Taiwan: Heart of Asia

Taiwan The Heart Of Asia

After spending two days going around the world, figuratively, at the LA Times Travel & Adventure Show, there was one destination that stood out. You may have guessed by the title, but according to the National Geographic, it is the best kept secret in Asia, Taiwan.

In the new global economy, being a best kept secret doesn’t really help a country’s bottom line. Taiwan sent an entire delegation to make sure visitors know some of the incredible things Taiwan has to offer as a vacation destination.

I spoke briefly with Taiwan Visitors Association Director, Trust Lin, and asked why would a vacationer want to visit Taiwan. “Taiwan offers a unique travel experience.” One can visit Taipei 101, Asia’s tallest building, take a high speed train from the north to the southern tip of the island in no time, or visit the National Palace Museum, one of the Top 5 museums in the world. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, the country doesn’t sleep with such 24 hour attractions as bookstores, KTVs, and night markets. Even more special, Taiwan is celebrating its centennial with year round expos and by offering $100 travel vouchers to citizens of the United States and Canada.

Last, but not least, since the country is pouring in a lot into bringing the world to Taiwan, one can assume that when you get there, you will be treated like a VIP. The Taiwan delegation even took home the Best In Show Award! Don’t take my word for it. Check out Asia’s best kept secret yourself, you’ll be glad you did. Go 2 Taiwan!

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17 Responses

  1. The best thing we liked about Taiwan was the hot spring! We took the train/bus up to Wulai, a hot spring town and hung out for a day. It was great! The city was a lot of fun too, but nothing beats a nice hot soak.

  2. krantcents says:

    I used to work for a Taiwanese company about 20 years ago. I visited to present the budget at the worst time of year (August). It was hot and humid! I spent a week in Taipei and northern Taiwan at the factory. It was very different than I expected. There is a French influence, the best restaurants are steak houses and French restaurants. The people are warm and friendly.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      A lot has changed in 20 years. It is very hot and humid in the summer time. Never realized the French influence. Sounds like you had a good time excluding the unbearable weather. You might need to go back to see how things have changed!

  3. Yakezie says:

    Taiwan is great! The food is amazing. Some of the best soup dumplings in the world!


  4. 101 Centavos says:

    Taiwan is one country I haven’t been in Asia, but have heard lots about, enough to mark it as a white pin on the world map I keep in the office (white for future destination)

  5. I’ve been to Taiwan twice, but unfortunately in the worst weather — December, when it’s quite cold there! We were there mainly to see family of my girlfriend’s and a friend who is staying there. One time we gotta go there in autumn or early spring and really check out the countryside.

    Sam is right about the food; it’s great.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      That’s too bad you hit the cold, but at least you tried some of the delicious food! Which is worst, frigid cold or blistering summer heat? Smart plan if you do decide to visit in early spring or autumn.

      • Good point, I haven’t experienced it but I think the heat would still be better than the cold. The problem is the rain and humidity. From what I’ve heard absolute best time to go is autumn where it’s nice and warm but without the typhoons of the summer, and following that spring. 🙂

  6. The amazing thing about Taiwan is how easy it is to get around.

    The subway is excellent and will take you to within walking distance of most attractions.

    It is impossible to get lost, as people will offer help any time you look confused.

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