The official language spoken in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, however you will also find people speaking Taiwanese Mandarin (Hokkien) which is influenced by standard Mandarin, indigenous and other languages.
Name: New Taiwan Dollar
Symbol: $ or NT$
Exchange rate: 100NT$ is approx $3.30USD
Time Zone: China Standard Time (GMT/UTC+08:00)
The cost of a pint of draught beer in Taiwan is between 39NT$ - 69NT$ (approx $1.30-$2.30), with local markets being around the same price.
The cost of a meal for two in Taiwan can range from 500NT$ – 1,000NT$ (approx $16.50-$33). Or grab some traditional Taiawanese meatballs or beef noodle soup at a street food stall for as little as 60NT$ (approx $2).
Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi tariff starts at 80NT$ (approx $2.60) depending on where you're going.
Taipei and Kaohsiung have great MRT metro systems, starting at 20NT$ (approx 70c) for a one-way ticket.
Looking for somewhere to crash? Hostels in Taiwan are around 500NT$ (approx $16.50) per night, on average.
If you're wanting something a little more 'upmarket', a double room in a midrange hotel ranges between 1,400-2,600NT$ (approx $46-$86) a night.
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If you're staying in Taiwan for less than 90 days then you don't need a tourist visa. If you plan on staying longer than 90 days you'll need a visa prior to traveling. Contact a travel expert to find out more.
Taiwan is warm all year round, averaging at about 71°F, but the best time to visit would be between July and September when you miss the humid and the typhoon seasons (which is June to October).