We have explored TAIPEI, TAIWAN for 4 days and 3 nights and have discovered so many things and we want to share it with you. Whether you are a first-timer or a frequent traveler to Taiwan, this blog will surely help you out. Read more about this blog to know about our TAIPEI, TAIWAN 4 days and 3 nights itinerary guide. We filled this with the best things to do, places to visit, etc.
Taiwan is a small yet thriving country nestled in between the countries of China and Japan, the Philippines and Maca. The closest Philippine province to Taiwan is Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines – so close that people of Batanes can pick up the radio stations from Taiwan.
Why visit Taipei, Taiwan?
Taipei, Taiwan is a busy cosmopolitan city with a laidback vibe. The most popular landmark is the Taipei 101, previously the world’s tallest building. Apart from its beautiful landmarks, Taiwan also is known to have an exciting food scene, night markets, cultural attractions, and natural sights.
What made us fell in love with this country was the food, culture and friendly nature of Taiwanese people. During our visit, there were a lot of instances wherein locals went out of their way just to assist and help us and we were grateful for that.
Free Visa for Philippine citizens
Filipinos may explore Taiwan visa-free for tourism purposes only until July 31, 2020. With this, Filipinos are not required to apply for a visa for a trip not longer than 14 days. However, visa-free doesn’t mean no other requirements are needed. For you to have a hassle-free journey to Taiwan here we listed down some of the things you must have:
- Valid passport – With at least 6 months validity.
- Return or onward ticket – Return ticket if you’ll be coming back to the country of origin, or onward ticket for those who will continue their journey outside their country of origin.
- Proof of accommodation – It is important to note the complete address and contact number of your accommodation.
- Enough travel funds – May it be cash, credit cards, traveler’s check or anything in similar forms.
- Duly accomplished arrival card – This will be given during flight and should be duly accomplished before passing by immigration. Bring a pen.
How to get to Taiwan (Taipei)
Flying is the most convenient way to get to Taiwan. Major airlines have daily direct flights en route to Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The estimated travel time from Manila to Singapore is about 2 hours, 15 minutes.
- Cebu Pacific – Several daily flights from Manila.
- Philippine Airlines – Several daily flights from Manila.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Plan out your trip ahead of time so you will have ample time to check for promos/seat sale.
When is the best season to visit Taiwan (Taipei)
Since we only visited Taiwan during the Spring season, we can only say for such. We describe the Taiwanese Spring season as a sunny morning but cold and windy night. We had a lovely time planning for our outfits since jackets or coats are badly needed for the night. On top of that, you may experience cherry blossom season during Spring as well!
Where to Stay in Taiwan (Taipei)
As for our accommodation, we chose this Ximen Dreamhouse we found via booking.com We were very satisfied with their service and the location is close to Ximending which makes our stay convenient. Read our full review Ximen Dreamhouse: Best Value Accommodation in Taipei, Taiwan
How to get around Taiwan (Taipei)
- MRT – On our personal view, Taiwan’s MRT system is one of Asia’s if not the world’s most efficient one we have ever seen. First-time travelers will not have any problem roaming around since the majority of the stations are somehow interconnected to each other. Also, choosing MRT as your transportation mode will save you up some Taiwan dollars – yes it is cheap.
- Bus – This one offers convenience and we just used our top-up cards to pay for our bus fare. Their bus system is numbered and it depends on the route you’ll be taking. You may use Google to know the exact arrival and departure of your preferred bus.
- Taxi – May it be Grab or a normal taxi but they can charge you hefty prices. We suggest taxi would be your last resort when it comes to transportation.
What to Eat in Taiwan (Taipei)
Taiwan is tagged as one of the best food destinations in Asia. It is told that the best way to understand one’s culture is by eating their food.
Wondering what and where to eat in Taipei? We listed down the best local food to try from each night market we visited around Taipei. Ready your stomach as Taiwan offers an abundance of choices from tasty dumplings, flavor-packed sausages to mouthwatering torched steak cubes. Read our Taiwanese Food Guide: Must-try Food and Night Markets Around Taipei
Places to visit in Taiwan (Taipei)
- Taipei 101 – One of the most iconic landmarks not just in Taiwan but around the world. You may either enjoy the heights and the view from the observatory deck (with minimal fee) or just stroll outside the building to give you a glimpse of the architecture or you may shop and dine inside the mall of Taipei 101.
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take the MRT Red Line (Xin-Yi Line) to TAIPEI 101 Station and exit #4.
- Taipei Zoo – Probably one of the world’s best zoo! Really worthy of your time but be sure to prepare your comfiest shoes because visiting this zoo involves a lot of walking. Imagine we walked over 20,000 steps inside this place. Additionally, it was in this zoo that we saw white rhinoceros!
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take the MRT and make your way to Wenshan-Neihu Line and get off at Taipei Zoo station.
- Jiufen – One of the highlights from our Taiwan trip, this place is always likened to be the inspiration of the famous animated film entitled Spirited Away. This is just a couple hours away from Taipei and a day trip is accessible. Prepare to munch your way through its alleyways filled with shops, restaurants and tea houses. Read our detailed blog about Jiufen, Taiwan: The Real-life Spirited Away Town
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take MRT and make your way to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and take Exit 2. Take Keelung Bus 1062 with a signboard Jinguashin.
- Yangmingshan National Park – One of the nine national parks in Taiwan. This place is popular during the Spring season since it houses cherry blossom trees. hiking trails, exotic plants and wildlife, and famous hot springs.
- How to Get There from Taipei: At Taipei Main Station, take Shuttle Bus 260 from the Zhengzhou Road bus stop. Get off at the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal.
- Journey Freaks’ tip: The most Instagrammable spot for cherry blossom is at Lane 42, Pingjing Street.
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – One of the most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions in Taipei, this one is all about commemorating the late President Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. It is best to witness the Changing of the Guard which happens every hour (last change is around 4:30 PM).
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take MRT and make your way to Chaing Kai-shek Memorial Hall station.
- Yehliu Geopark – If you’re into formations by the sea bay, then this one is for you. Although we weren’t able to visit this spot, we think that it is a must for those who are into landscapes and geological formations.
- Shifen Old Street and Waterfall – Another spot that we weren’t able to visit although we would love to. This small town is known for being an old railroad town where you can fly sky lanterns. Personally, we are not a fan of sky lanterns as it is prone to wildlife accidents and such.
- Shilin Night Market – One of the most touristy and busy night markets in Taipei. This one is quite big too and one has a lot of food, arcade and shopping stores to choose from. Our favorite part about this night market is the underground food court.
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take MRT and make your way to Jiantian Station (not Shilin Station) and take Exit 1. Diagonally cross the street to the left to enter the night market.
- Raohe Night Market – One of the oldest night markets across Taipei, this place is such a destination! Enjoy the night with great and affordable food such as the freshly-baked black pepper bun, play in sidestreet arcades or visit Songshan Ciyou Temple nearby.
- How to Get There from Taipei: Take MRT and make your way to Songshan Station and take Exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple.
- Ximending – Probably the hippiest part of Taipei, this district is filled with a lot of branded stores, restaurants, and other knick-knacks. By far the best and most convenient part of Taipei since it has a lot to offer.
Things to buy in Taiwan (Taipei)
- Pineapple cake
- Stickers, pins and
- Oolong Tea
- Unique postcards
- Nougat bars
- Pork Paper
- Fruit jelly
- Chun Cui He drinks
- Mini sky lanterns
Frequently Asked Questions for Taipei, Taiwan:
- How much is the minimum budget for 2 to explore Taipei?
While the travel budget is subjective to a person’s economic capacity, we think that Taiwan can still be enjoyed with a cheap travel budget. Based on our experience, the range is around 15,000 to 17,000 per person (for two travelers with food, accommodation, shopping, leisure expenses except for airfare ticket)
- Where is the best place for foreign exchange?
We prefer changing from PHP to USD first before the flight and once you arrived at Taoyuan Airport (Taipei) change your USD to NT$ for better rates.
- Can I still enjoy Taiwan even if I don’t speak their language?
YES! Based on our experience, the majority of Taiwanese people can speak/converse basic English. Each train station has a tourist information booth. Plus, you can easily utilize Google translate.
- Where is the best place to buy snacks and food supplies?
Taipei, Taiwan is filled with many convenience stores as well as 24-hour supermarkets. For your food supplies and pasalubong needs, it is best to proceed to supermarkets as they offer a wide variety of cheap pricing. If you’re looking the best time to go to the supermarket is around 7-8 PM as they offer discounted meals. However, if you’re in a hurry and want on-the-go food, proceed to convenience stores.
If you have any questions about Taipei, Taiwan, feel free to reach out to us via email or contact us through our Facebook page. Wishing you happy and safe travels!