First Timer's Guide to Taipei, Taiwan
I've lived in Taipei since 2018 and have seen a lot of this city! If you ask me what is there to see and do in Taipei, or just how to navigate your way around the city, then this is the guide for you! ✨ If you're interested in learning more about me and would like video guides of unique experiences and more, then look me up on my other socials :D 📸 Instagram: @andrercarrillo 📹 Tiktok: @ke.yingan And if you're making activity or tour bookings through Klook.com, feel free to use my promo code for 5% off: ANDRERCARRILLO *minimum $50 US purchase* Have fun & happy Taipei travels!
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Taipei, Taiwan 🇹🇼

This is Taipei City! 🇹🇼 Home to the iconic Taipei 101 — which was the tallest building in the world at the time of its creation in 2004 — Taipei is a city that offers so many things to do, see, and EAT. 

I hope this guide can help you navigate your way around Taipei like a pro!

🥳🥳🥳

Fun facts before we get started:

- The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, with Traditional Chinese Characters used in writing.

- Taiwan has over 4,500 named mountain peaks 🏔️

- Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s 🧋

THREE TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT

1.PAPER MONEY WINS 💴

I always keep cash and coins on me at all times wherever I go in Taiwan, because more often than not, places don’t accept card! With that in mind, the biggest note is 1000 NTD (actually it’s 2000 NTD but that is not commonly used) and the smallest 100 NTD.

2. STAY RIGHT ➡️

The left side of the escalator is for walking! If you’re not gonna walk up, please stay to the right, especially in rush hours!

3. UMBRELLAS ☂️

Before coming to Taiwan, I rarely used an umbrella. But it just rains so much here, and at unexpected times! And again, it’s very normal to use an umbrella even when it’s not raining, as it can truly offer you an escape from the harsh heat of the sun on a hot summer’s day. ⚠️ UMBRELLAS ARE ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS THAT GET STOLEN HERE ⚠️ I don’t think this is on purpose though, but it’s because so many umbrellas look the same so they can get easily mistaken for someone else’s. So do keep your umbrella with you at all times if it means more than just rain/sun protection to you 😆

OTHER USEFUL TIPS/INFORMATION

• Learn some Mandarin! In general, Taiwanese people do speak a decent amount of English, but it always goes a long way to speak to someone in their native language when visiting their country. Some beginner phrases:

- Nǐ hǎo:Hello!

- Xièxiè:Thank you!

- Wǒ yào…:I want…

- Zhè ge:this

• DON'T EAT/DRINK ON THE MRT (or even in the stations): You'll most likely just get a warning/reminder by security that you can't, but heavy fines can incur as well. So it's best to just don't! 🙅🏽‍♂️

• Road Safety: Although Taipei has lots of sidewalks and even bicycle lanes, it's a well-known fact that Taiwan in general isn't the safest for pedestrians (it has been referred to as 'Pedestrian Hell' on different news outlets). The government has been pushing out a lot of campaigns lately to improve road conditions, but unfortunately, many accidents still occur. You may see signs that "pedestrians have right of way" but still be extra careful when crossing the road 🚶🏽

• Power sockets are type A and type B (the same as the U.S.) 🔌

• The best time of the year to visit in my opinion would be February - May, as temperatures are a lot cooler between 15° to 25° Celcius. Regardless of when you come, Taiwan is very humid, making cold months seem colder and hot months hotter 🌤️

• New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) is the currency in Taiwan 💸

• In case of emergencies, please keep these numbers on hand 🚨

   - 1990 Foreigner Hotline

   - 110 Police

   - 119 Fire & Ambulance

TRANSPORTATION 🚎

Generally speaking, Taiwan is very convenient and easy to get around for foreigners who don’t understand Chinese, with English available at most transportation hubs. But of course, it’s still possible to get confused if you’re not used to public transportation!

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Get an Easy Card! They can be purchased at the airport or any convenience store. Not only can they be topped off with money to use on public transport (MRT, buses, and trains) but they can also be used to make purchases at select stores. You can also pre-order one here to pick up at that airport upon arrival. (Although I'd recommend buying from a convenience store for more cute card design options)

These three apps in particular have been lifesavers for me:

1. Bus+ — I’d say this is best used in combination with Google Maps since GMaps can often be off when it comes to the bus schedule. First use GMaps to figure out which bus to take, and then use Bus+ to confirm the schedule of the bus 🚌

2. 台鐵e訂通 — This is great for looking up train times and purchase train e-tickets 🚂

3. 台灣高鐵 T Express — This is for looking up timetables for the HSR as well as purchasing HSR tickets 🚆

4. Metro Taipei — Another app that works great in combination with GMaps; used for looking up the MRT schedule. 🚇

ACCOMMODATIONS 🏨

There are a ton of hotels and hostels around Taipei, but to be honest, I think a lot of the hotels are overpriced with not a lot of value. To stay budget-friendly, I’d recommend staying in hostels or even Airbnbs.

Here are three areas that I highly recommend you consider staying in when planning your trip to Taipei. I've also listed a few hotels/hostels in these areas to help you get started on your search:

1. Ximending Walking Street

Ximending 西門町
@andrercarrillo
Ximending is one of the most visited spots in the city with lots of shopping, restaurants, accommodations, and fun! 💫
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Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area:

- Orange Hotels $84/night

2. Taipei Main Station

Taipei Main Station
@andrercarrillo
Known as the biggest transportation hub in Taiwan, Taipei Main Station is where the MRT, HSR, and TRA all connect, making it easy to get around the whole island. If you plan on taking lots of day trips out of the city, then staying in this area would save you a lot of time!
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Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area

- Roaders Hotel $80/night

- CitizenM Taipei North Gate $120/night

- Fun Inn Taipei $25/night

- Bouti City Capsule Inn  $56/night

3. Zhongshan MRT Station

Zhongshan MRT Station
@andrercarrillo
One of the best locations for cute & hip cafe hopping as well as thrift shopping, Zhongshan MRT Station is connected by both the Green and Red MRT Lines, making it a convenient location for getting to most major sites in the city.
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Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area

- Chill Roof Hotel $65/night

- T.O. Hotel Chengde $50/night

*All prices are in USD and listed as average starting rates as listed on these hotels' websites; bookings may be significantly cheaper on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com*

PHONE PLANS

Taiwan has excellent network coverage all over the island; my mobile network provider (GT Mobile Taiwan) isn't the best, but I had complete 4G service on top of the tallest mountain in Taiwan!

The most convenient and cheaper way to get coverage for cell would be to pre-order a SIM Card that you can pick up upon arrival at the airport. The top three mobile providers are:

- Chunghwa Telecom 中華電信

- Taiwan Mobile 台灣大哥大

- Far EasTone 遠傳電信

You can book your SIM card in advanced here:

Alternatively, you can try an eSIM if it's compatible with your phone. I haven't personally tried this myself, but I've heard it's very convenient and saves the hassle of having to take out your current SIM card and then worrying about where to keep it safe.

And of course, you could also purchase your SIM card directly upon arrival at the airport too!

MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Here are a few of the main tourist attractions that you don't want to miss in the city!

Taipei 101 Observatory
@andrercarrillo
Make sure to make your way to the observatory deck on the 89th floor for some of the best 360° views of the city. Tickets to the top are 600 NTD. And for those of you who are brave enough, then make your way to the tippy-top (Taipei 101 Skyline 460 Observatory Deck) for an even more adventurous experience! *tickets can be booked via Klook*
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Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain)
@andrercarrillo
Only about a 20-minute walk up to the first viewing platform, Elephant Mountain is where you can get the perfect shot of Taipei's city skyline.
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Raohe Night Market
@andrercarrillo
One of Taipei's most popular night markets with several Michelin-recommended stalls, including Fuzhou Black Pepper Buns.
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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
@andrercarrillo
Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall is one of Taipei's most famous cultural landmarks, honoring one of Taiwan's former presidents (Chiang-Kai Shek).
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AND MORE >

check out this guide for a more comprehensive lists of my favorite attractions, food spots and more

* * *
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My name is Andre Carrillo. I was born and raised in California and have been living in Taiwan since 2018 as an expat and content creator. I have been to more than 20 countries in the past ten years for both travel and studying purposes. I primarily make experience-based and outdoor-related travel content on Instagram, along with a bit of comedic flair for personality and style. Follow me on my other socials for more fun: 📸Instagram: @andrercarrillo 📹Tiktok: @ke.yingan For collaboration, you can find me at andrercarrillo@creatorlabs.com 📩
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First Timer's Guide to Taipei, Taiwan
I've lived in Taipei since 2018 and have seen a lot of this city! If you ask me what is there to see and do in Taipei, or just how to navigate your way around the city, then this is the guide for you! ✨ If you're interested in learning more about me and would like video guides of unique experiences and more, then look me up on my other socials :D 📸 Instagram: @andrercarrillo 📹 Tiktok: @ke.yingan And if you're making activity or tour bookings through Klook.com, feel free to use my promo code for 5% off: ANDRERCARRILLO *minimum $50 US purchase* Have fun & happy Taipei travels!
7 Places • 18 Saves • ago
Free

Taipei, Taiwan 🇹🇼

This is Taipei City! 🇹🇼 Home to the iconic Taipei 101 — which was the tallest building in the world at the time of its creation in 2004 — Taipei is a city that offers so many things to do, see, and EAT. 

I hope this guide can help you navigate your way around Taipei like a pro!

🥳🥳🥳

Fun facts before we get started:

- The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, with Traditional Chinese Characters used in writing.

- Taiwan has over 4,500 named mountain peaks 🏔️

- Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s 🧋

THREE TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT

1.PAPER MONEY WINS 💴

I always keep cash and coins on me at all times wherever I go in Taiwan, because more often than not, places don’t accept card! With that in mind, the biggest note is 1000 NTD (actually it’s 2000 NTD but that is not commonly used) and the smallest 100 NTD.

2. STAY RIGHT ➡️

The left side of the escalator is for walking! If you’re not gonna walk up, please stay to the right, especially in rush hours!

3. UMBRELLAS ☂️

Before coming to Taiwan, I rarely used an umbrella. But it just rains so much here, and at unexpected times! And again, it’s very normal to use an umbrella even when it’s not raining, as it can truly offer you an escape from the harsh heat of the sun on a hot summer’s day. ⚠️ UMBRELLAS ARE ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS THAT GET STOLEN HERE ⚠️ I don’t think this is on purpose though, but it’s because so many umbrellas look the same so they can get easily mistaken for someone else’s. So do keep your umbrella with you at all times if it means more than just rain/sun protection to you 😆

OTHER USEFUL TIPS/INFORMATION

• Learn some Mandarin! In general, Taiwanese people do speak a decent amount of English, but it always goes a long way to speak to someone in their native language when visiting their country. Some beginner phrases:

- Nǐ hǎo:Hello!

- Xièxiè:Thank you!

- Wǒ yào…:I want…

- Zhè ge:this

• DON'T EAT/DRINK ON THE MRT (or even in the stations): You'll most likely just get a warning/reminder by security that you can't, but heavy fines can incur as well. So it's best to just don't! 🙅🏽‍♂️

• Road Safety: Although Taipei has lots of sidewalks and even bicycle lanes, it's a well-known fact that Taiwan in general isn't the safest for pedestrians (it has been referred to as 'Pedestrian Hell' on different news outlets). The government has been pushing out a lot of campaigns lately to improve road conditions, but unfortunately, many accidents still occur. You may see signs that "pedestrians have right of way" but still be extra careful when crossing the road 🚶🏽

• Power sockets are type A and type B (the same as the U.S.) 🔌

• The best time of the year to visit in my opinion would be February - May, as temperatures are a lot cooler between 15° to 25° Celcius. Regardless of when you come, Taiwan is very humid, making cold months seem colder and hot months hotter 🌤️

• New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) is the currency in Taiwan 💸

• In case of emergencies, please keep these numbers on hand 🚨

   - 1990 Foreigner Hotline

   - 110 Police

   - 119 Fire & Ambulance

TRANSPORTATION 🚎

Generally speaking, Taiwan is very convenient and easy to get around for foreigners who don’t understand Chinese, with English available at most transportation hubs. But of course, it’s still possible to get confused if you’re not used to public transportation!

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Get an Easy Card! They can be purchased at the airport or any convenience store. Not only can they be topped off with money to use on public transport (MRT, buses, and trains) but they can also be used to make purchases at select stores. You can also pre-order one here to pick up at that airport upon arrival. (Although I'd recommend buying from a convenience store for more cute card design options)

These three apps in particular have been lifesavers for me:

1. Bus+ — I’d say this is best used in combination with Google Maps since GMaps can often be off when it comes to the bus schedule. First use GMaps to figure out which bus to take, and then use Bus+ to confirm the schedule of the bus 🚌

2. 台鐵e訂通 — This is great for looking up train times and purchase train e-tickets 🚂

3. 台灣高鐵 T Express — This is for looking up timetables for the HSR as well as purchasing HSR tickets 🚆

4. Metro Taipei — Another app that works great in combination with GMaps; used for looking up the MRT schedule. 🚇

ACCOMMODATIONS 🏨

There are a ton of hotels and hostels around Taipei, but to be honest, I think a lot of the hotels are overpriced with not a lot of value. To stay budget-friendly, I’d recommend staying in hostels or even Airbnbs.

Here are three areas that I highly recommend you consider staying in when planning your trip to Taipei. I've also listed a few hotels/hostels in these areas to help you get started on your search:

1. Ximending Walking Street

Ximending 西門町
@andrercarrillo
Ximending is one of the most visited spots in the city with lots of shopping, restaurants, accommodations, and fun! 💫
Add to
Details

Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area:

- Orange Hotels $84/night

2. Taipei Main Station

Taipei Main Station
@andrercarrillo
Known as the biggest transportation hub in Taiwan, Taipei Main Station is where the MRT, HSR, and TRA all connect, making it easy to get around the whole island. If you plan on taking lots of day trips out of the city, then staying in this area would save you a lot of time!
Add to
Details

Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area

- Roaders Hotel $80/night

- CitizenM Taipei North Gate $120/night

- Fun Inn Taipei $25/night

- Bouti City Capsule Inn  $56/night

3. Zhongshan MRT Station

Zhongshan MRT Station
@andrercarrillo
One of the best locations for cute & hip cafe hopping as well as thrift shopping, Zhongshan MRT Station is connected by both the Green and Red MRT Lines, making it a convenient location for getting to most major sites in the city.
Add to
Details

Recommended Hotels/Hostels in the Area

- Chill Roof Hotel $65/night

- T.O. Hotel Chengde $50/night

*All prices are in USD and listed as average starting rates as listed on these hotels' websites; bookings may be significantly cheaper on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com*

PHONE PLANS

Taiwan has excellent network coverage all over the island; my mobile network provider (GT Mobile Taiwan) isn't the best, but I had complete 4G service on top of the tallest mountain in Taiwan!

The most convenient and cheaper way to get coverage for cell would be to pre-order a SIM Card that you can pick up upon arrival at the airport. The top three mobile providers are:

- Chunghwa Telecom 中華電信

- Taiwan Mobile 台灣大哥大

- Far EasTone 遠傳電信

You can book your SIM card in advanced here:

Alternatively, you can try an eSIM if it's compatible with your phone. I haven't personally tried this myself, but I've heard it's very convenient and saves the hassle of having to take out your current SIM card and then worrying about where to keep it safe.

And of course, you could also purchase your SIM card directly upon arrival at the airport too!

MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Here are a few of the main tourist attractions that you don't want to miss in the city!

Taipei 101 Observatory
@andrercarrillo
Make sure to make your way to the observatory deck on the 89th floor for some of the best 360° views of the city. Tickets to the top are 600 NTD. And for those of you who are brave enough, then make your way to the tippy-top (Taipei 101 Skyline 460 Observatory Deck) for an even more adventurous experience! *tickets can be booked via Klook*
Add to
Details
Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain)
@andrercarrillo
Only about a 20-minute walk up to the first viewing platform, Elephant Mountain is where you can get the perfect shot of Taipei's city skyline.
Add to
Details
Raohe Night Market
@andrercarrillo
One of Taipei's most popular night markets with several Michelin-recommended stalls, including Fuzhou Black Pepper Buns.
Add to
Details
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
@andrercarrillo
Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall is one of Taipei's most famous cultural landmarks, honoring one of Taiwan's former presidents (Chiang-Kai Shek).
Add to
Details

AND MORE >

check out this guide for a more comprehensive lists of my favorite attractions, food spots and more

* * *
CURATED BY
My name is Andre Carrillo. I was born and raised in California and have been living in Taiwan since 2018 as an expat and content creator. I have been to more than 20 countries in the past ten years for both travel and studying purposes. I primarily make experience-based and outdoor-related travel content on Instagram, along with a bit of comedic flair for personality and style. Follow me on my other socials for more fun: 📸Instagram: @andrercarrillo 📹Tiktok: @ke.yingan For collaboration, you can find me at andrercarrillo@creatorlabs.com 📩
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