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Read Before You Go Group travel should offer myriad opportunities for adventure, for fun, and for creating relationships that last a lifetime. MyTaiwanTour helps facilitate this by creating custom designed tours and itineraries that connect international travelers with the best activities and destinations that Taiwan has to offer. We’ve assembled a brief list of travel tips for those in the planning stages of their Taiwan Journey. Weather and Seasonal Tips • Spring (Early March – Late May) Weather: Spring is generally a lovely time to visit Taiwan, as temperatures tend to range between cool and warm without being too extreme in either direction. You’ll want to dress in layers up north, and in the mountains you’ll need to wear cold weather gear. Down south in Kenting, it’s always beach weather. Seasonal highlights: Spring is a good time to go hiking in Taiwan’s high mountains (we’ve got 240+ of them that…

Henry Rollins is in Taipei

Photo Credit to Danny Liao Earlier today I was having a conversation with my colleague, April, Social Media Manager for MyTaiwanTour. She’d noticed that there had been a sharp uptick in recent weeks to people searching for the term DaDaoCheng, and was curious about why. She also noted that the area’s been increasingly packed with foreign travelers. “I don’t understand why.” She said. “There’s no current festivals happening in the neighborhood.” “There doesn’t have to be.” I replied. “DaDaoCheng is cool. People know it’s cool, and want to just hang out there. Like Times Square, in New York City. People just go there.” At the time, it seemed like a decent analogy. Being from New York, I never went to Time Square unless I had some reason, and never really “got” what the appeal of the neighborhood was. But to travelers, Times Square represents the quintessential New York Experience -…

5 things to do in Kaohsiung

The word is out about Kaohsiung, at least according to guidebook giant Lonely Planet, who put Taiwan’s southern port city at number 5 on its 2018 Best in Travel (Cities) List : The guidebook giant mention among its reasons for putting Kaohsiung on the list * Kaohsiung’s massive arts center and 100,000 sq meter cultural and music complex; * Kaohsiung’s balmy harbor front (Taiwan’s showcase for experimental architecture from around the world); * Kaohsiung’s sleek light-rail system and access to cool spots for hiking. And more! Of course, MyTaiwanTour has known about the coolness of Kaohsiung for years, so in honor of being named Number 5 on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Cities list, MyTaiwanTour offers 5 suggestions for things to do in Kaohsiung. 1) Take the Kaohsiung Metro We know, this seems like a no-brainer, but since Lonely Planet mentioned it, we thought we’d chime in with some praise of…

Halloween isn’t a traditional Taiwanese holiday. So why do general stores around the island stock up on costumes, candy, and items that clearly have little use outside of…

Guanyin, Snakes & History’s Ghosts: An Afternoon on Turtle Island

All photos credit to Stephanie Huffman and Candace Chen Though the form for which the island is named is readily apparent from angles further north and south, from Toucheng pier due west, Turtle Island looks more slug-like than terrapin-shaped. A small and curving rock covered in green, the island – like all points on the horizon – grows larger and more distinctive as our boat draws closer. There are about sixty people on the Blue Whale, all wearing bright orange life jackets and hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphins sometimes spotted frolicking around the island. The boat takes its time along the island’s southern end, a steep hill dotted with carved outcroppings. “Are those lookout points?”, asks Stephanie. I point to the long, faded green barrel of a cannon just sticking out of one of the outcropping. “Among other things,” I answer. As with many of Taiwan’s outer…

There’s never been a better time for GLBTQ travelers to come to Taiwan. Arguably Asia’s most progressive country (Taiwan’s military struck down sexuality-based discrimination way back in 2002),…

Taiwan’s Shittiest Restaurant

Declaring any single eatery The best restaurant in Taiwan is ridiculous. (Though kudos to CNN.COM for doing their level best with this article about Chef André Chiang RAW.  Taiwan has too many excellent restaurants to make any such proclamation a subjective crapshoot at best. Naming Taiwan’s shittiest restaurant isn’t a problem.   Modern Toilet is a Taipei institution. It’s been featured on CNN, the Travel Channel and a thousand blogs and magazine articles written by writers in search of the bizarre. I’ve visited the place twice myself, once for Lonely Planet, and another time on a date. Not sure what I was thinking there. I wasn’t impressed with the place either time. When Pablo, a Spanish writer currently living in LA who I’d offered to act as guide on his last night in Taipei, tells me he had yet to fully complete his research for an article he’d been assigned…