Famed for centuries as Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Atoll), Towering Sea cliffs,marble-walled canyons and tropical forests are just the start of your journey,which could take you as far as Yushan, all you can see in Taiwan. In Taiwan you can criss-cross Mountains on colonial-era hiking trails or cycle on one of the enthralling Lake,on a lone highway with the blue Pacific on one side & green volcanic arcs on the other,if you simply want a classic countryside to enjoy, you'll find them about every corner you travel through. Come & explore the surprise that Taiwan will offer with us.
1. Where is Taiwan located?
Taiwan is situated off the southeast coast of the Asian continent, about 100 miles across the Taiwan Straits from mainland China. It is one of a string of East Asian islands. It lies between Japan (to the north) and the Philippines (to the south) and is an essential hub for travel to Asia.
2. When is the best time of year to visit?
Taiwan offers excellent activities at all times of the year. Typhoon season occurs in the summer months, primarily August through October. Yet, overall Taiwan's weather is temperate hot and humid in the summer months. We strongly suggest travelers pack in !' layered!( manner, especially when traveling outside of Taiwan to the mountainous areas which can get cooler due to the changes in elevation
3. Is a Visa required for entry into Taiwan?
No. U.S. passport holders are allowed to enter into Taiwan without a visa for up to thirty days (no extensions allowed) if their passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Taiwan and the traveler has a confirmed return or onward air ticket. (Travelers must have already met any additional visa requirements for the next destination if applicable.) Travelers also have the additional option of applying for and receiving a Taiwan visa prior to arrival in Taiwan (The processing fee is US$100.00).
4. Do people speak English in Taiwan?
English is taught in schools and is rapidly becoming a third major language in Taiwan, especially in urban areas. However, beyond the major cities, English is not widely used. Most major businesses which cater to tourists (international hotels, restaurants, attractions) will have employees who speak English. Many taxi drivers in Taipei understand basic English but it is always wise to advise travelers to get directions written in Chinese (roundtrip). Often, hotels will provide English speaking travelers with hotel direction cards which can be given to taxi drivers for ease of mobility. Restaurants also often have English menus. For business travelers, there are several opportunities to learn some basic Chinese. Although Chinese and Taiwanese are known for their level of difficulty, it is worth investing in some basic language lessons if travelers plan to be in the area for an extended period or plan to return often.
5. How long does it take to travel by airplane to Taiwan?
Direct flights from Los Angeles to Taipei are estimated at about 15 hours, and return flights are 10 hours
6. When is the best time to visit Taiwan?
Taiwan is a year-round destination. Summer (June-August) is the warmest and most humid part of the year. Autumn (September-November) is the driest and most comfortable season.
7. Should I bring my children to Taiwan? Is it safe for them?
Yes! Taiwan is an extremely safe and interesting destination for families. Children and the elderly are honored there.
8. Are the food and water safe for me to consume?
Taiwan offers some of the best culinary delights in all of Asia. Just like in any country it is important to make proper judgment calls on what you choose to eat. Night markets are also safe and for an exciting gourmet experience, travelers should go to these markets and try the different treats that are sold there. Water is also safe to drink, but just as in the United States, the purest water always comes from a bottle. We suggest drinking bottled water.
9. What type of currency is used in Taiwan?
The official unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 50. Bills are in denominations of 50, 100, 500 and 1000. For some time, the NT has been valued at 34 NT = 1 US Dollar. Keep in mind exchange rates fluctuate daily, and it is best to verify rates before departure using an international currency converter
10. Is tipping required in Taiwan?
Tips are not usually expected in Taiwan, especially in restaurants and taxis. However, a small tip for bellboys or airport porters is appreciated (about $1 US per piece of luggage). Hotels normally include a 10-percent service charge with room rates and meals.