00 for two-way travel plus it also includes the terminal fee, airline taxes and surcharges.
For every International flight, you will be required to pay a travel tax that amounts to PHP 1,620 or around USD 33.
HOW TO GET TO TAIPEI CITY FROM TAOYUAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
There are three (3) options for you to get to Taipei City from the Airport: by train (Metro Transit Rail/MTR, by bus or by renting a car.
BY TRAIN or the METRO TRANSIT RAIL
Riding the train is the fastest way to get to the city from the Airport. In Taoyuan International Airport – Taiwan Airport MRT there is Express Train and a Commuter Trains. Operating hours is from 6:00AM up to 11:00PM.
When went to Taiwan, we stayed at Ximending area so to get there, we ride a commuter train for NTD 150 for each person.
We were told to get off at Taipei Main Station where we need to transfer to another lane going to Ximending Station for NTD 20. This way is very convenient and affordab;e compared to taking a cab or a taxi. Yet it requires more walking for you to transfer to a station to another station. It took us around an hour of travel but it saves us more money.
You may buy an MRT card at the station or you may buy 7 days unlimited card at any 7/11 stores.
The fare for riding a bus is much cheaper for only NTD 125. But it will take you a long time especially if you are residing in an area far from the Airport. Buses leave every 15-20 minutes and they operate 24 hours. To know more details about their schedule, fare and route you may visit HERE.
You may also rent a car if you missed the train or the bus. It costs around NTD 299. RESERVE AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE for a hassle-free journey going to the city.
You can also book a private Taiwan airport transfer perfect for 4 persons, Fare is just around PHP 1,400. You may BOOK YOUR PRIVATE TRANSFER HERE.
WHERE TO STAY IN TAIPEI
There are so many places to stay in Taipei. You may stay in the city center or quite far from it. Accommodation within the City Center (Ximending & Taipei Main Station) are expensive compared to hotels and hostels quite far from it.
When we went there, we stayed at Ximending area because it is more convenient. It is near to the station, night markets and shopping area. Most of the tours meet up are also located at Ximending area.
Being said, we stayed at JOJO XIMENDING. We booked the hotel via booking.com yet you may also book this through Agoda. We booked a room for a family with 6 members but they gave us a room good for 12 people. The place is really spacious and the beds are very comfortable. This accommodation looks like a personal condominium open for rent.
On our second time in Taipei we stayed in DIARY OF XIMEN HOTEL. This one is quite expensive than Jojo Ximending and it is really a hotel type of accommodation with daily breakfast.
You may also check out on below search box the perfect hotel for you.
WHAT TO DO IN TAIPEI
Taipei is really a place if you want to eat and shop! They have a bunch restaurants, food stalls and food markets everywhere. Shops and shopping areas are also everywhere. Yet you may also visit the North part of Taipei if you want to visit some tourist spots.
PLACES TO VISIT IN TAIPEI
CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL
The most prominent historical place in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was established in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Open Hours: 09:00AM to 06:00PM daily, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year.
Address: No. 21號, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
How to get to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall: You may take the green line or red line and alight at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Station.
Standing above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of ‘world’s tallest building’ for a number of years.
Entrance Fee: You may go and see the whole city view up above by BOOKING A DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 9:30PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM – 9:30PM
How to get to Taipei 101: From the red line you may ride a train and alight at Taipei 101 station.
Bangka Lungshan Temple is a Chinese folk religious temple and was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers.
Entrance Fee: The entrance is FREE but donations are highly appreciated.
Open Hours: 6:0AM – 10:00PM
Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
How to get to Longshan Temple: Take the Blue Line to Longshan Temple (龍山寺), the temple is located just north of the station plaza, Exit 1. In the bazaar area surrounding Longshan Temple, fortune tellers set up shop with small stands and booths.
XIMENDING WALKING DISTRICT
In search for a place where you can enjoy different kinds of food, from the cheap find up to the expensive one? Or maybe you’re looking for a place to go to if you want to shop? This is the place for you. We enjoyed Ximending area so much!
Entrance Fee: FREE
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
Shilin Night Market is the largest and most popular Night Market in Taipei and you can find all kinds of food in here. There are also other items for sale such as clothes, bags, toys and so many more.
How to get to there: Take an MRT Red Line and alight at Jintan Station. Head towards the Exit 1 and diagonally cross the street to the left.
RED HOUSE THEATER
This Red House is built during 1908, this landmark 8-sided structure features exhibits, a teahouse, markets & theaters.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Open Hours: 11:00AM – 9:30PM
How to get to the Red House Theater: Take an MRT Blue or Green Line and alight at Ximen Station. Head towards the Exit 1 and the Red House Theater will be just in front.
GROUP PACKAGE DAY TOUR
(Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen Bus from Ximen)
*See the northeast coast’s fascinating Yehliu Geopark and the famed ‘Queen’s Head’ rock.
*Visit the quaint hill village of Jiufen, decorate and set off a glowing lantern at Shifen.
*Enjoy roundtrip shuttle transfers and plan your own itinerary with the Taipei shuttle bus.
*Meet up and depart from Ximen MRT Station, conveniently located in Taipei’s main hostel area.
*Don’t miss out on the One Day Traditional Chinese Dress Rental in Jiufen for the most special experience in Jiufen!
*You can also check out Skyline Teahouse, Shan Cheng Creation House, Jioufen Teahouse, and Amei Teahouse to experience the traditional Taiwanese tea culture in Jiufen!
*Don’t let the chance of viewing spectacular landscapes slip through your finger! Buy Yehliu Geopark Admission Ticket now!
*Conveniently reach other destinations in Taipei by shuttle bus: Jiufen, Jiufen, Shifen and Keelung Miaokow Night Market, Yangmingshan.
*Don’t miss the majesty of the Shifen Waterfall when you book the 8:30am Yehliu Geopark Shuttle Bus from Ximen.
Places to visit: Explore Yehliu Geopark, Yin Yang Sea, 13 Layer Remains, Golden Waterfall, Jiufen, Shifen Old Street, and Shifen Waterfall
Tour inclusive of: Experienced driver, Tolls and parking fees and Insurance.
You can buy your entrance ticket in advance for a cheaper price. YOU CAN BOOK HERE.
13 LAYER REMAINS
SHIFEN OLD STREET
TAIPEI HELPFUL TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS
Here are just some of the few things you have to remember when visiting Taipei.
– Bring USD currency with you as it has a better exchange rate.
– Exchange NTD at the airport or at any banks only.
– BOOK A SHUTTLE BUS here for a hassle-free tour at YEHLIU, SHIFEN and JUIFEN if you don’t have to want to join a group tour.
– Purchase a rechargeable IC Card such as Easy Card, Icash, IPass and Happy Card.
Expect a language barrier, so better prepare your Google translate.
– Rent a POCKET WI-FI or buy a SIMCARD at the airport. It will be cheaper if you will RESERVE YOUR POCKET WIFI HERE.
– Get a tourist map, it will help you go around and visit many tourist spots.
If you want a hassle free Taiwan getaway or vacation or if you are in a big group. Having a Travel Agency will be a better option. In line with this I highly recommend Happy Phil-East Travel & Tours as your Travel Agency. They offer the best Taiwan packages perfect for family, groups and company vacations. They also have a cheaper rates that will suit your budgets.