Taiwan-a Go There:
Beginner’s Guide to Taipei
By Naveen Ganglani
Taipei has quickly become one of the best go-to destinations for those seeking a short but thrilling travel experience. The city itself is already gorgeous, and is further complemented by the great food, attractive sights, and kind people – qualities that make the capital of Taiwan a place you won’t forget.
I took advantage of the long weekend at the end of April by booking a flight to Taipei lasting for three days. It was my first solo trip just for exploration purposes, and by the time I was on a plane back to Manila, I realized returning to the city is a must.
Here are eight things you can do in Taipei, especially when you’re there for the short haul:
8. Go on foodie adventures
People don’t kid around when they say it feels like Taipei has a limitless supply of good food waiting to be swallowed up. Whether it’s the night markets, random restaurants in the streets, or your every day café, make sure there’s a lot of space in your tummy to try out different dishes sure to leave you satisfied.
Pro tip: the most authentic and yummy local food you’ll find are those in small-scale restaurants located at random back streets and alleys (safe locations, promise!). Once you spot an item on the menu that goes something like “Beef Tomato Noodles” or “Sour Pork Soup,” order it ASAP.
7. Check out Shi Fen Waterfall
This was actually a place I didn’t get to see, but it looks nice and tidy so I’m adding it to the list. Known as the Niagara Falls of Taiwan, the Shi Fen Waterfall will likely make you fall in love at first sight. The location, according to locals, gives a feeling of tranquility and provides you with the perfect opportunity to brighten up your Instagram feed.
How to get there: get down at the Shi Fen Train Station, then follow the signs leading to the exit close to the landmark
6. Take a trip to Beitou
A trip to Beitou, one of Taipei’s most famous destinations, can make up almost your entire day with the different places to check out. Ever wanted to take a hot springs bath? That’s possible. In the mood to read in a peaceful and awesome-looking library? There’s a chance to do so here as well!
Beitou also boasts of restaurants for the most authentic Taiwanese food, so that’s another plus.
How to get there: get down at the Beitou train station
5. Experience the nightlife
Taipei is also known for having great bars and clubs to fittingly end your weekend plans. After an entire day of exploration and discovery, relax and enjoy with a few drinks at favorite places like On Tap, Fourplay, Brown Sugar, and the famous Barcode.