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How to apply for Taiwan's NT$5,000 prize for foreign tourists

'taiwan the lucky land' registration website went live on may 1.

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Lotus Lake at night. (Taiwan Tourism Bureau photo) Lotus Lake at night. (Taiwan Tourism Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To encourage more foreign tourists to visit Taiwan now that its COVID restrictions have been lifted, a lucky draw for a NT$5,000 (US$163) travel stipend for foreign travelers went into effect on Monday (May 1).

That day, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau launched a subsidy scheme titled " Taiwan the Lucky Land ," in which NT$5,000 will be provided to 500,000 foreign tourists who win a lucky draw over the course of three years from May 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025. To jump-start Taiwan's tourism, the NT$5,000 incentive will be handed out to 250,000 winners this year, while in 2024, the prize will be awarded to 150,000 travelers, and in 2025, there will be 100,000 recipients.

Prize options

Winners must choose in advance whether to receive the funds via a pre-paid payment card or accommodation voucher and present the supporting documentation when claiming the prize at the counter of a designated airport or Tourism Bureau office.

Tourists who opt for payment cards can choose between having the money stored on an EasyCard or iPass. When spending the prize money with these cards, the single purchase limit is NT$1,500, while no more than NT$3,000 can be spent per day.

The vouchers can only be used by the winner, and they cannot be reused, exchanged, or resold. The vouchers can be used at officially authorized hotels .

Eligibility

According to the bureau, the draw is open to foreign independent travelers who hold foreign passports, visit Taiwan for three to 90 days, are not members of a tour group, and are not applying for any group-related Taiwan travel subsidies. Visitors may register for the draw one to seven days before their scheduled arrival date in Taiwan.

Registration steps

Go to the " Taiwan the Lucky Land " website.

Click on the Register Now option.

Select and click Register for the lucky draw .

Fill out last name, middle name, first name, passport number, nationality, arrival airport, arrival and departure dates, airlines, flight numbers, and email address.

Next to "Travel prizes options," select E-Ticket-iPass, E-Ticket- EasyCard, or Accommodation Vouchers.

Enter the verification code.

Click the checkbox next to the statement pledging correctness and authenticity of information entered.

Click send.

A confirmation email should arrive at the email address submitted in the form. The email will contain a QR code that will be used to determine whether they have won the draw when they arrive at a designated airport.

How to claim the prize

Scan the QR code at the dedicated lucky draw redemption area when arriving at one of these four airports, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport. If the lottery screen at the airport arrival hall indicates that a traveler has won the prize, they must present staff with their passport and relevant supporting documents, including entry stamp, boarding pass, and electronic round-trip air ticket.

The lucky traveler must then sign to confirm receipt and collect the prize. The type of prize received will depend on the option selected when registering.

The type of prize cannot be changed after it has been entered into the system. Prizes can only be redeemed on the day of arrival in Taiwan.

For more information, please visit the website's FAQ section .

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Taiwan Introduces Plan to Attract Tourists — by Paying Them

The new incentive program comes as the government aims to draw in six million tourists in 2023 and then 10 million tourists by 2025.

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Taiwan is looking to boost its tourism numbers, and will hand out cash to visitors as an incentive to come.

The island will hand out NT $5,000 (or about $166) to 500,000 individual tourists along with up to NT $20,000 (or about $667) to 90,000 tour groups, CNN reported . The money will be given out digitally after tourists arrive, according to the Taipei Times , and can be used to cover expenses while in Taiwan , including for food or accommodation.

However, travelers looking to plan a trip may want to hold tight since it was not immediately clear when the money would be issued or how to apply for it, according to CNN .

“The money will be given out through multiple tourism promotion events this year, rather than giving it all out at once,” Tourism Bureau Director-General Chang Shi-chung said, according to the Taipei Times . “As such, not all international tourists would receive it.“

The new incentive program comes as the government aims to draw in six million tourists in 2023 and then 10 million tourists by 2025, CNN noted.

Transport Minister Wang Kuo-tsai said the island hopes to use the incentive to bring in visitors from key markets, including Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macao, Europe, and America.

Taiwan welcomes travelers, including from the United States, without the need to test for COVID-19 before their trip, according to the American Institute in Taiwan . The country also dropped quarantine rules in October and eased mask rules in December.

Taiwan isn’t the first destination to pay tourists to visit. In 2021, Malta introduced a scheme to pay tourists to stay in hotels there, and last year, a region in Italy’s northeastern corner chose to cover traveler’s train fare in an effort to promote sustainable travel.

On the other hand, several destinations have introduced plans to collect tourist fees , including Thailand , Venice , and Europe as a whole.

Taiwan to pay tourists to visit

Taipei 101 Tower at Sunset from Elephant Mountain

Looking for a bargain long-haul trip this year? Head to Taiwan, where plans are afoot to actually pay travelers to come over.

Taiwanese officials are looking to offer a financial incentive of 5,000 New Taiwan dollars (about $164) per traveler or NT$20,000 ($654) for group tours in a bid to help boost flagging tourist levels.

Some half a million foreign vacationgoers are set to benefit from the plan, which was designed to help the government reach its goal of 6 million visitors by year's end.

Taiwan only fully reopened its borders last October due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has subsequently failed to attract even a tenth of the number of tourists compared to years prior. As a result, officials are now spending money to make money.

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How will it work?

Chang Shi-chung, director-general of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, said the financial package will be sent digitally to a type of tourist card, ensuring all the cash will go directly back into the country's tourism sector.

"International tourists who are given NT$5,000 will not receive it until they arrive," Chang explained. "It will be stored in an electronic ticketing card, which can be used to pay for food, accommodation and other travel expenses during their time here."

Related: Taiwan's Starlux Airlines will start flying to the US in April

There's still no information on when or where these cash amounts will be handed over to travelers, just that it will be distributed via a number of "promotional events" this year.

taiwan offering money to visit

The very fact we're writing this, and you're reading this, means, at least on the marketing side of things, Taiwan has found a smart way to tell the world that it's open for business. Whether this will translate into the 10 million tourists it hopes to snare by 2025 remains to be seen.

It's not the first Asian destination to throw money at dwindling tourist numbers either. Last month, Hong Kong revealed it was giving away half a million free airline tickets in a bid to win back visitors in a project dubbed "Hello Hong Kong."

How far will the cash amount go?

Pretty far, actually. Living costs in this part of Asia are cheaper than in many of its bigger neighbors; a weeklong escape could cost you less than the same time spent in many European destinations.

taiwan offering money to visit

In Taiwan's capital Taipei, you can find five-star hotel rooms for about $84 per night in June for two people. Although perhaps a truer reflection of how far your dollars will go is via the "Big Mac index," which has the hallowed meat sandwich priced at $2.50 in Taiwan compared to the average cost of $6.05 in the U.S. — (junk) food for thought.

Why has Taiwan's tourism dried up?

The move comes at a time of increasing uncertainty in a travel market still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual visitor numbers were around 11.8 million before the pandemic but had dwindled to just 9,000 last year.

This could have a dramatic toll on businesses, including hotels, airlines, restaurants and leisure companies throughout the country.

Another possible reason for a dwindling travel market could be escalating tensions between China and Taiwan. The tensions have prompted warnings from the U.S. to China against a possible invasion.

Just this week, 25 Chinese warplanes and three warships were spotted off Taiwan's mainland in the latest provocation to cause geopolitical ripple effects.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't visit Taiwan — far from it. The U.S. Department of State gives Taiwan a " Level 1 " travel advisory, which advises "normal precautions" for travel.

Bottom line

Let's be honest, unless you had already planned to explore this delightful corner of Asia in 2023, a $164 subsidy probably won't be enough to sway you into paying a visit when a flight could cost three or four times that.

However, if you aren't one of the half a million tourists to benefit from the campaign, you can console yourself with incredible food and scenery.

Taiwan will pay you to come visit in an effort to woo back tourists

taiwan offering money to visit

People might be traveling again after the pandemic, but prohibitively high airfares are keeping them away from areas that used to be tourist destinations. Now, one of those is fighting back.

Taiwan will offer the U.S. equivalent of $165 to a half-million tourists, part of a multimillion-dollar program to attract visitors to the island. Visitors will have the option of receiving the money via electronic transfer or through discounts.

Tour groups of eight or more are being wooed with incentives of up to $658.

$165 might not sound like a lot, but given the strength of the U.S. dollar in Taiwan, it could stretch a fair way. The average hotel in the country costs just $67 per night , by some estimates (depending on where you stay). Meals can run for under $5 . And many attractions are free.

The incentives come after Taiwan saw less than 1 million visitors come to the country last year. Compare that to nearly 12 million in 2019, which was a record. The disparity was due to the country closing its borders until last October , as part of COVID protocols. The country has also suffered as China has not yet included it on a list of permitted destinations for tour groups.

Before you book your trip, though, it’s worth noting that the government hasn’t yet announced when the promotion will begin.

Taiwan’s not the only country in the region desperately trying to win back tourists. Hong Kong recently announced plans to give out a half-million plane tickets to the country. Those tickets will be released via a lottery in three waves, starting next month.

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The government is also offering cash incentives to hotels to get more workers in the hospitality business.

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit Taiwan, now might be your perfect opportunity. The Asian country is offering a cash incentive to tourists who come.

Taiwan’s government is offering $165 to up to 500,000 individual tourists to increase tourism to the island. Taiwan’s Premier Chen Chien-jen announced that the government hopes “to attract six million tourists in 2023, doubling that figure in 2024 and aiming for 10 million visitors by 2025,” CNN Travel reported.

Tour groups could receive up to $658.

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“The money will be given out through multiple tourism promotion events this year, rather than giving it all out at once,” Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director-General Chang Shi-chung said, per Taipei Times . “As such, not all international tourists would receive it.“

To address hotel work shortages, the government also announced it would provide monthly cash incentives for each new staff member hired, per Taipei Times .

The announcement did not include how to apply or when the incentive would start.

Do other countries offer cash incentives to visit?

Taiwan is not the first place to offer a cash incentive to come visit. In 2021, Malta announced it would “pay each visitor who books a three-night stay directly with select three- to five-star hotels on a scaled basis,” according to Travel + Leisure .

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Malta offered to pay $119 per person for every five-star booking, $89 for 4-star hotels and $60 to each visitor staying at a three-star hotel.

Hong Kong announced earlier this month it would cover airfare for 500,000 tourists.

Here’s how to apply for the free Hong Kong flights

The flight giveaways will take place in three rounds, as follows:

  • March 1: Southeast Asians can apply for tickets.
  • April 1: Mainland China residents can apply.
  • May 1: All international tourists can apply for the tickets.
  • July 1: Hong Kong residents can apply for the “make up for lost travel time” flights the government is offering to locals, according to CNN .

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Taiwan To Offer 500,000 Tourists Incentives Of Up To US$165 Each

In a bid to boost the economy, taiwan is set to offer 500,000 tourists cash or discount travel incentives up to twd 5,000 (usd 165) each..

By Anushka Goel Updated on Feb 24, 2023, 03:13 PM UTC

Taiwan To Offer 500,000 Tourists Incentives Of Up To US$165 Each

In a bid to boost the economy, Taiwan is set to provide 500,000 tourists with cash or discount incentives this year. The offers will be up to TWD 5,000 (USD 165, at the time of writing) each.

The offers were announced on February 23 as part of a larger TWD 5.3 billion (USD 1.7 million approx) package, which has been launched to attract more international tourists . After removing COVID-19-related curbs in 2022, Taiwan has been looking for ways to boost its economy, and these incentives are part of an initiative to give the country’s post-pandemic travel industry a push.

All you need to know about the new Taiwan travel offers

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At a press briefing, Lin Fu-shan, department director of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, said, “We hope to accelerate and expand efforts for international tourists to come to Taiwan.” The spending plan also includes a proposal to offer travel agencies TWD 10,000 (USD 328) each for groups of at least eight tourists, and TWD 20,000 (USD 656, at the time of writing) each for groups of at least 15 tourists, media reports add.

The tourism offerings are part of the TWD 380 billion (USD 12.5 billion approx) stimulus package that was approved via a special act this week. However, lawmakers still need to sign off on where exactly the funds will be used.

A lot of the details about these new offers are not available, including eligibility criteria and how the 500,000 tourists will be selected. However, officials said in a statement that the money may be handed out electronically or in the form of discounts on accommodation, reports state.

Why the offer is an important step to increase economic growth in Taiwan

According to Taiwan’s tourism bureau, tourism contributed to almost four per cent of the country’s GDP before the pandemic, but as borders closed, travel came to an almost standstill. This worsened with China banning individual tourists from visiting Taiwan in 2019. In January, when China allowed its citizens to travel abroad, Taiwan was left off the list of 20 destinations permitted for Chinese travel groups, reports add.

Thus, Taiwan’s campaign comes right in time when nations across the globe are releasing new offers to attract visitors. The ‘Hello Hong Kong ‘ campaign is aimed at giving out 500,000 air tickets (along with other perks), while Japan is offering work visas to attract long-term international residents. Vietnam’s low-cost carrier, Vietjet, has been launching offers since 2022 to attract travellers, especially from India, to come and visit the country.

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Anushka has previously worked with publications such as the Times of India and Being Indian. A graduate from Xavier Institute of Communications, she specialises in entertainment, food and travel. She also likes to write about sustainability and beauty. When not working, you can catch her reading a book, tending to her plants, cooking or playing an instrument. Read Less

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Time to level up your local game with narcity pro., taiwan will soon pay you to visit & here's what the country is offering tourists.

The island is making a comeback after the pandemic.

Downtown Taipei, Taiwan. Right: A tourist visiting a landmark in Taiwan.

Downtown Taipei, Taiwan. Right: A tourist visiting a landmark in Taiwan.

Travel can get expensive no matter where you choose to go these days so it's always a welcome surprise when a destination offers you money, free benefits or other perks to visit as a tourist.

Taiwan is the latest destination to announce that it will pay tourists $165 each to come and visit, and they have separate rewards for tour groups.

The incentives are a way to boost tourism after a drop in visitors throughout the pandemic when it had strict restrictions in place.

On February 23, Taiwan’s Premier Chen Chien-jen said the government is looking to bring in 6 million tourists in 2023 and aims to double bring that number to 10 million by 2025, as reported by CNN.

The outlet says the incentives of NT$5,000 ($165) will be given to 500,000 individual tourists and up to NT$20,000 ($658) will also be handed out to 90,000 tour groups.

According to Channel News Asia (CNA) , the money will be given out electronically or as part of a discount on accommodations.

The CNA reports the tourism initiative is part of a $175 million campaign.

Taiwan ended its strict entry restrictions in October 2022 after nearly three years, and now it's looking to reignite tourism.

Taiwan reopened its borders to travellers from Hong Kong and Macau this week. There are still some restrictions in place for visitors from mainland China, according to CNA.

Taiwan's capital of Taipei recently made the New York Times' list of 52 Places for Travelers to Visit in 2023 , so there's plenty to see if you're deciding whether to visit. The publication highlighted the city's "neon-lit night markets to its Qing Dynasty temples."

Conde Nast Traveler also included Taiwan in its list of 23 Best Places to Travel in 2023.

The travel outlet highlighted the Taipei Performing Arts Center and the Anping Tree House, which it describes as an abandoned warehouse that has been swallowed by banyan trees.

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The Taiwan government has not announced when the campaign will begin or how tourists can apply for the money.

Taiwan isn't the only destination to offer special incentives to visitors.

A region in Italy also has a tourism campaign in place until May 2023 to bring in more travellers.

Apparently it pays to be a tourist in 2023!

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Taiwan government is giving away NT$5,000 travel vouchers to tourists

Here's everything you need to know

Cara Hung

Planning for a trip to Taiwan? Well, you're in luck as the Taiwan government has just announced that they will be dishing out travel vouchers (much like our consumption voucher scheme , but travel edition) with the aim to boost tourism and attract foreign visitors to the country. Here's what you need to know:

What is it?

Starting May 1, 2023 (12pm), the Taiwan Tourism Bureau will be distributing 500,000 vouchers worth NT$5,000 each (approximately HK$1,280) as travel incentives for tourists visiting Taiwan. The vouchers will be given out through a lucky draw system and will run all the way through to June 30, 2025. The first 250,000 vouchers will be given out in 2023, while the remaining 150,000 vouchers will be distributed in 2024, and 100,000 vouchers in 2025.

Who is eligible?

Independent travellers who do not hold a ROC (Republic of China) passport and are staying in Taiwan for three to 90 days are eligible. However, this does not apply to those travelling in tour groups. In other words, Hong Kong residents holding a Hong Kong passport can participate!

Taiwan, Taipei, Liberty Square, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

How do I enter the lucky draw?

The rules are simple. Those who are eligible can register online one to seven days prior to their arrival date in Taiwan on a designated government website (5000.taiwan.net.tw). Registration begins on April 28 at 12pm – but remember, the lucky draw only starts from May 1, 12pm onwards.

Participants must fill in the necessary travel information and choose the type of vouchers they would like to receive (electronic tickets or accommodation discount vouchers). A QR code for the lucky draw will be sent to you via email upon successful registration.

On the day of arrival in Taiwan, participants can head to the lucky draw event area located at the arrival halls in one of four Taiwan airports: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport.

How do I collect my prize?

Lucky winners may head to the airport's redemption area and provide relevant documents – including their entry stamp, boarding pass, and an electronic copy of their round-trip tickets – to redeem their prize.

How can I use the travel vouchers?

Those who have chosen to claim their prize in the form of electronic tickets may store the money on an EasyCard or iPass and spend them at designated merchants. Each transaction limit is NT$5,000, while the maximum usage per day is NT$3,000.

Meanwhile, winners who have opted for accommodation discounts will receive five vouchers worth NT$1,000 each. The vouchers can only be used once by the winner at hotels with tourist hotel business licenses and commercial hotels or hostels with registered licenses. The vouchers can not be reused or resold.

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Taiwan launches website to gift 500,000 tourists stored-value smartcards, hotel vouchers from May 1

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In a bid to restore the flow of foreign visitors to its shores, Taiwan will in May offer digital smartcards stored with NT$5,000 (S$218) or vouchers of the same value for hotel stays to offset some travellers’ expenses.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Singapore office said on Monday that 500,000 foreign visitors will receive the vouchers or cards through a lucky draw system when they enter Taiwan at any of the four participating airports on the island starting from noon on May 1.

Tourists will have to pre-register for the draw at least one day before they arrive at either the Taoyuan or Songshan airports that serve capital Taipei, or the Taichung and Kaohsiung international airports.

According to a tourism bureau official, tourists intending to participate will receive a designated QR code after they register at 5000.taiwan.net.tw , which went live on Friday.

The QR code will serve as their lucky draw coupon, which travellers will have to scan at the airport’s arrival hall to find out if they are one of 500,000 winners.

Prize winners can then choose to receive either vouchers to offset some of their accommodation costs or a smartcard, both valued at NT$5,000.

Those who opt for the vouchers, which come in denominations of NT$1,000, can use them at more than 450 participating hotels islandwide.

The smartcards will be variants of Taiwan’s EasyCard (you you ka in Mandarin) or iPass (yi ka tong), the equivalents of Singapore’s ez-link card, that travellers can use for public transport, shopping and dining.

A spokesman for the tourism bureau said 250,000 vouchers have been allocated for 2023, leaving 150,000 more to be won in 2024 and the remaining 100,000 for 2025. The promotion will end by June 30, 2025, or when the last voucher has been given out that year.

Visitors on cruises and agency-arranged tours are not eligible for these vouchers.

Local and foreign tour agencies, however, will be able to access subsidies up to NT$50,000 (S$2,180) provided by the tourism bureau when they bring groups who stay for at least two nights in Taiwan.

Tour agency CTC Travel said in response to queries from The Straits Times on Wednesday it was looking into giving “perks” to travellers booking a Taiwan tour in the form of discounts and travel insurance, but was waiting for more concrete details on implementation from the tourism bureau.

The tourism financial incentives were approved on March 24 as part of the government’s NT$380 billion post-pandemic economic recovery package, said Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications on April 18.

The island ushered in the first wave of revenge travellers after its post-pandemic border opening in October 2022.

Taiwan is looking to attract up to six million foreign visitors in 2023, the tourism bureau’s deputy director-general Trust Lin said in March, adding that an estimated one million visitors had arrived in the first three months of the year.

In the three years before the pandemic, Taiwan averaged about 11.2 million overseas visitors a year, but those numbers plummeted to around 1.38 million in 2020, 141,000 in 2021 and 895,000 last year, according to The Taipei Times.

Taiwan has been a popular tourist destination for travellers from Singapore, with 460,000 registered visitors to the island in 2019, before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Kevin Tay, 32, who spent seven days with his family on the island in December, said Taiwan is always on his list of places to visit.

“If the claim process for the vouchers is simple, I would definitely be swayed by the incentives,” said the businessman, who stayed at a resort in Hsinchu during his last trip.

Mr Joseph Cheng, director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Singapore office, said on Monday that tourism receipts in 2023 have been encouraging.

“The number of tourists to Taiwan in January and February has exceeded 50 per cent of the same period in 2019, so the overall situation is good,” he told The Straits Times.

He added that the bureau was aiming for around 230,000 visitors from Singapore in 2023, about half of 2019’s numbers.

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MANILA, Philippines – Revenge travel season doesn’t get any better than this! Taiwan’s government is considering the tourism bureau’s plans to provide monetary allowances to international tourists, as reported by Taipei Times on February 23.

The proposal is an allowance of NT$5,000 per person (approximately P9,000) will be given to 500,000 tourists when they travel to the country, as a way to boost Taiwan’s tourism.

Additionally, those traveling in groups can also receive cash incentives from the government. Groups of 8 to 14 tourists can receive NT$10,000 (around P17,900), and groups with more members can receive NT$20,000 (around P35,800). Up to 90,000 groups can enjoy the allowances.

Tourists chosen to have allowances will receive the amount upon arriving in Taiwan. Tourism Bureau Director-General Chang Shi-chung explained that the stipend will be provided digitally.

“It will be stored in an electronic ticketing card, which can be used to pay for food, accommodation, and other travel expenses during their time here,” Chang said.

Chang noted that the money will not be given all at once to travelers but will be distributed throughout multiple tourism promotion events.  

The bureau’s plans are in line with Taiwan’s goal of boosting tourism, with a target of welcoming 6 million international visitors in 2023. The program has an allocated budget of NT$5.3 billion (P9.5 billion). The bureau is primarily targeting to attract tourists from Japan, South Korea, Europe, and North America. 

Filipinos are also qualified to receive the incentives as the program covers countries under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. Other eligible countries include Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and many more. 

On Friday afternoon, March 3, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines told Rappler that as of this writing, the proposal was still under review and has not been finalized yet. The official guidelines will be posted on its official website once confirmed. – with reports from Charlene Enriquez/Rappler.com

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Planning to travel to Taiwan soon? If so, you’re in luck! Taiwan’s government has just recently announced an exciting new initiative for foreign tourists and we think it’s a pretty sweet deal! We’re talking about giving 500,000 tourists S$220 incentives each !

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That’s right, Taiwan is offering international travellers a NT$5,000 or S$220 incentive as part of its NT$5.3 billion package to boost tourism. According to TVBS , the incentives will be awarded to 500,000 lucky tourists after the country has fully reopened its borders to Hong Kong and Macau citizens as part of its NT$380 billion post-pandemic stimulus bill. 

The country hopes to draw in as many as six million foreign tourists annually since it lifted its borders, as the number of Taiwanese citizens travelling overseas has far exceeded the number of inbound travellers. According to the Straits Times , tourism accounted for 4% of the country’s gross domestic product before the pandemic. This came to a standstill when Taiwan closed its borders and implemented strict quarantine rules to contain the virus.

In an effort to speed up the rejuvenation of its tourism industry, the package will also be awarding travel agencies subsidies of up to NT$20,000 or S$880 for every tour group they bring to Taiwan. While this grand package has been in the works for a while, officials have reported that more time is needed to properly implement the incentives.

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According to the Taipei Times , Tourism Bureau Director-General Chang Shi-Chung has stated that not all international tourists will receive this benefit as the money will be distributed through multiple tourism promotion events this year.

Additionally, he stated that eligible tourists would only receive the incentive when they arrive in Taiwan which will be stored in an electronic ticketing card that can be used to pay for food, accommodation, and other travel expenses. 

While there is not much information with regard to the eligibility criteria, it has been confirmed that the Tourism Bureau is planning to focus on attracting tourists from 18 countries defined in its most recent policy. These countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Phillippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Regarding travel agency subsidies, domestic and international agencies will be eligible to receive a subsidy of NT$10,000 or S$440 for every tour group consisting of 8 to 14 travellers visiting Taiwan. To receive the NT$20,000 or $880 subsidy , each tour group must consist of more than 14 international travellers . 

More details on the eligibility criteria and payout dates will be announced in this article, so stay tuned for more updates!

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If you’re looking for something to warm you up during the rainy season, head down to Chen Ji Mee Sua in Taipei for a hot bowl of intestine vermicelli . Like the Taiwanese Oyster Vermicelli, the dish is made from wheat noodles and topped with bonito flakes, black vinegar, cilantro, and chilli sauce. Braised chunks of pork intestines give the dish a major protein boost and some might even say it tastes better than its oyster counterpart. 

Before leaving Taiwan, most locals would definitely recommend tourists try this local dish — duck tongue! Packed with flavour, duck tongue is often served braised in soy sauce or deep-fried in night markets. With a similar texture to chicken feet, most foodies would describe the delicacy as an ‘experience that they would not go out of their way to eat again. While that’s not the most encouraging review, you can decide if your relationship with duck tongue is one of love or hate at Lau Tien Lu Lu-Wei at the popular Ximending district ! 

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Taipei Travel Geek

Taiwan Tourist Giveaway: Full Guide & Winning Odds

The Taiwanese government have just introduced an incentive scheme called Lucky Land , with the aim of encouraging tourists to visit their beautiful country from mid 2023 until mid 2025.

Tourists visiting Taiwan between these dates have the chance to win one of 500,000 vouchers worth NT$5,000 (US$162) each on arrival, which can be redeemed during their stay.

When is it Running?

Who is eligible, how to register & claim, lucky land vouchers, what is your chance of winning.

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The incentive scheme starts at 12:00 noon on May 1st, 2023, and will run until June 30th 2025.

Anyone whose flight arrives in Taiwan between these dates, and has registered for Lucky Land will have a chance of winning.

The 500,000 vouchers will be split up and released in batches each year:

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Any independent traveller who doesn’t hold a Taiwanese (ROC) passport and is visiting Taiwan for between 3 and 90 days during the period it runs.

An independent traveller is defined as anyone not on a tour group, and have not applied for any group-related travel incentives.

So basically, it’s open to virtually all tourists.

If you’re travelling as a family or in your own group, then each one of you can apply separately – you just need to ensure you use a different email address for each application.

I have also received confirmation from the organisers of the giveaway that there is no minimum age requirement, so you can even use your children’s details – although they’ll need to have their own passport number.

Finally, if you’re visiting Taiwan multiple times during the period of the draw, it’s perfectly fine to re-enter the draw separately on each visit.

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Visit their registration website to begin the process.

You can register between 1 and 7 days before your scheduled arrival date in Taiwan. It is not possible to register on the same day as your flight.

You must have already booked your flights before you register, as you’ll need to enter your flight details along with the following:

  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Arrival and Departure Flight Numbers
  • Arrival and Departure Dates
  • Email Address

You will also need to specify which type of voucher you would like to receive. See the ‘ Lucky Land Vouchers ‘ section below for further details about these.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent a QR code to the specified email address.

When you arrive in Taiwan , make your way to the arrival hall at any of these airports:

  • Taoyuan International Airport (Terminals 1 and 2)
  • Songshan International Airport
  • Taichung International Airport
  • Kaohsiung International Airport

Locate the Lucky Land prize redemption area ( visit this page for exact locations ) and scan your QR code to see if you’ve won.

If you’re a winner, you’ll need to supply them with the following documents:

  • Boarding Pass (don’t throw this away!)
  • Electronic Round-Trip Air Ticket

and they will immediately give you your NT$5,000 worth of vouchers!

There are 3 types of vouchers you can receive:

  • E-Ticket EasyCard
  • E-Ticket iPass
  • Accommodation Vouchers
You must specify which type of voucher you want when registering

Both the EasyCard and iPass e-vouchers offer similar incentives. These are smart cards that can be used in many locations, including most types of transportation, convenience stores, some supermarkets, malls and restaurants, and many other attractions including museums and Taipei Zoo.

Click here for a full list of applicable places to use an EasyCard Click here for a full list of applicable places to use an iPass

You are limited by the amount you can spend with these – NT$1,500 for a single purchase and a maximum of NT$3,000 for same-day purchases. The e-voucher card may not be topped up, refunded, or returned, so you should try to use it up.

The Accommodation vouchers can be used to book rooms at participating hotels and B&Bs around Taiwan. You must book your stay from each hotel website (and not a third-party site such as Booking.com).

Click here for a full list of participating hotels along with links for each hotel website

You will be given 5 vouchers worth NT$1,000 each which can be used separately or together.

Which Type of Voucher Should you Get?

I don’t really understand how you can take advantage of the accommodation vouchers as you’ll have most likely already booked your stay, unless you only book your initial stay and keep your options open just in case you win.

If you decide to get the e-vouchers, you won’t have any trouble spending your NT$5,000 quota, even if you’re only in Taiwan for 3 days.

Personally, I would recommend getting an EasyCard as they’re the most widely accepted smart card in Taiwan.

Click here to read my guide on the EasyCard

Before the pandemic struck, Taiwan saw a record number of visitors during 2019 – with almost 12 million tourists.

However, since it’s re-opening in 2022, Taiwan has struggled to get tourists returning – hence why they’ve introduced this scheme, with which they’re hoping to attract up to 6 million tourists during 2023.

Now let’s do some very rough Maths.

Assuming that around 2 millions of these will visit before 1st May, when the tourist incentive scheme isn’t available, and then of the remaining 4 million, maybe half of these aren’t aware of the scheme and don’t register (which is a very conservative estimate), then that leaves 2 million.

If there are 250,000 vouchers available, you have about a 1 in 8 chance of winning. If there are more of you, then those odds will significantly improve.

This is for 2023 only, so in 2024 when there are only 150,000 vouchers available for the entire year, and 2025 when there are only 100,000 vouchers for 6 months, the odds will become worse by up to three-fold.

In other words, try to get to Taiwan in 2023. Not only do you have a good chance of getting some extra spending money, but you’ll also get to enjoy this beautiful country and the many delights it has to offer!

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Taiwan government is offering more than RM700 vouchers to tourists starting May 1

The Taiwanese government is offering NTD 5,000 (approx. RM723) worth of vouchers to incoming tourists starting May 1. The rewards will be available to individual travellers, while travel agencies can receive subsidies worth NTD 10,000 to 20,000 for groups coming to Taiwan.

The scheme is part of the government’s NTD 5.3 billion plan to attract around six million overseas travellers this year. They hope it will help the tourism sector and the pandemic-stricken economy recover. The incentive also encourages local spending following COVID-19 curbs.

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Taiwan travel: Everything to know about the vouchers

The proposed spending plan comes after Taiwan fully  reopens to Hong Kong and Macau tourists . Officials said the package has been in the works for a while but needed some time to implement the plan. 

Travellers entering Taiwan with a foreign passport and staying there for at least three days up to 90 days are eligible for the scheme. Half of the 500,000 vouchers available are given out this year with the entire scheme running through until 2025. Tourists must register online in advance on the designated website which will go live on May 1.

The vouchers will be available through a lucky draw upon arrival at one of the four airports in Taiwan. They are Taoyuan International Airport, Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport. Winners can claim the prize by presenting supporting documents at the counter of the airport or at the Tourism Bureau office.

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Winners can choose between two options

Lucky winners will be able to choose how to spend the vouchers including accommodation or stored value payment cards such as iPass or EasyCard. Those who choose the latter can only pay vendors who accept the cards. Each payment is limited to NTD 1,500 and daily spending is capped at NTD 3,000. Meanwhile, those who prefer to use it for accommodation will receive five vouchers each valued at NTD 1,000.

The vouchers can only be used by the winners and are not up for sale to others. Hotels will also not be able to refund any price difference if the accommodation cost is less than the voucher value. Next year, 1500,000 vouchers will be given out followed by 100,000 recipients in 2025.

Hongkongers showed excitement when Taiwan reopened its borders in February. While there is a massive demand to secure an entry visa online, many opt for a visa upon arrival. Taiwan also scrapped social distancing measures and eased its indoor face mask mandate as the pandemic stabilised.

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The Cost of Travel in Taiwan: A 2023 Budget Breakdown

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If you’d have told me back when I first started travelling that Taiwan would end up being  my favourite place on the planet , I’d have blinked multiple times in surprise.

Let’s face it: it doesn’t sound like  that exciting a place. Back then, I didn’t know anybody who had been, knew very little about it, and pictured it as an island blanketed in factories and electronics.

I was delighted, then, to discover that Taiwan is all about the dazzling cities, beautiful beaches, impressive architecture, spectacular scenery, delicious street food, and some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met . After spending four weeks on the island during that initial trip, I’ve since paid two additional month-long visits to this kickass country. Yes, I’ve spent three whole months in Taiwan and I’m still keen to return to explore further.

Having spent so much time in this wonderful place, I feel qualified to share how much you should plan to budget for a trip to Taiwan, especially as I’ve tried out several different travel styles during each visit.

I’ve spent a month travelling solo on the tightest backpacker budget I could manage, and averaged $22 a day .

I spent a month travelling as part of a couple in mid-range-priced guesthouses, and averaged $35 a day.

And I spent a month as a digital nomad, basing myself in an apartment in Taipei for a full month, averaging $50 a day .

Let’s take a look at how much of my expenses I spent on accommodation, transportation, food, and activities. First up: how to travel in Taiwan on a backpacker budget!

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How to Travel Taiwan on a Budget

Taiwan was my first destination in Asia and the first place to show me just how affordable backpacking could be.

Rather than staying in the cheapest dorm room I could find, like I had been doing in Europe, I could afford to book the highest-rated hostel in town because it was just $10 a night ; I could head to a street market and find an entire meal for a couple of dollars; take a train across the length of the island for the price of a 30-minute journey back home in the U.K.

I spent $599.82 in 27 days. That’s $22.22 per day! 

Let’s take a look at my budget breakdown to see how affordable travel in Taiwan can be.

How to Save on Accommodation in Taiwan

If you’re looking to stretch your dollar as much as possible, aim to stay in dorm rooms in hostels. For some reason, private rooms in hostels and budget guesthouses in Taiwan are strangely expensive — often as much as $50 a night, whereas you’ll be able to grab a dorm bed for around $10 in most places. If you’re a solo traveller, dorm rooms are definitely the way to go, and hostels in Taiwan are clean, modern, and great value for money.

I’ve stayed in so many hostels in Taiwan over the three months I’ve spent travelling there, so I’ve put together a list of where I most recommend staying (all prices are listed in USD, as that’s where the majority of my readers are based):

Taipei:  A six-bed dorm in  Star Hostel Taipei East at $24/night         There’s a reason why this is the top-rated hostel in the city: it offers up so much for your money. What I love most about this spot is its location, between Daan and Xinyi, which are two of my favourite neighbourhoods in the city! The hostel itself is slick, modern, and well-designed, with a cosy common area and clean, comfortable dorm beds. I wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else in Taipei. Check out prices and availability here .

Taichung:  A four-bed dorm in Stray Birds Taichung Hostel at $20/night         If you’re going to check out beautiful Sun Moon Lake while you’re in Taiwan, Taichung is the best place to base yourself, as it’s expensive to stay beside the lake. And Taichung is a worthy destination in its own right, with plenty of museums, parks, and night markets to explore. Stray Birds Hostel is in a great location, close to my favourite park in the city. And it’s *beautiful* — the design is seriously impressive. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the common room is lovely, and the terrace is the perfect place to have breakfast each morning. Check out prices and availability here .  Kaohsiung:  A six-bed dorm at With Inn Hostel for  $19/night         If only every hostel was as wonderful as With Inn! The staff are what make staying in this hostel so great, as they’re always only too happy to help out with any questions, assist you with travelling to your next spot, and offer plenty of recommendations for restaurants and bar. This is yet another well-designed hostel in Taipei, with a beautiful roof terrace and garden, wonderful dorm rooms, and plenty of amenities. Overall, it offers great value for money. Check out prices and availability here . 

Tainan: A four-bed dorm at Cao Ji Book Inn Hostel for $26/night Tainan is full of excellent hostels, but my favourite is Cao Ji Book Inn Hostel. This place is particularly cool because it’s a hostel that’s book themed! There’s even a library! How awesome is that? It’s also the highest-rated hostel in town. The property’s aesthetic is just as interesting as you’re imagining, there’s a super-fun rooftop area to hang out on and chat with travellers, and it’s right beside the train station. Throw in some amazing staff and you’ve got yourself the perfect hostel. Check out prices and availability here . 

Hualien: A six-bed dorm at   Shining Forest Hostel  for  $16/night         What I love about Shining Forest Hostel was the friendliness of the owners (yes, this is a common theme in Taiwan!) It’s a family-run hostel, and Owen and his mother are so kind and welcoming. It’s in a great location, beside the train station and close to the excellent night market. I highly recommend staying here for both the owners and the Taiwanese breakfast they cook up for you every morning. So good! Finally, there are free bicycles to hire from the hostel and free coffee, tea, and cookies!  Check out prices and availability here . 

How to Save Money on Transportation in Taiwan

I used a mix of transportation in Taiwan, ranging from daily metro trips in Taipei, to hopping on a local train around the country, to checking out the high-speed rail between Taichung and Kaohsiung. If you’re on a budget, local trains are definitely the way to go.

Fortunately, trains in Taiwan are available to book through 12Go Asia , which is one of my secret weapons when it comes to travel throughout Asia. It makes booking onward travel so simple and convenient! Instead of having to buy train tickets in advance from the train stations, you can just book your ticket online instead and have peace of mind that you have a seat.

Here were my costs for transportation in Taiwan:

Ten days of metro use in Taipei: $3.60 Local train from Taipei to Taichung: $12.03 High-Speed Rail from Taichung to Kaohsiung: $26.13 Local train from Kaohsiung to Hualien: $17.43 Local train from Hualien to Taipei:  $13.00

How to Save on Food in Taiwan

Food in Taiwan is cheap, thanks to the plethora of night markets in every city. I always recommend eating the local food and doing so on the streets. Not only is the street food safe, but you’ll gain a cultural insight into Taiwanese life, too. In fact, the only time I got sick in Taiwan was when I ate in a restaurant rather than at a street food stall. Most dishes are around $1-2 per meal at the markets, so local is definitely the way to go!

For food, I paid $248.56  for four weeks of backpacking across Taiwan. That works out to $9 a day.

How to Save Money on Activities in Taiwan

The great thing about Taiwan is that many of the activities you’ll want to do in the country are free.

Entry to Taroko Gorge is free, as is the entrance to the Kaohsiung temples , as is the entrance to Sun Moon Lake, as is the entrance to the temples I visited in Taipei .

The only things I paid for in Taiwan was my bus tour around Taroko Gorge ( $7.92 ) and my minivan tour of the Lotus Pond temples ( $4 ), making my activities budget extremely low for my four weeks of travel.

While I limited most of my activities to free things, like hiking, prioritising museums with free entry, and wandering through markets on foot, Get Your Guide does list several budget tours that receive exceptional reviews.

I definitely want to jump on this Taipei street food tour  ($46), as Taiwanese food is one of the most underrated cuisines on the planet and I’ve always wanted to delve deeper into the food scene. This one introduces you to 10 new dishes! I also love the sound of Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour ($147), too. If you’re not confident on scooters, having somebody else show you around and explain the significance of the different trails is a great way to explore one of the prettiest parts of Taiwan. Finally, I’m totally adding this small group tour to the northeast coast of Taiwan ($77) to my next itinerary for Taiwan.

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The Mid-Range Couple Budget

Several years later, I returned to Taiwan, but this time with my boyfriend in tow. My budget had expanded over that time, too, and I was looking to stay in mid-range guesthouses and hotels. When it comes to transportation, my boyfriend and I travelled across the island in much the same way as I had as a backpacker, and definitely still ate mostly street food! Activity costs were low once more.

The Cost of Mid-Range Accommodation in Taiwan

I didn’t stay in hostels while I was travelling in Taiwan this time around, instead opting to stay in the best-rated guesthouses in the country. Here’s what the costs looked like for us (this is for the total cost of the room, rather than just my share):

  • Taipei : Old Door Hostel and Bar  at $64 per night
  • Kaohsiung : Kindness Hotel at  $85 per night
  • Kenting:   Kenting My Home at  $27 per night
  • Hualien:   Aria 2 Home  at  $81 per night

Transportation

Transportation was similar to my first visit: a mix of metro use in Taipei, the High Speed Rail, local trains for much of the rest of the country, and a scooter rental in several places. Here’s my breakdown in detail:

  • High speed train from Taipei to Kaohsiung:  $46.70
  • Return ferry ride from Kaohsiung to Qijing Island: $1.58
  • Bus from Kaohsiung to Kenting:  $10.15
  • A day’s scooter rental in Kenting: $9.50
  • Bus from Kenting to Kaohsiung: $10.15
  • Train from Kaohsiung to Hualien City:  $17.65
  • A day’s scooter rental in Hualien: $12.66
  • Train from Hualien City to Taipei: $13.74
  • Taipei metro costs for our 10-day stay: $10.93
  • Return bus from Taipei Airport to Taipei: $9.06

Food was vastly different to my first visit! With my eating horizons now having widened to roughly 18 million times the size they were before, I dove headfirst into night market eating and surfaced several hours later with a duck tongue in my mouth. I ate mostly on the streets when it came to lunches and dinners, but usually headed to a cafe for a bread-based meal for breakfast.

My total food costs came to: $525.41.

Once more, many of the activities we did in Taipei were free, like access to Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park, Yingge Ceramics Museum, and exploring the temples of Lotus Pond.

The only entrance fee we paid was for Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which was $1.58 .

Night market in Kenting

The-Basing-Yourself-in-Taipei Budget

Taipei is fantastic for digital nomads! If it wasn’t for my extrovert boyfriend needing to know roughly 7,984 people in a city in order to keep his energy levels high, we would have seriously looked at making it our home base.

For this particular trip to Taiwan, we spent our entire month in Taipei. We booked out an Airbnb apartment for 30 days, didn’t even leave the city for any day trips, and spent the vast majority of our time eating our way around the city.

Accommodation

Our Airbnb apartment  came to $105 per night . We were in the heart of the Xinyi district, a few minutes’ walk away from Taipei 101, surrounded by dozens of cafes and restaurants, and my favourite night market in the city: Tonghua!

No real transportation costs came up during the month.

We used the metro to get around and I paid  $3.25 for a month’s worth of rides. We also paid  $15.00  each way for a transfer from and to Taipei’s airport.

Street food galore! Our main reason for being in Taipei was to eat, and because we didn’t really have much of a kitchen in our apartment, we ate out for every meal. There were lots of date nights, lots of visits to international restaurants, and many, many wanders around the night market. Western breakfasts in cute coffee shops were around $7 , lunches at restaurants in shopping malls and international restaurants around our neighbourhood were roughly $10 each, and our evening meals were predominantly from Tonghua night market and were around $4 a meal.

I spent $650 on food for the month.

All of our activities (mostly hiking in the nearby mountains, walking in parks, and wandering around markets) were completely free in the city!

And that’s how much it costs to travel in Taipei! To summarise, these are my daily costs for these different travel styles (so that means only my share of the accommodation is included):

Solo backpacker on a tight budget:  $22.22 per day As part of a couple on a mid-range budget: $34.71 per day As part of a couple based in Taipei for a month: $50.03 per day

And if the affordable prices aren’t enough to convince you to visit, check out my post about why Taiwan is my favourite country to give yourself a nudge towards booking your flight.

Have you been to Taiwan? How did my travel expenses stack up against yours?

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Taiwan is all about the beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, delicious street food, and some of the friendliest people I've ever met. After spending a full four weeks on the island during that first trip, I've since paid two additional month-long visits to this kickass island. Check out the estimated costs to visit and what you should budget for your travels in Taiwan.

Lauren Juliff

Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents. Lauren's travel advice has been featured in publications like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan, and her work is read by 200,000 readers each month. Her travel memoir can be found in bookstores across the planet.

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Love the three different scenarios!

Thanks! :-)

I’m surprised it cost the most to be based in one place! Just out of interest how to you keep track of your daily spending? Do you use an app or are you just meticulous at writing everything down?

I need to track most of it for taxes anyway (as a travel writer, my travel expenses count as business expenses), so I usually type everything up in a spreadsheet on my laptop at the end of the week/whenever I remember. Sometimes I use Trail Wallet, but I forget to use it a lot, so it’s mostly just an Excel spreadsheet on my laptop.

I like the different categories of budget breakdown you provided in this post! Also, a colleague of mine is in Taiwan right now and she’s sending pictures every now and then: what an incredibly gorgeous country! I can’t believe why it wasn’t properly on my radar before!

Thanks! :-) One of the greatest things about Taiwan is that it’s not really known as much of a tourist destination, so when you do visit, the locals are so excited to see you in their country :-)

I loved how you did this post in the different budget categories!

I’ve never been to Taiwan but everyone I know who has been there loved it!

Thank you! :-)

Went in Taiwan last April for ten days. I loved it so much. I wasn’t even going to consider it but I had to visit my Taiwanese friends. They showed me around, made me taste the best food, helped me book activities and were generally the best hosts. The food ohmygod so may options and so good and loving the coffee culture that’s developing. I will go back again for sure.

Isn’t it such an amazing country?! :-)

Dude I’m sold. This looks awesome. I haven’t been to Asia (except for Turkey), and I travel with my dog so it seriously complicated trip planning. But I’m defintely going to research if this is feasible for me (plus dog).

Yay! My work here is done :-)

I have read all your posts about Taiwan and the country has made it to the top of my Places To Visit list because it sounds totally awesome! Thanks for the detailed budget information, I always like to know how much I can expect to spend in a country.

Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that! :-)

I was very impressed with this information. Unfortunately, when I have used your link to the hostel you said cost you $27.28 the site shows $80 or more…So, some other expenses you wrote looked a bit too less than it is in reality. I reality would like to travel to Taiwan, but still can’t make up my mind. You have amazing information on all your blogs. I loooove all of them and wish you the best and safest travel time. Thank you very much.

Yeah, the Airbnb owner offers a monthly discount of around 50% off the daily rate for those who stay long-term. And as I said in the post, the $27.28 was my share.

Hi Lauren. Nice info, and really useful, especially since you seem way better at keeping track of your expense than i am (i do a status of assets every quarter :-) ) Since you are looking at adding these regularly, could i suggest a couple of additional info which would be useful, for comparison: first the year of each scenario, and maybe time of year), so inflation can be added (if i look at your Flip Flop hostel price, current cost from your link is 50% higher), and each compared properly. I assume you are using US$ but maybe a note. In this case it’s obviously not NT$ because of the magnitude, but it makes things easier for the reader, if you get in country with not so obvious difference AU$, NZ$, CA$, BZ$ etc. As a solo traveller i do appreciate that you differentiate the solo, vs couple scenarios as this as many impacts and allows me to adjust the info. thanks again for all your work…

Thanks for your suggestions.

Good suggestions – I had the identical questions about how old the prices were.

Great summary, though, and nice to see a variety of travel styles clearly spelled out for comparison.

Not super old — I was last in Taiwan in 2016 and updated the prices in this post a couple of weeks ago to ensure they’re accurate.

well it has always been in my list and after reading your blog it seems like i can visit it soon. Thanks a lot for such a clear budget description.

Glad you found it useful, Sahil! :-)

This is great – we’ve been inspired by your love of Taiwan to visit as part of our round the world trip and will be arriving in March, can’t wait! just wanted to ask what your absolute top highlights from Taiwan have been? We only have a couple of weeks so want to make sure we don’t miss any of the best spots. Thanks :)

Hi Lauren!! Thanks for sharing your post on Taiwan – my bf and I are going in April this year for 9 days (not including travel) and cannot wait!! We are just debating about making Taipei the base for the whole time or take the first 4 nights in Taipei then maybe do a couple of days cycling possibly on the east coast or just a few days somewhere else in the north region. In your opinion for a first timer to Taiwan – could 9 days being based in Taipei with day trips cover a variety of activities? We like hiking, biking, city activities but def lots of nature! Thanks in advance :) Kira

Honestly, either would be a great option! But yep, nine days based in Taipei would allow you to hop around and do lots of day trips in nearby regions. Public transport is fast and efficient, which makes it easy to get around.

Went to Taiwan last year and it was an awesome experience! I enjoyed reading through your article, brings back a lot of great memories. This will be very helpful to travelers looking at Taiwan as their next destination. :)

Thanks, Agness! :-)

You inspired me to visit Taiwan. I just made up my mind and booked a flight, luckily there’s a budget airline that cost me $40 for a roundtrip airline promo ticket (mla-taipei-mla). My travel will be on September, I hope I could catch a nice autumn view.

I’m so happy to hear that, Lerma! I hope you have a wonderful time there :-)

We are now visa free in Taiwan starting June. Nice! I’ll be there this June. Although I applied for tourist eVisa last month and paid for it. If I only knew we will be visa-free this June lol.

Ah, that’s such good news for you! Where are you from?

My friend and I booked our flights for Taiwan (from Canada) today! :) I’ll spend 3 weeks with her, and then 3 weeks on my own. (I am a solo travel blogger after all!)

I’m thinking of basing myself in Taipei and getting some work done for those last 3 weeks. And that part will be over Chinese New Year, so not sure what to expect… I’m bookmarking your post in any case. Thanks!

Yay! I know you’ll have a wonderful time there :-) And six weeks is a great amount of time to spend in the country, even if it’s just basing yourself in Taipei and working.

Informative post! I’ll be going to Taiwan soon for my second visit and though I’ll be staying with friends this helped point me in the right direction for my budget. Thank you!

Hope you have a lovely time in Taiwan! :-)

Fantastic and detailed post, thank you! Heading to Taiwan at the end of the year and looking to recreate the first trip you took :)

Amazing! You’ll have a fantastic time :-)

Any Idea about car hire. medium car suitable for beach equipment Lauren? Thanks you all the information by the way :)

Ah, sorry. I’ve never rented a car in Taiwan.

Oh my goodness $22 a day! That’s just amazing and divine street food as well. Hopefully hitting Taiwan next year, thanks for the tips.

Sweet! You’ll love it there :-)

Thanks LAUREN for wonderful blog, Keep sharing.

Hi Lauren! I have plans of going to Taiwan too. In fact, I was looking for a budget fare. Thanks for sharing! I’ll read from time to time.

Haha, thanks!

Great informative article! Thanks. We have plans of going to Taiwan in November. I checked airbnb room houses and all the rate/price says “(the published price) per night” .Is this price per person per night or per room per night basis? There will be two of us travelling.

I tried to contact a airbnb seller to ask but he just replied with a total computation based on number of nights. So I still don’t know.

Airbnb lists the price of the room per night.

Hey Lauren, I loved your posts about Taiwan! I am part Taiwanese and I am looking forward to learn more about my family’s culture when I visit for two weeks in early October. I plan to visit Taipei, Taichung, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan Forest, Taroko Gorge, and Shifen and Jiufen. I originally wanted to plan a budget of $100 US dollars a day but I am inspired by how little you had to spend and how much you were able to save for the rest of your stay there! I am more into nature, eating at night markets, and looking for free or almost free attractions so this was perfect! Any advice you could give before I head on my travels?

Great post! I’m about to relocate to Taipei for several months, this is a great guide to living/traveling cheap! Can’t wait!

I just have one question. How is it possible that you only spent $3.25 for a month’s worth of Metro rides, when the cheapest fares are NT20 one way via MRT, NT15 by bus, or NT1280 for the new 30-day pass.

I can’t figure how one could possibly spend less than $30-40 US for a month of Metro rides…

Oh, just because I’m a big walker and really enjoyed the neighbourhood I was in, so spent the majority of my time there. I probably only took the metro 3 or 4 times over that month and walked everywhere else :-)

My son would like to study abroad in Taiwan next year. I began looking at flights and came up with ones that costs more than $5000. Is that the norm? Any recommendations on airlines? He would be flying out of Houston.

Definitely not! I wouldn’t expect to pay more than about $500. What dates are you looking for? Take a look at Skyscanner to get the best prices and Secret Flying to see if there are any deals. There’s currently a flight from NYC to Taipei for $500 return for early next year for example: https://www.secretflying.com/posts/new-york-taipei-taiwan-426-roundtrip/

Thank you! He is hoping to be there next Sept-Jan

Those tours all look amazing but as a solo traveler it doesn’t seem like a can book most of them. Or at least it seems like the cost will drastically increase. Is there anyway to book them once there and join a group? The food tour especially seems awesome but I’d hate to pay the private tour price.

I was born and raised (mostly) in Taiwan. I’m so glad that you had such a great experience there! :) I left home when I was 16 and have been trying to visit once a year every since. The food is unbelievable :D

Taiwan always be no 1 of my bucket list. Reading your blog make me want go there as soon as possible. But I need to complete other plan first and maybe on 2020 I will go there

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you :-)

Hi, thanks so much – I sortof had the same thoughts as you on whether there was enough to do in Taiwan so you have convinced me! It sounds amazing! And I love that it’s relatively cheap! Do you think it’s safe as a solo female traveller? Also they had a big earthquake when I was planning to go last time so am a bit nervous – any thoughts?

HI Lauren – great article. I’m planning on going here with my boyfriend next week so about 3 weeks and what probably fall under this range “A month travelling as part of a couple in mid-range-priced guesthouses, and averaged $35 a day”.

What currency have you provided the budget in? And is that per person or for the both of you?

Interesting blog on taiwan and very insightful. Will be visiting Taipei and Kaohsuing in three weeks time, any tips on local cuisine places to try and must see places will be helpful. Thank you.

Hi Lauren! Thank you for sharing great tips! I love that you included the expenses…huge help! I’ll be visiting Taiwan next year and I’ve been saving money so I have enough budget on my trip!

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Top 7 Places to Visit in Taiwan on Your Next Visit

Last Updated on February 15, 2024

Are you planning a trip to Taiwan? This beautiful country is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life. From bustling cities to serene natural wonders, Taiwan has something to offer every traveller. In this guide, here is my pick of the 7 top places to visit in Taiwan, ensuring that you make the most of your next adventure. Whether you’re seeking Taiwan tourist attractions, cultural experiences, or breathtaking landscapes, I’ve got you covered.

1. Taipei 101

Taipei 101, previously recognized as the Taipei World Financial Center, stands tall as an iconic tourist attraction in Taiwan that should be on every traveler’s list. Standing at 508 meters (1,667 feet), it held the title of the world’s tallest building until 2010. The panoramic vista from the 89th-floor observation deck presents awe-inspiring views that capture Taipei City and the surrounding mountains. It’s especially enchanting during the evening when the city lights up. Inside, you’ll find a luxurious shopping mall with international brands and a wide array of dining options, making it a fantastic destination for sightseeing and shopping.

2. Taroko Gorge National Park

Taroko Gorge National Park is a natural wonderland in Taiwan that captivates visitors with its stunning marble cliffs, deep canyons, and emerald-green rivers. The park covers an area of over 920 square kilometers (355 square miles), and it’s a paradise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Some must-visit places within the park include the Swallow Grotto, to witness the Liwu River cutting through marble cliffs, and the Eternal Spring Shrine, to pay tribute to the workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. The park’s diverse ecosystems make it a hotspot for biodiversity, making it a haven for nature lovers.

Jiufen is a charming old mining town located in the hills of northeastern Taiwan. Steeped in history and culture, this picturesque town is famous for its narrow winding streets, atmospheric teahouses, and traditional red lanterns that illuminate the evenings. Jiufen’s unique blend of Japanese and Chinese influences is evident in its architecture and cuisine. Visitors can indulge in local street food, including the famous taro balls and sweet potato balls, while enjoying panoramic hillside views. Don’t forget to visit the A-Mei Tea House, an iconic tourist attraction perched on a hilltop that served as an inspiration for the Studio Ghibli movie, “Spirited Away.”

4. Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest body of water, is nestled in the lush Nantou County. The lake gets its name from its unique shape, resembling both a sun and a moon. Surrounded by mist-covered mountains, this place offers a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Visitors can take leisurely boat rides to explore the lake or rent bicycles to cycle around its perimeter, taking in the breathtaking scenery. Additionally, a visit to the nearby Wenwu Temple adds a cultural dimension to your experience, as it is dedicated to Confucius, Yue Fei, and Guan Yu.

5. Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park, located at the southern tip of Taiwan, is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. It’s a must-visit place for water sports enthusiasts, offering activities such as surfing, snorkelling, and scuba diving. The park also features lush forests and coral reefs, making it a diverse destination for nature lovers. At night, the Kenting Night Market comes to life with food stalls offering a variety of Taiwanese and international delicacies. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, this place has it all.

Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city, is a treasure trove of historical sites and cultural landmarks. It’s often referred to as the “Capital City of Taiwanese Culture.” Some must-visit places include Chihkan Tower, a Dutch-era fortification that offers insights into Taiwan’s colonial history, and Koxinga Shrine, dedicated to the national hero who resisted foreign rule. Tainan is also famous for its street food, and you can savour local delicacies like oyster omelettes and shrimp rolls at the countless food stalls scattered across the city.

7. Alishan National Scenic Area

Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountainous wonderland that attracts nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Known for its misty forests, ancient trees, and breathtaking sunrise views, Alishan offers a serene retreat from city life. Watching the sunrise from the Alishan Forest Recreation Area is a surreal experience as the sun’s first rays pierce through the sea of clouds. A network of well-maintained trails allows visitors to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region, making it a top place to visit in Taiwan for hiking and photography.

Embrace the Diversity of Taiwan: Your Perfect Itinerary Awaits

Taiwan is a remarkable destination filled with diverse experiences for travelers. From the bustling streets of Taipei to the serene natural wonders of Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, and other incredible destinations, this island nation has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re interested in Taiwan tourist attractions, cultural explorations, outdoor adventures, or simply figuring out where to go in Taiwan , these top places to visit provide a comprehensive itinerary for your next visit. So, pack your bags and embark on a memorable journey to discover the beauty and charm of Taiwan.

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Are you planning a trip to Taiwan? This beautiful country is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life. From bustling cities to serene natural wonders, Taiwan has something to offer every traveller. In this guide, here is my pick of the 7 top places to visit in Taiwan, ensuring that you make the most of your next adventure. Whether you’re seeking Taiwan tourist attractions, cultural experiences, or breathtaking landscapes, I’ve got you covered. 1. Taipei 101 Taipei 101, previously recognized as the Taipei World Financial Center, stands tall as an iconic tourist attraction in Taiwan …

I made over $225,000 in a year as a 27-year-old government contractor overseas — and got paid to travel in my free time

  • Symoné Berry made over $225k working as an overseas US government tech contractor .
  • While in Taiwan, she took a week off every month and received "rest and relaxation" pay to travel. 
  • Berry sometimes worked 90+ hour weeks — the benefits were worth it to her but it's not for everyone.

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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Symoné Berry, a 31-year-old government contractor living in Atlanta. Her jobs and income have been verified by BI. It's been edited for length and clarity.

I always knew I wanted a government contracting job .

My mom was a mortgage underwriter and we lived in the DC area. She would always tell me about these overseas government contractors who lived in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they would buy $500,000 houses in all cash.

I didn't know how I was going to do it and I didn't know anything about it — but I knew that's what I wanted to do.

At 16, I started to build my career in government tech and went to vocational school. From there, I went to Christopher Newport University on a basketball scholarship and eventually transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in math.

I had seven job offers by the time I graduated

I graduated in the fall of 2014 with seven job offers, a mix of federal and government contract roles.

I accepted an offer as a level one embedded engineer for $72,500 a year at Raytheon, a defense contractor. I started on the first Monday of January 2015 in their Fort Meade office.

Over the next two years, I wrote code for Raytheon's radars and started looking at internal positions abroad. I figured out that I needed to get a CompTIA Security Plus authorization to work in many of the overseas positions. It took me about a month to get the certification and then another three months of interviewing and training before I started my first job overseas.

I lived in the snowiest city in the world, making $140,000 a year

As a radar systems engineer in Japan, I made just over $140,000 a year and had all of my living expenses and food paid for. I lived in a spacious one-bedroom apartment that was provided for me in Aomori Prefecture, a few minutes away from the site.

My job was to make sure that the radar system was up and running 24/7. At the time, North Korea was shooting missiles over Japan and our job was to monitor them. Most of the time, we were sitting ducks. But there were times when something did go wrong and I had to go to site at four in the morning.

In Aomori, I worked 12-hour days about four days a week and then I had off from Thursday night until Monday morning.

On the weekends, I would usually travel with my coworkers. You make a lot of friends on the job because you're all living in the same place. I went to Tokyo almost every weekend.

Aomori is the snowiest place in the world. It gets 26 feet of snow every year.

I would walk to work in a blizzard with ski goggles and a face mask on. I don't like the cold and after that first winter, I didn't ever want to go through another winter there again.

I worked 90+ hour weeks in Taiwan, but the money and time off made it worth it

After a year and a half in Japan, I started a new job in Taiwan as a senior testing engineer. At this point, I was 27 making about $225,000 a year.

My housing was paid for and there was an on-site chef to cook staff meals — but the hours were crazy.

When I started, I only had two days off every 10 days and I worked about 92 hours a week. After a few months, I negotiated my contract so that I worked three weeks straight and then got a full week off every month. During that week, I would usually visit my girlfriend in California.

I also received a quarterly pay of $2,500 for "rest and relaxation" pay, referred to as R&R. This is money that compensates for the long hours so that staff can travel during their time off. It varies in each job. In Japan, I only received $1,500 annually for R&R.

South Korea was hands down the best overseas role I had

After Taiwan, I deployed to South Korea as a senior system administrator for about $220,000 a year.

That was hands down the best living situation I had. I had a really nice three-bedroom apartment and a car rental. Plus, the surrounding area was great.

We were close to Osan Air Force Base and there were a ton of Americans in the area. I worked 50 hours a week in that role and was able to work from home sometimes there because if we weren't flying we really didn't need to be there.

During my weekends in South Korea, I didn't travel much because of Covid but I went to Seoul a few times.

This career path isn't for everyone

This lifestyle is all I know and I have no regrets.

But it's not for everyone.

Doing years of long-distance took a toll on my relationship and for people who have a family or struggle to be alone, this job would be very difficult.

Also, most of the places I worked were remote and in isolated areas. If that's a problem for you, this job path isn't the right one.

If you don't like to work long hours, I also don't suggest entering this field. Overseas government contract work requires at least 50 hours a week. It also often comes with a long commute to site — in Taiwan, it took us an hour to get down the mountain every day. While this is covered by the contractor, it still takes time out of your already long day.

But I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. Plus, this career path allowed me to save money and get into investing since I had no living expenses for years. I've saved up enough money now that I can take time off for myself and start my own business.

Over the last year, I stopped working and started building my online presence and a nonprofit called GovTech Foundation, which provides career guidance for government jobs. I might do a short-term contract to make quick money, but right now, I'm 31 and enjoying the time off to travel and focus on personal projects.

Do you work in a government job? We'd like to hear from you. Email the reporter from a non-work email at [email protected] .

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Verizon Customers Could Get Up to $100 in Settlement Money. How to Claim the Payout

Verizon will pay $100 million into a fund to settle claims over a misleading administrative charge if the agreement is approved.

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You could be eligible for up to $100 in a Verizon settlement.

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If you're a former or current Verizon customer who bought a traditional, postpaid wireless plan in the past seven years, you could be owed money in 2024 as part of a proposed $100 million settlement of a class action lawsuit. Verizon is making the payments to address claims that its service plans were misleading because the advertised prices didn't include an administrative charge.

In the suit, the plaintiffs alleged  (PDF) that Verizon Wireless implemented, charged and increased an administrative fee for postpaid wireless or data services in a deceptive and unfair manner.

In a statement to CNET, a Verizon spokesperson said the company "clearly identifies and describes its wireless consumer Admin Charge multiple times during the sales transaction, as well as in its marketing, contracts and billing. This charge helps our company recover certain regulatory compliance and network-related costs."

Here's what to know about the proposed settlement, including who is eligible for a payment of up to $100 and how to submit a claim. Here's how to check if your state has money or property you can claim . 

Who's eligible for money from the Verizon class action settlement?

You may be eligible if you are a current or former US customer who purchased postpaid wireless or data services from Verizon and paid an administrative charge or an administrative and telco recovery charge between Jan. 1, 2016, and Nov. 8, 2023.

A postpaid wireless plan means customers pay for the service after they use it, at the end of their billing cycle. The settlement doesn't include customers who purchased prepaid plans from Verizon.

In an October fact sheet , Verizon reported that it served about 93 million retail postpaid customers as of Sept. 30, 2023.

If you received a notice about the settlement by email or mail, you are eligible to file a claim, according to the official Verizon administrative charge settlement website . 

What settlement amount could I receive?

If the settlement is approved and finalized, Verizon will pay $100 million into a settlement fund. Customers filing valid claims by the deadline could receive up to $100 each as part of the settlement, depending on how long they were a Verizon subscriber and how many valid claims are filed.

How do I claim money as part of the Verizon settlement?

The settlement's administrative site has a  claim form  that eligible class members can fill out and submit online. 

You can also download (PDF), fill out and mail a paper form to this address:

Verizon Administrative Charge Settlement  c/o Settlement Administrator  1650 Arch St., Suite 2210  Philadelphia, PA 19103

The deadline to submit a claim is  11:59:59 p.m. PT,   April 15, 2024 .

When will I get my settlement money? 

The settlement FAQ says payments will be issued by check or electronic payment after the settlement is approved and finalized. A hearing is scheduled for March 22, 2024.

For more money matters, learn whether Social Security recipients need to file a tax return and read up on  tax breaks homeowners can take for a maximum tax refund .

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Taiwan reports more Chinese balloons over Taiwan Strait

In its daily report on Chinese military activities, Taiwan's defense ministry said it spotted the first balloon on Saturday morning and the last one mid-afternoon, having spotted the same number of balloons on Friday.

Five crossed the northern and central part of Taiwan, according to a map provided by the ministry.

Taiwan's defense ministry said on Sunday it had detected eight Chinese balloons crossing the Taiwan Strait in the previous 24 hours, of which five flew across Taiwan, the second day in a row is has reported a large number of balloons.

Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory despite the strong objections of the government in Taipei, has complained since December about the balloons, saying they are a threat to aviation safety and attempt at psychological warfare.

China's defense ministry did not answer calls seeking comment on Sunday. Both China and Taiwan are currently celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday, the most important festival in the Chinese-speaking world.

Last month, China's government dismissed repeated complaints by Taiwan about the balloons, saying they are for meteorological purposes and should not be hyped up for political reasons.

Chinese warplanes operate daily in the Taiwan Strait and often cross its median line that previously served as an unofficial barrier between the two sides. China says it does not recognize the existence of that line.

Taiwan last month elected Vice President Lai Ching-te as its next president, a man China describes as a dangerous separatist.

Lai, who takes office in May, has offered talks with China, which have been rejected. He says only Taiwan's people can decide their future.

The potential for China to use balloons for spying became a global issue last February when the United States shot down what it said was a Chinese surveillance balloon. China said the balloon was a civilian craft that accidentally drifted astray.

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