Of all the countries in Asia, Taiwan is one that is less visited by travelers, but make the effort to venture to this vibrant island and it will be well worth it.
If you do make it here then expect delicious food, traditional folk festivals, amazing architecture from ancient temples to modern skyscrapers, and a huge section of untouched beauty that includes lush national parks and even some beach life at one Taiwan’s many islands.
Top picks in Taiwan
A trip to Taipei is often a good first stop to visit famous monuments like Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world, as well as the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Bustling temples and colorful markets are also a key attraction here and it’s a great place to start before jumping off to other areas of Taiwan.
From the new capital Taipei think about heading to the old capital of the Qing Dynasty, Tainan, where you can still see a lot of the historical charm in the form of fortresses and temples that date back centuries.
If you like being by the water then consider a trip to Kaoshiung, a massive port city in Taiwan that is home to the romantically named Love River, and has a Riviera feel to it. Kaoshiung is home to leafy parks, picturesque waterfront promenades, and chic cafes, and represents a different side of Taiwan in the south.
Kenting National Park
Heading even further south, Kenting National Park represents a different experience all together with a warm climate, sandy beaches, pretty coral reefs, and watersports and activities like exploring caves.