Reasons to Visit
Amongst Taiwan’s interesting architecture is the world famous Taipei 101 tower, standing 101 floors high and one of the world's tallest buildings.
Taipei is a thoroughly modern and typically bustling Asian city, with many superb restaurants and shopping opportunities. It's also a great base for day trips to the national parks, hot springs and lush hills of northern Taiwan.
Sitting on the same volcanic ridge as Japan, hot springs are plentiful in Taiwan. Tucked away in the mountains that surround Taipei are dozens of thermal springs, offering highly relaxing alternative to city life.
Culturally, Taiwan has a more genuinely preserved collection of Chinese artefacts than the mainland, with the National Palace Museum in Taipei home to the world's largest collection thanks to Chiang Kai-shek's mass pilfer during the Chinese civil war.
Outside of Taipei, Taiwan has much natural beauty to boast about, including incredible mountains, deep gorges, sparkling lakes and an expansive network of hiking trails.
Taiwan is home to traditional Chinese culture and customs long since banished from mainland China by the communists. Religion is extremely important to many Taiwanese, as evidenced by the numerous Buddhist and Confucian temples that can be found across the island.
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Immerse yourself in Taipei’s vibrant atmosphere.
Taipei is the thriving heart of Taiwan and the bustling centre of commerce, government and culture. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings and the world's largest museum of Chinese artefacts.
Taroko Gorge is the undisputed scenic highlight of Taiwan, the jewel of the national park of the same name. The gorge itself is a marble canyon featuring a rushing whitewater river, towering cliffs, hiking trails and even the odd hot spring.
Popular with honeymooners and domestic tourists, Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's most beautiful lake, with clear waters and an impressive mountain backdrop offering fantastic photographic opportunities.
On your tour of Tainan you will visit three of the highlights of the area, including the Chihkan Tower, Fort Anping and the Confucius Temple.
Taiwan is famed for its vibrant night markets, which sell anything from dumplings to snake blood. Kaohsiung is no exception, and some of the cities better ones can be found in central locations making it an interesting way to fill an evening or for a different eating experience.
With the stark contrasts of ultra-modern Taipei and sleepy countryside, world-renowned boutiques and traditional temples, Taiwan is truly an island for all tastes. Those who visit leave with enduring images of friendly locals and wonderful scenery.
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Explore Taiwan's scenic and cultural highlights, including beautiful Taroko Gorge and the vibrant capital, Taipei, as well as the temples of Tainan.
16 hours (via Bangkok or Hong Kong)
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