Like some other areas, Taichung has the ever popular night markets with the requisite food and drinks diversity, but more uniquely it is the home of a world-class science museum and has some great hiking trails into the hills.
High on your list of must-see places in Taiwan have to be the iconic, historical and charming old towns of Keelung, Jiufen (九份) and Shifen (十分). They are rich in old world charm of a bygone era and have some of the best and atypical eateries in the country.
Beitou is a geothermally active region only half an hour from Taipei if you take the MRT. It's a popular spot for both locals and tourists, who go to enjoy its mix of hot springs, Japanese history, and its geothermally active park and spring.
It is also known locally as the 'Backyard of Taipei' owing to the abundance of flora which thrives in its tropical climate, also loved by some of the unusual animals there.
Here, one will experience the Japanese influence left in the country and the Mainland China. So let's start!
Taiwan is a culture shock for most visitors; an amazingly good culture shock and one that is sure not to disappoint any expectations and leave you wanting more at every juncture.
It’s a little crazy, very busy and intense at times but the people are so friendly and there’s so much to do that it takes no timed lap it all up and love it.
Things you need to know if you’re planning a trip to the Land of Smiles in the near future
I have a fear of swimming in open water and an over active imagination when it comes to thinking about some nasty, teeth loaded, aquatic monster rising from the depths with the sole intention of seeking me out as some snack item. Which leads me into my first experience with Scuba Diving in Malaysia.