I only spent time in Taipei and just a few days at that. This was planned as a stopover on my way to Bangkok
. There are a few neat things to see, but in general I was kind of underwhelmed, especially after reading great things about the culture and the country. Perhaps more time and a more local experience would have helped. It's pretty bustling and crowded in the city center. The nightlife and night markets were decent. I imagine it's similar to China, but with its own unique twist and much smaller. I did hear from a few locals that the mountains in the north and beaches in the south are very popular and very nice. If I were to plan again, I probably would have visited South Korea or the Philippines instead. If you're thinking of visiting, do your own research, as you could have a completely different experience.
Suggest Staying: 3-5 days
Currency: New Taiwan Dollar
Transport: Metro, bus, taxi
Taipei 101 Building
Highlights: City, night markets, hot springs
Suggest Staying: 3-4 days
Stay Around: Zhongzheng, Wanhua, Datong districts
- Flights: $235 (from Okinawa)
- Lodging: $116 (hotel)
- Transportation: $335 (taxi, bus, metro)
- Activities: $0
- Food: $60 (estimated $20/day)
Note: I only stayed a couple days and the flight to get to Taipei was half of what I spent total in the city. So if you stayed longer, the cost would average out to less per day.