Taiwan Travel Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Why build another Taiwan Travel Information FAQ page? Because I'm lazy!
I get so many emails everyday from my visitors, and I simply don't have the time to answer all of them. I wish I could hire someone to help me share all the travel information about Taiwan I've gathered over the past 10 years, but I simply can't afford it at this moment!
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So I've decided to make a compilation of the most common questions I get about Taiwan and put them all here! I really hope you'll find the following Taiwan travel information helpful.
Where can I find a good map of Taiwan?
Big bookstores in Taiwan (Chengpin, Page One, Caves) always have a good selection of Taiwanese maps for travelers. If you plan to use your map to navigate around Taiwan by car or motorbike, I suggest you get one of those thick Taiwan GPS maps books. They are much more detailed and provide a lot of good Taiwan travel information.
Here's a map of Taiwan from Google map. You can zoom in or out and get a bird's eyes view over the entire island.
Should you join a guided tour of Taiwan?
Do I need a visa to go to Taiwan?
If you are from the following countries, you don't need a Taiwanese visa:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.
If your country is in the list, you can enter Taiwan on a 30-day visa-exempt permit. You can get that permit right at the airport for free. People of other nationalities will need to get a Taiwanese visitor visa. Click here for more Taiwan travel visa information.
What's the main international airport in Taiwan?
The biggest and busiest international airport in Taiwan is called Taoyuan International Airport and it is located 45km away from Taipei. The two other Taiwanese international airports are in Taichung (central Taiwan) and in Kaohsiung (southern Taiwan).
How can I travel around Taiwan?
Traveling around Taiwan is cheap and straightforward. Your options for public transportation are the HSR (High Speed Railway), which has some of the fastest trains in the world, the TRA (normal train), an extensive network of public buses, as well as metros in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Renting a car or a scooter are also two viable alternatives for getting around Taiwan.
Click here for more tips about transportation in Taiwan, travel information and links for travel schedules and fares.
Is it dangerous to travel in Taiwan?
Taiwan is a very safe place to visit. My mom told me she felt that Taiwan was the safest place she's ever been to. And she has traveled a lot! In ten years, the only problems I've had regarding safety were related to traffic. Riding a scooter in Taiwan is dangerous, period! Taiwan's traffic regulations aren't enforced, so people don't stop at red lights, make U-turns without looking if anyone is coming in the opposite direction, and will change lane without signaling even if you're right there next to them.
Is China planning to attack Taiwan?
I hope not! China has been threatening Taiwan militarily for decades. Since the KMT regained power in Taiwan in 2008, the tensions across the Taiwan strait seem to have decreased a bit, but China still has over 1500 missiles pointed at Taiwan. Is Taiwan a country?
Can I travel with kids in Taiwan?
In ten years, I have only met few people who traveled with children in Taiwan. Is it safe to travel with children in Taiwan? Totally! If you don't take them on a scooter ride. Are there lots of attractions suitable for kids? Depends on what you want to do with them? Taipei has lots of good museums, a very nice zoo, as well as dozens of parks with jungle gyms, swings and plenty of space to run around. If your kids are into hiking, camping or beaches, you'll be fine. Taiwan offers great opportunities for these activities.
Can I teach English in Taiwan without a teaching degree?
It is absolutely possible to teach English in Taiwan without a teaching degree. Most foreign teachers don't have one. Nearly all schools only ask for a university degree, any degree. That's it! That's pretty much all you need to get a work permit in Taiwan and teach English legally. Of course, it helps if you have real teaching qualifications and experience, but it's not a prerequisite.
Me, teaching soccer to my kids in Taichung.
How much money can I make in Taiwan teaching English?
Depends where you work and how many hours a week you teach. Most private schools in Taiwan will pay between 55 000NT$ and 65 000NT$ per month for a full time job. The schedule is usually from 9am to 5pm. Other schools pay by the hour and 600NT$/hr is usually what you can expect if you don't have any teaching experience. You can get as much as 1000NT$/hr teaching private English lessons in coffee shops or at home.
At school with my friend Barbie!
Where can I find teaching jobs in Taiwan?
There are teaching jobs everywhere around the island. Of course you'll find most of them in the major Taiwanese cities like Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, and Tainan. If you wish to teach English in smaller places like Hualien or Kenting, you'll have to be more patient. There are teaching jobs in Taiwan in both private and public schools. Most foreigners teach in private kindergartens in the morning, and in cram schools (buxiban) in the afternoon. More on teaching English in Taiwan here!
Where can I get information about Taiwan tourism?
Well, I'd like to think that my website is one of the best resources on the net for Taiwan travel information (wink). One of my favorite websites / blogs about Taiwan is The Daily Bubble Tea.
Which cities in Taiwan are worth visiting?
Taipei, Taiwan's capital city, is way up high on the list. It has so much to offer: amazing Chinese food, colorful, noisy night markets, a vibrant nightlife, top notch hotels, historical museums, shopping for all tastes, huge avenues, tiny side alleys, old temples, culture... the list goes on and on and on...
Kenting Town in Southern Taiwan
Other Taiwanese cities you should check out are Tainan, Kaohsiung, Lugang, Hualien and Taichung. I also encourage you to visit the following destinations / attractions (not cities): Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Kenting, Sanyi, and Mt. Hehuan.
Is it safe to drink the tap water in Taiwan?
The first year I was in Taiwan, I drank the water from the tap and I (think) I never got any problem. That was nine years ago. I wouldn't do it again, though. Don't take any chance. You can buy cheap bottled water at every street corner in Taiwan. You shouldn't be worried about brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with tap water.
What is the most popular Taiwanese English radio station?
ICRT is Taiwan's leading English radio station. ICRT's programming focuses on music, news and entertainment. The station is also a gold mine for Taiwan travel information. ICRT is broadcasted at 100.7 in northern and southern Taiwan, and 100.1 in central Taiwan.
What is the Taiwan country code?
Taiwan's international country code is 886. Make sure you also know the exit code for your country. For example, the exit code for the USA and Canada is 011, so if you want to call from the States to Taiwan, you have to dial: 011-886 + the phone number you want to reach.
What are the main English newspapers in Taiwan?
The Taipei Times and the China Post are the two main Taiwanese English newspapers on the island. They are sold in most convenient stores around the Island. I'm not shy to say that I hate the China post. It has a very pro-China stance in most of its articles and I'm pretty sure it's owned by the KMT. The Taipei Times has a much more centric approach and it has a good Taiwan travel information section on weekends.
Where can I visit Taiwanese aborigines?
Most Taiwanese aborigines live in the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan or along the east coast. Green Island and Orchid Island on the east side of the island are also two favorite destinations to discover Taiwan's indigenous tribes and aboriginal culture.
What is the Taipei tower?
How tall is the Taipei 101?
The Taipei tower is called Taipei 101. Up until January 2010, it was the world's tallest building. This imposing landmark skyscraper is located in the eastern part of Taipei. It's undoubtedly the most popular attraction in Taiwan's capital. There's an observatory on the top floor of the Taipei tower. There's also one of the trendiest shopping malls in Taipei on the first floors of the building.
Is it expensive to get a plastic surgery in Taiwan?
Yes, it is one of the questions I most often get on this website! Getting a plastic surgery in Taiwan is super cheap and the quality is as good as what you'd get in the States or any other western country. Why? Simple... most doctors have studied abroad in world-class universities and came back to Taiwan to open clinics.
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