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