Want to take a vacation in Taiwan?

Want to take a vacation in Taiwan?

Often thought of as the world’s hub for the manufacture of electronics, Taiwan has much more to offer. It boasts sweeping, mountainous forests, wide beaches that border pristine waters, tiny island getaways, and a marine subtropical climate perfect for water sports. These factors, along with a unique and vibrant culture make Taiwan an up and coming destination for vacationers throughout the world.   Getting in, out, and around   For US residents, an up to date passport is required and good for up to 90 days. If your passport is less than six months old, you may have to present a current passport photo and pay an entry fee of $184 USD. You are not required to get any vaccinations, however if you travel into the more rural regions or plan to stay for a lengthy period of time, it is a good idea to make sure you are vaccinated against Hepatitis B and Japanese Encephalitis.   The main airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, is located outside of Taipei and provides buses directly to nearby cities. Other options include ferry services to and from Fuzhou, China to the city of Matsu. Star cruises offers travel by boat to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Japan.   Transportation from city to city on the island is readily available via two train systems or by bus. In addition, Taipei boasts an extravagant metro system that makes it easy to get around within the city. In addition, there are numerous taxis available in all the major cities.   In order to rent a car and drive around yourself, you will need an international driver’s license, which is valid for 30 days in the country. Be aware that driving in Taiwan can be somewhat harrowing, since lanes are optional, and drivers make sudden turns and lane changes. Another popular option is motorized scooters, but be aware of your surroundings when you drive.   How much will this cost?   Taiwanese money comes in the form of the New Taiwanese Dollar. Depending on variations in the exchange rate, one US dollar translates to approximately NT$30. The New Taiwanese Dollar is commonly referred to as the yuán.   Goods and services in Taiwan are typically cheaper than their counterparts in mainland China, and make for an inexpensive vacation experience for Westerners. If you want to experience luxury in Taiwan, with all the amenities, expect to spend...

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