Taiwan announced the extension of their VISA Free pass for Philippine-passport holders. That visa-free privilege for the nationals of the Philippines will continue for another year from August 1, 2019, through July 31, 2020. Because of that news, we booked our plane tickets otherwise we could have visited other visa-free Asian countries first. We stayed in Taiwan for 4 full days visiting Taipei, Chiayi and Taichung. We wanted to include Kaohsiung but because of our limited time, we opted to cut it off from the trip.
Planning wasn’t easy because we only have less than one and a half month to prepare. A lot of research happened. As much as possible the goal was to prepare everything for a smooth travel.
Taiwan Travel Guide
We stayed at Fun Taipei at Shilin Market. I like that the hotel is just a walking distance to Shilin Train Station. Very easy to go around Taipei.
You can book through AGODA. What I like about them is that they have cancellation period.
One of things that I spent most of my time knowing and reaserching for our Taiwan Travel Guide is the transportation. How can we go around the city?
Well, Google Maps – My go to app in all my travels. A lot of times I just simply put my current location and the place I wanted to go to..and viola it gives me the direction.
CHECK THE WEATHER:
Always check the weather. This will helps us pack the right clothes and shoes to use on the trip.
Spring is from March to May.
Summer is from June to August. It is usually hot and humid.
Autumn is from September to November. The weather is cooler but still warm and sunny.
Winter is from December to February.
For a budgetarian traveler like me, it’s always a must to book tickets ahead of time. This helps me lessen the things I need to think while on the trip. Here’s the pre-booked tickets we had for our Taiwan travel guide.
I used KLOOK in all of these. You can click each item to direct to the exact deal we purchased.
- 4G WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan – Php 415 for 4 days ( a max of 4 device to connect on the router)
- Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen, and Shifen Shuttle Bus (with Golden Waterfall and Shifen Waterfall) – Php 975 each
- 3-Day THSR Tourist Pass – Php 3,074 each (This optional only. Recommended if you’ll visit Taichung, Chiayi and Kaoshung)
-There’s a 7eleven in the airport, make sure to buy easy card to be used on their MTRs before the start of you Taiwan travel
– Google Translate App – Taiwanese can hardly speak and understand English, so asking for help is always a struggle. This app help us translate what we wanted to say in Chinese and vice versa. Also, a lot of signage there are in Chinese but with the help of this app that problem was resolved. You just simply point your camera to the signage and they will translate it for you.
-Don’t bring any meat in Taiwan. It’s not allowed even in the form of hamburgers or siopao. You’ll pay a fine if you do so. They are checking your bags on the arrival area.
-Having internet connection is a must. You will never be lost if you have it because you can simply search for direction.
I hope somehow, I was able to add up information to your Taiwan Travel Guide.
Also, here’s our Taiwan itinerary if you are interested.