The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Tainan, Taiwan

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Tainan, Taiwan

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There’s a lot of history in Tainan. I felt it the moment we walked out of that train station. It felt more serious, even ceremonial, like it demanded your reverence and respect. I remember getting a similar feeling when we visited Nagasaki in Japan.

At first, I wasn’t sure if we should make a stop in Tainan. Compared to more contemporary destinations like Taipei or Taichung, it didn’t seem as much fun. Most of its attractions are historical in nature and people who’ve toured Taiwan didn’t make it sound like a top priority. But in spite of that, there was something about it that made me want to go. It’s the oldest city in the country and historically one of its most important. Surely it deserved a spot on our itinerary.

We spent one night in Tainan and truth be told, it wasn’t as much fun as Taipei. It wasn’t as naturally beautiful as Hualien or as laid-back as Kaohsiung, but it has a character all its own that makes it interesting and unique. I like to think of it as the eldest sibling in the family, the one with all the stories to tell and the one you could learn the most from.

GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Tainan at a Glance
  2. Best Time to Visit
  3. Traveling to Tainan
  4. Where to Exchange Currency
  5. Where to Stay
  6. Things to Do
  7. Taiwanese Food Guide
  1. Where to Eat
  2. Points of Interest (Map)
  3. How to Get Around Tainan
  4. How Many Days to Stay / Sample Itinerary
  5. Budget / Summary of Expenses
  6. Travel Tips
  7. For Filipinos (Visa Info)

TAINAN AT A GLANCE

As described, Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan. It’s commonly referred to as the “Capital City” because of its 200-year history as Taiwan’s capital under Koxinga and Qing Dynasty rule. At its historical heart is Anping District. It’s the oldest urban area in the country and home to some of the city’s most popular attractions like Anping Tree House, Anping Old Street, and Fort Zeelandia.

Fort Zeelandia is of particular historical significance. Built in 1624 by the Dutch East India Company, it was established as a ruling and trading post between China and Dutch-controlled Batavia in Indonesia. The Dutch settlement in southern Taiwan enjoyed much success in its 38-year history, with Fort Zeelandia becoming the center of Dutch trade between China, Japan, and Europe. The Dutch were overthrown by Koxinga in 1662 and Fort Zeelandia was renamed to its present day Anping.

Today, Tainan is regarded as one of Taiwan’s foremost cultural capitals.

BEST TIME TO VISIT TAINAN

Tainan is located in Southern Taiwan so it doesn’t get as cold there as it does in Taipei. We went in mid-March and apart from some bad luck with rain, the weather was pleasant and comfortable. Opinions vary on best time to go, but based on weather averages, November till April seems ideal. The weather is dry and temperatures are relatively mild.

NOV-APR: Weather in Tainan is most ideal from around mid-November to the first week of April. Temperatures are cool and it doesn’t rain as often. It’s warmer in Tainan than it is in the north, but if you’re particularly sensitive to the cold, then it’s probably best to avoid January and February.

MAY-OCT: It’s rainier and warmer during these months so it’s best to avoid them if you don’t like hot humid weather. Typhoon season typically begins in July and can last till around mid-October.

Climate: Annual Monthly Weather in Tainan

To help you better understand the weather in Tainan, I’ve included average temperature and annual rainfall graphs below. Suggested months to visit are indicated in orange.

Average Temperature
Annual Rainfall in Tainan, Taiwan

Annual Rainfall
Annual Rainfall in Tainan, Taiwan

TRAVELING TO TAINAN

We traveled to Tainan from Taichung by TRA train. The train system in Taiwan is so efficient that I wouldn’t think of traveling any other way. We traveled between five cities in two weeks, all by train.

It’s important to note that there are two types of trains in Taiwan – high-speed trains (HSR) and regular trains (TRA). Here are the main differences between the two:

  1. HSR trains are faster (duh). They can get you to your destination in less than half the time.
  2. HSR trains are about twice as expensive as TRA trains, but there are discounts available.
  3. HSR tickets can be purchased online as early as 4 weeks in advance. TRA tickets can be bought no earlier than 2 weeks ahead.
  4. HSR trains run only on the western side of Taiwan while TRA trains service the east as well.
  5. The majority of HSR stations are located a little outside of the city, so you’ll probably need to arrange for transfers to your hotel. TRA stations are located closer to the city center so they’re more convenient location-wise.

Aside from the trains, you can get to Tainan by bus as well. I’ve created the comparison chart below for a quick overview on cost and traveling times. For comparison’s sake, let’s assume you’ll be traveling to Tainan from Taipei.

From TaipeiFareTravel Time
TRA TRAINNTD 5694 hrs 15 mins
HSR TRAINNTD 1,350 (undiscounted)1 hr 45 mins
BUSNTD 4608 hrs

By TRA Train

We weren’t in a rush, I didn’t want to pay double, and I wanted to arrive closer to our hotel so we traveled exclusively by TRA train in Taiwan. As outlined in the chart above, the journey by TRA train from Taipei to Tainan will be around 4 hrs 15 mins and cost as low as NTD 569 each way. You can check the Taiwan Railways Administration website for a schedule of trains to Tainan from wherever you are. You can purchase tickets from there as well.

As described, you can purchase tickets from the Taiwan Railways Administration website as early as 2 weeks in advance. I read that train tickets do run out, especially during peak seasons, so it’s advisable you purchase them as soon as possible. Once you make the purchase, you’ll be issued a confirmation and a ticket pickup form. You’ll need to take this, along with the ID you used to purchase the ticket (passport in my case), to the train station ticketing office or any convenience store (7-11, FamilyMart, Hi-Life, or OK Mart) no later than 30 minutes before your departure time to claim your train ticket.

By HSR Train

The journey by HSR train from Taipei to Tainan can be as short as 1 hr 45 mins. A standard full fare reserved seat will normally run you NTD 1,350, but you can get up to 35% off if you purchase your ticket in advance or travel during off-peak hours.

You can check the Taiwan High Speed Rail website for a schedule of trains to Tainan from wherever you are. Once you’ve decided which train you want to take, you can purchase your ticket online via their 24 hour booking system. As described, you can purchase tickets as early as 4 weeks in advance. Train tickets can run out, especially during peak seasons, so it’s advisable to purchase them as soon as possible.

Like TRA tickets, you’ll still need to claim your actual HSR train tickets from the HSR station ticket window, ticket vending machines, or partner convenience stores. You’ll need to present the ID number you used to make the booking and your reservation number. You can refer to the online ticketing page of the HSR website for more information.

If for some reason you can’t get a discount from the THSR website, then you can try Kkday as well. They offer an HSR Unlimited Pass as well as discounted single-journey HSR tickets to Tainan from the following cities (click on the links for more information):

If you’ll be continuing on to another city from Tainan, then you can purchase a discounted HSR ticket for that journey as well.

By Bus

Highway buses are your cheapest option but they take longer. A UBUS route from Taipei to Tainan costs NTD 460 with a travel time of about 8 hrs. Fares may vary depending on the bus company, so you can check the Taiwan Highway Bus website for information on fares, routes, and traveling times.

WHERE TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY

Taiwan’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). Most travelers will probably arrive in Tainan with NTD already in hand. But if you need to exchange currency in Tainan, then you can do so at any bank. Currency exchange service is strictly regulated by the Taiwanese government so you won’t find any independent money changers like you would in other Asian countries, which is a relief.

It’s best to exchange your currency at big local banks like Bank of Taiwan, China Trust Bank, or South China Commercial Bank. We walked in to a smaller bank once and they advised us of a service charge, so I made sure to look for a Bank of Taiwan every time. They have many branches throughout the country, including Tainan. I just did a search on Google Maps and there’s a Bank of Taiwan branch in Yongkang District. If it’s too far from your hotel, then you can just try any bank closer to you.

Alternatively, you can also withdraw NTD from an ATM. The rates are competitive. Just be sure to advise your bank you’ll be using your ATM card overseas so you don’t run into any problems. In my experience, my ATM card works in some machines but not in others.

WHERE TO STAY IN TAINAN: KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka

KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka was one of the coolest B&Bs we stayed at in Taiwan. We booked it through AirBnB so we thought we were renting a spare room in someone’s home, but as it turns out, it appears to be a house that’s been converted into a small boutique inn with a few rooms. Best of all, it’s Japanese-inspired so it felt like you were staying at a ryokan. Awesome!

As described, we booked a room here through AirBnB but you can make a reservation through Agoda as well. Be sure to check both sites to find the better deal. If KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka isn’t right for you, then you can follow these links to find alternate listings in Tainan: AirBnB | Booking.com | Agoda. If you’re new to AirBnB, then you can get USD 31 free travel credit when you sign up via this link.
KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka, Tainan, Taiwan

This is what the KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka’s front door looks like. It’s nestled deep within a network of residential alleys so it’s a little hard to find. Be sure to ask the host for clear instructions on how to get here.
KyoMachiya-Kagurazaka, Tainan, Taiwan

Approximate Room Rate: USD 39 per night (as of May 2018)



Booking.com

THINGS TO DO IN TAINAN

1. Climb Up Anping Tree House

This is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Tainan. At the very least, it’s one of its most interesting.

What’s known today as Anping Tree House occupies the former warehouse of Tait & Company, a Scottish-owned merchant house engaged in the export of granulated sugar and camphor. When they left, the building was used briefly by the Japan Salt Company and Tainan Salt Works before being abandoned in the 1940s. Over time, a large banyan tree grew and reclaimed the property, covering its walls, roof, and floor with a latticework of roots over the next 70+ years. It was thought of as a haunted house for decades before being reopened to the public as a tourist attraction in 2004.

I’m fascinated by the idea of nature reclaiming its own, so Anping Tree House was easily my favorite attraction in Tainan. Check out this short video I made of our trip to Anping Tree House.

Estimated Time to Spend: 1 hr / Admission: NTD 50 per person

2. Visit Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia)

Not too far from Anping Tree House is Anping Fort, a fortress built by the Dutch during their 38-year rule over southern Formosa. As described in a previous section of this guide, it was formerly known as Fort Zeelandia and served as a major trading post and stronghold for the Dutch army and navy. Today, it’s mostly a park with remnants of the original fort and a museum showcasing important historical events from the Dutch occupation.

Anping Fort is between Anping Tree House and Anping Old Street, so you can make a stop here before stuffing your face silly with Tainan’s famous street food.
Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia), Tainan, Taiwan

20100617-安平-022” by 思弦 張, used under CC BY 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Estimated Time to Spend: 1-1.5 hrs / Admission: NTD 50 per person

3. Take Selfies at Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park

We made it a point to visit as many creative parks as we could in Taiwan. To my surprise, this one turned out to be one of our favorites. I wasn’t expecting to find a place like this in the oldest city in Taiwan!

Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park is a relatively new creative park that’s been open for a little over two years. It’s home to several large murals and a section dedicated to “blueprint-style” setups. We’ve been to five of these creative art parks in Taiwan and for us, Blueprint was the most Instagrammable. There are several interesting boutiques here as well so you can easily spend a good two hours here.

On a quick side note, I’ve read a few blog posts that seem to point to a Tainan renaissance. Hipsters are modernizing pockets of the city and this creative park seems to be an example of that. It was our first trip here so I wanted to focus on the traditional, but this hipster side of Tainan is something we’ll definitely be exploring on our next trip to the city.
Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park, Tainan, Taiwan

Estimated Time to Spend: 1-2 hrs / Admission: FREE

4. March to the Beat of Ten Drum Rende Creative Park

Like Blueprint, Ten Drum is another creative park located in the Rende District of Tainan. It occupies an abandoned sugar mill that’s been taken over and converted into a rehearsal space by a local drumming troupe called the Ten Drum Art Percussion Group. They stage regular percussion shows here and allow visitors to see the production process of drums.

I really wanted to visit this place but it rained heavily the afternoon (and evening) of our only night in Tainan. It’s a little far as well, about half an hour south of central Tainan by taxi, so we decided to just leave it for another trip. Bummer.

Apart from the percussion shows, I’ve read that what makes Ten Drum Rende Creative Park so interesting is the space itself. Check out its pictures on TripAdvisor. It looks like a super fun place to explore with lots to see and do so I suggest visiting this place if you’ll be spending enough time in Tainan.
Ten Drum Rende Creative Park, Tainan, Taiwan

By Al8969a [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Estimated Time to Spend: 2-3 hrs / Admission: NTD 399 per person

TAIWANESE FOOD GUIDE

Taiwan is all about night markets and street food. There are so many delicious and interesting things to eat in this country. Tainan, in particular, is known for a few specialties like danzai noodles and coffin bread. If you’re wondering what to eat in Tainan, then check out our list of 57 things to eat in Taiwan.

WHERE TO EAT IN TAINAN

1. Du Hsiao Yueh

If you were to try just one dish in Tainan, then it should probably be danzai noodles. Danzai noodles are a specialty of Tainan, and Du Hsiao Yueh has been serving it for over 123 years. Invented by southern Taiwanese fishermen, the dish consists of chewy wheat-based noodles in a seafood and meat broth topped with long-simmered pork and a lone piece of shrimp. At Du Hsiao Yueh, you can get it either wet or dry, both of which are very good.
Du Hsiao Yueh, Tainan, Taiwan

Du Hsiao Yueh is located at the corner of Chiqian Street and Section 2, Minzu Road. It’s about a 20-minute walk from Tainan TRA Station.
Du Hsiao Yueh, Tainan, Taiwan

Du Hsiao Yueh

Address: No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Wed-Mon (closed Tues)
What to Order: Danzai noodles
What We Spent: NTD 140 with drinks
How to Get There: From Tainan TRA Station, walk west on Chenggong Road then make a left on Chiqian Street. The restaurant is at the corner of Chiqian Street and Section 2, Minzu Road.

2. Anping Old Street (Yanping Street)

Anping Old Street, or Yanping Street, is near Anping Fort and packed on both sides with old buildings, shops, and food stalls. This is perhaps one of the best places in Tainan to sample the city’s many street food specialties. As described, one of the dishes Tainan is best known for is coffin bread. It’s basically a thick block of hollowed out fried bread filled with creamy chicken, seafood, or vegetable chowder. As you can see in the picture below, it really does resemble a coffin. It’s a hearty and satisfying snack that reminded me of chicken pot pie or chicken ala king served in a crunchy, bread vessel.

Aside from coffin bread, other dishes you should try along Anping Old Street are dry tossed noodles from Da You Xing Yi Noodles, iced mung bean soup from Jin Hua 61 Tau Suan, and rice cakes from Wang’s Champion Rice Cakes.
Anping Old Street, Tainan, Taiwan

Anping Old Street

Address: Yanping Street, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Operating Hours: 11AM-10PM, daily
What to Eat: Coffin bread, dry tossed noodles (Da You Xing Yi Noodles), iced mung bean soup (Jin Hua 61 Tau Suan), champion cakes (Wang’s Champion Rice Cakes)
Expect to Pay: Around NTD 25-100 per dish
How to Get There: From Anping Fort, walk south on Gubao Street. Make a left into Anping Old Street.

3. Flower Night Market

Flower Night Market is Tainan’s biggest night market. In spite of being open for just three days a week (Thurs, Sat, and Sun), it’s become one of Taiwan’s largest and most famous night markets, on par with Shilin in Taipei and Fengjia in Taichung.

I timed our trip so we could be in Tainan on one of the nights it was open but unfortunately, it rained hard that night as previously described. Flower Night Market doesn’t open at all on rainy days so we unfortunately weren’t able to go. If you’re going to be in Tainan on any of the three nights it’s open, then you should definitely pay this place a visit.
Flower Night Market, Tainan, Taiwan

By 范鈞傑 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom

Flower Night Market

Address: 704, Taiwan, Tainan City, North District
Operating Hours: 5PM-1AM, Thurs, Sat-Sun
What to Eat: Shrimp balls
How to Get There: There’s no MRT system or Uber in Tainan so the fastest and easiest way to go is by taxi (about 5-10 mins from Tainan TRA Station). If you’d prefer to take the bus, then I suggest downloading the Google Maps app (iOS | Android). It’ll tell you how to go to Flower Night Market from wherever you are.

POINTS OF INTEREST IN TAINAN

To help you get your bearings, I’ve created this map so you get a better sense of where everything is. All the places recommended in this guide are pinned on this map.

HOW TO GET AROUND TAINAN

There’s no metro system or Uber in Tainan so we found it a little harder to get around here. Traveling by taxi is the fastest and most convenient but the costs can add up. To give you an idea, the fare from Anping Old Street to Blueprint Cultural and Creative Park cost us NTD 145 each way. The flag down rate for taxis in Tainan is NTD 90.

We didn’t do it but a more economical way of getting around Tainan is by public bus. There are tourist shuttle buses in Tainan (88 and 99) that take you to many of the city’s main attractions. Looking at the routes, Bus 88 (Anping Route) takes you to tourist spots within the city, including Anping District and Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park, while Bus 99 (Taijiang Route) makes a few stops in Anping District before taking you farther north. Click on those links for more details on each route. Bus fares are NTD 18-36 per ride but I believe there are unlimited day passes you can buy from the information kiosk at the Tainan Railway Station. You might want to check that out if you plan on taking either of these buses.

Personally, I’ve always been intimidated by bus routes because I often find them very confusing. I started using the Google Maps app (iOS | Android) in Kaohsiung and I found it to be incredibly helpful. It tells you exactly how to get from one place to the next using any city’s public transportation system. I’ve always been afraid of hopping onto the wrong bus and getting lost, but this free app makes it practically idiot-proof. Give it a try if you plan on getting around Tainan by bus.

HOW MANY DAYS TO STAY / SAMPLE ITINERARY

Compared to bigger cities in Taiwan, we found that there isn’t as much to do in Tainan. Provided you can arrive in Tainan early, then I’d say an overnight stay is enough. Otherwise, you might want to stay two nights so you aren’t rushing. Here’s a sample one-day itinerary to help you plan your trip.

ONE-DAY ITINERARY

9-10AM – Explore Anping Tree House.
10-11:30AM – Visit Anping Fort.
11:30AM-1:30PM – Eat your way through Anping Old Street.
1:30PM – Take a taxi to Ten Drum Rende Creative Park.
2-4PM – Enjoy Ten Drum Rende Creative Park.
4PM – Take a taxi to Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park.
4:30PM-6PM – Enjoy Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park.
6PM onwards – Eat some more at Flower Night Market.

BUDGET / SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Assuming you’ll be traveling with one other person and staying just one night in Tainan, then a budget of around NTD 1,200 should be enough. This takes into account a moderately priced hotel, inexpensive meals, entrance fees, transportation, and pocket wifi rental.

ACCOMMODATIONS

This is highly subjective. It depends on several factors like hotel preference and number of travel companions. We booked a room at a boutique hotel for about NTD 1,162 a night. Expect to pay much less if you’re staying in a dorm room.
MEALS

Again, this is subjective, but based on our experience, I’d say around NTD 200-300 for the day per person with drinks. Budget more if you plan on dining at fancier restaurants.
ENTRANCE FEES

It’ll cost you NTD 100 each to enter Anping Tree House and Anping Fort.
POCKET WIFI RENTAL

If you’re sharing the cost with one other person, then you’ll each be paying NTD 40 per day.
TRANSPORTATION

Information online is inconsistent, but I believe a one-day Tainan City Bus Pass costs NTD 199. That sounds a little high considering that single journey rides cost just NTD 18. I’d probably forgo that and just budget around NTD 150 for transportation, for both buses and taxis.
TOTAL

This comes out to about NTD 1,171 per person for the overnight stay. Ren and I are middle of the road travelers who enjoy good food and drink, so this is a budget that works for us. Feel free to adjust based on your own travel habits.

TRAVEL TIPS

1. Plan your Trip with Sygic Travel (formerly Tripomatic)

This free app is very useful. It enables you to plot points of interest on a map, including your hotel, so you can see exactly how far you need to travel between points. You can then group attractions together per day based on their location. With pocket wifi, it can turn your mobile phone into a GPS tracking device so people with a terrible sense of direction (like me) don’t get lost. Pretty cool right? Check out my post on the Sygic Travel app for more information.

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

Sygic Travel is what I used to create the location map above. You can view it as a day-to-day itinerary as well. Follow this link to check out our overnight Tainan itinerary on Sygic Travel. You can also download our entire 2-week Taiwan itinerary in editable Word format from our EAT-ineraries page.

2. Rent a Pocket Wifi Device

Having a constant and strong wifi connection is a must when traveling these days. You’ll need it to navigate, convert currencies, post on social media, and do last minute research.

We rented a 4G pocket wifi device through Kkday for NTD 80 a day. You can pick it up and drop it off at Taoyuan, Songshan, or Kaohsiung International Airports. It gave us a strong wifi signal no matter where we were in Taiwan. Beach, mountains, intercity trains, it didn’t matter. Our wifi signal was always good. Battery life was decent, maybe 6-7 hours so I suggest bringing a power bank as you’ll probably need to charge it before the end of each day. Follow this link to rent a pocket wifi device in Taiwan through Kkday.
Pocket wifi rental, Taiwan

3. Store Your Luggage with lalalocker

More and more travelers are staying at AirBnBs these days. We do, and it can be a problem when we can’t check in to our accommodations until 2PM, sometimes even later. We arrived by train early in every city we visited in Taiwan. It wasn’t a problem with hotels because we could leave our luggage at the front desk till check in. But in some instances, like in Kaohsiung for example, we were staying at an AirBnB so it wasn’t possible to leave our bags there. Thankfully, we were able to leave our bags at a luggage storage facility so we could tour the city before checking in.

If you run into the same problem, then you can use lalalocker to find places where you can temporarily store your luggage. Think of them as the AirBnB for luggage. They connect travelers with establishments like hotels, shops, and cafes where you can safely leave your luggage for a fee. They serve multiple areas in many cities throughout the country, including Tainan. Just go to their website to find a storage place convenient for you. You can then make a reservation directly on their website. Check out the lalalocker website for more information.
lalalocker, Taiwan

Bookstore that stores your luggage in Taipei

4. Check for Discount Passes

There are many websites that offer discount passes to tours and services. One of my favorites is Kkday. They offer deals to many destinations around the world, including Taiwan where they’re based. They’re a Taiwanese e-commerce travel platform so in my opinion, there’s no better website to purchase deals from in Taiwan than Kkday. They have the widest selection.

If you’re looking for deals on tours, transfers, pocket wifi rental, etc, then you may want to search through Kkday’s website for a list of Tainan attractions. You’ll often find interesting activities that you wouldn’t normally think of yourself, so it’s definitely worth a look.

5. Get Travel Insurance

To be honest, it was only recently when we started buying travel insurance. Back when we traveled just once or twice a year, travel insurance felt like a luxury, something we didn’t really need. But now that we travel more, I understand how important it is to have it. Fact is, you never know what can happen. It’s one of those things that you hope you never have to use, but if you do wind up needing it, then you’ll be thanking the gods that you had it (or cursing them if you didn’t).

Though I do find it more necessary now, it’s still up to you if you think you need it. A 3-day trip to Kyoto just sightseeing and eating may not really call for insurance but if you plan on doing more active things like skiing, horseback riding, or even going on a city bike tour, then I’d say travel insurance is a must. We went bike riding twice in Taiwan so we did get travel insurance for this trip.

We buy travel insurance from World Nomads because every long-term traveler I know recommends it. From the sound of it, they’re the best in the industry by a mile. Not only do they provide a high coverage limit for medical expenses (up to USD 5 million with the Standard package), they also cover things like trip delays, missed flight connections, theft/loss of passport and luggage, etc. Follow the link or use the widget below to learn more and get a free travel insurance quote from World Nomads. It’s super quick and easy.

6. Bring the Right Power Adapter

Taiwan has Type A and Type B electrical outlets so be sure to bring the right power adapters for your devices. Electrical voltage is 110V and the standard frequency is 60Hz.

For Filipinos

VISA-FREE TRAVEL TO TAIWAN

In 2017, TECO implemented a 9-month visa-free trial program for Filipinos. From 1 November 2017 till 31 July 2018, Philippine passport holders will be able to travel to Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to fourteen (14) days, provided the following requirements are met.

  1. The applicant’s passport is valid for at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant has an onward/return air/ferry ticket and a visa for that destination (if required).
  3. The applicant has no criminal record in Taiwan.
  4. The applicant can provide proof of accommodation (or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.) in Taiwan.

HOW TO GET CHEAP AIRLINE TICKETS

Ever since I scored my first piso fare from Cebu Pacific, I’ve been hopelessly addicted to cheap airline tickets. Our tickets to Taipei with a shared 20 kg baggage allowance came out to about PHP 4,587 each roundtrip. How awesome is that?

These piso fare tickets are limited and sell fast, so you have to be quick. To give yourself an advantage, I suggest liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter to quickly find out about these seat sales. If you check off “Get notifications” on Facebook, then you’ll receive instant alerts every time they post something new.

Other airlines that have direct flights from Manila to Taipei are Philippine Airlines, EVA Air, AirAsia, and China Airlines.

Have fun!

I’m not an expert on Tainan but I do hope that you find this post useful. I’m only sharing some of the things that I learned from our trip. If you have any suggestions or simply want to share your own experiences, then please feel free to do so in the comments section below. You’re welcome to join our Facebook Travel Group as well. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome time in Tainan!

OUR GEAR

These are some of the things we brought with us to Tainan. As you can tell, I document a lot of content for this blog so most of the things I bring are photo and video equipment. 😆 If you’d like to see what other gear we use, then you can check out our “What’s in Our Backpack?” post. (NOTE: The following links are affiliate links.)

Disclosure

We’re a Kkday affiliate and worked with them on this trip. We paid for our airfare, accommodations, and incidental expenses like transportation and food, but we were allowed to go through their website and choose activities and services in exchange for an honest account of the experience. We didn’t go on any guided tours in Tainan, but they did provide us with a voucher for pocket wifi rental for use during our entire trip. As always, all words and opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, meaning we’ll get a small commission if you make a purchase at NO extra cost to you. We only recommend products and services that we use ourselves and firmly believe in. We really appreciate your support as this helps us make more of these free travel guides. Thank you!


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There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Khanh Nguyen at 2:39 am

    The pocket wifi tip is super useful. Shareable between everyone in your travel group. Definitely less hassle than trying to enable you phone. No need to swap out sim cards and risk losing them.

    Great write up!

  2. JB Macatulad at 8:44 am

    Thanks Khanh! Totally agree about pocket wifi devices. So much easier and simpler than sim cards. 🙂

  3. JKoh at 10:20 pm

    Really helpful article for first-timers! Thank you for the detailed breakdown of every segment! 🙂

  4. Jeanene at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for the insightful info!! We are in Tainan at the moment and can’t wait to experience it!

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