Young and creative spaces.
Distinct street food experience.
Clean and organized urban zones.
These are just some of the many reasons why I personally admire Taiwan or the Republic of China (ROC) as it is officially known.
There has been a growth in the number of Taiwan travelers within my network recently and I am expecting more Filipino friends to visit soon especially now that, come June 2017, Philippine passport holders can now enter Taiwan visa free!
If you are a budget-conscious Filipino traveler like me, there are many available low-cost or promo fares via airlines such as Cebu Pacific and AirAsia where it is not rare at all to find roundtrip fares for as low as Php 3,500 all-in*.
The strategy is to just stay tuned with airlines’ updates via Facebook and even Twitter. It also helps to subscribe to e-mailers especially if you’re not really active on social media but you want to get notified immediately as seats on sale do run out fast. In fact, as of this writing, I just got an email regarding a one-way (Manila to Taipei) promo fare of P899 all-in*. The fares just keep on getting lower and lower.
*regular seat without add-ons
Time to visit
I recommend going to Taiwan during the winter season around December to March where it is cold and walks around the city are literally no sweat. But that is coming from someone who lives in a country where it is hot all throughout the year (hi Philippines). If you do visit Taiwan during winter though, bring pants or leggings as well as a jacket or long-sleeved tops.
As for the “best” time to visit – that will depend on what you actually want to see – e.g. cherry blossoms during spring or the Chinese New Year slash lantern festival during winter. It’s best if you also do your own research first before booking so you won’t go through any hassle of rebooking later on. For an overview of Taiwan’s different seasons, check this page out.