Your Questions About Taipei Vacation

David asks…

How do you think about Taipei?

Do you like Taipei?
Is taipei a National City?Safe?Beautiful?Convenient?
And all you think about Taipei please!Thx
(Taipei&bangkok&shunghigh Tokyo Seoul where do u want to go ona vacation?)

Yaz answers:

Taipei is fantastic! It’s very cosmopolitan, there’s so much to do and so much to see.

In the day time you can visit the surrounding mountains – especially Ali – Shan, go shopping, go shopping, visit the worlds tallest building (I suggest you go there about 5pm so you can see the day view, the sunset about 6pm and the night sky about 7pm).

The city is ultra convenient – it never stops!

Night times are even better, the night markets are so fun and lively – that’s where you’ll experience Taiwan’s culture!

I’ve been here for 2 years – compared to other cosmopolitan cities it’s very very safe!

Donna asks…

Travel to Hanoi, Bangkok, Penang, Taipei, Hong Kong or Shanghai?

I am going on a vacation in around September this year and I would like to know which is the best option. I am definitely flying to Singapore (From Melbourne) and after a few days on to either Hanoi, Bangkok, Penang, Taipei, Hong Kong or Shanghai. Which would be best for a teenage boy? Also which airline is best flying to each destination? Thanks =)

Yaz answers:

Go Hong Kong. Its wonderful! Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Ocean Park, its shopping, places are wonderful. I went there like 10 to 15 times. I want to go again. My god. When i go in that country its like I am in a dreamland. Bangkok is crowded, You can’t even walk for the traffic. Too bad. Hong Kong is good.

Susan asks…

Is it correct that when on a stopover that you are unable to leave the airport?

I am travelling to the States at the end of the year and have lengthy stopovers (5 to 8 hours) in Taipei. I was told that you are not allowed to leave the airport as it’s not the country of intended vacation. Does anyone know if this is true or not and if true anyone have any good ideas for keeping oneself entertained whilst cooped up in a foreign airport for hours on end? :-)

Yaz answers:

I would think that as long as you have your passport with you, you should be able to leave the airport. But of course each country has their own rules so you might want to ask someone when you arrive in Taipei.

If you cannot leave Chiang Kai-shek International, then hopefully you have a nice book with you. Unless you can read Chinese, you can visit the bookstore there and see if there are any good magazines or newspaper articles. For me, while I was there, I tried to find a good place to watch airplanes take-off and land. Unfortunately the airport is not always really busy.

You are willing to pay, sometimes the airlines will allow you to visit their clubs for 1 day at a certain price. EVA Airlines is based in Taipei and Cathay Pacific has a Marco Polo Club there. Sitting inside those clubs are nice. They serve you complimentary food and beverage.

Sandy asks…

When to buy plane tickets the cheapest?

So I was looking from flights from Chicago to Taipei around Christmas break this year, and the average ticket for United flights were around $1800 (kinda expensive)
I was wondering whether the prices would go down a bit if I book, say in October instead of now in July. Or are the prices fixed at that level at christmas vacation time?

Yaz answers:

Flying during Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. My friend used to find out how much tickets on United cost from Cincinnati to Hong Kong. The ticket prices ran around $2,200. Because of that, he would fly home in November to early December just before the ticket prices increased and flew for $1,200. I think ticket prices may be a little lower but not much if any even if you bought the tickets in October. It is expensive because of the time period you are traveling. I suggest you also see if an Asian travel agency can help. My friend goes through ABN travel in Chicago. They primary buy tickets with United at a discounted price and sometimes can get you a cheaper ticket. (Don’t have their phone number anymore) I have called them in the past to get tickets as well. Natalie is really helpful and can speak English.

Maria asks…

Is it right that when on a stopover that you are unable to leave the airport?

I am travelling to the States at the end of the year and have lengthy stopovers (5 to 8 hours) in Taipei. I was told that you are not allowed to leave the airport as it’s not the country of intended vacation. Does anyone know if this is true or not and if true anyone have any good ideas for keeping oneself entertained whilst cooped up in a foreign airport for hours on end? :-)

Yaz answers:

Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport if a visa is not required for that country. If you have only 5 hours it is probably not worth it as that only gives you 2 hours in Taipei (1 hour to clear customs 2 hours to check in and go through security) 8 hours you have time to do something. They are suppose to have some really great museums in Taipei. Give yourself plenty of time to get back to the airport a traffic can be bad.

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