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Essential Travel Tips for Visiting Taiwan

Updated: Sep 20, 2023


Taiwan, with its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and stunning landscapes, has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers worldwide. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, here's some practical information that every foreign visitor should know before arriving in this beautiful island.

 

Currency: Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD), which is abbreviated as NTD or simply referred to as "Taiwan Dollar." Currency exchange services are widely available at international airports, banks, and exchange offices. Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores, but it's advisable to carry some cash for small purchases and in more rural areas. [Currency exchange rate]


Service Charge & Tax: In Taiwan, most restaurants include a service charge of 10% in the bill, and a 5% value-added tax (VAT) is also applied to goods and services. Tipping is not common, but it's appreciated for exceptional service.

 

Voltage: Taiwan's standard voltage is 110V, with a frequency of 60Hz. Travelers from countries using different voltage systems (e.g., 220-240V) should bring plug adapters and, if necessary, voltage converters to ensure their electronic devices work smoothly.

 

Suggested App: Navigating Taiwan is made incredibly easy with the use of the 'Taiwan Travel' app. This official government apps such as "T Express" (for high-speed rail), "台鐵e訂通" (for railway), and "台北捷運Go"(for Taipei Metro) provide comprehensive information on transportation. Additionally, Google Maps is a valuable tool for finding directions and public transportation options.

 

Public Transportation: Taiwan boasts an efficient and extensive public transportation network. The Taipei Metro (MRT) and Taoyuan Airport MRT is a convenient way to explore the capital city, while the Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) connects major cities quickly. The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) offers extensive train services covering the entire island. Buses and taxis are also readily available.


*Consider purchasing an EasyCard or iPASS for hassle-free payments across all modes of public transportation, Youbike (public bike-sharing service), as well as convenience stores and many of the stores. (Highly recommanded)


Taxi Services in Taipei:

Taxis are readily available and easily recognizable by their distinct yellow color.


  • Taxi Fares: The base fare typically starts at around NT$70 to NT$90 (NTD) for the first 1.25 to 2 kilometers (approximately 0.78 to 1.24 miles). After the initial distance, there is an additional charge for each additional kilometer traveled. Fares may be higher during late-night hours.

  • Taxi Meters:Taxis in Taipei are equipped with meters, so you don't need to negotiate the fare with the driver. The meter will calculate the fare based on distance traveled and time spent in the taxi.

  • Tipping:Tipping is not a common practice in Taiwan, including in taxis. Drivers do not expect tips, and it's not necessary to leave one. Simply pay the amount shown on the meter.

  • Taxi Stands and Hailing:You can easily find taxi stands at popular tourist areas, transportation hubs, and major hotels. Taxis can also be hailed on the street.

  • Taxi Apps:Taipei has several taxi-hailing apps that can be convenient for travelers. Popular apps like Uber and Taiwan Taxi offer the convenience of booking a taxi and even paying through the app. However, note that some local taxi drivers may not accept app-based payments, so it's a good idea to carry some cash just in case.

 

Weather: While visiting Taiwan between May and July, be prepared for warm and humid weather, especially in the lowland areas. Temperatures can often exceed 30°C (86°F), and the humidity can make it feel even hotter. This period is also known for occasional heavy rainfall, as Taiwan experiences its plum rain season. It's advisable to carry an umbrella or a raincoat and stay hydrated. Despite the rain, this season offers lush green landscapes and is a great time for exploring Taiwan's beautiful natural scenery.

 

Language: The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. Learning a few basic Mandarin phrases can be helpful and appreciated by locals.

 

Health Precautions: Taiwan is known for its high hygiene standards. Tap water is generally safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available. Medical facilities are modern and well-equipped, and it's advisable to have travel insurance that covers healthcare in case of unexpected illnesses or accidents.

 

Cuisine: Taiwanese cuisine is diverse and delicious. Be sure to try local specialties such as beef noodle soup, bubble tea, night market snacks, and xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). Don't be afraid to explore street food vendors, but also exercise caution with food hygiene practices.


*Tip: The Yongkang Street Area nearby the venue is one of the most famous cuisine street in Taipei!
 

Public Holidays 2024: Taiwan observes several public holidays, including Lunar New Year, Tomb Sweeping Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival.

Taiwan observes several public holidays, including the Dragon Boat Festival on June 10, 2024. This festival is a significant cultural event in Taiwan where people traditionally eat rice dumplings (zongzi) and watch dragon boat races. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions and flavors. Please note that Taiwan has a day off on the Dragon Boat Festival, so plan your activities accordingly.

 

Telecommunications: Taiwan offers excellent telecommunications services with widespread 4G and 5G coverage. SIM cards and portable Wi-Fi devices are available for purchase at airports and convenience stores. Major international roaming services are also supported by local carriers. Remember to get your roaming/eSim/Sim card before your visit. [Link: Chunghwa Telecom]


Useful Phone Numbers:

  • Emergency Services (Police): 110

  • Emergency Services (Fire, Ambulance): 119

  • Tourist Assistance Hotline: 0800-011-765

  • Directory Assistance: 104

  • International Dialing Code for Taiwan: +886


Post: Taiwan's postal service is reliable and efficient. Post offices can be found throughout the city, and international shipping services are readily available for sending postcards and souvenirs back home. [Link: Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd.]

 

As you prepare for your journey to Taiwan, these practical tips will help you make the most of your visit. From cultural experiences to culinary delights and breathtaking landscapes, Taiwan promises an unforgettable adventure for every traveler.

Before traveling, be sure to review any updated travel advisories or entry requirements, as these may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as global health concerns.

Safe travels and enjoy your time exploring Taiwan's wonders!


Photo credit: Pexels, CommonWealth Magazine


Organized by YC Yang,

HERA 2024 Secretariat

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