Do not throw disorderly garbage in Taiwan

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If you pay attention, you will see that Taiwan is very old, some places looks quite dilapidated, but SUPER CLEAN, clean at every corner. Taiwanese people are very clean, extremely clean. In Taiwan, even every home has to spend money to buy specialized bags to collect rubbish and have to watch the right time to dump the trash to avoid dumping garbage everywhere on the streets. There will not be many public bins on the streets, but people will have to “keep” by put the garbage in their bags and take them home. So, you should prepare a small nylon bag to put your garbage in, do not throw garbage around will be punished, not kidding.

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Students at Xingnan Primary School helping each other out during cleaning duties on Feb 25
Students helping each other out during cleaning duties.
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taiwan cleanliness


Taoyuan International Airport
Taoyuan International Airport
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Public bins. Foto by: things to know before visiting taiwan blog.
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Clean street in Taipei

How many days in Taiwan is enough? And when is the best time to visit?

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Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung

Taiwan is also quite large and has many interesting things to discover. If you have enough health and enough money, an itinerary of 10-14 days is enough to explore Taiwan from north to south. If you not have enough time or just want to visit the most prominent places, you could spend about 5-7 days to visit Taipei and Taichung City will be the “right” choice.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei

The narrow roads, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Jiufen.
The narrow roads, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Jiufen.
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Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung

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But when is the best time to travel to Taiwan? It also depends on each person’s preferences, however, if you refer about the weather to visit, it should be the period from December to February of the next year is the most suitable time, the weather of that period is quite cold, less rain so, walking for sightseeing will be much less tiring. The months you should avoid to go is the storm season from June to September, and the terrible hot season from May to July.

Cherry blossom at Wuji Tianyuan Temple, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Credit image: taipei blog.
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Bicycling in Sun Moon Lake in summer.
Taiwan in Autumn
Taiwan in Autumn

Pre-booking tickets online for sightseeing, tours and other services

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Long queue diners at Ichiran Ramen, Taipei

At the most popular and famous tourist attractions of Taiwan, such as Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, Yehliu Geopark, etc., tourists are very crowded, long queues. So, for convenience, you remember to buy tickets online in advance, receive e-voucher and then only need scan is pass the entrance, no need to queues for waiting. Moreover, buy online also enjoy preferential, discount prices, along with gifts. Tickets can be pre-order through KKDay or Klook agency.


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Travelers queue at the Yehliu Geopark.

Internet & buy Sim Card in Taiwan

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Most of Taiwan’s territory has free wifi, which is always true, not the type of flickering wifi like in Thailand or Singapore, and you have to register the account of these telecom companies. In some small towns or near a 7-Eleven store already have free wifi. However, you should buy a Sim 4G to stay connected while in Taiwan. The price for a Sim4G which comfortably communicate is 450 NT$ for 5 days, and I choose another type is only has 4G for 300 NT$, 2GB capacity for 6 months. If you go with a large group, you can rent a pocket wifi for the whole group.

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Taiwan pocket wifi

How to getting around Taiwan?

Taiwan High Speed Rail 700T
Taiwan High Speed Rail HSR 700T

Along with a thrive economy, the infrastructure in Taiwan is also very modern. Many means of transport, easy to move to tourist attractions, shopping centers such as subway, bus system, high-speed trains (HSR)… If you are the one who likes to explore, enjoy the landscape of Taiwan. You can rent motorbikes or bicycles to travel around Taiwan’s streets and alleys. However, for convenience, you should rent a bicycle for sightseeing rather than a motorbike because your Vietnamese driver’s license is not appropriate in Taiwan. In addition, the law is different, the penalty is quite high if violate a law, while Bicycle rental services are extremely developed.

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Business Class for Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) 台灣高速鐵 (Large)
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Riding a bike around Sun Moon Lake
Riding a bike around Sun Moon Lake

In Taiwan there are public parking lots with bike rental service like this, you just need to go to the parking lot, ask how to rent, staff will guide you and charge by credit card or EasyCard. Car rental is around 10 NT$ for 30 minutes in the first 4 hours. It’s cheap and especially convenient because you can rent a bike at anywhere and give back the bike very easily, just put in the ubiquitous yard of this service.

You can rent a bike from T-Bike
You can rent a bike from T-Bike.

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Some useful notes including things not to do in Taiwan and things to avoid in Taiwan

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Dadaocheng Old Street
  • Non smoking in public areas, in air conditioning room, in the elevator.
  • Do not throw garbage in public areas (if the violation will be fined).
  • Should not go alone to the bars at night because it can be dangerous.
  • The streets in Taiwan often are very crowded, many passersby, important things you should not be put in the same place, identification papers, money, phone you should carefully stored to avoid steal.
  • If you intend to buy medicines, jewelry, precious stones or valuables things, you need to check carefully to avoid buying counterfeit goods.
  • Products in Taiwan are very rich and diverse, the prices between supermarkets and markets are quite different, when shopping you should choose carefully because the price here is often overcharged than the real value.

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Wulai old street
Wulai old street

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Jiufen A Mei Tea House
Jiufen A Mei Tea House

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Taipei you can refer to

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Are you finding more top things to do in Taipei: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Taipei travel blog — The fullest Taipei city guide for a wonderful trip to Taipei for the first-timers.

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