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TAIWAN VISA-FREE ACCESS for Filipinos is extended until July 31, 2022! If you’re planning a trip soon, here’s our Taipei Budget Travel Guide with sample Taipei Taiwan itinerary, hotel and tour recommendations, and other useful tips!

When people ask me what my favorite destinations are, I have a difficult time responding. To me, a “favorite destination” can mean many things. It can mean a place that I totally fell in love with during my visit. But it can also mean a place where I would want to stay for a looong time or maybe for good. There’s no thin line between these two favorites. For example, the most memorable trip I ever had was in the Australian Outback, but I don’t think I would enjoy staying a month, much less spending the rest of my life there.

In my library of travel experiences, filed under where-I-want-to-settle is Taiwan. It was a surprising addition to a very short list previously occupied only by Thailand and Japan. Taiwan was never in my bucket list, but as early as my first day in Taipei, I realized it was a travesty not wanting to see this island. I had been to Taiwan twice since then, and we’re geared to return on two different occasions this year!

Understanding Taipei

Taipei City is the capital and the political and economic center of Taiwan. Situated near the northern tip of the island, it is completely surrounded by New Taipei City. (I know this can be confusing, but these are two separate units.) Together with Keelung, Taipei and New Taipei form Taiwan’s largest metropolitan area, which is home to over 7 million people.

Taipei Travel Guide with Itinerary

For the longest time, tourism was not a major economic driver in Taipei or Taiwan in general. Just like the Philippines, Taiwan is on the so-called “wrong side” of the South China Sea. Most Asia-bound travelers head for Thailand and then travel by bus or train to other parts of the ASEAN peninsula. Taiwan requires plane tickets, which means additional budget and effort. But you know what they say, those who go the extra mile get the reward, or something like that. Hahaha. (Is there such a saying? Let’s make it a thing.)

However, tourism has grown significantly over the past several years! Taiwan has been so aggressive in promoting destinations internationally that immigration policies have been relaxed in many countries.

Other info you need to know:

  • Language: Mandarin. Standard Chinese and Taiwanese Mandarin are mostly mutually intelligible. But Hakka and Formosan languages are also recognized national languages. Street signs are written in Chinese characters with English translations. The metro stops are announced in Mandarin, English, Taiwanese Hokkien and Hakka.
  • Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (NT$, TWD). NT$ 100 is around USD 3.25, EUR 2.83, SGD 4.5, PHP 175 (as of September 2018).
  • Modes of payment: Most establishments prefer cash payment, but many of them also accept credit card transactions.

Taiwan Visa-Free Requirements

If you’re carrying a Philippine passport, no need for a visa or a travel authorization certificate. You may enter Taiwan VISA-FREE until July 31, 2020, provided that your visit is no longer than 14 days, that you’re visiting as a tourist, that you have no criminal record in Taiwan, and that you meet the following requirements.

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. A return ticket or onward ticket (to your next destination and a visa for that destination)
  3. A proof of accommodation. It may be hotel booking or host’s contact information or tour arrangements
  4. Sufficient travel funds. This can be in the form of cash, credit cards, travelers checks, etc.

Where to Stay in Taipei

Hmmmm. The thing with Taipei is that it’s so convenient to get around and daily commute doesn’t go as crazy as Tokyo (or Manila). Their MRT system isn’t complicated at all. Most tourist spots are located along the Red (2) and Green (3) lines so when it comes to choosing accommodations, as long as you’re staying somewhere near a red or green station, you’re good!

In particular, the Ximending area is an ideal place to stay because of its energy and high concentration of budget dining and lodging options, especially those catering to backpackers. Many tours also start and end here. It also has its own MRT station, Ximen Station.

In addition, the areas surrounding the following MRT stations are great options:

  • Taipei Main Station. Main MRT and bus terminal, so transportation won’t be a problem especially if your flight is set to arrive past midnight. There are also malls around.
  • ZhongXiao Fuxing Station. Also a big station, where Lines 1 and 5 connect.
  • Taipower Building station. Near Shida Night Market.

Top Budget Hotels in Taipei

If you have limited budget for accommodations, here are the top budget hotels according to Agoda users.

Cho Hotel Taipei
Cho Hotel, Taipei. Image provided by Agoda.

Top Taipei Hostels

Star Hostel Taipei Main Station. Photo provided by Agoda.

Search for more: Taipei Hotels

Pocket Wifi Rental and Data SIM in Taipei

You can make your life easier during your trip by staying connected to the Internet. You have two options: rent a pocket wifi or purchase a local data SIM.

Taiwan Local SIM

Pocket Wifi Rental is more convenient because you just need to connect to the device, which can accommodate up to 5 devices at once. Klook’s wifi rental service also provides unlimited 4G data with no decelaration to 3G. You can pick it up at Taipei Taoyuan Airport. The number of available units so reserve one as soon as you can.

You can also buy a Welldone 4G SIM Card that will give you unlimited data without worrying about roaming costs. Each sim also allows unlimited incoming calls. It also includes calling credits (NT$300 credit for 5 days, NT$150 credit for 7 days, NT$100 credit for 10 days). If you buy online, you can pick it up at the airpot when you arrive.



How to Get to Taipei

The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is the primary gateway to the island and the 11th busiest airport in the world. It is also hub of China Airlines and EVA Air.

Manila to Taipei

If you’re coming from Manila, AirAsia offers the cheapest year-round ticket, sometimes as low as USD33 for a seat. Other airlines don’t even come close. (In case you’re wondering: This post is NOT sponsored by AirAsia. Price comparison websites just reveal they offer the lowest fares.)

Manila-Taipei Flight Scan (Skyscanner for October travel)
Manila-Taipei Flight Scan (Skyscanner for October travel)

If you’re coming from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, AirAsia shares the budget crown with Scoot and JetStar. However, some flights require transfers in another ASEAN city.

Taipei Taoyuan Airport to City Center

Located in Taoyuan County, Taoyuan Airport is less than an hour away from Taipei City. The two efficient modes of transportation are the Taoyuan Airport MRT and the bus. (Taxis are available too, but they’re expensive so let’s pretend they don’t exist. Haha.)

By Train/Metro

Both Terminals 1 and 2 have their own station: A12 Station for Terminal 1 and A13 for Terminal 2.

  • Operating hours: 6am to 11pm
  • Travel time: 37 minutes (if Express)
  • Fare: NT$160

By Bus

Several bus companies ply various routes from the airport. If you have decided where to stay, you may ask the hotel/hostel staff in advance what bus number you should take. For more info, check out: Taoyuan Airport Bus Info

To book a ticket, go to the Bus Counters near the Arrival section of the terminal. You’ll find it easily. There are a lot of bus signs around the airport. Fare varies depending on bus company, but it’s within the NT$125-145 range.

However, the Taoyuan MRT and most of the buses do NOT operate 24 hours a day. Last trip of these carriers are usually between 11pm and 1am.

If your flight is scheduled to arrive outside these hours, your only choice is Bus 1819, operated by Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport. Bus 1819 terminates at Taipei Main Station. From here, you may take a taxi to your hotel.
Travel Time: 55 minutes
Fare: NT$125

Taipei Tours

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Traditional Chinese: 台北101觀景台
Simplified Chinese: 台北101观景台
Nearest MRT Station: Taipei 101 station (Red Line 2)
Operating Hours: Daily 9am-10pm
Entrance Fee: NT$600

You can get a bit of a discount and skip the lines if you book in advance with Klook.


National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum

Traditional: 國立故宮博物院
Simplified: 国立故宫博物院
Nearest MRT Station: Shilin station (Red Line – 2), then take Bus R30 (NT$15)
Hours Open: Daily 8:30am-6:30pm
Entrance Fee: NT$350

You can skip lines if you book with Klook!


Taipei City Tour

Taipei Double Decker Bus
Image provided by Klook

Taipei’s map is dotted with historic shrines and other interesting sites. Here are some of them:

  • Taipei 101
  • National Palace Museum
  • Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
  • Martyrs’ Shrine

There are many ways to do this: DIY-style, by double-decker bus, and by guided tour.

  • DIY Tour. Most of the key attractions are located near an MRT Station so it won’t be that hard. If you want to explore Taipei City on your own, check out the Places to Visit section below. I indicated the nearest stations, admission fees, opening hours, and even the Chinese translations.
  • By Double-Decker Bus. It stops at most major landmarks in Taipei. This is great if you’re traveling with kids or seniors because it’s more convenient. The double-decker bus also offers FREE wifi and headset commentary so you won’t need a guide for the most part.
  • By Guided Tour. Best option if you want better understanding of and insights into each sight because you will have a tour guide. Most guided tours take half-a-day.



Jiufen, Shifen and Yehliu Geopark Tour

Yehliu Geopark Shifen Jiufen Tour

This is one of the best-selling tours on Klook. This is NOT a guided tour but a shuttle bus service that will follow a full day Taipei itinerary and will take you to some of the best day trip destinations from Taipei including the following:

  • Yehliu Geopark
  • Ying Yang Sea
  • 13 Layer Remains
  • Golden Waterfall
  • Jiufen
  • Shifen

The meeting point is at Ximen Station (often at GaKuDen Bakery near Exit 4, but confirm before the trip to be sure).


Yangmingshan National Park Tour

Yangmingshan National Park

Traditional: 陽明山
Simplified: 阳明山
How to get there: From Jiantan Station (Red Line 2), take the City Bus R5 or small bus S15 or S17 to Yangmingshan station. Fare: NT$15
Entrance Fee: FREE

If you’re after convenience, you can book a tour online. The tour usually includes coach transportation with hotel pickup and drop off. The tour also includes a visit to the hot springs!


Jiufen Village & The Northeast Coast


This tour will allow you to explore the following sites. Coach transportation and hotel pickup are included in the package:

  • Jiufen Town, famous for its unique teahouse culture
  • Pitou Cape and its caves and sea cliffs
  • Rock formations at Nanya


Other Day Tours from Taipei

You might also want to consider a day tour of any of these destinations:

  • Wulai Atayal Aboriginal Village and Hot Springs 烏來
    How to get there: Make your way to Xindian Station (Green Line 3), walk to Bus Stop B along Beiyi Road, and take Bus route 849 going to Wulai. Get off the last station. Fare: NT$15
  • Beitou Hot Springs (Xinbeitou) 北投溫泉
    How to get there: From Beitou Station (Red Line 2), transfer to a train bound for Xinbeitou.
  • Fulong Beach 福隆
    How to Get There: Make your way to Taipei Main Station, Nangang Station (MRT Blue Line 5), or Songshan Station (MRT Green Line 3). Then, board a train to Fulong Station.

FREE Places to Visit in Taipei

Here are some of the top places to visit in Taipei. I have also included translations so you could easily show this to a local in case you get lost, the operating hours, the nearest MRT stations, and the admission fees. But as you will see, most attractions in Taipei can be enjoyed for FREE.

Martyrs’ Shrine

Taiwan Martyrs’ Shrine

Traditional: 國民革命忠烈祠
Simplified: 国民革命忠烈祠
How to get there: From Jiantan Station (Red Line 2), take Bus 267, 556, or 902.
Open: Daily 9am-5pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

Don’t miss the changing of the guards, which happens hourly from 9am to 4pm and at 4:45pm.

Elephant Mountain

Taipei View in Elephant Mountain

Chinese: 象山 (Xiàngshān)
Nearest MRT Station: Xiàngshān station (Red Line 2)
Entrance Fee: FREE

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Chinese: 中正纪念堂
Nearest MRT Station: Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall (Red Line 2 or Green Line 3)
Open: Daily 9am-6pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Traditional: 國父紀念館
Simplified: 国父纪念馆
Nearest MRT Station: Sun Yat-sen (SYS) Memorial Hall Station (Blue Line 5)
Open: Daily 9am-6pm< Entrance Fee: FREE

Dalongdong Bao’an Temple

Baoan Temple Taiwan

Traditional: 大龍峒保安宮
Simplified: 大龙峒保安宫
Nearest MRT Station: Yuanshan Station (Red Line – 2)
Open: Daily 6:30am-10:30pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market

Chinese: 士林夜市
Nearest MRT Station: Jiantan Station (Red Line – 2)
Best Time to Visit: 5pm-1am
Entrance Fee: FREE

Other attractions to visit:

  • Presidential Office Building 总统府
    Nearest MRT Station: NTU Hospital Station (Red Line 2)
    Open: Daily, 9am-11:30am
    NO Entrance Fee (with passport)
  • Longshan Temple 龍山寺
    Nearest MRT Station: Longshan Temple Station (Blue Line 5)
    Open: Daily, 6am-10pm
    NO Entrance Fee
  • Ximending Youth Shopping District 西門町
    Nearest Station: Ximen (Blue Line 5 or Green Line 3)
    NO Entrance Fee
  • Shida Night Market 師大夜市
    Nearest Station: Taipower Building Station (Green Line 3)
    Open: 12pm-12am
    NO Entrance Fee
  • Raohe St. Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市
    Nearest Station: Songshan (Green Line 3)
    Open: 5pm-11pm
    NO Entrance Fee

Sample Taipei Itinerary

Here’s a sample 3-day 2-night Taipei itinerary. Note that this assumes you’re staying near Taipei Main Station or Ximen Station.

Feel free to tweak to match your preferences and flight schedule.

09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

08:00am – Wake up call, pack up
09:30am – Early check out, leave bags
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Pick up bags
08:00pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
09:00pm – Flight check in

This itinerary will set you back NT$3300 (USD107, EUR93, SGD147, PHP5770), excluding airfare and hotel.

If you manage to book a room or a bed for only NT$500 per night, this Taipei itinerary will cost you NT$4300 (USD140, SGD192, PHP7520, EUR120), excluding plane tickets.

Inter-city travel is fast and convenient in Taiwan so I always recommend seeing other parts of the island like Hualien and Taichung. Here are more sample itineraries that would allow you to visit these other cities: Taiwan Itineraries

More Tips for the Poor Traveler

Sample Locker Code
  • There are lockers at many MRT stations. If you’re coming from other parts of Taiwan and you wish to explore Taipei on a day tour, you can leave your bags inside a locker and wander around the city baggage-free. I’ve tried this myself. Most lockers will give you a small printout of the code. Take a photo of the code immediately just in case you lose it. Rate: NT$20 per hour.
  • Have NTD or USD before coming to Taiwan. Only banks and/or licensed stores are allowed to do currency exchanges, and they don’t accept peso. If you fail to bring NTDs, you can exchange at the airport or withdraw from ATM. (contributed by: Andrew Del Pilar). We prefer withdrawing from ATM.
  • Taipei is a very walkable city. It’s clean and safe, and there are wide sidewalks. If your destination isn’t that far, travel on foot! For example, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall is just a few blocks from Taipei 101, which is also not too far from Elephant Mountain.
  • Get a Metro Pass or Easy Card if you feel like you’re going to take the train often. Taipei’s MRT system is easy to use (much less complicated than the bus system) and there is often an MRT station near key tourist spots. Having a Metro Pass or Easy Card will allow you to skip getting single-journey tickets every ride. There are many types available depending on validity duration. A 24-hour pass is at NTD180, 48-hour pass at NTD280, and 72-hour pass at NTD380. You can get one at the Information Counter of any MRT Station.
  • Prepare for language barrier. Many locals, including many taxi drivers, do not understand English at all. Make sure you have a Translation app on your phone or ask hotel staff to write down the name of the destination for you.
  • Some of our readers commented that they found Taipei not budget-friendly because of expensive food. Hmmmm, they probably ate at restaurants a lot. I don’t think Taipei food is costly at all. If you’re looking for good but inexpensive places to eat, try Gongguan St., which is located near a university so meals are at student price. I also found small eateries in many parts of the city that serve cheap pre-cooked food. They usually have small trays which they fill with dishes that you want. You’re expected to have 2-3 dishes per tray. And they’re super cheap, like NTD70 per full meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit Taipei?

Quick answer: autumn. November is ideal. But I wouldn’t mind going in winter. The last thing I want is for the rain or typhoons to ruin my plans, and they are least likely to make a mess from November to March.

Taipei enjoys a humid subtropical climate that is heavily influenced by the monsoon. This means that although people keep referring to the four seasons, they are not as pronounced as in temperate countries like Japan or Korea.

  • Summer (June-September) is hot, reaching as high as 35C, and wet, sometimes bringing powerful typhoons.
  • Autumn (September-November) is pleasant. October marks the end of the typhoon season, and precipitation drops significantly (although you’ll never know these days). The temperature is also comfortable, playing between 22 and 28C in October, and 19 and 24C in November.
  • Winter (December-February) is mild, rarely dipping below 10C. But it is the driest period.
  • Spring (March-May) has comfortable temperatures but are unpredictable in terms of rainfall.

Is Taipei safe?

Yes, Taipei is very safe generally. But as in other places, follow the rules and don’t leave your things unattended.

What is tipping policy in Taipei?

Tipping is NOT mandatory or expected in Taipei. At restaurants, a 10% service charge is usually already added to the bill so no tips necessary. Taxi drivers don’t expect to be tipped either, but you can just round off the meter.

The only exception is the hotel bellman, whom you can pay 1 USD per bag. The housekeeper is also usually not tipped, but feel free to leave a dollar if you enjoyed their service.

Where to exchange money in Taipei?

If you’re carrying US dollars or another major currency, you can exchange at banks or licensed stores.

If you’re carrying Philippine peso, it will be hard to find one that accepts peso. If you can, buy NTD before your trip so you’re covered. If you fail to bring NTDs, you can exchange at the airport or withdraw from ATM.

What is the power socket used in Taipei?

110V, 60Hz. Type A sockets are most common. Plugs have two flat pins. Type B, with an extra hole for a grounding prong, is also usual.

Taipei Electric Sockets

Do I need a visa to visit Taiwan?

If you’re carrying a Philippine passport, no need for a visa or a travel authorization certificate. You may enter Taiwan VISA-FREE until July 31, 2020, provided that you have no criminal record in Taiwan, that your visit is no longer than 14 days, and that you meet the following requirements.

  1. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity.
  2. A return ticket or onward ticket (to your next destination and a visa for that destination)
  3. A proof of accommodation. It may be hotel reservation or your host’s contact information or tour arrangements
  4. Enough travel funds. This can be in the form of cash, credit cards, travelers checks, etc.

Nationals of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam need to get an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate (aka Visa-Free Certificate).

  • It is valid for 90 days.
  • Each stay must be not longer than 30 days.
  • It can be used for multiple entries.
  • It is FREE.

The whole process takes 5-10 minutes. Here’s how to get one: Travel Authorization Certificate.

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Drew Gibson

Amazing information, guys. Thank you so much for your passion and advice. Looking forward to Taipei in October.

Elaine cariaso

Hi is taiwan a kid friendly zone? And how much would it cost for staying in a hotel thanks!


Dear Drew We would like to know how long you stayed and was it an organised tour or did you travel round on your own. We are planning to go for about a week at the beginning of October.
Thank you

Joseph John

Hi, thanks for the information you have provided but I was curious as to why it is preferred to withdraw money at an ATM over exchanging at the airport?


I am planning to travel with my family for Sept 2018. If its not too much to ask, can you please share your full itinerary?


Very nice blog. Informative and helpful. I’ll be visiting Taiwan this June. I’m done booking my flight when I’ve read that June is its rainy season. I should start praying that it wont rain on my travel dates. :) :) :) Anyways, looking forward to hearing more tips and hope to you see all soon in Taiwan.


Very nice information…

Can I ask for a 2 Days best Itinerary pretty please., I only have 2 days to visit the Best Place in Taiwan because this is my only free day. I am planning to go by 3rd week of July 2018. Also can I ask If I really need to book an Hotel if I dont really dont have exact place to visit?? Please help need your advise..

thank you

Daryl Padua


Are childred aged 7years old allowed on hostels and inns?

I would like to know because there is no policy posted on their online page.


Hello po tanong ko lang po im plan po naman ng friend ko mg tour sa taiwan sa dec..ang arrival po sa kaohsiung taiwan visa din po ang mga pinoy dun?tnx po


HI! A friend and I were lucky enough to score a ticket to Taiwan on Feb 19, 2019, just in time for the Pingxi Lantern Festival. We will be arriving Feb 19 around 1am. We already booked a 2 night stay at Juifen and a 7 night stay in Taipei, all free to cancel. We plan to check in first in Taipei to have a place for luggage then onward to Juifen. Just wondering it is best to keep the 7 nights stay or look for a 4 night stay in Taipei and just look for a locker that can accomodate 2 days? is there a Juifen-Shifen-Yehliu tour coming from Juifen? All I see are coming from Taipei. Sorry for a lot of questions. Thanks!


Thank you so much for the information, I’ll be in Taiwan this coming March 2019 and staying there for 6 days. Im doing solo travel since nagbackout yung kasama ko (huhuhu due to work-related reason). Can I get an advice from you guys for Solo traveler, It would be my first in taiwan and first ko din magbyahe ng abroad mag.isa. Hoping to hear from you guys.


Hi! Could you update us on your experience? I’m planning to do this next year. I’m a female solo traveler (not sure if it matters). First time din mag solo.

Thank you! =)


Hi, ask ko lang san exact pwede mag apply ng tourist visa for 2 persons (dalawa kami ng baby ko). Plan ko kasi mag stay kami dun ng 3 weeks (visit ng hubby ko nagwork dun) This January kasi alis namin. 2nd visit na namin, last time nung January din kaso mejo nabitin kami sa 14 days na stay… May iba pa kaya akong need gawin maliban sa pag apply ng visa? Thank you so much & Merry Christmas…


Hi! Thank you po rito! Sobrang helpful! Ask ko lang po kung nasubukan niyo ng magtravel sa taiwan ng Chinese New Year? Feeling ko po magiging madugo ang itinerary sa buwan na yon. Thanks!


Hi! I’m sure Taiwan is cheaper than Japan but malaki be difference?

Len Driz

Your blogs are always reliable and complete!!! Thanks guys for this awesome blog!

Jessica Tanangonan

Hi help me nmn po kasi magtravel ako taiwan this feb 5 anu po kaya requirements na kailangan ko dalin kc kinuhanan po ako ng asawa ko ng invitation letter nagwowork po kasi xa sa taiwan..
Yung requirements po na kailangan patunayan ko n mag asawa kami
Bukod sa marriage cert anu pa po mga requirements?thank you pls help me po


Hello. Very informative, thank you for sharing it. Is taipei and the attraction you mentioned in your sample itinerary, wheelchair friendly? My parents and I plan to visit taipei this holy week, april 2019, for a 4d3n trip. Naka wheelchair na ang father ko, so i need to do some research.
Another question, since visa free, pwede na ako magpurchase ng airfare ticket, provided pagdating sa immigration complete ako sa requirement?


I love this guide! Planning on visiting Taiwan this year and will definitely use this post.

rose ann

thank you po sa travel guide..planning to visit taiwan this coming april ..tanong ko lang po, pano po yung “no criminal record” san po kukuha nun?thanks po..

Sad Evangelista

Thanks for the guide sir!

I went with the 3 day itinerary. It feels a bit short organized and efficient. I would suggest going 5 days if you really want to enjoy shopping and exploring more areas.

Nevertheless, I really enjoy the country, the people and their street foods and would like to return with my friends next time.

Like someone said earlier in the comments, we can withdraw using our bpi debit card on atms (i tried it only on the one at 7-11 branches), there’s a service fee of 100ntd.


Hi Yoshke,

My wife and I are planning to visit Taiwan this coming May, and as I’ve heard many many times now, Taiwan is Visa-free until July 2019. The simplistic side of me says that , “oh, ok then, let’s go then”, but the control freak in my wants proof that Taiwan doesn’t really need Pinoy’s to have visa to enter. Are there website (except Rappler) that documents this?

Moreover, do you have any heads up for people travelling to Taiwan during Spring time aside from the unpredictable rains?

Regards, Kevin B


Hi! thanks for this informative guidelines. My friends and 1 are heading to Taipei this June for 3 days and 2 nights and to my surprise your sample itinerary is almost the same as what i’ve been planning so far. Our hostel is really close to the Main Station as well, again just as you’ve recommended. I guess my biggest concern is the currency exchange. would you recommend to exchange your entire budget or half of your budget (Peso to NTD) at Taoyuan Airport before you go exploring? I just get the sense that it will be hard to get a hold of cash once you ran out, especially if you’re there for the weekend. Also is it better to have PHP exchanged to USD before going to Taiwan or it’s better to exchange PHP to NTD once you get there? Thanks!


HELLO. kelangan pa ba magdala ng adapter para sa phone/ tablet chargers? o nagpo-provide na hotels sa taiwan?
2nd question, advisable ba na sa Taiwan ATM na magwithdraw ng pera?


Amazing information, guys. such a beautiful and long content explaining the minute things to take care about our selves during travel times

Tricia G

Great post guys!! This is basically our itinerary when we went this February 2019! We’re going back on my bday – July 2019. We super enjoyed our first time, PLUS huling hirit before paid visa hehe. Any suggestions to go to with the super hot weather?



Do “Financial Statement” really a requirement po in the Immigration?? Or basic docs lang just like travelling in other visa-free countries? (Passport, Flight Itinerary, Hotel Booking, Departure Card)

Please advise.

Thank you.


Hello! Is it advisable to travel night time to taichung or nantou para hindi masayang ang daytime na ilaan na lang for other tours?

evanrose l. recoco

hi po//my husband and I and some of our friends plan to visit taiwan this coming april 2019..nagtatalo pa kmi kung mag diy or avail kami ng tour package…mas cheaper ba pag diy..dba nkakatamad at ubos oras…


Hello! Thanks for the guide. :) I just have some few quesitons tho. Uhm, dun po sa pag book niyo ng flight kasi I find it weird lang when I was filling out the guest details it says “For guests with single names (i.e. ‘Kristianto’), please enter ‘FNU’ (First Name Unknown) in the GIVEN NAME field and your name in the FAMILY NAME/SURNAME field.”

so for example, if my name is Sara Lim, the field should be,
Given Name: FNU
Surname: Sara Lim

Ganyan po ba dapat? And, I actually tried to book without a passport yet, okay lang po ba yun? Will wait for your response. Thanks much :)


Pano po kapag wala nmn work pero may ng support naman ng fund para s travel niya may possibilities po ba na ma hold s immigration meron nmn ticket n balikan


Nice article. The place looks lovely. I will visit the place.

Mary Ann Araneta

If Mag book kami ng friend q through travel agency my chance pa rin ba ma offload kht complete requirements na


wow, thanks for this. I’ll be visiting the country next month and meron na akong idea to get around the area, this helps alot. yong itinerary na lang need ma plot ng mabuti. thank you

Sad Evangelista

Thanks for the guide sir!

I went with the 3 day itinerary. It feels a bit short organized and efficient. I would suggest going 5 days if you really want to enjoy shopping and exploring more areas.

Nevertheless, I really enjoy the country, the people and their street foods and would like to return with my friends next time.

Like someone said earlier in the comments, we can withdraw using our bpi debit card on atms (i tried it only on the one at 7-11 branches), there’s a service fee of 100ntd.


Is it better to withdraw NTD at airport than buying USD from bank in PH then exchange at airport? I’m slightly scared of leaving the country penniless so I’m thinking of buying USD in PH. Withdrawing money from an ATM at the airport will incur my local bank’s fee + international bank fee.. Am I right?

Katrina De Guzman

Is smoking strictly prohibited in Taiwan (Ximending area)? Or are there areas where smokers can freely do what they want? Thank you!


hello po. i’m planning to travel next year. spend 3 days in taiwan and proceed to south korea for the rest of the vacation. ask ko lng po is english ba immigration nla or yung in authorities? bakja kc di ako matuloy ng korea dahil lng sa language barrier. thank you po


Hello. Ano pong difference ng Terminal 1 & Terminal 2 ng Taoyuan Airport? Di ko rin kasi kita ang details sa flight itinerary namin hehe. Was about to book a Klook 4G Wifi kaso i was being asked about the pick-up location, Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 but I honestly don’t know which to pick. Thank you!


Hi po Interested po sana ako mag travel Taiwan pero yung gusto ko pong dates ay July 29 – Aug 2,2020 since yun lang date na di gaano busy sa work. Pero yung Visa Free nila til July31, 2020 lang po. Okay lang po ba yun?

Toyen Mark

Thanks for your information…..


Thank you for sharing the information. That helps me so much


Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. a city full of sky scrappers. It is one of the best places to visit in Asia.Thanks for exploring such a nice place.

Mark Christian

Wow! I envy you. After this pandemic I’m planning to do good travel in Taiwan. Now I have your writeup wouldn’t look for any other things about the country.

MJ Santo

is still visa free this 2022?


hi! I impulsively booked cheap flights to Taiwan for July without considering the weather conditions. Would it still be worth it? Do you know anyone who have been there during summer?


Can you use your credit card directly tapping in and out in (contacless) in their Bus and Train?


Informative as always! As a foodie, I’ve done my own research on must-try Taiwanese food (and there are a lot!). I wonder if you have any favorites? For exampe,I still dream of Hong Kong’s egg tarts and Japan’s beef bowls :)