With Japan to the northeast, the Philippines to the south and China to the northwest, Taiwan’s eclectic identity takes inspiration from neighbouring cultures. On luxury Taiwan holidays, we recommend starting in the modern city of Taipei, a captivating hub of gastronomic delicacies, bright lights, and a fast-paced lifestyle. The natural landscape that surrounds the capital is one to be admired, characterised by national parks, sun-drenched lakes, and sandy coastline, perfect for Taiwan beach holidays.
At OROKO, our goal is to create a tailored luxury holiday to Taiwan that is as smooth and harmonious as possible. We offer comprehensive bespoke services that include luxury accommodation, local English-speaking guides, private transfers, and welcome orientations. Having travelled through Taiwan for years, we’ve also included the little things that make a huge difference like portable Wi-Fi devices, restaurant recommendations and city guides.
POCKET GUIDE TO TAIWAN
The 300-year-old capital city of Taiwan, Taipei is like a living museum whose charm lies in its blend of Chinese culture infused with Japanese, American and Southeast Asian influences. The buzzing Taoist temples sit alongside wooden, Japanese-era mansions whilst the treasures on in display in the National Palace Museum date back 5000 years. Dining out in Taipei is extremely popular. Get your fingers greasy sampling snacks from the many night markets or share dishes at a Taiwanese rèchăo (stir-fry) joint.
The mountain-fringed Hualien is the biggest city on Taiwan’s pristine east coast and the gateway to Taroko National Park, home to the spectacular Taroko Gorge. It is also one of the world’s leading marble manufacturers and the elegant stone features heavily throughout the city, decorating temples, pavements, the airport and even the train station. Must-see sites on Taiwan holidays include Martyr’s Shrine, Hualien Harbour, Qixingtan Beach and Longshan Temple. In the evenings, refuel at one of the city’s many restaurants or food stalls.
Taroko (which in the local Truku aboriginal language translates to magnificent and beautiful) certainly lives up to its name. An unmissable geological marvel, the gorge comprises towering marble cliffs, tropical vegetation, emerald-green streams, verdant forests, and pagodas, is located in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. To fully experience this natural wonder, we recommend spending a day there. During your visit, check out the Eternal Spring Shrine, Changuang Temple & Bell Tower Buluowan, Swallow Grotto, Tiansiang, Water Curtain Cave and Wenshan Hot Spring.
Combine with Japan
At OROKO, one of our favourite ways to holiday in Taiwan is to combine it with Japan on a rail holiday that promises a wonderful blend of chaotic and relaxing discoveries. Starting in Japan, explore Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin and Taketomi Island on private tours with expert guides, visiting famous sites including Fukuoka Castle, Glover Garden, and the Onta Pottery Village. Then transfer to Taiwan’s capital city Taipei and enjoy a street food tour where you will sample flavour-packed dishes.