Taipei City Guide + Travel Tips (Taiwan – 臺北市)


Today we’re going to take you around a city
that completely won us over: Taipei (臺北市 – 台北市). As two self-proclaimed foodies who are always
on the hunt for the next meal, we loved the amazing mix of restaurants and street markets
the city had to offer. On top of that, there were plenty of temples,
museums, and nature escapes to keep us busy throughout the day, so we actually managed
to pack quite a bit into our trip. With this video, we’re going to show you
30 things to do in Taipei, Taiwan (中華民國), and you can count on a few foodie recommendations
to be sprinkled throughout. Now let’s get started. Let’s start with the city’s most iconic
landmark: Taipei 101 (臺北101 / 台北101). Well good morning. Today the skies have finally parted. It has stopped raining. So we’re going to visit the attraction we’ve
been waiting for. We’re heading to Taipei 101 (臺北101 – 台北101). This was the tallest building in the world
at one point. It no longer is so yeah it should be fun and
we should be able to get some great views of the city. So we have the tickets. You paid. You do the math. So it is 600 Taiwan dollars each. So you’re basically looking at just under
twenty US bucks. About nineteen dollars. So not cheap but I think it is going to be
worth it. So we made it to the top. Yeah, that was crazy. So it took thirty seven seconds. When we both got off we thought man that felt
like it was only like five or ten seconds. I know. And to get up that high it didn’t feel like
it is as powerful as you would think. It was still really smooth. It was very smooth but my ears did pop. Once you finish visiting Taipei 101, you’ll
exit inside the Taipei 101 mall which is also worth the visit. This is a mall with high end brands and designer
labels, and it’s probably the most luxurious mall we’ve ever set foot in. So if you’re looking for panoramic views of
Taipei that also include Taipei 101 you’ll want to climb Elephant Hill (象山). We’re currently struggling here. They call it a hike but really it is just
hundreds of stairs and you’re just climbing stairs the whole time. But we’re starting to get nice views. Just catching our breath now. So I think the hardest part was probably the
humidity not even the steps. Yeah. Sam, what did you think? I’m sweating profusely. I think I see some little drips there on your
forehead. Little? I’m like totally drenched in my shirt. I’m so glad we brought water because we weren’t
initially planning to do this one today. Yeah. Good idea to put some water in my backpack. Next, we visited Liberty Square which is flanked
by the National Theater to the north, the National Concert Hall to the south, and the
Freedom Square Memorial Arch to the west. These structures are impressive enough on
their own, but the main reason you come here is to see Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)
which was erected in memory of the former president of the Republic of China. You can also watch a changing of the guard
ceremony at the memorial, but try to get there early, otherwise you’ll be several rows
of people deep. Another place to visit in Taipei (臺北市
– 台北市) is the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine (國民革命忠烈祠),
which was built to honour the soldiers who died during the War of Resistance against
Japan, the Civil War between Nationalist and Communist China, and the First and Second
Taiwan Strait Crises. You can also watch the changing of the guard
here. So we have just arrived at the Shilin Night
Market (士林夜市) and it is still quite early. It is 4:30 PM. Most of the stalls start opening closer to
five o’clock and things will only continue to get busier as the night goes on. And apparently this market can run until like
one or two in the morning. So yeah, still very early. We were hungry so we couldn’t wait any longer. If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely
enjoy Shilin Night Market. There are food options galore and there’s
enough variety that you can turn all the snacking into a full meal. If your taste buds are feeling adventurous,
be sure to track down stinky tofu! So Sam is leading the way with this one. What are we having next? Alright moment of truth. We’ve been playing it kind of tame. Playing it kind of safe so far. We’re going right in to the classic Taiwanese
street food (台湾街头食品) here. We are having Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐). I’m going to go take a bite here. Yeah. I think there is some cabbage. You can see it is on a double skewer here. Yeah, a double skewers and it has got cabbage
in the middle. Somewhat like a sandwich. Oh my. A little overpowering there. That is something else. Oh. It is spicy. Um. Oh man. I’m keeping my distance. It is just you really taste the sourness of
it. And the fermented aspect and woah. That is something that would take a while
to get used to. I don’t think I’m ever going to enjoy this
one to be honest. One of my favourite outings in Taipei was
riding the Maokong Gondola (貓空) up to the hills. The route is 4.3 kilometres long and we rode
in a cabin with glass floors, which was kind of scary but cool at the same time. And of course because this is Taipei (臺北市
– 台北市) it started raining again as soon as we got off the Gondola. So I think we’re going to pop in for some
tea. There are lots of little teahouses around
here. So yeah, we’re going to stay dry and I hope
the rain stops. Sam is stealing my order. He saw that I was ordering something really
tasty and he was like that is what I’m getting. Yeah, well. Copycat! You’re taking the good one. Copycat! I’m copycat-ing. Why not? So we’ve found a teahouse with a view. We’ve got Taipei 101 off in the distance. There she be. And we also have nice lush greenery all around
us. And we feel really far removed away from the
city which is quite a nice feeling. It doesn’t actually take that long to get
away from the city centre and to be out in nature. Which is something I really like. We may have gone a little overboard. We ordered two different kinds of teas. One coffee and lots of Taiwanese desserts. This one is actually Sam’s. I believe it is Taguen if I’m pronouncing
that correctly. Yeah, Taguin or Taguin tea. We asked what was the local tea and they suggested
this one. This is the one. So we have to let it steep for two minutes
and then we can pour it. And then look at the snack plate that we have. We’ve got cookies, we’ve got dried fruit,
we’ve got something that looks like mango. Yeah yeah. Oh man it looks so good Oh my. It looks like is that one with peanuts or
something? Maybe? Wow. I’m going to wait for my tea and then we’ll
dig in to this. Already getting in to the snacks. Yeah, I already had one of these. This is awesome. This is like one of those uh sweet and sour
dried plums. Oh, I love these. Mmmmm. You’re just popping them like candy. Mmmm. They are really good. Um, they have a large pit in the middle but
really sweet inside. Um, just so flavorful. You look like you’re having a moment over
there. I am. Dessert time. What are you trying first? This cookie. I really hope it is peanut butter. Please be peanut butter. Mmmm. What is it? Not peanut butter. Not peanut butter? Is it sweet? Yeah but I can’t identify what it is. But it is not peanut butter. Hahaha. Well why would it be? Hahaha. That is not a thing in Taiwan (中華民國)
is it? I’m going to try this one. I think it is puffed rice. It is light in the hand and sticky. Mmmmm. Yep. Nice and crunchy. Sweet on the outside. Mmmm. I like it. And now there is one more left to try. That little green one. Please be wasabi. Please be wasabi. Haha. It is probably going to be matcha. Mmmmm. That is like a crumbly I don’t know if you’d
call it a cookie it is more like a cake. Is it green tea flavored? No, it is not. Is it wasabi. No, it is not. It is sweet. It is really good though. On the way back from the gondola, you’ll
exit next to the Taipei Zoo (臺北市立動物園), which is a family-friendly attraction in the
city. We are now visiting the Beitou Hot Springs
(北投溫泉) and it smells like rotten eggs. Doesn’t smell very pretty but it does look
pretty cool. So we can’t go swimming in that very spot
because it is over seventy five degrees Celsius and that would kind of cook you up. Hahaha. Um, haha. That would not be fun. So we’re visiting Guandu Nature Park (關渡自然公園)
and it is nice to get out in nature here obviously but we’re hoping to also spot some birds as
well today. So Sam is being way too loud in this park
and all the birds keep flying away before he can spot them. So Sam are you spotting any birds or are you
scaring them away? Probably a bit of both. Like I spotted a few but I didn’t have my
camera ready so it was a bit of a photography fail. But we just started so I still am confident
we can find some. I think you’re being too loud. That is why the birds keep flying away. So Sam spent so much time in nature that he
just confused a bird call for the sound of a construction truck. Hahaha. What? How is that possible? Hey, the construction trucks sound a little
different over here I guess. I don’t have any excuses. Tamshui (淡水區) is a seaside district
that’s 40 minutes north of Taipei, so we thought we’d include it in this list. The bike path along the waterfront makes it
perfect for a day trip on a sunny day. So this is pretty cool. We just rented bikes outside of the station
and I did math wrong. So I thought it was ten dollars for an hour
which I thought was great but it turns out it is only a little over a dollar and you
get the bicycle for a whole hour and you can just ride along the waterfront so yeah that
is what we’re going to be doing. And it is a beautiful day to be out after
all that rain. So the biking was a lot of fun. I mean we covered quite a bit of territory
in just one hour. Really cool just going out and seeing people
fishing, you see people out shopping doing different things. Just it is nice and quiet out here. Yeah, and there are museums and cultural attractions. We didn’t really visit many of them because
we would have had to get off of our bikes and we didn’t have a lock for that so yeah
we just kind of focussed on the bike ride which was fun though still. If you don’t want to go all the way to Tamshui
(淡水區), you can also explore Taipei (臺北市 – 台北市) by bike with the U-Bike share
system that has kiosks across the city. Today we’re on a bit of a food mission. We’ve been hearing about Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐
– 鼎泰丰). Apparently, they specialize in soup dumplings. So that is what we’re going to try today. We absolutely love dumplings so any excuse
for us to eat dumplings is always a good one and yeah it is another rainy day in Taipei
(臺北市) so we figured let’s plan our day around food. Let’s go eat. Yes, and this place opens at ten in the morning
and we are expecting huge lines. So we’re here early let’s go get in line. Alright so before coming here we were reading
the history of the place and apparently the man who started this Yang he used to run a
shop where he sold cooking oil and like that was his business but apparently when that
industry started to change and people weren’t buying as much cooking oil anymore he had
to come up with a new business idea so he and his wife decided okay we’re going to sell
soup dumplings and like they became such a huge hit that today they have locations not
only across Taipei (臺北市) and Taiwan (中華民國) but also around the world in
places like LA, Hong Kong. So yeah, pretty cool story and now we’re waiting
for the food. This is the look of excitement. So the star of the meal has arrived. The Xiaolongbao (小笼包 – 小籠包) is
here on the table in real life. And this is cool. So you eat it with a special sauce and they
actually give you instructions on how it is done. How to enjoy Xiao long bao (小笼包 – 小籠包). This is how you eat it. Um, and they basically explain how to prepare
the sauce so we’re going to try our hand at this. The waiter actually wanted to make it for
us and we’re like no. We are filming this. Haha. So allow me to demonstrate. Okay so first up we have our little plate
with ginger right here. So it says put some soy sauce and vinegar. So it is one part soy sauce. One part soy sauce. And three parts vinegar. I’d say that is about three parts vinegar. Next up we grab our little Xiaolongbao (小笼包
– 小籠包) and dip it into the sauce. Once it has been dipped we place it on the
spoon. Let us see what is next. Oh, let’s not forget you have to poke a little
hole to let out the soupy broth that is hiding in there. Can you see that. Oh my gosh. Oh wow look at it seeping out. Pouring out. And then then you take some of the ginger
from the plate add it on top and it all goes in in one bite. Is that too big for one bite? Try. Mmmm. Is that tasty? Wow. That is amazing. That is so juicy. Oh man. Is that one of the best dumplings you’ve ever
had? It really is. I’m so glad we came here and stood in line. This is worth it. So next up we’re visiting the National Palace
Museum (國立故宮博物院). It is still drizzling if you can believe that. But at least the sun has also come out. So a little bit warmer. We’ve got some rainbows and yeah we’re just
going to visit this place. Okay so we had a slight change of plans. It was really crowded to go into the museum
and they actually had lines to visit some of the galleries so we decided to scrapt that. We’re not going in and we’re visiting the
Zhishan Gardens (至善園) instead which are right next door. It is really cheap to get in and yeah it is
so peaceful. Hardly anyone in sight. Another thing to do in Taipei is to visit
the Lungshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺). This is a Buddhist temple that was built by
Chinese settlers from Fujian, in honour of Guanyin, also known as the Goddess of Mercy. Now, it’s been a while since we talked about
food in this video, so let’s hop over to the Raohe Street Night Market (饒河夜市). This market was even more geared towards foodies
than the Shilin Night Market, which we had previously visited. We had baked pork buns, egg tarts, cartoon-shaped
waffles, chicken steak, as well as a few mysterious snacks, however, the most memorable was the
liquid nitrogen ice cream. Please put the whole cookie deep in your mouth
and chew it. So what are you having Audrey? It is smoking. Smoking cookie. I have to put this whole thing in my mouth,
chew with my teeth and not with my tongue. Alright. Woah! It is smoking out of your mouth. Haha. You look like a dragon. Haha. Is it good? It is cold. It is like ice. Oh wow. It kind of gets stuck to your tongue. That is why they tell you to eat it with your
teeth and eat it fast. And while we’re on the topic of food, let
us show you what a typical Taiwanese breakfast looks like. So this is a wheat cake with sesame seeds
on the exterior and it has an omelet inside. And for those of you with a sweet tooth, allow
us to introduce you to Mango Shaved Ice. Alright, so our dessert has arrived. And it is standing room only at this particular
spot. So they’ve got like this little bar outside
where you just bring your dessert, you eat it here but check this out. Yeah, because all of the tables are full. I know it is packed with people and there
is a huge line of people ordering. So this is it. This is the Mango Snowflake Ice (Xue hua bin
– 雪花冰). It is a mountain. Like this is huge. And we went for the classic so it is just
mango and panna cotta on top. But I mean they probably have like ten different
flavors with like strawberries and chocolate and red beans and you can choose anything. Okay, so I’m just going to try and get a bit
of everything. Oh wow. The ice is melting a bit already. I know you have to be fast with this because
it just starts melting on the spot. Okay, I’m going to get some mango. So I’ve got a little bit of everything now. Mmmm. What do you think? Oh yeah, that is really sweet. You taste. You really taste the shaved ice, you really
taste the syrup and the nice big chunks or mango. Fresh mango. It reminds me of something we had in Korea
not too long ago called Sulbing (설빙). Yeah, which is their shaved ice dessert (Bao
Bing – 刨冰 – 礤冰)) and yeah it is really good. Um, I think I would enjoy this even more on
a hot day as opposed to a cool one like this but it is still a lot of fun and still really
enjoying it. We also made sure to try a dish that’s a
local favourite: beef noodle soup. We’re going to be trying beef noodle soup
(牛肉麵 – 牛肉面) and this is a super popular dish. We plotted a whole bunch of places on our
phone and finally settled on one. So let’s go find Jian Hong Beef Noodles (建宏牛肉麵). Let’s go. Alright, so the food is already here. It came out super quickly. We ordered two bowls and this is a small portion
but you know what? I think this is going to be pretty filling
for one person. It is pretty big for a small portion. Yeah. I was kind of worried we wouldn’t be able
to get a table because it is already eleven thirty in the morning. So kind of close to lunch but there is still
plenty of space so that is good. Um, but yeah, anyways let’s have a look. A closer look at the meal. So here you have it. So it is a noodle soup with a beef broth and
these chunks of meat on top. Those are really generous chunks of meat. I know. Yeah, it is a lot thicker than I would have
imagined. Yeah. And the beef it can be tendon, brisket or
shank. And again I was worried this was going to
be all tendon. I’m not a huge fan of tendon so I’m glad to
see like some really nice cuts of meat in here with not a whole lot of fat. So yeah, I’m going to grab some chopsticks
right here. Lots of what appears to be chives. Green onions as well. Yeah, chives on top. So let’s do this. Let’s try this. Putting my noodles on a spoon perhaps. Mmm. That is good. They look thick. Mmmm. They are quite thick yeah. They are nice. A little chewy. They’ve been soaking in the beef broth so
that is nice. Let’s go for some noodles and meat now. Oh my. This is messy. I do not have a talent for noodles and chopsticks. My goodness. Haha. Why don’t you try the meat? Both of them. Noodles and meat. Okay. So you’re getting the noodles on there. Got the noodles. Ooh, okay. You know what? Let’s just go with the meat guys. The chopsticks aren’t helping me today. Mmmm. Oh wow. It is like really salty and savory. Mmm. You like that? Mmmm. It is quite tender as well. Yeah, this has been cooking for a while. This is good. Pleasantly surprised over here. If I had to describe Huashan 1914 Creative
Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區) in 2 words, it would be hipster central. This place was once a winery, but today it’s
a multi-purpose space that draws artists looking to showcase plays, films, art, photography,
and so much more. We also noticed it’s really popular with
Instagrammers – seriously, there were photoshoots happening every few steps! So if you happen to be in Taipei on a rainy
day you can check out the National Taiwan Museum (國立台灣博物館). However, if you’re here on a rainy day and
a Monday like we are you’re out of luck. We’re only going to be able to show you the
exterior and that is about it. Another place to visit is the 228 Peace Memorial
(二二八和平紀念公園 / 二二八和平纪念公园) located in the same park as the National Taiwan
Museum. It commemorates the victims of what is known
as the February 28 Incident, which began on the same date and saw thousands of civilians
killed for taking part in an anti-government uprising. So next up we’re at Hsing Tiang Temple (行天宮)
which you can see right behind me. And this temple has more of a local feel. You don’t see as many tourists here and the
temple is dedicated to the patron Saint of Businessmen. So I’m guessing lots of businessmen are probably
going to be in here praying and getting blessings. So let’s go check it out. We also made time to visit the Taipei Expo
Park (花博公園), which is a multi-purpose park just north of the city centre that hosts
different events and exhibitions. From there, it’s just a skip and a hop to
the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館), which focuses on modern and contemporary art;
and while you’re at it, you can also visit Taipei Story Museum (台北故事館), which
is a house that was built in the English tudor style by a tea merchant, and now holds exhibits
related to tea and local history. The street food adventures continue and we
are going to be eating at the Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市). So this is our third night market here in
Taipei (臺北市) and I feel like there is still a lot of Taiwanese street food we haven’t
tried. So we’re going to be on a mission to try a
whole bunch of new stuff tonight. You may be tired of hearing about night markets
and street food at this point, but indulge us once more for our third and final market
visit in Taipei. In Ningxia Night Market, we sampled a shrimp
stick stuffed with cheese, Chinese Scallion pancakes, flaming beef (yes, they cooked it
with a blow torch!), Papaya Milk Smoothies, Cheese Potato, and coffin bread. Now wrapping up this video, here’s a quick
note on transportation. Travel tip for Taipei. Yeah, so pretty much the easiest way to get
around Taipei is by the MRT (台北捷運) and if you’re going to come here you’ll want
to pick up an EasyCard (悠遊卡). We paid a hundred Taiwanese dollars for this. Which is about three US dollars right now. And then you can load it reload it. It helps you save on fares and the best part
is you don’t have to keep getting single purchase fares every time you go to the station. And that’s it for our visit to Taipei! We hope you enjoyed this video and that you
got a few of idea of things to do, see, and most importantly, eat on your next visit. As always, if you have any other suggestions
of fun things to do around Taipei, we invite you to share them with travellers in the comments
below. Wishing you happy travels and until next time! Alright guys, so if you’ve been watching our
channel for the last few weeks you’ve probably noticed that we’ve filmed a lot in Taipei
(臺北市). So we thought for today’s video we would share
some tips. Yep. And some costs. Because a lot of people asked how expensive
is Taipei? Or how much money did we spend and do you
have any tips. So today it is going to be more of a practical
video with a lot of information. Yeah, exactly and the cool thing is you guys
suggested we do this and we’re really excited to do it. We listened. We listened. Also, we have a lot of information to share
so we had to make notes on the computer. You’re probably going to catch us staring
down but it is just because otherwise it is a lot of prices to remember. Yeah, we don’t want to miss out on stuff. So let’s get started. First up we’re going to talk about transportation
from the airport in to Taipei (臺北市). So we have a few different options. Yeah, so we’re looking down at the screen
so the first option is taking the Express Airport Bus. And that is what we did. We ended up doing that and it is probably
the cheapest and maybe one of the most convenient ways to get around. Yeah. So I’m looking here and the price range is
between 120 and 150 New Taiwan Dollars which means it runs for about four to five US bucks. Yeah. So basically when you exit in the arrivals
gate just go to the information desk and ask them about the bus and they’ll point you in
the right direction. And then once you get to the right stand you
just need to let them know where in the city you are going and they’ll tell you what stop
you need to get off at and they will charge you accordingly. Yeah, it is awesome. Super easy. You don’t even have to know which bus number
you’re going on. They have that figured out for you. Next option. Alright so moving on there is the high speed
rail station located at the airport and the cool thing I’m looking here is that we didn’t
do this so I have to look at my notes here so it takes 25 minutes to get from the airport
to the main train station. Which is pretty amazing. That is a really fast ride. Yeah. And the train station in Taipei is a really
central location so that might be your best bet. Then you would have to transfer either to
the subway or the bus. Yeah. Because I mean your hotel may not be next
to the main train station. Right. So it might involve multiple types of transportation. I’m seeing that the price here is a 165 New
Taiwan Dollars which is under $6 US bucks. So again not bad. Pretty cheap. It would be a really efficient way to get
in to the city and probably quite fun. I always like, we like taking trains. Actually Sam. Next up. Alright, okay so we’re moving up in price. This is the Airport Shuttle. Um, I guess this is probably a little bit
more comfortable. It says door to door service to all hotels
in Taipei City. So yeah, that is pretty fancy but you are
going to be paying more. I’m noticing the price is 350 New Taiwan Dollars
which puts you at over $11 US dollars per person. So yeah, that is a big bump up in price. And a real big bump up in price is the next
option. The taxi. The taxi. And that is going to cost you from anywhere
from 900 to 1200 New Taiwan Dollars. So you are looking at the 30 to 40 US dollar
price range. And that is if you’re staying in the city
centre. Yeah, honestly I would probably go for first
option. Yep. Because the bus was very comfortable, easy
to find, they dropped us off where we needed to go. So yeah. Super affordable too. Super affordable and yeah I’ve done that I’ve
been to Taipei (臺北市) twice. You’ve been once. And I’ve done that service twice. Great service. Okay that is transportation and next let’s
move on to accommodations. What type of accommodations are you going
to stay in in Taipei? So let’s start with the cheapest. Hostels. And that is always the hostel. Always hostels. Almost anywhere in the world is a hostel. And looking at my notes here you can stay
at a hostel for anywhere between 400 to 600 New Taiwan Dollars and so that’s between 12
to 20 US bucks. And that makes sense because when I went in
2010 I stayed at one of the cheapest hostels and it was 10 US dollars so like six or seven
years later the cheapest one is about 12 bucks. Yeah, that sounds about right. You’ll probably get a bed in a dorm so you
may be sharing the space with a few different travelers. Yep. But if you’re traveling solo that can be a
really fun way to meet people. So it is an option. Yeah. Next option is between 2 to 3 star hotels
and at that price you’re looking at between $40 to $100 US dollars. What we went for this time was actually an
AirBNB rental and we often use AirBnB when we travel. So we got what would you call it? Like a studio? Yeah, it was kind of like a studio apartment. It had more features than a typical hotel. Like we had our own washer. We had a tiny kitchen. Yeah. We had actually everything else was the same
as a hotel except for those two things. Yeah. We had a little kitchen and a little washer
and a place to hang up our clothes. Which is really nice. It meant that we could do our own laundry. Because we were staying there for over a week
so yeah we did laundry every other day and that meant we had nice clean clothes. We had a kitchen we were prepared our breakfasts
so that was pretty nice. Yeah. And we did that. We bought some local fruit. We did stuff like that. So this type of place when you have your own
kitchen it allows you to save a little bit of money because it is one less meal that
you have to spend at a restaurant. And you know what? The Air BNB rental was actually slightly cheaper
than staying in a hotel room and we had more space. Yes. Sounds pretty cool. So price wise. So yeah pricewise it was like we paid I think
it was about 50 bucks a night and 40 to 60 dollars gets you that type of place in Taipei. Oh and our Airbnb was like right outside the
metro station. Yes. Literally. Like you had the exit and then our building
was right next door so it was amazing for transportation. So the cool thing about Taipei (臺北市)
is that it has one of the most amazing metro systems we’ve ever used. And our biggest tip is not so much where you’re
going to stay. There is not a particular neighborhood we’d
recommend but do get a place that is within walking distance of a metro. Because that is going to allow you to get
anywhere in the city super efficiently. Alright so, moving that ties in nicely to
what we’re doing because we’re going to talk about transportation. Alright. And the only thing that we recommend doing
for transportation in Taipei is to the take the Taipei Metro also known as the MRT. Yep. And you got an EasyCard for that. Right. EasyCard is awesome. I’m looking over here just to confirm the
price. Yeah, the Easy Card is a 100 New Taiwan Dollars
which is just over 3 US bucks. Amazing card to have. Not only can you use it to get around on the
metro but you can also use it for museums, yeah for a few attractions around the city. The zoo. The zoo. The Maokong Gondola. So taking the cable car and also you can also
use it to rent the public bikes too. Yeah, so it is like multifunctional. Multipurpose. It is one of the most versatile transportation
cards you can ever pick up. Like it is just awesome. Oh and the other cool thing and this is really
important is you save 20% on your fares. So fares start at 20 New Taiwan Dollars which
is like what 60 or 70 US cents. And you get your 20% discount and that brings
it down to you’re starting off at like 50 cents which is 16 NTD. And Sam loves discounts. Yeah. That is why he got the card. So yeah it is going to save you money thought
especially if you’re there for a few days. And there is an option here I’m just looking
down here you can get a one day pass. And we didn’t do this obviously because we
stayed for a while but if you pay a 200 Taiwanese Dollars which is under 7 US bucks that gives
you unlimited rides on the MRT but it does. I’m looking here at the notes. It does not include the Maokong Gondola. Womp womp. So yeah. But anyways I can’t stress enough how cool
this MRT is. It is so clean, so efficient, on time. Gets you anywhere in the city within minutes. It has a fun little jingle. Yeah. We loved it. We took it go everywhere. If we couldn’t walk there we where we taking
the MRT. So you’ve probably already watched our city
guide of things to do in Taipei but we wanted to highlight a few activities that are free. If you’re not looking to spend any money whatsoever. Right. So number 1 if you don’t want to go up Taipei
101 but you want cool views of the city you can actually climb the Elephant Hill and we
show that in our video. It involves a whole lot of stairs. Yeah. You’re probably going to be sweaty but you
can get pretty high up and then you just get these amazing landscape views of Taipei. I’d do that in the morning or late afternoon. Yes. Because you will be hot and sweaty if you
do it midday. Haha. The humidity in Taipei is off the charts. Okay, the second thing and this is something
we did a lot of is you’ve got to check out the night markets and eat the street food
in Taipei (臺北市). Yes. It is legendary. There are so many to choose from. We went to some of the more famous ones. Shilin, Ningxia and Raohe. Yeah those are the three we went to. There is more. There is more within the city centre. There is also more that you can visit like
on a daytrip. Yeah, so those markets. I mean markets are free to visit so it is
just a matter of how much you end up spending on food there. So again if you’re on a budget it is a really
great place to go for your meals. We are going to number 3. That is the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. One of the most like iconic famous places
to visit in the city. Um, it is just is definitely worth a visit. Yeah, it is free. You can go there to watch the changing of
the guard. Yep. It does get quite crowded and I would also
recommend going either early in the morning or late in the afternoon because when the
sun is shining down on like that white marble or whatever it is like it kind of burns. It is so hot like you really feel the heat
shining back in your face. You get baked. It is a really intense. You get baked. So yeah early in the day is best. Another free attraction you can visit are
the Beitou Hot Springs. And you do have to pay if you want to go in
to some of the private springs. It is just a small fee to go in so yourself. But if you just want to enjoy the springs
and like look at them. Take pictures. That is also free. Yeah an important thing to note about that
is that is kind of on the outskirts of the city. That is not in the city centre. So that takes a little. It is a little bit longer to get to. But it is one of the. It is definitely wired from downtown. And the last one is probably one of the most
famous temples in all of Taipei (臺北市). It is the Longshan Temple. Longshan. So yeah check that place out. So those are the five things that we recommend. For free! For free. And so the next section that we have are the
must do things in the city. Things that you’re going to have to pay for. Yeah, you will pay for these but do not miss
them. And number one is Taipei 101. Of course. One of the coolest buildings we’ve ever seen
anywhere. Like not just the outside design of it is
awesome but it is also just an amazing building to go in to. There is it is really nice. Really new and modern. So in terms of the price of visiting it is
only 600 New Taiwan Dollars which is under $20 US bucks at the current moment. So a little bit pricy but I mean it is the
most iconic site in all of Taipei so I think it is worth paying for it. Next is the Gondola ride. That was fun. I think that was probably our favorite activity
right? On a personal level. Yeah. It is just gorgeous to go on this gondola
ride. You are out in nature and yeah you just get
like when you arrive it is so cool you can get a really cool view of like the city way
off in the distance. And it is also a great place to have a Taiwanese
tea. Yeah, so you’re up in the hills and they have
a lot of different teahouses you can visit so if you want something close to nature to
just have a very chill and relaxed day you can go have tea and enjoy the views, walk
around so it is pretty cool. And that costs. It is a 120 New Taiwan Dollars which is the
equivalent of $4 US dollars to get there. Yeah. Each way. And as we mentioned before you can use your
EasyCard. So if you have enough credit it is an awesome
way to do it. We’re moving on to must eat foods. What do you have to eat in Taiwan (中華民國). Let’s see. Oh my gosh so we’re going back to night markets. And my gosh there is just an endless supply
of things to try. You have everything from these exotic like
stinky tofu. Ew. To like tame stuff like there is a lot of
really good desserts. Ice cream there is different types of chicken. There is different types of fish. If you guys really want to see all of the
different options of foods to eat you have to check out our three different street food
markets that we hit. Anyways price point for these street food
snacks. Yeah, so you can pay anywhere between 20 to
150 New Taiwan Dollars and that is range is from under 1 US dollar all the way up to 5
US bucks. And the only time we paid that much was for
like expensive more expensive meat and fish items. Most things slotted in between the 30 and
90 price point which is between $1 to $3 US bucks. So man, you could if you have a budget of
ten US dollars per person. You can eat well. You can very well and you will be stuffed
by the time you leave. Okay, so that is a must. The next one is Din Tai Fung. If you’re going all the way to Taipei (臺北市)
you need to try Xiaolongbao. These special pork soup dumplings. They are amazing. And they are really affordable for a restaurant
with so much hype. It is a Michelin Star restaurant. Michelin Star. And this it is safe to say this was our favorite
restaurant in Taipei. We went back again and again and again. I think we went back three or four times. Many times. Five times. Something like that. And we found that like if you’re spending
between $7 to $12 US dollars per person you’re going to be eating really well. So again really quite affordable and the only
thing is we had to line up. Yes. The lines are really long so go early or go
outside of meal times. Like go in the middle of the afternoon and
then maybe you can get in really quick. Right. So this is the fun part. We are going to talk about the things we liked
about Taipei (臺北市). And then disliked. Dun dun dun. Yeah, we’re going to every guide we do we
are going to talk about the things we liked and disliked. Loved and hated. Let’s start with the positives. Alright, so number one. And this is the third time we’re talking about
this. But the night markets and street food in Taipei
are legendary. Like Taipei I would say I would call it the
foodie capital of Asia. Yeah. Like I don’t think the only other city I’ve
been to where they are that passionate about food is Lima in Peru. And that is not in Asia. Haha. So I mean you have night markets that are
running every single day. You have an endless supply of food to try. It is all really affordable. And we also saw that people are willing to
line up for food. Yeah. It is crazy. People will stand in line to eat at this one
particular restaurant because they specialize in something and it is amazing. Even for street food too. So I mean that is a really good way to find
out where you should be eating when you go to these night markets. If there is a line that means it is good. Another thing we really enjoyed about Taipei
(臺北市) was proximity to nature. So it didn’t take very long to ride the MRT
out of the city and just find yourself like in a nature reserve where you can see wildlife
and birds or like to be out in the hot springs. Yeah or the Maokong Gondola. Or the gondola. Yeah or even the day we went out to Tamshui
and we went biking along the waterfront. That was so much fun. So yeah, you’re never too far from the city
centre. And you’re never too far from nature. Sorry that is what I meant to say. You are never too far. You can escape the city center really easily. Yes. Okay next one is ah yeah I want to talk about
the awesome metro system. The MRT. One of the best we’ve ever used anywhere in
the world. Just fantastic, efficient, cheap, clean. Clean. Takes you all over the city. There is lots of lines so you can transfer
easily. Just an awesome way to get around Taipei. Ooh another really important one we met lots
of friendly locals. Like seriously any time we looked a little
lost or disoriented people actually approached us and asked us oh where do you need to go. Do you need any help and that is very rare. I find that in big cities people are always
in a rush or like they’re focussed on themselves and they don’t really stop to help tourists. But in Taipei (臺北市) we had a lot of
people helping us out and we also had random people approach us just to practice English
and have a little chat. Yeah and it wasn’t creepy or anything like
that. They were just like really nice pleasant people. So that was cool. Yeah, I felt welcome. Yeah, that was definitely a highlight of visiting
Taipei (臺北市. Okay and the last point that we really liked
about Taipei is that yes it is a really big city but it is spread out enough that it doesn’t
feel as claustrophobic. It doesn’t feel as crowded as like a Hong
Kong or Seoul or some of these other cities. So it has that it just has a feeling like
you have a bit more open space. Yeah. And I love that. Personal space is nice. So now we’re going to talk about things we
didn’t necessarily like about Taipei (臺北市). And honestly we had to sit down and like kind
of wrack our brains because there weren’t a whole lot of things we disliked. No, it was a really fun trip overall. Yeah. Like we really loved visiting. So the thing we’ll start off with is whether
we were supposed to be visiting what was considered in the dry season. Dry season. And we experienced a lot of rain. And even when it wasn’t raining it was really
humid. So we kind of had to bring an umbrella everywhere
and there would be days where it would be like rain and then a little pocket of sunshine
and then a lot of rain again and so like we had to be prepared for rain all the time. Yeah. And you may have seen some blue skies in the
video. I think we had one day of blue skies and we
were literally oh my gosh it is a sunny day we have to film now. Yeah and we were like running around trying
to film in good weather because honestly it was quite wet while we were there. So another thing we kind of disliked about
the city and this is true of most big cities we visit is around rush hour in the metro
it can get quite crowded. Oh yeah. But yeah aside from that man no complaints. We had a really good time. So if you’re thinking of visiting Taipei (臺北市)
as well we hope this video was kind of handy. Kind of useful. If you have any other questions about the
city feel free to pop those in the comments section below and we’ll try to answer those
if we can. Yep. If not if you guys know the answer feel free
to you know chime in and help fellow travellers out. Yeah, please share your tips because we’ve
only been there for a week so anyone who lives there would know a lot more than we do. So yeah signing off and definitely recommend
going to Taipei (臺北市). Bye. Bye for now.

7 Replies to “Taipei City Guide + Travel Tips (Taiwan – 臺北市)

  1. Very enjoyable to watch as usual and I'm always drooling at the sight of all that food. One day, hopefully…one day…

  2. Hi Sam, we plan to travel starting 2020 and do like what you guys are doing going from one country to another. In term of the monthly budget $3000 per couple including airfare tickets is reasonable ? Do you guys purchase airline tickets in advance when you know the next destination, and how far in advance? Is it best to rent the apartment service if we plan to stay about a month at each location or better to go from hotel/hostel to another ? In term of the money carrying cash or atm is better ? Thanks for your input.

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