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At Topology Travel we make sure our guests are well taken care for their entire stay in Taiwan.

We have prepared a list of travel tips and useful resources below for you to use when planning for your trip in Taiwan.

 

Weather

Luggage Capacity

Basic Packing Tips

Currency &
Daily Budget

Tipping Etiquette

SIM Card & WIFI

Electricity

Emergency

Safety

Eating habit

Language

Holidays

Free & Easy Tips

 

Weather

■ Temperature:
25-30 ℃ from May to October; 15-25 ℃ from November to April.
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■ Precipitation:
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■ Rainy season:
Northern Taiwan: February to April, May to September.
Southern Taiwan: June to August.
■ Typhoon season:
July to August.
■ Snowy season:
December to January (only in some specific high mountains)

The weather may be unstable sometimes, to make sure you bring the suitable clothes, please check the weather forecast before departure.
Taiwan Central Weather Bureau http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/forecast/

 

Luggage Capacit

Specification Size
20 inches 55 x 40 x 20 cm
24 inches 67 x 44 x 26 cm
27 inches 70 x 45 x 29 cm
29 inches 74 x 47 x 31 cm

■ 5 seater sedan (passengers: 1~3 pax)
e.g: Toyota Camry or Toyota Wish
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■ 8 seater van (passengers: 4~7 pax)
e.g: Volkswagen T5 Caravell or Hyundai Starex
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■ 21 seater bus (passengers: 8-16 pax)
 
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■ 43 seater bus (passengers: 17-40 pax)
 
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Basic Packing Tips

Summer

√ Sunglasses
√ Hat
√ Sunscreen

Rainy Season

√ Umbrellas
√ Raincoats

Beaches

√ Shorts / Bikini
√ Sandals
√ Sunscreen
! Due to safety concern, please follow the tour guide’s instructions. You may not be allowed to play around in some sea areas.

Mountains

√ Jacket / long-sleeve clothes
√ anti-mosquito measures
! Please avoid wearing colorful clothes and perfume to prevent wasp attacks.

Hot Spring

■ Public hot spring pool
√ Swimming Suit / Pants
√ Swimming Caps
√ Towels
! You are not allowed to wear any clothes in Japanese nude bathing hot spring.

Currency & Consumption Level

■ Currency
Taiwan’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NTD before departure.
 
Traveler’s checks are not commonly used in Taiwan. Therefore, withdrawing cash from ATM machines will be the easiest way to get money.
 
 
■ Daily Budget
The standard of living in Taiwan lies in the middle among Asian countries. It’s lower than Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong; but it’s a bit higher than China and the rest of Southeast Asian countries.
 
– Coca Cola 600 ml: 29 NTD (nearly 1 USD)
– Mcdonald’s combo meal costs about 3-5 USD
 
If your tour fee includes meals, you only need to prepare 500 NTD per person per day for local snacks/drinks and souvenirs. If your tour fee excludes meals and entrance fees, we suggest you prepare 1,500-2,000 NTD per person per day.
 
Price in Taiwan are generally reasonable. Travelers don’t need to worry about being ripped off. Therefore, bargaining is uncommon in Taiwan. Generally speaking, we don’t bargain in department stores and shops. Sometimes, We do bargain a bit in night markets or with street side vendors in tourists spots. As a gauge, the reasonable range for bargaining is 5-10% discount. It’s likely that the more you buy, the more discounts you can get.

Tipping Etiquette

We want our customers to be able to tip whatever amount they are comfortable with. Normally, we suggest tipping around 300-600 NTD> per guest per day to show appreciation for excellent performance. It could be more if you are extremely satisfied with our service.

 

SIM Card & WIFI

It’s convenient to get a prepaid mobile SIM card at the airport. There are various packages with varying data and airtime to meet your different needs. Each SIM card costs about 500-1,000 NTD. Please prepare 2 Identification Documents(ID) such as your passport or driver license when buying a SIM card. Remember to inform the counter your device’s model so that you can get the right SIM card.

The Taiwanese government has built an iTaiwan WiFi system to provide free WiFi service to foreign visitors. Free WiFi in Taiwan has more than 4,400 hotspots available in public areas such as government agencies, hospitals, airports, transport systems, etc. To access the free iTaiwan WiFi, you need a cell phone number to activate it in two easy steps.
iTaiwan website http://itaiwan.taiwan.net.tw/

 

Electricity

Taiwan electrical voltage standard is 110 Volts/60 Hertz with two-pin plugs (Type A). If your appliance does not support 110V/60 Hz, you should prepare a voltage converter.

 

Socket Taiwan

Emergency

For police department:110

For fire department or ambulance:119

For non-emergency cases: Call 0800-024-111. It is 24-hours free hotline for foreigners with English and Chinese service.

 

Safety

Taiwan was ranked the second safest country in the world in 2015 due to the friendly people, low crime rate. The report described Taiwan as: “Tourists were never faced any violence or got worried in Taiwan. It is the perfect place with many beautiful spots to lead a safer life which is an advanced industrial economy that experience rapid economic growth and industrialization.”

Read more about the report http://www.presscave.com/top-safest-countries-in-the-world/

 

Eating habit

Noodles and rice are the staple of Taiwanese. Chicken, pork, beef, lamb, fish (its offal and blood products) and all kinds of vegetables are what we eat in our daily life. It’s not a problem to find vegetarian or Halal restaurants in Taiwan.

 

Language

Hello: nĭ hăo
How are you? nĭ hăo mah?
Good/ok: hăo
Not good: bù hăo
Thank you: xiè xie
You are welcome: bú kè qì
Excuse me/sorry: duì bù qĭ
Bye-bye: zài jiàn
How much is it: duō shăo qián
Please help me: qĭng bāng zhù wŏ
I don’t understand: wŏ tīng bù dŏng
I want to go to the toilet: wŏ yào qù cè sŭo
Tones in Mandarin Chinese
ā:first tone (flat)
á:second tone (going up)
ă:third tone (down and up)
à:fourth tone (going up)
ā:neutral tone (light)

Holidays

Holiday Name Date in 2016 Date in 2017
Republic Day 1 Jan – 3 Jan 1 Jan – 2 Jan
Chinese New Year 6 Feb – 14 Feb 27 Jan – 1 Feb
228 Memorial Day 27 Feb – 29 Feb 25 Feb – 28 Feb
Tomb Sweeping Day 2 Apr – 5 Apr 1 Apr – 4 Apr
Dragon Boat Festival 9 Jun – 12 Jun 27 May – 30 May
Student’s Summer Vacation 1 Jul – 31 Aug 1 Jul – 31 Aug
Mid-Autumn Festival 15 Sep – 18 Sep 4 Oct
National Day 8 Oct – 10 Oct 7 Oct – 10 Oct

Free & Easy Tips

■ How to get around the Taipei city
Metro (MRT) Taipei

Single-Journey Ticket: from 20 NTD – 65 NTD
Easycard: It is vailable at Information Counter in all Taipei Metro stations and convenience stores.

Each card costs 100 NTD. Once the card is charged, it can be used immediately. The cards can be used to pay transport fares and can also be used as an e-wallet for small purchases at convenience stores and pay for Youbike rental fee.

To get the route map, please check the official website.

The weather may be unstable sometimes, to make sure you bring the suitable clothes, please check the weather forecast before departure.
Metro Taipei http://english.metro.taipei/

 
Taxi

For the newest taxi pricing, please check Department of Transportation Taipei City Government http://english.dot.gov.taipei/

 
YouBike

It is a City-wide bike rental service. There will be 5 NTD for the first 30 minutes in Taipei City. After that, it is 10 NTD per 30 minutes within the first 4 hours. Plese check the official website in case of any change in rate.
YouBike http://taipei.youbike.com.tw/en/

 
■ Recommended activities
Taipei eye: Traditional Chinese(Beijing) Opera
Night market tour: Having a local dinner
Sweet potato mama: Volunteer tour & job experience
Beijing Opera make up: Becoming an actor/actress in Traditional Beijing Opera