For any of our blog readers planning a trip to Taiwan, I have consolidated most of our Taiwan trip posts under the heading “Travel” at the top of the page. You will find our hotel reviews along with all of the travel-related posts from our trip to Taiwan in September 2009.
Some travel tidbits. . .
We loved Taroko Gorge on Taiwan’s east coast, and if we could plan our trip again, we would spend an extra day or two there.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei is quite impressive, as is Taipei 101. The National Palace Museum left us a little disappointed – despite the museum’s vast collection, we felt like the collections were not displayed very well and there was quite a bit of wasted space inside the beautiful building. The museum’s gift shop, however, was very nice. If you skip the National Palace Museum, I think we passed a smaller National Palace Museum gift shop at the Taipei airport.
We thought the Taiwan Handicraft Market was the best place to buy souvenirs.
Our agency’s in-country coordinator was surprised we were able to book seats for our train trip to Hualien. She said seats fill up on the weekends. We traveled to Hualien on a Sunday, and the train was still pretty full. You can only reserve train tickets up to two weeks in advance online, and you must go to Taipei’s Main Station to pay for and pick up the tickets. We had some trouble communicating with the customer service agent when we went to pick up the tickets. There was a person who spoke some basic English, but they did not understand us when we said we had reserved the tickets online. Once we gave her our confirmation number she was able to figure out what we were trying to say. It was much easier to book the tickets for the High Speed Rail and the MRT, since there are automated kiosks with English as an option.
Happy travel planning!