Last year I spent five days on a Taiwan stopover, which became one of the most eye-opening trips I’ve ever made.
Right now there’s a booming interest in Korea and Japan, both of which are amazing places to experience in their own ways. But if you’re after a raw East-Asian experience that’s more enriching than the bustling Chinatown streets of New York’s Flushing, then you may want to consider a trip to Taiwan.
Here are 5 great reasons to visit Taiwan:
- The abundance of cheap food. That’s perfect if you’re traveling on a low budget. Taiwan’s night markets are littered with various small eateries, whether you’re looking to dine in or roam the streets with yummies in hand.
- Peaceful mountainous landscapes. My favorite, least-crowded place was Wulai. A bit of a hike, but the view (and restaurant at the top) was well worth the effort.
- Humble locals. Somewhere in between the street tricksters and the overzealous sales assistants there are incredibly polite and helpful locals.
- Preserved culture. The Taiwanese are very proud of their nationality and their politeness can be drawn back to their well preserved culture.
- The night life. Taiwan’s night life is bursting with energy and is just as, if not more, lively than it is during the day.