A weekend is just enough to get a taste of Taiwan and realize you want to go back again before you’ve even left. Taipei has an excellent public transit system, free wifi and lots of cultural & crazy experiences. Here’s a quick preview of Ronda and my trip as we met my college buddy Andrew (who flew in from Japan with a few other friends).
If there’s one thing that Taiwan is known for its certainly the diversity of its night markets. We stopped by at least 3 different markets and although some were “the biggest” or “best” according to a guidebook we found them all to be wonderful. They sported an assortment of sights and smells including the infamous “stinky tofu” and all the parts of animals that you may not have wanted to sample. I highly recommend just about anything on a stick and if you can handle the smell, stinky tofu is a delicacy!
Night markets are easy to find and almost every subway station has *insert Taiwanese name here* Market listed on the exit signs. We always felt safe but I advise anyone going to a public place like these market be careful with your valuables!
Wulai is a mountain village boasting the largest waterfall in Taiwan, an abundance of natural hot springs and the opportunity for a jungle adventure. Luckily its only a 45 minute bus ride from Xiandan station at the end of the Green Subway line. You can take a taxi for about $600NTD ($20USD) or ride the bus like we did for $15 NTD ($.50 USD). Once there I recommend taking the cable car over the river to see the waterfall. It was stunning and I can’t wait to share more; enjoy these photos for now. Continue reading