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3 Things to Know Before You Go to Taiwan

When we moved to Kaohsiung, neither of us had ever visited Taiwan before. There were some things that The Internet warned us about, but even more that we learned for ourselves. Here are the top 3 things you must know before you go to Taiwan.

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When we moved to Kaohsiung, neither of us had ever visited Taiwan before. We’d never even been to Asia! We did a lot of research before we moved, which helped lessen the culture shock. There were some things that The Internet warned us about, but even more that we learned for ourselves. Here are the top 3 things you must know before you go to Taiwan.

7-Eleven can do everything!

Send packages, call a taxi, and pay your utilities, taxes, and parking tickets. Then, grab some pretty good coffee, some rice balls, and whatever else you need.

You’ll find either a 7-11 or Family Mart on pretty much every corner. Check them both out and pick your favorite! I usually prefer Family Mart. They’ve got their own store brand of iced tea, snacks, and dumplings that are some of my favorite for late night cravings!

7-11 is on every corner! Read the things you must know before you go to Taiwan.



Driving is a different world

Welcome to Taiwan, where the road rules are made up and the traffic lights don’t matter! Driving in Taiwan is not for the faint of heart. Everyone drives scooters, but if you don’t want to you can get around the cities easy with public transportation and taxis.

Despite their aggressive driving, the taxi drivers are great. They’re knowledgeable of the city, and are often excited to meet foreigners. Do yourself a favor and don’t pay attention to that red light while you’re hanging out in the back seat.

Driving on a scooter is its own adventure! Read the top things you must know before you go to Taiwan.

Even the trash is different

I didn’t expect the trash to be a big difference between Taiwan and the US! Garbage trucks play ice cream truck music. If your apartment doesn’t offer trash collection like ours, you have to bring your trash out to the truck when you hear it coming down the street.

Luckily, garbage trucks come by several times a day in many areas because trash cans and bags are also much smaller than we’re used to in the states. There’s also no public trash cans, but very little litter in the streets. Just remember that when you bring a coffee cup on your walk through the park!

The garbage trucks play music! Read the top things you must know before you go to Taiwan.

 

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When we moved to Kaohsiung, neither of us had ever visited Taiwan before. We’d never even been to Asia! There were some things that The Internet warned us about, but even more that we learned for ourselves. Here are the top 3 things you must know before you go to Taiwan. When we moved to Kaohsiung, neither of us had ever visited Taiwan before. We’d never even been to Asia! There were some things that The Internet warned us about, but even more that we learned for ourselves. Here are the top 3 things you must know before you go to Taiwan.

19 thoughts on “3 Things to Know Before You Go to Taiwan”

  1. lol driving in Taiwan reminds me of Nigeria where i am from. There are barely any traffic lights and no road rules, i usually joke around saying if you can drive in Nigeria, you can drive anywhere in this world lolll

  2. I backpacked through Taiwan with my boyfriend in November 2016 and I can vouch for these three tips! 7-11 was a life changer. It’s funny how important it is in Taiwan (and other Asian countries, like Korea!) and so unimportant in the USA, where it originated! Great post!

  3. Wow! This sounds so intense. You have captured well the essence of the country really well. And I love the photographs as they also help to tell the story. I once hosted a young man from Taiwan. He was visiting England and was such a pleasure to have around.

  4. I have never been traveling to Taiwan but I really hope I’ll get there this year! Great article and I can’t wait to go!

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