The Jiji Railway Line

The Jiji Railway Line is a small line that starts in the town of Ershui in Central Taiwan. A hop-on-hop-off ticket costs about 90 NTD and gives you access to the line for the whole day. With cute towns, historic sites, and hiking trails, you can easily spend a day exploring this little historic section…

10 + Fun Activities to Do for Cheap and Free in Taipei

Are you cheap as heck, but still want a good time? In Taipei, a bustling metropolis with a good public transport system, yummy food, and fun day trips, that’s completely possible. So here’s a list of all the nonsense you can do in Taipei for less than 100 NTD (about 3 USD). 1. Taipei Zoo…

Over 20 Things to Do in Chiayi, Taiwan

I’ve been living in Chiayi for over a year now and I’ve had ample time to explore the city, so I thought it was high-time to write a list of its attractions. From the outside, its a relatively quiet, sprawling, cement-covered Taiwanese town, but if you’ve got the time and the energy its got some…

Getting to Changhua and Lugang from Chiayi – A Day Trip

One of the prettiest towns in central Taiwan is only a short train and a bus ride from some of areas biggest cities. Take a day trip to explore beautiful old Lugang and the giant Buddha in Changhua. Taiwan has a tendency to knock old buildings down, and often “old towns” in Taiwan only stretch…

25 Unusual Activities to Try in Taiwan

Looking for some unusual and authentic activities to try in Taiwan? Look no further than these 25 unique activities which you should experience while visiting this beautiful island. 1. Play Majong If you’re brave you can do this in the night market with the pros, but if you want a less intimidating experience, pick up…

6 Recommendations for a Weekend in Jiaoxi Hot Springs, Taiwan

Hot springs and waterfalls beckon enticingly from Jiaoxi, a city that’s only an hour’s bus ride from Taipei. If you find yourself on the way to Jiaoxi some weekend, then here’s what I recommend you check out on arrival, including a delicious cheap eat and a place to stay. 1. Get a fish pedicure There…

What to do in Toucheng, Taiwan

Toucheng, Taiwan, located along the beautiful East Coast in Yilan is a great place to wind down with history, museums, and sea food. And it’s only about an hour away from Taipei! 1. Wander Toucheng Old Town Start the day by taking a walk along Toucheng’s old street. While there are a lot of beautiful…

How to Hike the Amazing Dakeng Trails in Taichung, Taiwan

Calling all thrill-seekers! Does it take a precipice, a trail of logs, and only a thin rope dividing the two to get your adrenaline going? Well, then read and find out to experience the amazing Dakeng trails of Taichung, Taiwan. How to get there To get to the Dakeng trails, stay the night in Taichung…

Zhunan: How to Get to a Beach on the West Coast in Taiwan

For an island, it can sometimes be surprisingly difficult to find nice beaches in Taiwan. Don’t come to Taiwan expecting to find Thailand-level ocean paradise, especially if you’re going to be living in the middle or on the West Coast. However, there are a couple of beaches even in the West, that can help you…

10 Places to See by Scooter in Kenting, Taiwan

While Kenting does have taxis and buses, the best way by far to see the southern tip of Taiwan is by electric scooter. From beaches, to cliffs, to National Parks, there’s plenty to see with the help of two wheels in Kenting. An electric scooter can be rented without a license in Kenting (although ID…

1-Day Itinerary of Taitung, Taiwan

Taitung isn’t really a good place for a long vacation unless you’re using it as a base camp to visit more interesting sights along the East Coast of Taiwan, but one day in Taitung is perfect for seeing the sights the city itself has to offer. If you’ve got a day in sleepy Taitung and…

Transferring Money Home: Practical Advice for Living in Taiwan

One of the challenges of moving to a new country, is that often you’ll still have bills to pay back home: student loans, car payments, etc. So how do you get the money you’ve made in Taiwan, back to your hometown (in my case, America). Here are all the options, downfalls, charges, and what I’ve…