I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Taiwan, I’d spotted a photo of Taroko George on Pinterest then Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” option told us we could get there for pennies from Vietnam as a detour on our way to the Philippines, I was sold.
It was strange but fun for me to explore and experience a country that I knew very little about, had done zero research for and had no idea what to expect.
I’m sure we could have found a more efficient route, or cheaper hotels if we had booked further ahead, and no doubt we probably missed some of the main tourist attractions but we absolutely loved our time in Taiwan.
We arrived in Kaohsiung and spent 3 nights exploring the city and the nearby Lotus Lake, while getting used to the unique (and sometimes strange) Taiwanese food.
Next was Hualien on the East Coast, our favourite town in Taiwan, 4 nights was perfect to see and do everything. The costal parks are stunning and the nearby Taroko National Park was our best day in Taiwan.
Finally we ended up in Taipei and got to see the incredible Taipei 101 New Years Eve firework display. We also made the most of the metro system and got out of town for a few days. We spent 5 days in Taipei and still didn’t see everything.
The national train system operates as a giant circle around the edges of Taiwan, our route wasn’t exactly streamline but it didn’t feel like a hassle traveling in Taiwan.
I’ve also written a post about all the boring details like average costs, visa requirements, currency, and everything else you should know when planning a trip to Taiwan, click HERE to read.