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Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days: The Ultimate First Timer’s Guide
How To Spend 4 Days In Taiwan?
Welcome to my Taiwan Itinerary 4 days travel guide .
This itinerary is ideal for those who are visiting Taiwan for the first time and are looking for budget friendly things to do.
Taiwan is a part of my backpacking trip to Southeast Asia.
For more info of the entire 3-month itinerary, please check out this post .
Best Time To Visit
For any vacations or trips, most people tend to recommend the summertime for the warmth and sunny days which is from May to October.
Personally, it is nice to travel during the rainy season because there are less tourists and therefore, less wait times for any site seeing.
I recommend reading my other blog post: Southeast Asia Tips and Itineraries
I talk in detail about when I prefer to travel and why.
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- How Much To Budget?
- Where To Stay?
How To Get Around Taiwan?
Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days Overview
- Taiwan Things To Do Day 1
- Taiwan Things To Do Day 2
- Taiwan Things To Do Day 3
- Taiwan Things To Do Day 4
- Optional Taiwan Day 5
- Other Trip Planning Tips
Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days: Cost And Budget
We ate a lot during this trip (very obvious from all the food pictures).
That being said, your budget really depends on the way you travel.
If you are a budget traveler, you can easily get by with $25 per day and stick to sightseeing and other free things.
If you were like us, I suggest $50 per day.
We ate everything. We probably had 2 boba drinks per day alone.
Taiwan was the last leg of our Southeast Asia trip, so we were pretty flexible with budget.
When creating a Taiwan itinerary 4 days plan, you have to set priorities and expectations on what you are trying to accomplish.
For traveling in Southeast Asia, for the most part, I used the following websites and apps:
I recommend staying Taipei and getting to other cities and sites is easy because of the centralized transportation.
We stayed at this hotel:
Platinum Hotel at No.77, Anxing Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei City, 231 Taiwan
I used miles to splurge on a more luxurious hotel because we had spent 3 months staying in hostels.
Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days: How To Get Around?
Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei
This was super easy!
Taiwan has a pretty robust MRT system.
Just hop on the MRT, and it will directly take you to the Taipei Main Station.
From there, you can head to wherever your accommodation is located in the city.
The MRT is about NT $160 or about $5 USD
We primarily walked and used the MRT system.
To get to Shifen and Jiufen, we booked a bus through this website.
Day 1: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending District, Modern Toilet Restaurant, Free Walking Tour
Day 2: Maokong Gondolas, Maokong Tea house, Zhangshan Temple, Taipei Zoo (optional), Shilin Night Market
Day 3: Elephant Mountain, Beitou, Millennium Hotspring
Day 4: Shifen Falls, Shifen Railroad, Jiufen
Day 5: Optional open day, click this for more ideas
Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days: Day 1
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial is Taipei’s most famous landmark.
It was built in honor of the former leader Chiang Kai Shek.
Now used as a public gathering area, it is surrounded by greenery, cherry trees, and fish ponds.
When we visited, we stumbled upon a Buddhist assembly of people who were practicing Falun Dafa.
Falun Dafa is a cultivation practice that uses slow movements ad meditation guides based on truthfulness to commemorate the first teacher in Taiwan.
They were doing character formations and were dressed in the solid colors that were white, yellow, and black.
Ximending (Downtown Taipei)
If you do not have a set itinerary, you can literally just walk around Ximending and get lost in all the food stalls, shops, and entertainment.
You can spend hours here and try all the foods, shop, and absorb everything.
- Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle
- 50 Lan Boba
- Prince Cheese Potato
- Blowtorched steak
Modern Toilet Restaurant
There’s an American saying: “don’t shit where you eat.”
If you believe in that, then definitely do NOT go to the Modern Toilet restaurant.
This bathroom themed restaurant serves their food in miniature sinks and commodes. The Modern Toilet Restaurant serves Asian and Italian cuisine.
We ordered pasta and Asian stew which also came with ice cream shaped in poop.
It was definitely an experience! The food wasn’t mind-blowing, but you will definitely be paying for the quirky bathroom themed environment.
Take lots of pictures!
Free Walking Tour
Get your walking shoes ready!
One of the best ways to experience Taipei through do a Free Taipei walking tour.
This is one of my favorite activities in this Taiwan itinerary 4 days travel guide.
It’s free, and I got to work off all the food I had eaten.
Even though this is free, you are encouraged to give a tip.
We gave around $20 USD.
You will learn so much about Taiwan’s history, landmarks, culture, and food.
Duration: 2 hours
- Sun-Yat-sen memorial hall
- Taipei city hall
- Eslite bookstore
- Xinyi commercial district
Here is the link the one we did:
Free Taipei Walking Tour
Taiwan Itinerary 4 days: Free Walking Tour Breakdown
This iconic dome has been under construction since 2007, but the completion of this landmark remains to be determined.
The vision for the Taipei Dome includes an indoor stadium that can hold over 40,000 people, shopping centers, and a movie theatre.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
This landmark is dedicated to Sun Yat-sen, who is the founding father of the Republic of China (R.O.C.) on his 100th birthday.
Try to catch guard-changing ceremony here which happens every hour.
In addition, it is used as an exercise and dance area by locals.
Taipei City Hall
This is the municipal government landmark in Taipei which houses a myriad of shows, exhibitions, and other presentations.
Eslite Bookstore (Xinyi Store)
Calling all book lovers! You cannot miss Eslite bookstore.
It is one of the largest bookstore chains in Taiwan and was the first 24-hour bookstore in Taipei.
Within the Eslite bookstore, there are numerous shops and restaurants that you can check out.
We actually got boba here!
Xinyi Commercial District
Think bougie skyscrapers, shopping, upscale restaurants, luxury brands, and neon lights.
The Xinyi Commercial district is an up-and-coming commercial center of Taipei.
The most expensive apartment complex in Taiwan is located here with each unit selling for a whopping $33 million USD each.
Yes, you read that right.
One of the most iconic buildings in the Taiwan skyline is Taipei 101.
Standing at 508m or 1,646 ft, this bamboo like structure used to be the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2009.
It is built to withstand earthquakes and other natural calamities.
You are able to pay and enter the building from the 5th floor.
The elevator can take you up to the observation deck on the 89th floor within 40 seconds.
The first 5 floors house all the luxury shops and brands in Taipei.
Fun fact, in 2007, an Austrian base jumper named Felix Baumgartner parachuted from the 91st floor illegally.
He has since then been banned from the country for life.
Taipei Itinerary 4 Days: Day 2
Maokong and maokong gondola.
Maokong is a quaint mountain town in Taipei.
It is known for its breathtaking views, temples, and tea houses.
You can get here by riding the Maokong Gondola.
This is a cable car which is the cable car from the MRT Taipei Zoo Station.
What’s unique about the Maokong Gondola is that the cable car’s platform is see-through, so you can see the view beneath you.
The Gondola also stops at the zoo, but we decided to spend time in the town just walking around and trying out all the street foods and tea.
Places visited in Maokong:
- Maokong Teahouse
- Tea Plantation
- Zhangshan Temple
- Maokong Zoo (optional)
Shilin Night Market
Run free and eat your heart out.
There are so many stalls, so much food to try, so many things to look at.
One of the tips that we got is to try foods that have long queues—and that we did.
Foods you should try:
- Hot Star Fried Chicken
- Grilled king oyster mushroom
- Grilled octopus
Taiwan 4 Day Itinerary: Day 3
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Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan Hiking Trail)
If you have seen pictures of a panoramic view of Taipei 101 and Taipe’s skyline, the view is probably from Elephant Mountain.
It’s about a 20-minute hike to the top, and there are a couple of spots along the way for picture taking.
Also, there are specific 3 boulders that people usually climb to get the perfect shot with the Taipei 101 building.
In total, there are 600 steps, which is totally doable, and you can easily take breaks when needed.
Overall, you cannot miss this hike, and I recommend prioritizing this in your Taiwan itinerary 4 days travel guide (because it’s free).
Through the MRT, simply take the red line to the last stop which is the Xiangshan Station.
Pull up google maps, and it will be a 10-minute walk.
We passed parks, apartment buildings, and basketball courts along the way.
This city is known as a retirement city in Taiwan because of its natural hot springs and greenery.
We could have chosen a fancy hot springs spa, but my husband and I took it to the next level and went to a $1 bathhouse where all the local senior citizens took baths.
We went to the Millennium Hot Springs, which is known as one of the oldest hot springs in Beitou.
It was the funniest experience ever because we had no idea what we were doing.
We even got yelled at since we took too long to get in the water because it was too hot!
Tip: Start with the cold spa first to numb the body.
Then ease in to the warmer water and start going into the hotter spas once your body starts to get used to the temperature.
Other things to see here:
- Beitou Hot Spring Museum
- Beitou Thermal Valley
- Free foot bath in Beitou Quan Yuan
Taiwan 4 Day Itinerary: Day 4
For day 4, we used Klook to book a tour that goes to Shifen and Jiufen.
The exact tour (A Day Tour in Jiufen and Shifen From Ximen (Day and Night Scene in Jiufen) that we did through Klook is no longer active.
The Shifen Waterfall, also known as Little Niagara, is one of the most stunning views in Taiwan.
Although not quite as grand as Niagara Falls, the highest point stands at 20 m (66 ft) high and 40m (131 ft).
You can enjoy they view while eating snacks and drinking boba from the café located nearby.
This town is a marketplace surrounding a railroad.
It is most famous for sky lanterns and souvenir shops.
You can buy your own lantern and depending on the color of the lantern you buy, there is a meaning to it.
The vendors set up the lantern for you to be able to paint each side with your wish(es).
Once you are done painting your lantern, the vendor will light up the lantern and give you instructions on when to release it; very similar science to a hot air balloon.
This mountainous small town is most famous for the real-life version of the Japanese animated movie spirited away Hayao Miyazaki.
There really is no proof that Miyazaki based the movie on this place, but I can tell you that it is quite magical.
Warning: this place is all stairs, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
Think dense narrow staircases decked with red lanterns, all kinds of mouthwatering Taiwanese foods including the most delicious melt in your mouth Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
I’m pretty sure I gained 20 lbs. from this day alone. We ate everything that looked good (basically everything).
Foods to try:
- Boba, you can never have enough!
- Fried seafood
- Taiwanese beef noddle soup (MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH)
- Stinky tofu (to be honest, I could not get myself to finish this. Consider yourself warned).
Taiwan 4 Day Itinerary: Other Ideas or Optional Day 5
- Try boba, Taiwan is the creator of boba
- Eat Mango Shaved ice
- Din Tai Fung- the first-ever Din Tai Fung establishment is in Taipei, try out the amazing xiaolongbao
- YehLiu Geopark
- Maokong Zoo
- Go on a food tour
Helpful Links For Travel Planning
- How To Budget For Travel?
- Backpacking Southeast Asia Guide
- What To Pack for Southeast Asia?
- My Favorite Travel Items
- Book Tours With Klook
- 10 Easy Steps To Plan a Trip
Are you planning on traveling to Taiwan?
I hope this Taiwan Itinerary 4 Days Travel Guide is helpful with your planning.
Taiwan has so many amazing attractions and sceneries that we did not really have a set schedule.
Out of all the countries we traveled to in Southeast Asia, I truly believe that Taiwan had one of the best dishes.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
As always, safe travels!
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4d3n taipei itinerary — what to do & how to spend 4 days in taipei.
If you are a travel lover, perhaps you are not too familiar with Taipei and Taiwan anymore right?! However, if you have come here once, you will probably wonder “Is there anything else to do in Taipei?”. Or just come there and eat all delectable foods at its night markets is enough?!”. This is my itinerary that will aim to explore Taipei and Keelung city and New Taipei City, so it cane help you maximizing your trip to experience best things of these 3 cities, although they located close together but have their own unique features to make your Taipei travel itinerary is not boring.
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So, what to do in Taipei for 4 days? Let’s check out our suggested Taipei itinerary 4 days blog (4D3N Taipei itinerary blog) on how to spend 4 days in Taipei (4 days 3 nights in Taipei, 4 days 3 nights Taipei, Taipei 4 days 3 nights itinerary, Taipei 4 days 3 nights trip) from how to get, what to do for a perfect trip to the capital city of Taiwan.
4D3N Taipei itinerary: Overview of Taipei itinerary 4 days
Day 1: Vietnam – Taipei Day 2: Taipei – Ruifang District (New Taipei City) – Keelung City – Taipei Day 3: Taipei – Pingxi/Jiufen – Taipei Day 4: Taipei – Wulai – Taipei – Vietnam
What to do in Taipei for 4 days? — Day 1: Vietnam – Taipei
From Vietnam, you can take many flights to Taipei which operating by many carriers such as Vietnam Airlines, EVA Air or Vietjet Air. Because I booked quite close to the departure date, so I chose VietJet Air for cheap, so the flight time is not very nice, I have to departed at 2am from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and land in Taipei at around 6:30am, just landing, it will be quite tired because of lack of sleep. But the plus point is that you have a whole day to explore Taipei ahead, right after arriving, let drink 1 effervescent C pill to have energy to go out early and recover.
For those who travel from other cities around the globe, you can access Google Flights , SkyScanner to find cheap airfares as well as your most suitable flight routes.
7AM: Receive the pocket Wifi device & getting to Taipei city
Right after that, at Taoyuan airport, I went out and looked to the left to get to counter 1 to received a pocket WiFi transmitter . I recommend you book in advance the compact wifi transmitter in Taiwan (even in Japan and Korea) because its capacity is unlimited, it is quite convenient to go with a group. You should be careful not to lose or… forget to return the wifi when you traveling back to Vietnam, if so you will be deducted some amount.
If you traveling alone, you should consider to buy a 4G Sim card in advance or buy it right at the airport, which is quite covenient and save. You can buy here.
Then, I took the MRT to the city center, it will take about 45 minutes for this trip, one way costs NT$ 150 to get to Taipei Main Station from here you can take a taxi or bus or subway to get to the hotel and send your luggage. Then going out to explore Taipei.
In addition, you can take the bus to city center, we had a very detailed guide here or rent a transfer service via klook .
10AM: Explore Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Address: No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491 Established: December 24, 1983
This is my most favorite museum in Taipei because of the combination of classical painting and digital art exhibition. The ticket price is only NT$30 but you can comfortably spend 2-3 hours here. If you traveling with your kids, this is also a very interesting place because the B1 floor is where there is an interactive exhibition for children, you can go down there and experience it.
12:30PM: Satisfy your hungry at Ximending
Various foods such as Brown Sugar Bubble Milk Tea, beef noodles, Bitter Melon Smoothie, and stinky tofu, all can be found at Ximending. I will give out delicious places to eat in this Ximending area and you just follow if you want, you can spend 2 – 3 hours here for eating and drinking from this stall to other, or combine shopping.
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle is a famous place that sells delicious noodles in Ximending, tastes like crab soup, thick broth and cheap from only NT$70. Remember to add the restaurant’s chili sauce for extra flavor.
Address: No. 8-1號, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108. Opening hours: 9AM – 11PM.
Delicious, strange Bitter melon smoothie , priced at NT$100 for a large glass and NT$85 for a small glass. Bitter melon smoothie (Bitter Melon Juice, Bitter gourd Juice) is an extremely, weird, unique drink, it sounds bitter, but the juice is made from white bitter melons has a sweet taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste. There are many shops in Ximending selling this juice but you should explore the most famous original shop Lemon House White Bitter Gourd Juice.
Address: No. 21 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 Opening hours: 9am – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Stinky tofu can be found everywhere, but the best I’ve tried is on Emei Street near Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle shop. NT$50/part.
The giant vegetable and meat wonton here is a delicous hidden dish that I accidentally discovered. The small bowl is NT$60, the middle bowl is NT$85 and the big bowl is NT$140, but don’t order the big bowl because the middle bowl is enough, even for 2 people, come and try at No. 15, Taoyuan Street, Zhongzheng District Taipei City, Taiwan 100 to enjoy.
Read more: What to eat in Ximending, Taipei?
4:30: Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain) and watching Taipei Sunset
This place is already too popular, but I recommend coming here from 4:30pm to climb up for 15-20 minutes to be ready to catch the sunset and also take pictures of Taipei 101 as well as the whole view of Taipei, and stay longer to see the shimmering city at night.
5PM: Climbing to the top of Taipei 101
Because I still have a lot of time, so after going down from mount Xiangshan, I decided to go to Taipei 101 and went up to the 89th floor of this tallest building in Taipei and you also can climb up to the 91st floor to have a panoramic view of whole city.
Taipei itinerary 4 days blog — Day 2: Conquering the northern coast of Taiwan
On the Day 2 of 4 days 3 nights in Taipei itinerary, I chose to spend the whole day exploring the Northern Coast of Taiwan, which sounds far away but is actually only 30 minutes by car from Taipei. On that day, I just passed through both New Taipei City and Keelung City, it was a long day. On this journey you will explore the following spots:
Yin Yang Sea belongs to New Taipei City, this place is called Yin and Yang Sea because of the pollution in gold mining activities that make the sea such color. You only need 30 minutes here.
Shen’ao Elephant Trunk Rock is the next spot, you need 1 hour here, remember to equip good shoes because going in will be quite slippery. But the seascape and rocky terrain here are quite impressive.
Zhengbin Fishing Port is the main highlight of the itinerary, also the place where you should spend your time to break and have a lunch. At this fishing harbour, there are many seafood restaurants for you to choose from, and if you want to save money, you can dine at a convenience store nearby. In addition, the fishing port with colorful houses is the best photo spot in this place that you should not miss.
Jiufen Village & The Northeast Coast
Jinshan – Mysterious Coast is a hiking trail in the forest to the top of a high mountain to see the northern sea that you should not miss. This place is located in Jinshan Shitoushan Park which is quite popular with the locals. There were almost no tourists when I went to, but only people from Taipei and New Taipei City came to go for a walk on weekends. So this will be an interesting choice in your journey.
Keelung Miaokou Night Market is a famous dining spot of Keelung City that I recommend you to visit before going back to Taipei, here there are stalls selling a delicious small sausage that you should try.
Address: No. 20, Aisi Road, Ren’ai District, Keelung City, Taiwan 200
Laomei Green Reef is another spot that I did not want to miss it because this is a beach with rocks covered by green moss was extremely beautiful and looked different from the places I had been to. Please tell the driver to stop by here before going back to Taipei.
Address: Shimen District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 253
To go to all these places, you can completely use Google Maps to take public transport such as bus or MRT, but after a while of searching and finding it quite complicated, 1 day before I had to stopped this plan and book a private car, because I went with my companion and the weather in April was quite hot, so I chose to rent a car for the day, sharing a good price.
4 days in Taipei — Day 3: Taipei – Pingxi
On the day 3, you can choose to go to Jiufen, Shifen or Pingxi villages, but I chose Pingxi because it has fewer tourists and is also the filming location of the movie You’re The Apple In My Eye, so it will be quite interesting. Think of dropping sky lanterns, people will immediately think of Shifen, but after being so famous for releasing sky lanterns, Shifen becomes too crowded, so it loses the lightness of original feeling. Therefore, I decided to choose to go to Pingxi in New Taipei City which is also an old village but with fewer tourists, more gentle, true to my slow traveling spirit.
Pingxi Old Town is more modest than Jiufen or Shifen, but that’s why you don’t feel lost, the flow of people is not too crowded. Went at the end of April on a Monday, so it was quieter, so I could drop the sky lantern on the track without many people. Here is famous for its peanut ice cream rolls, flower shaped ice cream that you should try.
Getting here by train: From Taipei Main Station, take the TZE-CHIANG LIMITED EXPRESS line 172 to Hualien and then stop at RUIFANG station. Then transfer to FUXING 4734 train to JINGTONG and stop at PINGXI station. You can use Google Maps to check, it will take 1 hour 40 minutes to go.
But I think, it’s the best to explore Taiwan Northeast Coast by book a tour by Klook if you go with a large group.
4D3N Taipei itinerary — Day 4: Wulai Hot Springs
As introduced in the previous article about Wulai with lush green vegetations and beautiful streams, this place is famous for bathing in mineral springs (hot springs) as well as enjoying the charming mountain views in the south of Taipei. On the last day I booked a flight at 7PM, so I had almost a whole day in Wulai to enjoy hot springs and rest after a long journey of discovering and experiencing many places in Taipei and New Taipei City.
Read more: How to explore the peaceful Wulai in 1 day trip (Wulai day trip) of New Taipei.
This is my real travel itinerary for 4 days 3 nights in Taiwan, there are many strange and unique spots because I have been to Taipei once, so I don’t want to go all again, of course there are still highlights not to be missed such as Ximending and Xiangshan.
However, I think this itinerary will be suitable for those who love to explore nature, and places less visited by tourists, so I directly removed Jiufen village from the trip because there were many people going there. You can make your own itinerary base on my itinerary to suit your health and time. Have fun with exploring Taiwan!
Where to stay in 4 days in Taipei?
Below we recommend more best budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.
- Cityinn Hotel Plus – Fuxing N. Rd., Branch , 3-star hotel with room rates from $75/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).
- Taipei Garden Hotel , 3-star hotel with room rates from $79/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).
- Park Taipei Hotel , 4-star hotel with room rates from $78/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).
- YoMi Hotel , 3-star hotel with room rates from $53/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).
You can find more, check rates, availability & book for Taipei hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com .
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Taipei you can refer to
- Taoyuan Airport Private Transfers (TPE) for Taipei
- Sedan Taoyuan Airport Transfers (TPE) for Taipei
- [SALE] Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticket & Exclusive Shopping Coupon
- Luxury Taoyuan Airport Transfers (TPE) for Taipei
- Explore Taipei City
- Taipei Free Walking Tour Historic Route
- Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour
- Taipei Popular Sightseeing Private Car Charter : Jiufen, Pingxi, and North Coast (Chinese/English/Korean)
- Northeast Coast Scenic Day Tour
- Jiufen Shuttle Bus from Ximen
- Yehliu, Shifen, and Jiufen Day Tour with Korean and English Speaking Guides
- Taipei: Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen, Shifen, and Golden Waterfall Day Tour
- EasyCard (TPE Airport Pick Up)
- Klook Pass Taipei (For international travelers)
- Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket
- Maokong Gondola Ticket
- Yeliou, Jinguashih, Juifen and Shihfen Join Day Tour
- Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass
- Taipei: Beitou and Yangmingshan One-Day Tour
- [10% Off + 1 Extra Free Day] 4G SIM Card (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan from Chunghwa Telecom
- 4G SIM Card (TPE Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan from Far EasTone Telecom
- 4G WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan
- 4G Portable WiFi for Taiwan from Uroaming (Unlimited Data)
- 4G Portable WiFi for Taiwan from WiFiBB (Unlimited Data)
- 4G LTE WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up) for Japan
- [Sale – Taiwan Food Promo] Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Discounted Ticket from Taipei
- Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Consecutive Unlimited Pass (2 or 3 Days)
- Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Discounted Ticket from Taoyuan
- THSR Exclusive Discount One Way Ticket from Taoyuan (Two Tickets for the Price of One)
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Known for being one of Asia’s power houses, this tiny island nation offers visitors more than meets the eye. Many people come expecting only the famous tourists destinations like Taipei 101, National Palace Musem, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and Jiufen Old Street but are surprised to discover stunning natural attractions like Taroko Gorge, Yushan National Park, Yangmingshan Geysers, and Sun Moon Lake.
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Although the island nation is small, it has been blessed with many natural wonders due to its geography. Throughout the island, you can find mountain ranges, coves, gorges, geo parks, caves, waterfalls, and lakes. The city of Taipei is also known for its modern infrastructure and transportation.
Mountainous landscapes, hidden beaches, and a modern metropolis, Taiwan will spoil you with its many attractions. While you’re here, explore Taipei’s top destinations including Jiufen Old Street, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, and the National Palace museum. You can even shop and eat around the city center of Ximending. If you’re looking for more adventurous activities, venture out of Taipei and visit natural wonders like Yushan National Park, Yangmingshan Geysers, and Taroko Gorge.
Getting around in Taiwan
The most efficient way to get around Taiwan is via their train system. Both the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung have Mass Rapid Transit trains. You don’t need to worry about getting lost in the city stations because they have english signages that help tourists navigate the metro system. Local towns are connected via the Eastern and Western rail lines. To avoid always falling in line for a train ticket, you can buy a Taiwan Rail Pass depending on the number of days you’ll need it.
Aside from the train systems, you can also find taxis everywhere. Rates can depend on the meter or on a fixed fare depending on where you’re headed. Buses are the cheapest way to get around and some offer convenient 24 hour connections between cities. If you want to travel to offshore islands, you can access them from the mainland via ferries.
Top tourist attractions & activities in Taiwan
Explore all the best destinations that Taiwan has to offer. Bring your travel buddies with you or go on an amazing solo expedition. Here are some of the top tourist spots that you can note down for your future trip.
- Jiufen Old Street
Originally a small gold mining village built by the Japanese, this maze of streets and alleys has become one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist destinations. The well-preserved town, which sits on a mountain side facing the sea, is rich with culture and history. While you’re here, you can check out unique Chinese and Japanese tea houses, cafes, and souvenir shops. Jiufen is also well known as the one of the inspirations for the acclaimed animated movie, Spirited Away.
- National Palace Museum
Sharing its roots with China’s Palace Museum in the forbidden city, the National Palace Museum in Taipei has a collection of around 700,000 ancient chinese artifacts from the Qing and Ming dynasties. The vast collection includes paintings, calligraphies, statues, religious items, ceramics, jade items, and many others. To prevent wear, these items are on rotation throughout the exhibits.
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
One of Taiwan’s top destinations, this memorial hall was erected in honor of the former president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek. If you’re coming to Taiwan, you cannot miss the memorial hall’s iconic gate, liberty square, and octagon-shaped building. You can also visit the museum below the hall, which documents Chiang Kai-shek’s life.
- Yangmingshan National Park
Just a short bus ride away from Taipei, you can find yourself in one of Taiwan’s most famous and easily accessible national parks. Because the park lies on a dormant volcano, you’ll be able to see numerous hot springs and geysers. There are also several hiking trails here that adventurous visitors can try out. There are no entrance fees for the park but if you came via car, you have to pay for the car park fee.
- Taroko National Park
Another one of Taiwan’s nine national parks, it is highly known for its gorges, rivers, waterfalls, and high mountains. Located on the eastern part of the island, the park and its indigenous people, Taroko, create a beautiful ecosystem. While you’re here, you shouldn’t miss viewing the iconic Taroko Gorge and Liwu River from the central cross-island highway.
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- Fly to Taiwan and arrive at either Taoyuan International Airport or Songshan Airport
- View the ancient artifact exhibits at the National Palace Museum
- Visit one of Taiwan’s most iconic spot, the Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall
Day 2 Tour Ideas
- Go on a 3-hour road trip or a take a 5 to 7 hour train ride from Taipei to Taroko National Park
- View the famous Liwu river and Changchun Shrine and pass by the Shakadang trail at Taroko Gorge
- Return to Taipei
Day 3 Tour Ideas
- Take a short bus ride from Taipei to Jiufen Old Street
- Try out some of the attractions’ unique cafes and tea shops
- Shop for some souvenirs
- Return to the city
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- Travel back home
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- A historic wander through the old streets of Dadaocheng and Tamsui.
- A pleasant walk in Yangmingshan National Park to enjoy the natural beauty.
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4 Days Taiwan Itinerary and Guide
As a kid, when I think about Taiwan, I often think about Meteor Garden. Cos who even missed the first Asianovela hit in the Philippines? But having to visit Taipei, Taiwan made me appreciate this country even more. Sharing our first-hand experience and 4 Days Taiwan Itinerary and guide ahead!
Arrival at Taoyuan Airport
- Wi-Fi Pickup – Upon arrival, we went to Unite Traveler Booth to pick up our WiFi device. We availed our 4G WiFi for Taiwan device in advance through Klook. It was fast and can connect up to 5 devices.
- Easy Card – You may purchase your Easy Card in Taoyuan Airport MRT service booth. This easy card is used for Taiwan’s public transit and most convenient stores.
- Currency exchange – If you haven’t done it yet, you may exchange money at any currency exchange booth at the Airport. Taiwan’s official currency is NTD (New Taiwan Dollar).
Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station
We rode the Express Train from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station. It only took roughly 35 to 40 minutes to get to our destination.
- From Terminal 1: Take the escalator south of Food Court (B1) going to A12 – Airport Terminal 1 Station.
- From Terminal 2: Take the pathway at the side of Food Court (B2) going to to A13 – Airport Terminal 2 Station.
Alight at A1 – Taipei Main Station.
Where to Stay in Taipei
The best place to stay in Taipei is either near Taipei Main Station or Ximending. Taipei Main Station is a good location as it’s very accessible with all subways and buses you need to hop to when touring around Taipei. While Ximending is just a few kilometers away from Taipei Main Station, many tourists would still prefer to stay here as it’s stylish and night life is so much alive.
We initially wanted to stay around Taipei Main Station but since this was a last minute-booking and most of the hotels in Taipei Main Station were fully-booked, we ended up staying at Ximending instead.
Inn Cube Ximen
Our room was booked at Inn Cube Ximen – Ximending through Agoda. We paid PHP 5,986.46 for 4 nights which is a reasonable price for us. We got the Twin Room with Shared Bathroom. It has a bunk bed and basic amenities we needed for our whole stay. Overall, this is a decent place to stay in. It’s clean and quiet – just enough for a good sleep. We didn’t bother the shared bathroom cos in the morning, it was mostly just the two of us using it.
4 Days Taiwan Itinerary
Day 1 – yangmingshan national park and shilin night market.
Our first order of business upon setting foot to Ximending was ofcourse, find a place to eat! Ximending is a good place to spot numerous cafes, street foods, restaurants and, fun shops. Since we were staying in Ximending, we figured, we just roam around the area some other time as we have other plans for our first day in Taiwan.
Yangmingshan National Park
After our late lunch, we went straight to Yangmingshan National Park . It was breezy and drizzling. It was definitely not a good choice to wear shorts and tank top from up there. lol Good thing, the weather started clearing and we were able to enjoy the scenic view of Yangmingshan National Park. The place was so beautiful and was so peaceful. It was just a chill tour for the both of us, as we didn’t want to pour so much energy on our first day in Taiwan.
Shilin Night Market
Our first night was spent in Shilin Night Market . This place is said to be one of the busiest and the biggest night markets in Taiwan. Taiwan’s street foods were found everywhere! I would want to try them all but I can only consume a few.
Day 2 – DIY Taipei City Tour
While our first day in Taiwan was more of a relaxed tour, our second day was entirely the opposite. This day had our legs almost given up and energy drained. But was it worth it? yes it is!
Our day started with a quick breakfast at 711. I know, I know, it wasn’t the most touristy breakfast to do in Taipei, but that would suffice. We then headed to our first stop of the day, a visit to Longshan Temple .
We saw locals praying and doing religious rituals inside the temple. It has a classic and Taiwanese intricate architecture which made it one of the most photographed temples in Taipei. We didn’t stay too long as we didn’t want to bother their ceremony.
We then hopped into our next stop which is just a few minutes away from Longshan Temple.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
This place, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall commemorates the “National Father” of the Republic of China. You will have a nice view of Taipei 101 from here just like my photo above. This place is huge and is surrounded by Zongshan Park.
228 Peace Memorial Park
We were supposed to be visiting Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall next from what we initially planned. However, we got lost and our feel brought us at 228 Peace Memorial Park instead. This was an accidental addition to our itinerary. After research, I learned that this place is dedicated to the 10,000 to 30,000 victims who died in the February 28, 1947 incident. This park remains one of the oldest parks in Taiwan.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
As intended, we visited Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall next. This place is a stunner. It was windy and we just sat there while regaining our energy from the almost non-stop walk we did since morning. The place is very touristy but no wonder cos, this is such a beautiful place to be missed!
Even how dead tired we were at this point, we didn’t think twice to still hike up to Elephant Mountain to see this panoramic view of Taipei. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this? My camera couldn’t give any justice of how majestic this really is in person.
Day 3 – National Palace Museum, Beitou and Tamsui
National palace museum.
Some tourists would skip National Palace Museum because you may find the location out of the way comparing to other attractions to visit. However, if you are a fan of museums, this is still definitely worth your time. This is by the name itself, looks like a Palace from its facade. It houses ancient Chinese artwork and artifacts. We skipped going inside but if you are interested, the entrance costs NTD 250 per person.
Beitou Thermal Valley
After taking lunch, we headed to Beitou Thermal Valley . There are so much more to see in this place such as Beitou Public Library, Millenium Hot Spring, Beitou Hot Spring Museum, and the steaming Hell Valley. We didn’t have the chance to explore all these places but some recommend to try their Hot Spring. I would definitely will next time!
Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf & Tamsui Lover’s Bridge
We rode a ferry going to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. It was drizzling and the waves were getting big. Tamsui Lover’s Bridge is already seen when we alight from the ferry. It was illuminating with transitioning colors.
Tamsui Old Street
We were already quite starving at this point so we headed to Tamsui Old Street to explore any street food finds at this place. This is popular for its wide variety of shops, Taiwanese classic food stalls, restaurants and, cafes.
Day 4 – Yehliu, Jiufen & Raohe Night Market
Our day 4 was spent mostly on bus rides! We initially planned to visit three destinations – Yehliu, Jiufen and, Shifen. But are you even doing DIY trip without getting lost? haha! We lost a couple of times while figuring out how to get from here and there. It was also raining non-stop the whole day which made it worse. As a result, we missed Shifen!
Because of its uniquely eroded rock formations, Yehliu Geopark is still one of the most popular tourist attractions to see in Taiwan. The entrance is NTD 80.
Jiufen Old Street
It was already 5:00 PM when we arrived at Jiufen Old Street . It was raining so heavy and it wasn’t the most comfortable weather to stroll around. I’ve seen so many great photos of this place from different blogs. Unfortunately, these are the only decent shots I had. Even with our raincoats on, our shoes and clothes were still wet. But like we normally do, we just enjoyed the place by trying out different foods this place had to offer. I’ll go back here, for sure.
Raohe Night Market
It’s time for dinner! Gladly, it stopped raining when we arrived at Raohe Night Market . This isn’t as big as Shilin Night Market but it’s still jam-packed with traditional street food stalls and retail shops which is still an ideal place for tourists like us! This was just the perfect place to end our whole 4 days Taiwan itinerary!
End of our 4 Days Taiwan Itinerary
That’s it! It’s time to say farewell to this beautiful country! We enjoyed our whole 4 days in Taiwan. It was a jam-packed trip and we visited so many places without breaking our banks. We only spent less than Php 15,000 each for everything including airfare, accommodation, foods, and pasalubong .
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4 Days Taiwan Itinerary Travel Tips and Guide
- Wake up early for Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen tour. If you want to successfully squeeze in visiting Yehliu, Jiufen and, Shifen in one day, then make sure to wake up very early and catch the early bus ride around 6:30 AM so you can reach Yehliu as early as 8:00 AM. Better yet, arrange a tour package in advance through Klook or through any of your trusted travel agencies.
- Prepare your translation app. While locals are very friendly and accommodating, many of them don’t speak or hardly understand English. So make sure you have your translation app handy in your mobile phone.
- Bring the right power adaptors. The power plugs and sockets used in Taiwan are of type A and type B .
- Reload your EasyCard . Your EasyCard will take you around Taiwan. It gives you discount on subways and it also allows you to buy in convenient stores like 7-11 and Family Mart.
- Money changers are limited. It’s still best to have your money changed from your home country or at the airport. Then change it one time big time as there is not much money changers available around the city.
- Wear comfortable footwear. Taiwan is a safe country and most of the tourist attractions are just near to each other. So expect you’ll do a lot of walking in the city.
For me, spending 4 days in Taiwan is enough to see places and try foods in this country. It’s not very tight as compared to a 3-day stay especially if you are travelling with a family consisting of kids or elders.
I hope this post has been helpful to anyone who plans to visit Taiwan soon!
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Taiwan has been on our bucket-list ever since it opened it’s doors to Philippine passport holders. Meaning, Filipinos could enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan for up to 14 days, but only for a trial period which was until July 2018 only. We missed the trial period but it seemed Taiwan really wanted to see us so visa-free privilege was extended until July 2019!
Update: Visa-free privilege is extended until July 2020!
Our Taiwan Trip Summary
Our trip consisted of Taipei City, Taichung, Yangmingshan, and Northeast tour. We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights at King Plaza Hotel , a budget hotel with good location and comfortability. We spent around 18,000 PHP (≈10,760 NTD or 350 USD) per person including airfare, travel tax, hotel accommodation, transportation, food, tours, pocket wifi rental, admission fees, pasalubong , everything (will share breakdown later in this post).
Some of the highlights on our trip were the cherry blossoms, THSR or Taiwan High Speed Rail train experience, night markets, and of course, the Northeast Coast tour!
Tip: You can book your flight to Taipei via 12Go Asia for a hassle-free booking experience!
There are lots of places to stay around Taipei that you can choose according to your budget and location preferences. A common tip is to choose a hotel close to an MRT station.
You can also find discounted rooms in Taipei via Agoda. It’s easy, convenient, and cheaper! You may begin your search below.
And here’s a route map of Taipei MRT.
Here’s a map of the places we covered, including the transportation terminals. Click the icon on top left corner to see legend.
The original game plan was to have a half-day Taipei City tour on our first day (Chiang Kai Shek, Sun Yat Sen, Taipei 101, Elephant Hill). But due to delays in Taoyuan Airport immigration (there were huge lines), it was already 3pm when we started our tour.
We did not expect the huge lines to think that it was Monday in a first world country. The immigration process was fast though, only took about 3 minutes, while falling in line took more than an hour! Then after the immigration, another line for Klook and KKday vouchers. Well, I thought this only happens in the Philippines.
Nonetheless, hats-off to Cebu Pacific. No delayed flights, we arrived at our destination on time! Good job!
Note: Philippines and Taiwan have no time difference
DAY 1 – Chiang Kai Shek, Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao, & Feng Wang Pineapple Cakes
March 11, 2019 (Monday)
07:30 AM Departure from Manila 10:00 AM Arrival at Taoyuan Airport 12:30 PM Board MRT to Taipei City 01:30 PM Arrive at Taipei Main Station; Check-in at King Plaza Hotel ; Quick rest 03:10 PM Board MRT (Red line) from Zhongshan Station to Chiang Kai Shek Station 03:30 PM Arrive at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall ; Explore; Photo-ops 04:45 PM Early dinner at Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao (just beside CKS Memorial Hall) 05:20 PM Pineapple cake tasting at Feng Wang Pineapple Cakes (we also bought a box) 05:30 PM Back to Chiang Kai Shek for cherry blossoms 06:00 PM Board MRT (Red Line) from Chiang Kai Shek Station to Taipei Main Station 06:20 PM Arrive at Taipei Main Station; Reserve THSR Seats for tomorrow 09:00 PM Lights off
We redeemed our THSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail) tickets and reserved our seats in advance so that we could go straight at the boarding gate the next day. We chose the 8AM schedule for Taipei to Taichung, and 2PM for Taichung to Taipei.
In case you missed your schedule, you can still board the train at the non-reserved seats. The seats there are just the same as the reserved ones, only that it’s a first come first serve basis.
THSR operates from 5:00 am to 11:30 pm. Train leaves every 30 minutes.
Note: Our THSR vouchers were booked ahead of time (few days before our flight) via Klook . THSR vouchers purchased from Klook are not actual THSR tickets so you still need to queue at the ticket booth. Advantage? It’s cheap ! We got THSR tickets for only 889 PHP each via Klook. Regular price is 750 NTD (≈1,200 PHP) if you purchase at the THSR station. So we saved around 300 PHP per way, a total of 1,200 PHP for the two of us. Thanks Klook!
DAY 2 – Zhongshe Flower Market & Tai’an Cherry Blossoms
March 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
07:00 AM Breakfast buffet at King Plaza Hotel 08:00 AM Board THSR train from Taipei Main Station to Taichung Station 09:00 AM Arrive at Taichung Station; Transfer to TRA train (just 5-10min walk) 09:20 AM Board TRA train from Xinwuri Station to Tai’an Station 10:20 AM Arrive at Tai’an Station; Walk to Zhongshe Flower Market 10:50 AM Arrive at Zhongshe Flower Market ; Explore; Photo-ops 12:30 PM Lunch at a local restaurant (no english name) in front of Zhongshe FM 01:20 PM Back to Zhongshe Flower Market 02:00 PM Taxi to Tai’an Police Station/Tai’an Sakura 02:10 PM Arrive at Tai’an Police Station/Tai’an Sakura; Explore; Photo-ops 03:00 PM Taxi to TRA Tai’an Station; Wait for train 04:15 PM Board TRA train from Tai’an Station to Xinwuri Station 05:15 PM Arrive at Xinwuri Station; Transfer to THSR Station 05:30 PM Board THSR train from Taichung Station to Taipei Main Station 06:30 PM Arrive at Taipei Main Station; Quick rest at hotel 07:30 PM Dinner at Ningxia Night Market 09:00 PM Lights off
As you can see, we missed our 2pm THSR schedule for Taichung to Taipei Main Station. That’s okay as long as you board the train within the day. We took the non-reserved seats this time which was still no hassle as the train wasn’t full.
DAY 3 – Yangmingshan + Taipei City Short Trip
March 13, 2019 (Wednesday)
07:00 AM Breakfast buffet at King Plaza Hotel 08:00 AM Board MRT (Red line) from Zhongshan Station to Jiantan Station 08:15 AM Arrive at Jiantan Station; Wait/queue for bus going to Yangmingshan Park 09:00 AM Board R5 Bus bound to Yangmingshan bus terminal 10:00 AM Arrive at Yangmingshan bus terminal; Walk to Flower Clock 10:15 AM Arrive at Yangmingshan Park ; Explore Yangming Fountain and Flower Clock 12:00 PM Board a bus to Taipei Main Station 01:00 PM Arrive at Taipei Main Station; Lunch at TKK Fried Chicken 02:00 PM Boart MRT (Red line) to Taipei 101 Station 02:15 PM Arrive at Taipei 101 Station; Walk to Taipei 101 Building; Photo-ops 02:45 PM Walk to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall 03:00 PM Arrive at National Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall ; Explore; Cherry blossoms 04:15 PM Board MRT (Blue line) from Sun Yat Sen Station to Ximen Station 04:30 PM Arrive at Ximen Station; Explore Ximending Night Market 06:00 PM Dinner at Modern Toilet Restaurant 07:00 PM Explore more of Ximending 09:00 PM Lights off
Our original itinerary for Day 3 was Yangmingshan and Tamsui tour. But since we failed to see Taipei 101 on our first day (it’s something we cannot miss) and there’s no other day we can visit that landmark, we cancelled our Tamsui trip and proceeded back to Taipei City.
DAY 4 – Yehliu, Shifen, & Jiufen Day Tour
March 14, 2019 (Thursday)
07:00 AM Breakfast buffet at King Plaza Hotel 08:30 AM Meet-up with KKday tour organizer at Taipei Main Station East Gate 1 08:45 AM Departure from Taipei Main Station; Start Northeast Tour 10:00 AM Arrive at Yehliu Geopark ; Explore; Photo-ops 11:00 AM Departure from Yehliu Geopark 11:50 AM Arrive at Shifen Old Street; Sky Lantern ; Quick lunch 01:00 PM Arrive at Shifen Waterfall ; Explore, Photo-ops 01:50 PM Depart from Shifen 02:30 PM Arrive at Jiufen Old Street ; Explore; Street foods 04:00 PM Have some coffee at Family Mart (so cold in Jiufen, coffee much needed) 06:00 PM Have some tea at Skyline Tea House (fronting Amei Tea House) 07:00 PM Explore more of Jiufen at night 08:00 PM Depart from Jiufen via public bus 09:30 PM Arrive at Taipei City; Board MRT (Green line) from Beimen Station to Zhongshan Station 11:00 PM Lights off
Our Day 4 was set for Northeast Tour which we availed from KKday. It was an exciting and hassle free tour! Yehliu Geopark, Shifen Old Street & Waterfall, and Jiufen Old Street are located quite far from each other, thus, difficult to DIY. Not to mention there are no direct trips going to each site. This tour, in all honesty, was my most favorite!
This KKday tour was set to end at 5:30 PM, which means no opportunity to witness the beauty of Jiufen Old Street at night time. So what we did was skip the KKday tour-bus back to Taipei City. We just took a public bus from Jiufen bus terminal (near Family Mart) bound to Taipei City.
We were supposed to book the Northeast Tour via Klook but upon reviewing the package inclusions, Shifen Waterfall was not included but had the pineapple cake making in the itinerary. Since our desire to see Shifen Waterfall outweighs the pineapple cake making experience, we decided to book in KKday.
Note: At Skyline Tea House, they don’t serve meals for non-chinese/taiwanese guests. Only teas. I’m just not sure why.
DAY 5 – March 15, 2019 (Friday)
06:00 AM Board MRT to Taoyuan Airport 07:00 AM Arrive at Taoyuan Airport; Breakfast at Food Court 08:00 AM Check-in; Immigration; Wait for boarding 10:30 AM Board plane back to Manila 01:00 PM Arrive at NAIA
No more tours on Day 5.
I will use PHP currency because most of our expenses were paid in PHP via advance online booking in Cebu pacific, Agoda, Klook, and KKday.
Exchange rate varies from time to time. In our case, we withdrew cash from ATM at Taoyuan Airport using BDO MasterCard. Exchange rate was around 1.733 PHP per 1 NTD. Plus BDO service fee of 3.5 USD (≈182 PHP) per transaction. Exchange rate at NAIA money changer was 1.95 PHP per 1 NTD, which would be a big loss for us in case we choose to exchange money there.
You may also exchange your PHP to USD at NAIA, then USD to NTD at Taoyuan Airport.
Plane Ticket : It was a promo ticket that we availed during Cebu Pacific 12.12 sale
Travel Tax : We opted to pay this online to skip the long lines at the airport, but of course with a convenience fee of 100 PHP per person
King Plaza Hotel : The cheapest we can find when considering location, buffet breakfast, and bathtub! Eliminating the breakfast in our food budget was a big advantage for us. You can book rooms at King Plaza Hotel here .
Pocket WiFi : We availed this here . Do take note that price varies (minimally) from time to time along with exchange rate.
EasyCard + 1way Airport MRT Ticket: We availed this here . Do take note that EasyCard is empty so you still need to top-up load in any 7-Eleven and Family Mart stores. Price also varies (minimally) from time to time along with exchange rate.
THSR Vouchers: We availed this here . Price varies (minimally) from time to time along with exchange rate.
Northeast Taiwan Day Tour Package: We availed this here . Price varies (minimally) from time to time along with exchange rate.
Yehliu Geopark Admission Ticket: We availed this here . Price varies (minimally) from time to time along with exchange rate.
EasyCard Load: We initially topped-up 300 NTD load, then additional 200 NTD when it was near empty. You will see your remaining load whenever you tap your card at MRT, bus, 7-Eleven, Family Mart, and any stores accepting EasyCard payments. Note that you can only top-up a minimum of 100 NTD per transaction. Unused load is refundable but the card deposit is not (instant souvenir!). Our 500 NTD load was basically spent for train rides (except THSR), bus rides, and pasalubong (at a grocery store with “24” in its name).
Zhongshe Flower Market Entrance Fee: Price is 150 NTD during tulip season. It’s cheaper during non-tulip season (around 120 NTD).
Shifen Lantern: Price depends on the number of colors. Cheapest is 100 NTD for 1 color. We didn’t want to spend much here since we just want to experience it and it’s not of a big importance for us.
Food Budget: 460 NTD (≈800 PHP) per person per day was more than enough for us. Foods were surprisingly filling even without rice! With that budget, we were able to eat some of Taiwan’s food trademark: Xiao Long Bao, Bingsu (Snow Ice), Stinky Tofu, Milk Tea (everyday!), and so much more!
And that’s pretty much it! It’s not the cheapest way to explore Taiwan but it’s not luxurious as well. If it’s your first time visiting Taiwan, this itinerary may suit you. You may also add Maokong Gondola, Tamsui, and Alishan if you will be staying a little longer.
You see, Taiwan is not so difficult to DIY because of their very efficient (and fast) transportation system!
If I will be asked to turn back time, I’d exchange Yangmingshan to Maokong Gondola (given that we need to return to Taipei City in the afternoon).
How about you? Have you also explored Taiwan? How’s your first Taiwan trip? Share it in the comments!
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Hi, I'm Dea! A traveler who loves good food and an electronics engineer based in PH. I like creating itineraries and daydreaming about the places. As weird as it might sound, I find the planning part as enjoyable as the trip itself. I love sunsets, beaches, and staycation trips. And I'm a worshipper of God—the source of my everything! I once wandered aimlessly in life, until Jesus found me! Now, I just wander around wonderful places as I marvel at His creation ❤️
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You have a new theme? it’s beautiful and your blog is informative and beautiful photos. Keep safe!
Glad you appreciate the new look. Thank you! 😊
Thank you for posting a very detailed Taiwan IT…. really very informative and very helpful. Looking forward to enjoying Taiwan with all your notes and recommendations.
Hi Bonita. Glad you find it informative and helpful. Happy travels! 🙂
wow very informative kesa magbook ako ng package 🙂 Thank you so much
Thank you! Enjoy your vacay 🙂
Awesome Day Dea!
Your blog is such an ease on my perplexing mind trying to weave our trip this coming Feb. Please continue doing so. Lovely photos.
Sam (aka Godheard Manalo)
Glad to help! Thank you for the compliments, Sam. Have a great trip to Taiwan! 😊
My husband and I are planning on a 5D4N trip to Taiwan on the 15fh of this month and while searching for a perfect itinerary I came across your blog. For first timers like us to explore Taiwan, your post is really very informative and of great help. We will surely take note of your recommendations and what you’ve shared for us to enjoy this trip. Been considering to look into Klook and the King Plaza Hotel (we are on a budget too!😂). Looking forward to the night markets for our food trips and we want to experience the Modern Toilet Restaurant too. Loved you photos by the way. 👍
Thank you again for the great ideas. God bless!
Hi, Kathy! I appreciate your feedback 😊 I’m so glad this post helped you in any way. If you have other questions I’d be willing to help the best way I could. Enjoy your trip with your hubby! God bless you 😊
Hi Dea! Looks like you packed quite a bit in your short trip to Taiwan. Loved your pictures and the blossoms look amazing. A very well planned and written post. Cheryl
Thanks, Cheryl! Appreciated the compliments. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
Lovely and very informative post! It was so nice you got to go to Zhong She Flower Market! 💖🌸
Thanks! It was a lovely place indeed. Thanks for dropping by 🙂
You explored Taiwan more than I did! Very detailed post! Keep exploring and blogging. More power!
Taiwan is a small country with unlimited beauty! We’ve only seen very little of it 😉 Keep exploring and sharing too! God bless! 🙂
This post is very detailed and informative! I also loved your pictures (lalo with the cherry blossoms <3 )
Btw, thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 I am glad to have met a Filipino blogger here on WordPress 🙂 More power to you!
Loved you photos too! I haven’t heard about Qingjing Farm until I saw your link comment on my FB post. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up! 🙂
Thank you too for stopping by. God bless you! 🙂
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