If you’re traveling in Southeast Asia for a long time, you might want to get some rest in an urban environment after all the rural areas. Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is the perfect spot for this.
I usually don’t like to stay in big metropolises on my round the world trip. First, they can be extremely crowded. Second, I feel like I’d need to stay there for weeks to delve beneath the surface.
With these prejudices in mind, Taipei turned out to be a positive surprise. Here are 5 reasons why I loved Taipei.
1. It’s Surprisingly Peaceful
When I first arrived in Taipei, I was wondering where all the people had gone. The streets were relatively quiet, and I could walk around freely without getting stuck in crowds. The city even has plenty of beautiful parks to explore!
2. The Culture Is Thriving
Taipei is surprisingly peaceful, but it’s not dead by any means. Instead, the city clearly has a living and breathing culture. Whether it’s demonstrations or outdoor martial arts practicing, there seems to be something going on all the time.
3. There’s Plenty of Museums and Exhibitions
There are many great local museums in Taipei, such as the National Palace Museum. Many international exhibitions also pass through Taipei. I visited both a great Pixar exhibition and a not-so-great Avatar: Discover Pandora exhibit, and there would have been dozens of other opportunities around the city.
4. The Public Transport Is Great
When I visit big cities, I’m always happy to find a good public transport network. Therefore, the great public transport was one of my main reasons to love Taipei. The encompassing metro lines spread around the city, so it doesn’t matter if your accommodation is a bit further away center. Getting from one place to another is both easy and relatively cheap.
5. Whatever You Want to Eat, They’ve Got It
Taiwan has a strong food culture. Just go to any local night market in Taipei and you’ll see all kinds of treats cooked in the stands. And if you want to have something more international, you’ll have no trouble finding it in Taipei. (Even the 7-Eleven sushi’s are pretty good!)
Third day in Taipei, and I really like this city. It's clean, beautiful and surprisingly peaceful. I can see why so many expats move here for good! . (Or maybe I just enjoy it so much because I came from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After that place, even Kathmandu would feel like Shangri-La in comparison!)