Getting Started

It can be hard to know where to start when planning your dream trip in Taiwan. What's first? What's second? Third? Fourth? I think I need to start from the very beginning to introduce Taiwan to help solve that problem. I am not a writer of great skill in English. If you know Chinese, you can surf another blog "Job Da Ren" of mine. Or you can directly buy Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide) . I think it's a good point to start.

Compared with other Asian countries except Japan and Singapore which I have visited, travelling to Taiwan takes quite little difficult research. The cities are easy to get around, roads are signed in English (maybe you are strange our English), and transportation is happy and reasonable by western standards. In addition, there are now visitor information centers inside most major train stations, airports and high-speed rail stations. In May 2004, the Tourism Bureau inaugurated a multi-language call center that receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operators speak Mandarin, English, Japanese and Korean. They can help with bus transfers, hotels and the like. The number is 0800-011-765. You can call anytime you need help.

For the budget traveler like me, more and more people use Couchsurfing for hosting, surfing, social events or networking. If you want to be safe to stay, hostels and campsites are opening, the former often by well-travelled, English-speaking Taiwanese. The rise of B&Bs and swanky hot spring resorts finally gives those on a higher budget options beyond sterile midrange hotels or general 5-stars.

Although I am not an adventure traveler, I still can give you some useful information. You will be happy to discover that the old permit system for climbing high mountains has been relaxed, maps are easy to find, and there are now many sources of good clear information about outdoor activities.

Here on this site, I believe that you going away should be an adventure and, while each day shouldn't be planned, a smart traveler reads up before they go. An informed traveler is a traveler paying less for more. On this page, you'll find a good list of all the best articles on this site related to planning a trip. The tips are broken down into labels so you can find the information you need fast and effectively.


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