Vietnam at a Glance
Taiwan is regarded as one of the most diverse destinations in Asia, with majestic peaks, rolling hills and other natural landscapes as well as temples and pulsating cities. When visiting Taiwan, you will be able to experience all aspects of this beautiful country’s many cultural groups. This small, sweet-potato-shaped island contains a world of contrasts and an infusion of cultural influences that you’re not likely to find in any other country.
Taiwan is situated in the Pacifi c Ocean about 160km from the south eastern coast of the Chinese mainland. It is located about midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and the Philippines to the south. Taiwan is 394km long and 144km wide at its broadest point.
Taiwan is 2 hours behind Australian EST.
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. There is a local dialect called Taiwanese.
The local currency is known as the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), where NTD is divided into 100 cents. AU$1 = NTD$30 (approximately)
Australian passport holders are allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 30 days (no extensions permitted). Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay.
Taiwan enjoys an oceanic, sub-tropical monsoon climate. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. The warm and humid summer lasts from May until September, the mild winter from December until February. During the summer time typhoons sometimes approach or hit the country. The best time to visit Taiwan is September to December and March to May when temperatures are cool and rainfall lowest. Due to the unpredictable climate changes around the world we strongly recommend you check the current weather at your destination prior to departing in order to pack accordingly.
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and also the largest city, with a population of approximately 2,620,000 within the city proper. Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Taiwan; a wonderful world of fascinating contrast with a mix of the modern and traditional. Sightseeing in this energetic city includes Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings, some of the greatest collections of Chinese culture relics, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. There are also some hidden gems in Taipei and strolling along the small alleys can allow you to experience the real Taipei.
Tainan is the ancient capital of Taiwan and the island’s oldest city. Tainan is the fifth largest city in Taiwan and is rich in historic sites, cultural heritage. The snacks available in Tainan are well known throughout Taiwan. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks and renewals inspired its popular nickname the ‘Phoenix City’.
Kaohsiung is located in the south of the Island and is the second largest city in Taiwan. Known as the ‘Harbour Capital’, sightseeing includes Foguangshan Monastery, Spring and Autumn Pavilion and the Dragon and Tiger Pagoda.
TAIWAN Group Tours
TAIWAN Short Stays
Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.