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After spamming you on Instagram with my Taipei photos, I'm going to share our experience about this city that's just 2-hour away f...


After spamming you on Instagram with my Taipei photos, I'm going to share our experience about this city that's just 2-hour away from Manila. I'll get straight to the point - it earned the second spot and competing with Tokyo, being the top on my ranking of Asian destinations in terms of sightseeing and things to do when in the city. And Taipei even earned the TOP in terms of price tag and accessibility.

Taipei, being low key on traveller's attention was a surprise for me and my hubs to discover its worth. With the high-profile cities like Tokyo, HongKong, Seoul and Singapore, Taipei wasn't exactly a priority whenever we'd like to plan for some quick international getaway. But it was changed quickly and you can see for yourselves how my photos showed a more than satisfied globetrotter in me.


I have this misconception that Taipei is just a modern city with concrete skyscrapers, industrial parks and a few sights to visit. Booking this destination, I only allotted 48 hours to explore the city. Now, I’m checking my calendar every so often to plan the soonest possible time to get back and to explore more of Taiwan. I was bitin, deym!


Here’s my best 48 hours spent on a city of the exact opposite I’ve thought it was. Surprise, surprise coz I truly love what I've seen, taste and feel.

Taipei Getaway: Post Cards from Chang Kai Shek
Taipei Getaway: Beitou Geothermal Valley and National Palace


Taipei Getaway: Shabu-shabu Dinner at Tianmu
Taipei Getaway: Shops and Night Market
Taipei Getaway: Taipei 101
Taipei Getaway: Maokong Gondola Ride
Taipei Getaway: Must Eats at Taipei
Hotels to Stay Best When In Taipei

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I'll write more stories about each one in the coming days. Coming up is Taipei travel tips. What are the requirements on Visa-free entry and what are your options if you arrive on the wee hours?

Read: TRAVEL TIPS ON VISA REQUIREMENTS & EARLY MORNING ARRIVAL

Have you been to Taipei? Or to any Southeast Asian destinations? What's your favorite destination so far? 

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26 comments

  1. Maganda din naman diyan. What I like the most about Taipei is that Taiwanese are really nice people and on the streets, they have discipline. No cars honking, they give way. Also, it is safer than many other cities in that when you walk in the street markets or night markets, did you notice how the vendors do not even have to bother securing their products from passers by?

    One of the places I enjoyed too was Yang Ming Shan, hehehe. It is really a nice park, used to be owned by ... Chiang Kai Shek. Super expensive and lupa na iyan dahil sa Feng Shui.

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    1. That's interesting! I'll google that trivia. :)

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  2. I've never been to Taipei.But I love to travel to such destinations.The photos are absolutely beautiful and show how relaxing it could be in a holiday there.The temple looks beautiful and bit similar to the Chinese temples which I see in Singapore.Hope to read all the coming posts about Taipei in future posts...

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    1. Thank you! Will keep you posted. :)

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  3. Oh wow! That place seems amazing. I'd love to visit Taipei some day. :) Btw your photos are really fun on cool. Especially the first one, what an excellent timing!

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

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    1. You should pay a visit to Taipei! Thank you, Nora. :)

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  4. Havent considered Taipei as something I would visit anytime soon. Not until reading this post. Seems like the place has so much to offer plus again, the convenient travel (2hours plane ride is great).Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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    1. My pleasure. Glad it's helpful to you. :)

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  5. Taipei and Tokyo has been my top two destination as well if ever I do decide to visit Japan. It's probably because of watching lots of Jdramas in the past hahaha. The place looks awesome and you really get to feel the different culture they have even with just looking at the pictures.

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    1. Yeah, I did the best I could on my 48hours. :)

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  6. How I wish I could travel abroad. Tapei seems to be one of the must-see travel destination. I never imagined that Tapei will have so much to offer.

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    1. It all starts with a wish, then work for it! :)

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  7. This is really a good compilation of your trip to Taipei and I can't wait to read your detailed experience throughout your trip in this beautiful place! I haven't been here but sure I have heard a lot about it. My friend's sister works in Taipei for almost a decade now. They are known to produce technologies and not just that, I am not sure if this is for real but according to my friend, you can purchase latest technology stuff there like appliances for a very affordable price!

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    1. Thanks, Zwitsy! We haven't shop much in Taipei but they're more like Japan. What your friend says is very possible. :)

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  8. Taipe looks like a magical place, I wish I could go there. The thing about Taipe is that it is kinda affordable to go there. Also, it has so much to offer, I would never guess it.

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    1. Yes, Taipei is affordable. Thank you, Ella.

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  9. Haven't been to Taipei yet but looking forward to it in the future. I dream of seeing a cherry blossom in person. I've been admiring those ever since I started watching anime. It's always a lovely sight. You're lucky to have seen one and to be in Taipei. And to think, it's nearer than Singapore/Hong Kong!

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  10. Taipei looks like a fab location. Not too cosmopolitan, not too much in the middle of nowhere. Looking forward for your entire series o Taipei!

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  11. When you said 2 hours away from Manila, I thought that's via car. :( It is my dream to travel abroad, but I haven't even got myself a passport. But to answer my question, the number one Asian country on my list is Japan. I have friends there and would certainly visit is during my birthday. It is spring there by then and Sakuras are blooming. <3

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  12. I can't wait to bring my son (and well myself) to Taipei! I hope I could also go to the places you visited... The cherry blossoms are really inviting! What is your recommended food by the way? Hope to read more of your post about Taiwan.. and no need to worry about IG spamming!!! it's completely acceptable :)

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  13. Gosh! Taiwan is so beautiful! I'm so glad we Filipinos don't need a visa to go there anymore (if we've had a US or Japan visa before). It's beautiful, peaceful, and accessible! Perfect for a quick getaway. And I heard the food is pretty amazing too. Your photos are inspiring me to book a flight to Taiwan!!!

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  14. I have never been outside of the USA. But if I were to travel internationally, this would be one of the trips I would definitely take. The beauty of such an amazing place shows in your pics. I am jealous a bit! Lol, I am so grateful for you sharing such beautiful photos.

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  15. Woow, the pictures are just amazing! I have never been in Taipei, but I have recently read an inspiring blog post about it and I was truly surprised to hear so many good things about the city. To be honest, I often underestimate some destinations and I always regret for doing so. Hence, I know how you feel because I do the same after I come home - sit down and plan my next visit to the destination.

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  16. Oh my god I love Taiwan! I went on a solo travel there last January and now I can't wait to go back! I haven't been to HongKong and Singapore so I cannot make the comparison. But I'd been to Japan and Taiwan has easily become my second favorite. Aside from Chiang Kai-shek, Jiufen, and night markets, I didn't know much about Taipei either but my expectations have been exceeded. I would recommend everyone to go there!

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  17. From the pictures, it looks like an interesting place. I haven't really heard a lot about the place except for its name but looking forward to explore more.

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  18. I would like to have some free time to travel a little. It should be helpful for me.

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