Isla FormosaThis tiny island in the Pacific doesn’t have a huge tourism industry, but we guarantee that you’re missing out if you don’t add Taiwan to your Asia travel itinerary. The food is amazing, the people are friendly, and travel is easy. Adventure and outdoor enthusiasts will love the sheer number of hot springs, surf spots, trekking and mountain climbing opportunities scattered all over the island.

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Since this is an ongoing page of information, if you didn’t find what you’re looking for today, please check back. I’m constantly updating and adding new information to this page. In the meantime, why don’t you have a look at some of my favorite resources for travelers to Taiwan?

Taiwanese food stand

I’ve written a number of helpful posts on eating out in Taiwan.

The Best Restaurants in Taipei – Our Favorites

A Guide To Taiwanese Street Food

Our Favorite Restaurants in Taipei

Taiwanese Dumplings at Din Tai Fung: Miniature Bundles of Flavor

I’ve also started putting together some city guides for Taiwan. 

Hualian City Guide

Please check out my Taiwan Travel Bucket List for a list of attractions that I’ve visited and reviewed.

Here are some books on Taiwan that I’ve enjoyed reading:

Lonely Planet – Taiwan (Joshua Samuel Brown, Robert Kelly)

This is the book on Taiwan, but I’m biased because this is Josh’s third Lonely Planet title for Taiwan. Josh has also penned loads of other titles for Lonely Planet, so that makes him a Taiwan expert in my opinion. Plus, he’s just a really good writer. And he’s my friend.

Vignettes of Taiwan (Joshua Samuel Brown)

Tales of a stranger in a strange humid land with no money, no job and an overpacked suitcase. This is an anthology of Josh’s short stories, travel essays and random meditations on his life on the beautiful island of Formosa.

Taiwan Brandt Travel Guide (Stephen Crook)

Steven Crook is another one of my favorite Taiwan travel writers. Steven has written for various newspapers and magzines since 1996, and he has published three books on Taiwan since moving here in 1991.

National Geographic Traveler, Taiwan

Come on, guys. It’s National Geographic. It’s big. It’s beautiful. And it’s chock full of insider tips and expert advice for a more authentic, cultural experience of Taiwan.

Culture Shock! Taiwan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Christopher Bates)

An all around good read.


A Canadian expat that has been living abroad in Asia since 2003, Carrie began her career with Reach To Teach Recruiting in 2006 as an ESL teacher in Taiwan. Today, she and her husband are co-owners of Reach To Teach. In her free time, Carrie works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. She writes about her personal travel adventures on Travel Asia – My Several Worlds. Follow Carrie on Google+ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

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