Welcome to Taiwanese Secrets 
Online Travel Guide for 2017!

taiwan travel guideJialeshui - my backyard in Kenting National Park

Hi, my name is Ugo, I'm originally from Montreal, Canada, and I've been living in Taiwan for 17 years. I've created this website to share my passion for everything Formosa, and to help you prepare your trip to Taiwan the right way!

taiwanese secrets travel guideYour guide (me), down south, in Jialeshui

Taiwan is the most diverse and underrated travel destination in Asia! 

Taiwan really has everything: gorgeous beaches, excellent hiking, hot springs, jungles, rock-climbing, surfing, diving, and world-class cities with unique cultural attractions. It's the only place in the world where you can witness genuine, ancient Chinese culture. It's one of the only travel destinations in Asia where you won't be surrounded by hordes of backpackers all the time - it's still (somehow) off the beaten track of mass tourism.

My 10 Favorite Destinations in Taiwan

Kenting is the most popular beach resort in Taiwan. The warm tropical weather makes it a favorite travel destination in winter. Kenting also has wicked surfing, decent scuba diving sites and some hiking trails. This is where I live, so I can really help you plan your trip there!

kenting travel taiwan

Taipei: Taiwan's capital is one of the most dynamic cities in Asia. Taipei has ancient temples, a museum that holds the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts, vast memorials, world-class hotels, the popular Taipei 101 Tower, and endless shopping opportunities.

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Mt. Hehuan is located in Central Taiwan, on the western edge of Taroko National Park. This alpine station is characterised by rolling green hills that often disappear in a sea of clouds. This is where you'll find the most accessible high altitude hiking trails in Taiwan with most peaks reaching heights of more than 3000m.

hehuanshan taiwan travel

Sun Moon Lake: Walk around, or paddle across Taiwan's largest lake in the beautiful green hills of the Central Mountain Range. Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's most popular natural tourist attraction.

sun moon lake taiwan travel

Green Island: Scuba dive, snorkel, or soak in a sea-water hot spring on tiny, lush Green Island (Lyudao), in the Pacific Ocean, 30km east of Taitung.

Taroko Gorge: With its marble-walled canyons, remote mountains and rushing rivers, Taroko National Park is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in my life. I've visited the area at least 50 times since moving to Taiwan and I still go back again and again to hike, swim, or just cruise along the scenic Cross Central Highway.

Hualien has a lot of charm, beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. It is the biggest city on the east coast of Taiwan and is home to many ethnic minorities. Hualien is the gateway to Taroko Gorge and one of my favorite places to surf in Taiwan.

Maolin has remote mountains, waterfalls, rushing rivers, hot springs, a verrrryyyy lonnnng suspension bridge, and even a butterfly sanctuary. This wild, unspoiled region is also home to the friendly Rukai aboriginal tribe.

Lugang is one of Taiwan's oldest towns and is famous for its old market street, magnificent temples, curved streets, and fine traditional handicrafts.

Tainan is Taiwan's temple capital. It's the best place to witness ancient Chinese traditions and age-old religious ceremonies. Tainan is my favorite city in Taiwan. If you're into photography, make sure to put Tainan way at the top of your list of places to visit in Taiwan.

Check all the destinations listed on this travel website about Taiwan

traditional Chinese opera singer in TaiwanTraditional Chinese opera performer in Northern Taiwan

Getting Around Taiwan

Traveling around Taiwan is extremely convenient and cheap. Consult the following links or my travel in Taiwan page to know how to get around the island: Bus Travel | Normal Train Travel (TRA) | High Speed Railway (HSR) | Scooter / Motorbike

Facts About Taiwan - Travel Information

The following links contain everything I've learned in the past 17 years working, living, and traveling around Taiwan.

  • Accommodation: Introduction to places to stay in Taiwan.
  • Climate: How's the weather in Taiwan? Does it rain a lot? Is it hot?
  • Cost of Living in Taiwan: How far can your money go? Is Taiwan expensive?
  • Etiquette: A guide to having good manners with Chinese people.
  • Festivals: A guide to the many Taiwanese festivals and holidays.
  • Food: An introduction to Taiwanese and Chinese food and snacks.
  • Geography: In two words... fascinating and unique!
  • Getting to Taiwan: Information on airports and airlines, and airfares.
  • Health: Precautions, vaccinations, Chinese medicine.
  • History of Taiwan: From headhunters to computers.
  • Hot Springs: People are crazy about hot springs in Taiwan.
  • Money: What is Taiwan's currency? Learn about the NT$.
  • Population: It's estimated at around 23 million people!
  • Typhoons: When is the typhoon season in Taiwan? How to get ready?
  • Visa to Taiwan: Do you really need one? Visa information, requirement.
  • Where is Taiwan? Taiwan is located in the South China Sea, next to China.

Click here to read even more Facts About Taiwan!

chiang kai shek memorial in taipei taiwanCKS Memorial in Taipei City

Who is behind Taiwanese Secrets Travel Guide?

Ni hao! I'm Ugo from Montreal, Canada. I first moved to Taiwan in 2000 to rock climb at Long Dong and to learn Mandarin Chinese. I was supposed to stay here just a few months, but I fell madly in love with this island (and my wife Ruby) and I never left!

Taiwanese Secrets Travel Guide is a personal website, I'm not a company or a travel agency. I created this website simply to share my travel experience on the island and to help you prepare your own journey. I really hope you find what you're looking for and that you'll get inspired by the pictures.

You can contact me if you have a question about anything related to travel in Taiwan, and I'll do my best to reply when I have a minute. Thanks for your visit. Have a fun trip!

ugo pizza rock taichung taiwanMe, working on this website from a cafe in Taichung

My life now - CEO of Pizza Rock Taiwan

A lot has changed in my life since I started this website about Taiwan back in 2008. After getting married, my wife Ruby and I opened Pizza Rock Restaurant, in Taichung City, where I have lived since 2000. We opened our first restaurant in 2011 and it was a huge success from the start. We now have 16 restaurants all around the island, and are planning expansion to other cities in the next couple of years. See how we started our pizza chain.

pizza rock wenhua kaohsiungAt our 15th Pizza Rock Grand Opening in Kaohsiung