After booking a flight for a week-long trip to Taiwan, we started researching things to do. Our list ended up looking like a restaurant menu. For us, food is almost always the highlight of a good trip, but in Taiwan the possibilities overwhelmed us. I was more excited about a Taipei night market, than I was Ankor Wat or Machu Picchu. We decided to stay in Taipei for the whole week, and basically live like a local – a local that’s on the highway to obesity.
Shilin Night Market – Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei’s Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is a must-see in Taiwan. Actually, it’s a must-eat in Taiwan.
Taipei Metro System
The Taipei Metro system is the Mercedes of public transit systems. It’s quite modern – coming into operation in 1996 and being updated almost constantly. The stations and trains are spotless.
Our Adventures in Taipei, Taiwan through Photos
Taipei has many faces. It’s green and lush, but turn a corner and it looks a bit grungy. Most of the buildings you’ll see are worn down and roughed up, but then you get a peak at an amazing piece of architecture like the Taipei 101 building. The majority of your “Kodak moments” involve people — and there are a lot of them (people, not “Kodak moments”) in Taipei. At night, you’ll get a variety of lights and colors. During the day, the sun can be a bit shy. It tends to hide behind a cloud of pollution, but it lays out a nice even light.
When it comes to traveling to expensive countries, Sara and I always tell ourselves, “We’ll go when were older, and richer.” While we are waiting to strike it rich, there are plenty of places to see that are inexpensive. That’s part of the reason we moved to Southeast Asia. However, when a cheap flight to Taipei came across our web browser, we couldn’t resist a week-long vacation to possibly the greatest food city in the world. We discovered that it was possible to travel Taipei, Taiwan on the cheap.