Taiwan is a unique island in Eastern Asia, off the Southeast coast of China. It is known as the “heart of Asia”, since it is packed with thrilling things to do, instagrammable places in Taiwan, beautiful tourist attractions, festivals to enjoy all year round and Taiwan has the best friendly people, too. Traveling to Taiwan is a budget-friendly trip!
Taiwan is a travel destination that is rarely visited by Western tourists. Those who visit Taiwan can have so much fun – from the beautiful Taiwanese architecture, to unexplored beaches and awesome national parks. Taiwan is a country like no other – with spending metropolises, and hidden forests competing for your attention, each treating you to stunning scenes and adventures. Read here Kaohsiung tourist spots.
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How to get to Taiwan
Taiwan is very accessible to tourists from all over the world. If you are coming from Manila, a 2-hour direct flight to Taipei costs around $230 USD. However, if you chose to land in Kaohsiung and Taichung, a flight from Manila may cost up to $450 USD.
Best time to visit Taiwan
The best time to visit Taiwan is from April to June, and September to November during spring and fall. It can be incredibly hot and humid during from July to August so it is not mostly recommended. While from December to March, this is when to visit Taiwan if you want to travel on a budget friendly trip since there will be discounts all over the country because of holiday sales and such.
Instagrammable Places in Taiwan
Taipei 101 is formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, was the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010. An iconic tower which has ravishing architectural in the center of Taipei, Taiwan. It even has the fastest elevator so you should try that, it goes 90+ stories in just 35 seconds! It is such a beautiful building that allows you to see the nice landscape of Taipei from the top.
You will like the food court here since it offers good collection of famous food stalls. There is Galleria mall in lower levels selling fine products. They simply have bunch of famous shops and store brands which attract millions of tourists each year. Read here best Taiwan tourist sim card.
Read here our Taipei 101 experience!
How to get to Taipei 101
The easiest and cheapest way is to take the Ximen MRT Station to Taipei Metro Station which costs a dollar and takes 23 minutes only for the ride. The quickest way is to take a taxi which costs $8-10 USD but will only take you 6 minutes!
2. Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park is also known as ‘The Beautiful Island of Taiwan’, the second largest national park in Taiwan. The national park is absolutely beautiful, splendid and very huge. The sceneries and landscapes are dramatic, so you must not miss capturing beautiful photos. It is absolutely incredible. You can’t miss this and worth of lifetime. You should also take the trails. It is a must so you should not miss it if you visit Taiwan since there are so many awesome trails in Taroko, if you want to explore all the trails, you should spend at least 2 days there!
How to get to Taroko National Park
Take the Ximen MRT Station to Taipei Main Station which will cost you $1 and takes about 3 minutes. From Taipei Main Station board a railway train to Hualien Railway Station. The fare is $10 to $15 USD and takes about 3 hours depending on type of train. Then, hire a cab going to Taroko Gorge.
3. Taiwan International Balloon Festival
This is one of Taiwan’s fun festivals, which is celebrated for more than a full month! Last year, it was celebrated for 45 days, from June 30 to August 13 in Luye Highlands, Taitung. There were 39 unique hot air balloons during the festival such as Christ the Redeemer, Noah’s Ark, Stuart the Minion balloon, and the house from the film “Up.” Taiwan Hot Air Balloon Festivals not just feature the amazing hot air balloons but also some 3D light shows, and live music concerts. It is celebrated yearly to attract more tourists in the country.
How to get to Luye Highlands, Taitung
The fastest way to go to Luye Highland in Taitung from Taipei is through a 2-hour plane and taxi ride. From Songshan Airport, you’ll ride a 50-minute airplane ride to Taitung which costs $70 to $150 USD. Once in Taitung, you have to ride a taxi for 30 minutes to get to Luye Highlands. The cab ride will cost $22 to $28 USD.
If you want to travel to Luye Highlands with a budget, you can also choose to take the train instead. From Taipei Railway Station, there are daily rides going to Luye Highlands that cost $15 to $27 USD and will last for 8 hours.
4. Formosa Boulevard MRT Station in Kaohsiung
Formosa Boulevard Station is part of the Formosa Boulevard project for the 2009 World Games. It was remodeled and became one of the famous Instagrammable places in Taiwan. This station is known for the “Dome of Light”, which is the largest glass work in the world designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. the Dome of Light is just a beautiful sight to see because it’s made from individual pieces of colored glass that really looks awesome in pictures!
How to get to Formosa Boulevard MRT Station
From Taipei, the fastest way to get to Formosa Boulevard MRT Station is by riding the high speed Taiwan rail to Zuoying station. From Zuoying, ride the subway going to Formosa Boulevard Station. The whole ride will cost you $46 to $53 USD and take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
5. Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Another Instagrammable place in Taiwan that you shouldn’t miss is Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. It’s famous because the 108-meter high Fo Guang Big Buddha, or the tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world, is situated here. There are also other attractions like the children’s gallery, pagodas, and sutra transcriptions. There’s also prayer service, and Tea Chan at the Twin Pavilions, and religious relics.
Read here how to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery!
How to get to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
To reach Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum from Taipei, ride the Taiwan Railway and buy a ticket going to Jiuqutang. The 5-hour ride will cost $18 to $35 USD. From Jiuqutang Station, ride a 40-minute bus ride going to Buddha Memorial Center. The bus ride will cost $1 to $3 USD. Once you arrived in Buddha Memorial Center, walk for approximately 7 minutes following the signages, until you reach the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.
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6. Elephant Mountain
Elephant Mountain, also known as Xiangshan Hiking Trail, is the perfect place to see the best views of Taipei. You’ll definitely love to go here especially that it is not a difficult hike. It will only take you 15-20 minutes to get to the top where you watch the beautiful city views. Just expect a big crowd since many people visit Elephant Mountain.
How to get to Elephant Mountain
Since Elephant Mountain is in Taipei, traveling here is very easy if coming from Taipei. Just ride the Taipei Metro for $1 USD going to Xiangshan Station. It will take only 7 minutes. Once you arrived, just walk for 10 minutes more to reach Elephant Mountain.
7. National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
One of our favorite Instagrammable places in Taiwan is very famous to tourists. It’s located in the heart of Taipei City and has become a popular landmark since then. World famous musicians have already performed at the National Theater and National Concert Hall which is also one of the purposes of the great building.
How to get to National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is just in Taipei so it’s very easy to travel here. You can ride the metro for 11 minutes and it will only cost you $1 USD. Alternatively, you can also ride a taxi for $5-7 USD and it will take 5-7 minutes.
8. Rainbow Village
Or also called the Rainbow Military Dependents’ Village, is a village in Nantun District, Taichung City that is unique because of the colorful houses here, thus, the name. All of the paintings in this village are painted by Grandpa Rainbow, Mr. Huang Yung-Fu. Tourists come and visit this to take pictures because of its fun, vibrant vibes. Read here how to get to Rainbow village.
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How to get to Rainbow Village in Nantun District
To reach Rainbow Village, you can ride a train going to Taichung. The ride takes approximately 1 hour and costs $21-25 USD. From HSR Taichung Station, ride a bus going to the Rainbow village. It will take 12 minutes and costs $1-2 USD.
9. Jiufen Old Street
This is one of the many places in Taiwan where you can shop for local things, eat local dishes, and mingle with locals. Jiufen Old Street is the most prosperous shopping district so if you love shopping like Rachel does, you have to stay for a day or two here to enjoy the experience!
How to get to Jiufen Old Street
From Taipei, ride the train going to Ruifang station. The 1-hour train ride will cost you $1-3 USD. Once you arrived in Ruifang Station, have an 11-minute bus ride going to Jiufen which costs $1-2 USD. Finally, you have to walk for at least 7 minutes to reach the Old Street of Jiufen.
10. Ba Yan Wild Hotsprings in Yangmingshan National Park
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The last but not the least, don’t forget to visit Yangmingshan National Park. It is one of the 9 national parks in Taiwan, located between Taipei and New Taipei City. Since it’s already in Taipei, it’s very accessible and you can do a lot of things here aside from taking Instagrammable pictures. There are mountains here, as well as volcanic geography and hot springs, making it a summer destination for both locals and tourists. It’s truly a beautiful urban garden that you can go to if you want to experience nature even in the city!
One of the hot spring here is the Ba Yan Ye Xi Hot Spring, a hidden wild hot spring in Yangmingshan National Park. You can take a dip here and relax. Just wear a proper swimming attire and expect it to be busy especially on the weekends.
How to get to Yangmingshan National Park
Riding a bus to get to Lengshuikeng from Jiantan Station in Taipei will take you 40 minutes and cost you $1 USD. From Lengshuikeng , walk for 4 minutes to reach Yangmingshan National Park. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi ride for $19-23 USD. It’s faster and will only take 20 minutes.
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