Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 23, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Taipei, located in Taiwan, is an energetic world city on the rise. In between two rivers, Taipei’s climate is warm, and hot during the summer. Visitors in Taipei are often irked by the humidity and rain, so prepare accordingly.
There are hotels all over Taipei, but you’ll find the most hotels in the central Zongzheng District. Outside of Zongzheng, there are also a few hotels scattered near the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the Luzhou District east of the river.
Taipei’s urban bustle lends itself to an abundance of large chain hotels and medium sized boutique hotels. There are also a few smaller hotels, but you won’t find anything approximating an inn or bed and breakfast, even if you go far outside the city.
It isn’t worth looking outside the city for deals when you’re trying to book a hotel in Taipei due to the transport time that going outside of the city adds.
In general, hotels in Taipei are fairly cheap given the nexus of activity that Taipei is in the global economy. Rooms can start as low as $50, and work their way up into the $300s if you’re trying to book a luxury hotel. Check out our deals here at Skyscanner so that you’ll spend exactly as much money as you planned for.
The more money you spend on a hotel, the more amenities you can expect in Taipei. There aren’t many outstanding deals that are persistent, but you may get lucky and take part in a limited time offer which gives a certain hotel an advantage in price.
Most of the larger hotels are very tourist friendly, and luxury hotels even have their own in-house guides.
Your hotel in Taipei may be in a skyscraper, but you can expect a view of the cityscape no matter where you are. Your room in Taipei will be clean, perfectly ordered, and obsessively attended to by the Taiwanese hotel staff, provided that you stay in a medium sized hotel or larger.
Hotels in Taipei might have features that you’re not familiar with, such as squatting toilets, bidets, or similar stuff. Likewise, many rooms in Taipei have extended access to the internet, TV, and room service that hotels in other locations can’t beat.
Taiwan remains largely undiscovered and seriously underrated by Western travellers, but those that make it here are in for some real treats - sensational food, traditional Chinese, aboriginal festivals and exuberant temples, yet the biggest surprise is Taiwan’s hinterland: think towering mountains, eight national parks, a selection of alluring offshore islands and numerous hot-spring resorts. One of the most endearing things about the island is the overwhelming friendliness of its people – Taiwan is one of the most welcoming countries in the world, and you are bound to encounter numerous acts of generosity or kindness throughout your travels, whether it’s a taxi driver rounding down a fare, a stranger helping with directions or a family providing a bed for the night. Eating in Taiwan comes a close second, with a vast array of Chinese food and local delicacies on offer. Travelling around the island is relatively straightforward, though the lack of English can make things a challenge at times, particularly as most timetables tend to be displayed solely in Chinese. Taipei Metro: Getting around Taipei (capital of Taiwan), is relatively easy. The subway in Taipei starts operating at 6am and is open until midnight, the lines of Taipei Metro have a radial arrangement and they usually circulate from the centre to the periphery – just remember to download the Metro map before your trip and you are ready to go. Where to go: Most people prefer to visit Taiwan starting from the famous Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum. However as a shopaholic myself, I usually prefer to start with night markets – Shilin Night Market, Raohe Street night market, Ningxia night market, Feng Chia night market and Yizhong street night market. If you do not have time to visit all of them, probably you can start with the biggest and famous night market first. Shilin night market – 士林夜市 (Taipei): Probably the biggest, night market in Taiwan. It is also the typical image of all-night markets. Easy accessible from MRT Jiantan station (Red line), and is always very crowded. The foods there (especially in the market area), however, are so-so and tend to be more expensive. Go to the street area beside for better food. If you are unfamiliar with the night markets in Taiwan, it’s still the best place to go. It can give you an idea of the looks and the tastes of many typical Taiwanese night market snack foods. Warning: don’t buy chopped fruits; they will completely rip you off. Feng Chia night market – 逢甲夜市 (Taichung): Definitely a “must go” place in Taichung, tons of shopping and good food around. This night market is located beside a university, making the things there cheaper as compared to other night markets as they cater more to the students there. Tamsui District (Taipei): Located at the northern tip of Taiwan, Tamsui is located along the north coast about 40 minutes from Taipei by MRT and very accessible as a day trip, especially popular with locals during the weekend. Home to a variety of western colonial, Japanese, southern Fujianese, and native Taiwanese cultural and architectural attractions, Tamsui is a must visit location for all visitors to the Taipei area. Located along the riverfront in Tamsui (Danshui), Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk-like area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafes, and snacks. The waterfront area is a great place to watch the sunset over the Tamsui River. Vendors will generally start in the afternoon and stay open until the last MRT train at 12 midnight.
Taipei 101: a place for first time travelers. Taipei 101 and nearby areas are good for first time travelers. It is also good for shopping and tax-return products.
Taipei is probably most known for its night markets and their food stands. Nightlife is good but usually tailored for very young crowd in their early 20's.
It's a great city. Love those street artists. Just singing and playing guita freely on the street. Love the food. Though they are a little too sweet for me. Great place for family tour.