Traveling to other countries has always been one of the things listed on our bucket lists. Hongkong, US, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many more. Unfortunately, it discourages us a little bit when the country we want to visit needs Visa.
Whenever my cousins invited me to travel to other countries, my answer will always be: “Do that country require a visa?”
Applying for a tourist visa is really a hassle thing especially when you are jobless or you don’t have bank accounts with a good record. Not just documents but also interviews, you have to travel to the embassy for these and that. Well, some countries allow online application though.
So, Yup! As we all know, Taiwan granted visa-free entry to Filipinos. Horray! We can fly anytime we want without being worried about visa approval and another hurray is that we don’t need to pay the visa application fee.
Taiwan was the 2nd country I visited, and traveling to a foreign country is indeed happiness!! So, it was December and it was really cold, 13 degrees Celcius during the night and around 15-18 celsius during the day.
Moving on, I have listed the things you must do or visit when you go to Taiwan 😀
Experience Taiwan’s High-Speed Rail
Taiwan High Speed Rail (abbreviated THSR or HSR) is a high-speed rail line that runs approximately 349.5 km (217 mi), along with the west coast of Taiwan, from the national capital Taipei to the southern city of Kaohsiung.
Pretty impressive. It is fascinating how you won’t feel the train moving. From Taipei to Taoyuan it cost us 160 NTD which is around 291 pesos. Yeah, it is totally worth trying especially if it’s your first time riding a high-speed rail.
2.Visit the 9th tallest building in the world
And yes, I am talking about Taipei 101.
The Taipei 101 / TAIPEI 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building was officially classified as the world’s tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground, as well as 5 basement levels. It was not only the first building in the world to break the half-kilometre mark in height but also the world’s tallest building from March 2004 to 10 March 2010.As of 28 July 2011, it is still the world’s largest and highest-use green building.
3. See Taipei in a bird’s eye view
If you have the budget, why not visit the observatory floor & see Taipei in the bird’s eye view? Not just that, you get to ride this fascinating elevator, prepare your ears.
Taipei 101 building has been named the world’s fastest by the Guinness Book of World Records. This one moves magically, it needs to be aerodynamically designed, roaring from the fifth floor to the 89th floor at an amazing speed of 37.7mph. Can you believe that?
4. Elephant Mountain
Yes, you are travelling for fun and leisure but that doesn’t mean you’ll forget about your fitness. Why not include Elephant Mountain on your list. It was really tiring though but every step was worth the view.
See this breathtaking view of Taipei and Taipei 101.. Stunning isn’t it? (There’s actually even more beautiful view but I wasn’t able to go anymore because my legs can’t really make it anymore)
It’d really pay off if you go all the way up but good luck on that!
5. Modern Toilet
Gross? Nop. Thinking about it was yes, gross but when I arrived it’s actually not. Everything was fascinating and really cool. Their food is quite pricey though. The food was so-so for the price but I guess we are paying for the experience & the photos. (lol)
6. Shilin Night Market
so, this is the Shilin night market and everything is just sooo amazing! Shilin or Shihlin Night Market is a night market in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan, and is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.. You will regret if you don’t include this on your bucket list. You will find everything here, from clothing to really great food.
The food here is superb, it’s soo delicious and affordable. You can budget 50 to 80 NTD would really be good enough for a meal..
Aside from the really good food, Shilin is so friendly that they remind you about pickpockets too! LoL.
This signage really caught my attention! But, aside this beware of pickpockets sign, there is something even more interesting that I found in Shilin! I’ve never seen this before. This is so unique and funny.
Yeah! For real, these are “front-page” formed cakes. (Please don’t misunderstand me as a pervert)
Really! Isn’t this something worth the blog? Like, this is just so unique.
Ooh! “Bes” or “Mang”! Rush to Taiwan now!! Jk.
8. YEHLIU, SHIFEN AND JIUFEN
Now, let’s move to the next destination! hashtag my OOTD! It was really cold that day so I had to grab a coat and scarf!
First stop, yes! This the famous rock formation!! Yehliu Geo Park!! Yeah! We went there on our first day in Taiwan and I just can’t help but be mesmerized by the awesomeness of everything.. It’s a bit sad that we weren’t able to roam around due to the weather but it’s still worth the visit. Umbrellas and raincoats became our best friends that day! (Sorry for the limited photos, the cold weather made forget about the photos for my blog.)
On our way to Shifen Old Street, we stopped over to this what they call “Golden Waterfall” or Xinbei.
So, here we are in Shifen where you can write your heart on a lantern and fly it yourself up to the sky. It was a bit emotional how some of us wrote a message for our loved ones who went to heaven..
It’s like another night market but they fully operate during the day! I really got dizzy on our way there.. It was a market on top of the mountain! It was really freezing and foggy up there…
I wasn’t able to take lots of quality photos because I was really in awe. It felt like I had to enjoy every moment & see all the sceneries with my own eyes!
9. Chiang Kae Shek
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan..
Yes! This is called the Shibuya of Taiwan 😀 Ohhhh! Japan Feels 😀
Check out the photos below.
Actually, there are lots of really good places to visit in Taiwan!!
It’s clean and everyone is friendly. Whenever you go to stores and ask for their price, they will rush to get their calculator and type it. Even they can’t speak English, they always try their best to communicate. And again, their food is the BEST!
If you have suggestions please do comment below 🙂
–Bring US dollars with you instead of PHP if you plan to have your money changed in Taiwan! I say US dollars because there are some banks that don’t accept other currencies, even the Canadian dollar.
–Not everyone can speak English or communicate to you so always bring pocket wifi & your phone for google translate.
— Don’t forget your EasyCard
— I don’t know why, but their 7′ Eleven there is really expensive!
— TRY every Milk Tea you see (LOL)
— Remember the word “Xie Xie” which means thank you
Are you planning to visit other Asian countries too? Singapore? Japan? etc .. Check out the places you shouldn’t miss in Singapore.