Taiwan is teeming with culture, unparalleled delicacies and super cool nightlife, so when you visit you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Whilst there’s lots to do, there’s only so much you can fit into one trip, so I’ve rounded up a list of five ways to make the most of what Taiwan has to offer.
1. The food
This is number one on the list because it is number one in Taiwan. A must do is the night markets which have amazing street food, literally everywhere. You can grab a cheap-but-delicious bite and take in the nightlife whilst tasting lots of different delicacies in these open-air markets. One of the best in the Taiwan Flower Night Market. If you have any dietary requirements, it’s worth writing them down in Mandarin and showing vendors to avoid any allergic reactions and medical expenses. Another note on food: Taiwan is the home of the world-renowned dim-sum restaurant, Din Tai Fung, a must-visit for arguably the best dumplings you’ll ever try.
2. Relax in the hot springs
Taiwan features more than 100 hot springs. If you want to take some time out and relax, but still experience something different, you should check out one of these in Beitou. The springs are definitely worth a visit, as locals believe they have natural healing properties and can cure illnesses and skin problems.
3. Take in the temples
Taiwan has a large number of temples, so make sure to visit at least one or two to fully immerse yourself in Taiwanese culture. Longshan Temple is one of the most famous in Taiwan. Guided tours are available – they allow you to learn a lot more than you would from just wandering around on your own.
4. Release a sky lantern
Taiwan is famous for its sky lantern festival. The most popular place to set these little lights off is at Shi Fen Old Street. Here, you can buy sky lanterns and write your wishes on them before letting them go. The area is also really great to explore, with vintage shops and themed restaurants if you want to take a quick bite.
5. Visit Taipei 101
Whilst it is very popular with tourists, checking out Taipei 101 is definitely worth it if you want to see the city from a true bird’s-eye view. Previously the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 lets you look out at the city from 508 metres high. The building also features a food court and shopping malls if you want to make a retail stop on the way up (or down).
Taiwan is a state with so much to offer, from its vibrant capital city to its lush green national parks. I know travelling through East Asia can be overwhelming at times, as there are so many tempting places to visit, but in my opinion, Taiwan is a location not to be missed!