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I was considering Taiwan for a week and a half in mid-May. However, I know that is rainy season. And since I plan to spend much of time hiking in the hills or on the coast, I'm wondering if the rain will get in the way. I also prefer to see the sites on sunny days, rather than cloudy ones.
Should I go in May, or wait until October?
Any thoughts or suggestions about renting a cell phone for three weeks at the airport upon arrival in Taiwan? Any particular company better than others? Thanks!
We're currently planning a trip to Taiwan and are coming up against a snag with homestays. Most, if not all, are asking for a remittance/deposit be paid to guarantee the reservation, and are supplying a bank code (usually a 3 digit number, that appears to something you can input at an ATM) and an account number.
Unfortunately I don't speak or write Chinese so communication has been tough, and I haven't got an answer from any of them as to how to transfer money from overseas to their accounts. The info provided appears to assume the guest has a Taiwanese bank account.
I haven't encountered this anywhere else I have travelled. Does anyone have any advice?
I'm travelling to Taiwan between 23.3 and 6.4 with wife and kids (two girls, 4 and 8 years old) and I still need to draft an itinerary. We have booked the flights in and out, but nothing else yet.
I'm primarily interested in photography (anything, from man-made to natural sites, culture, people, wildlife etc), while my wife wants to enjoy the Taiwanese food and shop around. The small girls like to do kids things (theme parks, fun fairs, swimming in the sea).
Can anybody suggest an itinerary starting and ending in Taipei? And how should we move around?
Does it make sense/is it possible to rent a car, or is it better to rely on public transportation (buses, trains, taxis)?
Is there any place with a nice beach where to bring the kids?
I hope you can help. we don't have any specific plans but want to travel to taiwan and explore as much of the island on scooters, either by buying or renting (prefer to buy). Firstly is this possible and how much do they cost? and is there a better way?
With the plans, could you recommend any route / places that would be good to see and also the spending money in British Pounds.
We are looking to travel towards the end of September through to October. Does this seem like a good time to go?
Thank you in advance - I am looking forward to your ideas.
James, James and Bobby
Is the South Cross Island Highway open to vehicular traffic? Thanks!
I have 5 full days in Taipei and can't make up my mind which day trips to do. They all seem great but I also need to leave some time for the city
My plan is to have 2 full days for the city and 3 day trips, having the evening for the city.
These are the trips I earmarked so far:
- Pingxi Rail Line (Waterfalls, going through Shifen by train & the pingxi crags)
- Jiufen (mainly to get a look at a traditional village with red lanterns and old buildings)
I'm not sure if I can do the crags and waterfall trail in the same day (time and energy), but that would be great, as the only alternative would be to go to the waterfalls, sleep in Pingxi and do the crags.
I'm also not sure about going to 2 hot spring places. Wulai has the tribes/scenery, whereas Beitou is simpler to get to and renowned for it's onsen.
Any tips would be appreciated. more »
I'm looking for anyone who wants to go for a 7 or 8 days trip in Taiwan for the up coming Chinese New Year. It'll be from 2/6 to 2/14, approximately.
I'm still doing my homework now and i don't wanna do a tight plan to squeeze everything in, basically i'm thinking about Taipei (2 or 3 days) - Hualien - Beitou, some hot springs, night market, museums, spending some time with local people, relax and enjoy the holidays.
I'm a Chinese American, speaking fluent Mandarin and English, so language won't be a problem here.
Please let me know if interested :)
Any suggestions about car rental companies in Taipei? Thanks! Bob
Did Thorn Tree recently get wiped clean? All of the posts I've made since I became a member in April of 2011 have disappeared. Odd.
Anyway, myself and my girlfriend are making our way to Kaohsiung in the next couple of days with high hopes of getting situated with teaching jobs and a cozy apartment. Before arriving we planned on Couchsurfing while we searched for jobs but for all our efforts we have not been able to secure a host. It seems a lot of the members in the city are using the site as just another social networking site and are not really interested in hosting visitors. I could be wrong.
I'm wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some places/websites that might offer short term housing for two people, or even hostels that would be willing to offer weekly or monthly rates. I'll be poking around on the Forumosa site as well. We have plenty of "starter" ca... more »
Does anyone know the current email address for the Formosa Backpackers Hostel in Hualien? It is not as listed in the LP Taiwan. Thanks! Bob
Came to Ludao with my family in December 2012 for 2 days and had a blast!
The island was beautiful beyond expectation, and I stayed in a cozy B&B called 70 Corner ( 70脚落）, just down the road a few minutes from Jack's Inn, at the peaceful Gongguan Village. I prefer here to staying in the main drag nanliao village, as Gongguan is more peaceful and the B&B is just a few minutes walk to the beach. Ask for top floor room to get mountain and sea view. The owner aunty Li is friendly and takes great pride in the country-style Laura Ashley decor. She is super helpful with recommendations, practical advice (like rent a car if you have kids, where to eat and go) and even helped us collect our laundry when it started to drizzle.
She speaks English.
Aunty Li's email add: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website in Chinese.
http://70m.ludao.tw/ more »
My friend and I are planning to go to travel to Taipei in March 2013, we do not know how much it cost for a meal at lunch time, does $150.00 taiwanese is enough for a bowl of noodle if I go to a noodle house? What about a dinner at a restaurant? How much will it cost? If I want to take the inner city bus, how much would it be? Please give me some advise,
Reading the LP Taiwan I see that there is so much to do around Taipeh, which can be done in long day trips. looks like everything is there...and can be done with that excellent public transport system, the lines of the MRT,the mass transit system, go a long way around the city which is very good for a single low budget traveler. I will get an easy card for that. .. OK it is March when I will be there for 3 weeks and things are depending a bit on weather conditions...if that is too bad I travel South..
In case I will make those day trips,I will write a report in march as I got the feeling that it is worth to do so...will visit a tourist office also to work out the best...I always wake up early so my day has many hours....I can do some 'work' and let others know..
Enjoy your live while you can..
does anyone want to join in on a hike up Mt. Xueshan (Snow mountain) around 28th of Dec (I am flexible within a day or two). If so please let me know so we can try and arrange permits, it might not work because of the permit situation but if we want to try we should apply for one today or tomorrow.
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