Located off the coast of China, between the Philippines and Japan, Taiwan has a rich culture, dramatic landscape and tropical climate. A great destination for a relaxing beach holiday or an action-packed city break, this vibrant island has a lot to offer.
The best times to visit Taiwan are April to June and September to November. During these spring and fall months, the weather is warm and the island’s tourist season isn’t at its peak. This makes it a lot easier to find cheap flights to Taiwan.
In July and August, the island’s beaches are packed and its cities are full of summer visitors. As well as being a more expensive time to fly to Taiwan, the crowds can make sightseeing a challenge.
Winter in Taiwan can be surprisingly chilly, with lows of 10˚C common. However, with both hotels on the island and flights to Taiwan a lot cheaper at this time of year, it can be the perfect opportunity to secure a bargain.
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Located 25 miles from Taipei, the island’s capital, Taiwan Taoyuan International is the busiest airport on Taiwan. Taiwan Taoyuan International is a major international hub and offers flights to a huge range of destinations across Asia as well as cities in Europe and North America. Regular bus and train services link the airport to the surrounding area and taxis are also available at Taiwan Taoyuan International.
Located in the south of Taiwan, Kaohsiung International is the second busiest airport on the island. Most of the flights that depart from Kaohsiung International are bound for cities in Asia, with Hong Kong International the most popular destination. Buses, trains and taxis are all available at the terminal.
Like Taiwan Taoyuan International, Taipei Songshan Airportserves the island’s capital and the surrounding area. The airport offers a good choice of domestic services as well as a number of flights to Japan, South Korea and mainland China. You can continue your journey from the airport by train, bus or taxi.
Both non-stop and connecting services are available from the US to Taiwan. Airlines operating on the route include:
The quickest way to travel long distances in Taiwan is by plane. Domestic services are regular and affordable and it’s not generally necessary to book a seat in advance.
A north-south train line links Taipei with Kaohsiung and some other regional rail services are also available on the island. Trains are clean, efficient and affordable, making this a great way to travel.
Taiwan’s extensive bus network connects most towns and villages on the island, while most large cities have their own mass transit systems.
Although it’s fast becoming famous for its modern skyline, Taipei is also home to some beautiful historic buildings and a number of cultural attractions. One of the most famous attractions in the city is the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Built in the 1970s, it stands at the east end of Liberty Square and is flanked by the National Theatre and the National Concert Hall. If you want to get a better view of the city, head to Taipei 101: the ninth tallest skyscraper in the world, this 508m structure has an observation deck way up on the 87th floor.
Although it’s the island’s busiest port and its third largest city, Kaohsiung is surprisingly green and tranquil. One of the most impressive sights in the city is the Tiánliáo Stone Temple. Built by laborers laid off from a nearby highway project, the incredible temple is decorated with shells and is unlike any other on the island.
Taroko National Park
If you want to escape the city and see a more natural side of Taiwan, a trip to the Taroko National Park is a must. The dramatic landscape is made up of gorges, rivers, waterfalls and forests, making it the perfect destination to enjoy some hiking and a bit of fresh air.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Taiwan if they plan to stay for less than 90 days.